5 Pointers for Flawless Hair Post-Workout

by Style
Jan 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Truth be told, hitting the gym is a New Year’s resolution for most of us. Whether you want to shed pounds, tone up or just improve the health of your heart, routine workouts are sure to make you feel accomplished and on your way to a healthier lifestyle. But just because you’re squeezing in sweat sessions doesn’t mean your hair has to suffer.

If you can keep your strands in place, you may reconsider squeezing in a spin class on your lunch break or a yoga slot before a date night. We touched base with hair pros on tips and tricks to help you leave the gym with flawless strands.

Perfect your protective style

Workout hair is anything that’s away from the face and off the neck, although there are some brave warrior women who can run 6.0 on the treadmill with their hair down. But what will keep strands protected while you burn your cals? “If you plan to break a sweat, you want a hairstyle to keep you cool,” shares Dana Tizzo, senior hairstylist from Butterfly Studio Salon. “A high ponytail will keep your hair away from your neck, but make sure to use a non-creasing hair tie to avoid any dents or snags in your hair.” For girls who rock heat-styled strands, Tizzo also suggests smoothing back your pony with a sweat-wicking headband to keep edges dry and frizz-free.

If you have curly or textured strands, a loose bun or topknot may be a better option. “Women with curly or coily hair can also opt for satin or silk scarves to keep hair frizz-free and smooth,” Giovanni Vaccaro, Glamsquad creative director shares.

Sneak in hair treatments

As all millennial women know, mastering all our desired tasks can only be done by multitasking, and hitting the gym is no different. Instead of carving out 30 minutes for a deep treatment, apply product to hair before you sweat and rinse out post-workout. “Providing hair with extra moisture during a low- to medium-intensity workout can be a great way to kill two birds with one stone,” says Vaccaro. “Use a leave-in conditioner or oil on damp hair while tossing hair in a bun so the hair can fully absorb the product during your workout.”

Gauge your sweat levels

Now that you know how to prep hair before you train, let’s tackle what to do post-yoga or -spin class. If you’re on the fence about washing your hair or air-drying and heading to work, here’s how to know what to do. “Treat your hair differently based on the intensity of your workout and the amount of sweat you produced,” says Vaccaro. “For a low- to medium-intensity workout where sweating is kept to a minimum, you don’t necessarily have to wash your hair.”

If you’re hitting Bikram yoga or a boot camp-style class, shampoo is a must. “Sweat can clog pores on the scalp and can cause dry scalp and stunted hair growth,” says Vaccaro. It can also cause foul odor and shorten the lifespan of your hair. If you’re a gym rat, consider using a scalp exfoliator one to two times a week to rid hair of any built-up debris.

Avoid styling foes

Your workout is over, and it’s time to head to the office or out with friends, but your strands are unmanageable. If flyaway pieces or frizz are your problems, grab a lightweight cream or pomade. Curly girls should opt for an edge-control gel you can use before and after your workout without gunky buildup.

Another pro tip for post-sweat styling is dry shampoo. “Apply a dry shampoo to your roots before your workout to prevent moisture from transferring from your scalp to the rest of your hair,” shares Tizzo. For darker hair colors, make sure your dry shampoo goes on clear and doesn’t create a white film on your strands.

If you have fine or thin hair, try a style that will give some texture to strands so they don’t fall flat. “If you don’t have time to wash, use the cool setting on the blow dryer and blow your roots upside down to add some volume,” suggests Tizzo. “Another trick is styling hair in French braids before your workout to add texture to hair once your sweat session is done.”

Pack appropriately

You’ve got the lowdown on how to perfect your hair before, during and after you sweat, but in order to pull off your best look, you need to be stocked with the best products. Here are some stylist-approved hair helpers to keep your strands intact while you reach your new-year goals.


Originally posted on StyleCaster.

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1 /12: Amika Touchable Hairspray

1/12 :Amika Touchable Hairspray

Keep baby hairs and flyways in place without crunchy, stiff stands with this lightweight hairspray.

Touchable Hairspray, $22.50 at Amika

2 /12: Goody SlideProof Bobby Pins

2/12 :Goody SlideProof Bobby Pins

Pins are a great staple for girls with shorter styles to pin back strands away from the face.

Goody SlideProof Bobby Pins, $4 at Walmart


3 /12: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Shampoo

3/12 :Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Shampoo

To avoid buildup from consistent gym sessions, try a gentle scalp exfoliator once a week to purify and condition both your scalp and hair.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, $42 at Sephora

4 /12: Cantu Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel

4/12 :Cantu Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel

Whether your hair is swept into a ponytail or worn down, this flake-free gel keeps edges smooth and in place.

Cantu Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel, $4 at Target

5 /12: Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Hair Mist

5/12 :Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Hair Mist

Spritz this hair fragrance in your tresses, and your coworkers will never guess you burned 500 calories before work.

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Hair Mist, $55 at Sephora

6 /12: Emi Jay Flexx Hair Ties in Fiji

6/12 :Emi Jay Flexx Hair Ties in Fiji

These non-creasing hair ties are just as pretty in your hair as they are on your arm.

Flexx hair ties in Fiji, $10 at Emi Jay

7 /12: Grace Eleyae Satin Cap

7/12 :Grace Eleyae Satin Cap

Great for textured or curly hair, toss on this satin-lined cap to keep hair smooth and protected while you move.

Satin cap, $21 at Grace Eleyae

8 /12: Lululemon Cardio Cross-Trainer Headband

8/12 :Lululemon Cardio Cross-Trainer Headband

A nonslip sweat-wicking headband will stay in place no matter how hard you run, jump, lift or leap.

Cardio cross-trainer headband, $14 at Lululemon

9 /12: Nexxus Hydra-Light Leave In Conditioning Foam

9/12 :Nexxus Hydra-Light Leave In Conditioning Foam

Strands won’t look greasy or weighed down with this airy formula. Apply pre- and post-workout to give hair a punch of hydration.

Nexxus Hydra-Light Leave In Conditioning Foam, $19 at Target

10 /12: Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

10/12 :Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

This invisible formula absorbs excess moisture from your scalp without a residual white film.

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo, $6 at Ulta

11 /12: Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

11/12 :Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

Great for all hair types, this coconut oil- and shea butter-infused hair wipe keeps frizz at bay with a simple swipe.

Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets, $18 at Sephora

12 /12: IGK Swipe Up Charcoal Dry Shampoo Wipes

12/12 :IGK Swipe Up Charcoal Dry Shampoo Wipes

Think of oil blotting, but for the hair. These oil-absorbing wipes use active charcoal to lift excess oils from your scalp and strands.

IGK Swipe Up Charcoal Dry Shampoo wipes, $18 at Sephora