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Gym Hair: Your Dos and Don’ts

We’ve all heard it a million times before; ‘you shouldn’t wash your hair too often!’ In fact, the more you wash your hair, the more you will NEED to wash your hair as it works to replenish the natural oils that are removed with washing. Life gets in the way though, and if you want to stay fit AND have healthy hair that doesn’t look like you’ve forgotten to wash out your conditioned, you might find yourself in a bit of a pickle.

With morning spin sessions and pre dinner Pilates becoming more and more popular as we try to squeeze classes into our busy schedules we find ourselves wondering ‘what do I do with my hair?!’ while we’re stretching. The answer of course depends on the intensity of your workout, or to put it plainly, how much you sweat!

For low intensity exercise such as Pilates or yoga where your hairline doesn’t necessarily get wet you really don’t need to bother washing your hair. Instead you can actually maximize on the dampness by styling your hair in a way that will help you transition into an effortless post-workout look. Loose braids will open out into a natural wave for example, and the same idea applies to a bun. It’s a no brainer really… your hair is out of the way for your workout and post gym you look like you’ve just had a blow dry!

Higher intensity exercise tends to make hair a little less manageable. While those lucky enough to have thicker more texture hair might be able to get away with dodging a wash after spin those of us with finer locks probably won’t. If you fall into this second category there are a number of products on the market designed to actually absorb the sweat as your body produces it. From the ‘Dash headband’ to the ‘Gym Wrap,’ these products will direct any moisture away from your hair follicles and avoid greasy post gym locks. To get the best result you’ll have to keep the band on until your hair is totally dry, using a hairdryer to speed up the process.

Tips and tricks aside, we all know that sometimes you just cave. If you find that you are washing your hair a little too often as a result of your workout schedule be careful not to use product that is overly stripping of your hair’s natural oils and moisture. Extra-mild sulphate-free shampoos that don’t contain any conditioning agents or silicones are the way to go!

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