Banish sweaty, frizzy hair post-workout
Sweat is a wonderful thing: It cools your body and lets you know you’ve worked hard. Sweaty hair, on the other hand, is not a good look on men or women. It doesn’t smell too pretty, either. Before you submit to a life of post-workout lackluster locks, try our tricks and save your strands!
Pull your hair up and off your face to keep you cooler and prevent major frizz and limp strands later on. If you have long hair, try a high ponytail or topknot. Another option is to braid your hair, which will not interfere with any floor activity — such as crunches, yoga or Pilates — and will help creating beachy waves après workout. A bun is a classic choice for ballet; why not work it during your next barre or kickboxing class to keep hair in check? Fasten your hair with a tie that won’t cause dents, such as Emi-Jay elastics. They come in a fantastic array of colors and are made by two teen girls who use some of the proceeds to support charity. Good for your hair and your soul? We’ll take it!
Short-haired ladies and gents have options, too. Headbands are a wonderful way to keep hair off the face, and the latest choices promise not to cause headaches or annoying indents. Trendy chicas will love Sparkly Soul’s glittery bands, created by a serious athlete who brilliantly married form and function; these bands don’t slip and have a continuous band of sparkle to make you a shiny, happy gym-goer. Men’s Health magazine has named Halo’s Pullover II headbands as best sweatband for its no-slip grip and moisture wicking technology. Yoga enthusiasts will love Lululemon’s Fly Away Tamer headband, which keeps sweat at bay and uses silicone to hold it firmly in place. Emi Jay also has amazing headbands! Check out their dreamy tutorial to see how they could be worn after your workout too, in case of extreme hair emergencies.
Have some tools on hand to get your hair back into fighting shape. Dry shampoo is your best friend after a workout. It helps to lift excess oil and will leave your hair smelling right in no time; just rub some on the roots and comb through. Cult classic Lulu Organics hair powder is talc-free and comes in brilliant scents, such as calming Lavender and Clary Sage, and the woodsy, guy-friendly Vetiver and Black Pepper. You can also go DIY! Try this recipe from blog Love.lulu and make your own dry shampoo on the cheap.
If you need to get your hair sleek again, use a round brush and a blow dryer to quickly dry up any sweat at the roots and under the nape of your neck and refresh your blowout. If you did put your hair in braid, now’s a great time to loosen them. Take note, curly tops: This will work for you, too! Capitalize on that texture and use a salt spray, such as Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist, to create perfect surfer locks and give your hair some love. Don’t fret if you still have some frizz; a little bit of roughness makes the look even hotter. Those with curly hair could also reshape ringlets with a dab of gel. If all else fails, take that gel and slick your hair back into a bun. Hold back stray hair with thin, stretchy headband.
No matter what your workout or hair type, these strategies will help hair look and feel great!