Understand Your Hair Type
Knowing your hair type is an important first step in deciding how to handle your hair after a workout. Different hair types require different amounts of moisture and protein for optimal health. Some hair types may be more susceptible to dryness, and require more frequent cleansing. Others may require more protein, and can handle a more frequent washing schedule.
Understanding your hair type will help you to make better decisions about how often to cleanse and what products to use.
Identify your hair type
To effectively take care of your hair, especially after a gym workout and to maximize the benefits of not washing it, it is important to identify your hair type. By understanding what type of hair you have, you will be able to determine the products that work for your locks. Here are four categories common among different hair types: Fine, Normal/Medium, Coarse and Wavy/Curly.
- Fine – Fine hair is delicate and often limp; it may break easily causing split ends and flyaways. Feeling this texture is often like touching thread or silk.
- Normal/Medium – Normal or medium-textured hair lies between fine and course. The strands are neither too sparse nor too thick; there is a definite bounce when touched and no splitting or frizzing along the shafts.
- Coarse – Thick and usually resistant to styling, coarse textures need extra conditioning to remain hydrated and healthy. This type feels particularly hard when compared against other textures yet can still be very soft when hydrated properly.
- Wavy/Curly – Wavy/Curly textures are quite varied; they range from barely-there waves to tight ringlets that may look fragile even if they’re healthy. This variety also tends to be dryer than most other types so extra care must be taken when managing this texture as it requires more frequent conditioning treatments in order for its strands not to suffer any damage or breakages due to lack of moisture or suppleness.
Learn the best ways to care for your hair type
The care of your hair depends on the type of hair you have – straight, wavy, or curly. Understanding how to properly care for your own type of hair is essential in keeping it healthy and strong.
For those with straight hair, you may want to avoid conditioning every wash as this can cause your hair to look limp and greasy. It is advisable to only condition if you’ve recently heated styled and/or used a lot of product in order to protect from the elements. Additionally, an occasional oil treatment can help replenish lost moisture and shine. Washing your hair every few days should keep it looking fresh enough for gym wear and also maintain a healthy balance between natural oils and cleanliness.
People with wavy hair should make sure not to over-wash as it will work in opposition to the natural waves and waves can become more difficult to style when damp. Using protective leave-in conditioners or oils will help keep split ends at bay while keeping curls defined without added frizz. Additionally, consider using salt-based sprays which will help enhance curl definition when used before styling with heat tools. Washing every few days should yield best results as frequent washing will work against the natural texture of your locks while washing too infrequently can lead to an excess of product buildup that could end up weighing down long lasting curls.
Those with curly hair should focus on maintaining intensive moisture treatments while styling in order keep defined coiled strands intact during workout sessions. While working out often requires a different strategy than regular upkeep depending on its intensity level – using rinse-out conditioners for extra hydration rather than daily washes is recommended for those who don’t need their shampooed out afterwards! Adding detangling serums throughout the day supplemented by targeted deep conditioning treatments weekly is one way manage both exercise schedules and maintain befittingly bouncy tresses.
Prepare Your Hair
Although it may seem counterintuitive, skipping the post-gym wash can be a great way to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. Taking a few key steps before and after your workout can help keep your locks in great condition, even when you’re not shampooing. Read on to learn how to prepare your hair for a workout – and when it is a good idea to skip washing:
- Brush your hair before your workout to remove any tangles.
- Tie your hair up in a top knot or braid to prevent it from getting sweaty and tangled.
- Apply a leave-in conditioner to help protect your hair from sweat and friction.
- Rinse your hair with cold water after a workout to help cool down your scalp and seal the cuticles.
- Apply a deep-conditioning mask to help repair any damage done to your hair during your workout.
Use a sweatband to keep sweat away from your scalp
One way to help prevent your hair from becoming so greasy after a gym session is to invest in a good quality sweatband. Sweatbands are both effective and stylish in keeping sweat away from your forehead, scalp and face. Additionally, they can help protect your hairline when working out.
The best type of sweatband to use is a terrycloth style that absorbs moisture away from the scalp and helps keep the area very dry during exercise. Choose one with adjustable straps so you can customize the fit and opt for a breathable fabric that will help minimize heat around the head area.
Apply a leave-in conditioner before your workout
A leave-in conditioner is a great product to use before you work out in order to protect your hair from sweat and friction. It provides an extra layer of protection from the elements, so your hair won’t be exposed to chlorine, salt water or any other potential irritants. It also helps detangle and dehyrdrate the hair which will make combing and styling easier post-workout. Additionally, it adds a light hold factor to help keep the hairstyle in place after all the activity.
To use a leave-in conditioner correctly, first wet hair slightly so that it is damp (not dripping wet!) then apply the product evenly throughout entire head taking care to massage it fully into scalp and ends. Let hair air dry (or blow dry/style) as usual afterwards. Make sure that you only use a small amount of product when applying as too much may cause buildup and weigh down your style.
Use Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a quick and easy way to freshen up your hair without the need for a full shampoo and conditioning routine. Dry shampoo is an effective way to absorb excess oils and sweat from your scalp and hair. It can be used between washes to keep hair looking and feeling fresh, or on days when you don’t have time to shampoo.
Let’s delve further into how you can use dry shampoo to help avoid washing your hair after the gym:
Apply dry shampoo to the roots of your hair
To apply the dry shampoo, tilt your head forward so that the scalp at the back of your scalp is fully exposed. Take a small amount of dry shampoo – approximately one to two teaspoons – and sprinkle it over the entire area. To ensure even coverage, lightly spread it in a line across the entire side of your head, then go back and spread it up and down until you cannot find any visible product remaining.
Once this has been completed, lift your hair by using a comb or large brush to separate the strands; work in small sections until you have completely combed through your hair. This will help ensure that every strand has been covered with dry shampoo – including those tucked behind your ears or underneath layers of loose hair. Lastly, use a soft brush to work out any excess product in the roots and style as desired.
Massage the dry shampoo into your scalp
It is important to massage the dry shampoo into your scalp, doing so will ensure that the oil from your scalp will have been soaked up by the dry shampoo. Make sure you are being gentle with your massaging – too much pressure can cause unnecessary strain and tension on your scalp.
Working in small circular motions, rub the dry shampoo into your roots until it has a good lather. You should be able to see some foam or lather/foam bubbles when you work into the hair and onto the roots. Gently massage for a few minutes to make sure a thorough application has been administered.
After massaging, comb through to evenly disperse and ensure that the product has evenly covered all of your hair. Style accordingly an enjoy!
Refresh Your Hair
Are you tired of washing your hair after every trip to the gym? Not everyone has the time to wash their hair after every workout and it can quickly become a time-consuming task. But, luckily there are some simple ways to refresh your hair without having to shampoo and condition every time. Let’s get into the details:
Use a boar-bristle brush to redistribute natural oils
Using a boar-bristle brush is an effective way to redistribute natural oils so your hair doesn’t look greasy. This will help absorb oils that your scalp produces, making it look freshly washed without using any shampoo or conditioner at all. Start by brushing the scalp area in small gentle strokes until you get to the tips of your hair, making sure to cover all areas of the head. Boar-bristle brushes are often used in blow drying and styling because they are gentle on the hair, so they are ideal for those with sensitive scalps.
Additionally, if you have longer hair, try using a boar bristle brush and gently pulling it through sections of damp hair following a workout. This can help refresh your style and give volume and texture to limp strands by bringing out each strand’s luster and shine.
Use a dryer set to cool to fluff up your hair
It can be hard to resist a refreshing shower post-gym, but in order to avoid over-washing your hair, you can use several alternative practices. One way is to use the cool setting on a hair dryer to fluff up your hair. This will help remove sweat and replace the lost moisture. Start at the scalp and focus on the roots until it feels refreshed. For extra oomph, finish with a quick brush of your locks with a paddle brush before styling as usual.
You don’t need to follow up this routine with water or styling product – unless you’d like too! With this simple trick, you can provide much needed refreshening while avoiding adding stress to your hair that over-washing may cause.
Use Hair Treatments
Washing your hair after being in the gym can be damaging to the scalp and hair if done too frequently. To keep your scalp and hair healthy, it is important to use hair treatments to help your hair after a workout.
Hair treatments such as deep conditioning masks, leave-in conditioners, and serums can help nourish and repair the hair, making it more resistant to damage and breakage.
Let’s talk about the different types of treatments that can help keep your hair looking healthy after a workout:
Use a deep conditioning treatment to hydrate your hair
If you have washed your hair after a workout, it is important that you give it the deep conditioning treatment to restore moisture and condition the strands. Deep conditioning helps keep hair feeling soft and manageable.
Applying a mask made of natural ingredients like aloe vera or honey, can help to deeply nourish your hair by locking in hydration for longer periods of time. Once applied, wrap your hair with a warm towel or shower cap to further enhance the effect of the mask and ensure that it reaches the interior of each strand. Leave the product in for at least 10 minutes before rinsing with tepid water.
Make sure to follow up with a light-weight conditioner and leave-in conditioner in order to seal in moisture and soften any frizz. Use this type of hair treatment once a week or twice depending on your own needs and preferences.
Use a mask to nourish and repair your hair
Using a deep conditioning or repairing hair mask is an great way to prevent damage and nourish the hair after working out. Choose a mask with proteins and natural ingredients that promote hydration, growth, and repair. These masks work deep into the hair follicles and help with moisturising dry ends, hydrating each strand, nourishing the scalp, and helping to strengthen chemically-treated or heat-damaged hair.
When you use these type of masks before or after gym session you will help your locks maintain its healthy shine, making it look less frizzy and tangled.
For best results you should:
- Apply a generous amount of generous of mask (starting at the ends to roots) from your ears down to your tips for about 10 minutes.
- Rinse it out with lukewarm water.
- Follow this up with an organic leave-in conditioner for even more hydration!