As much as women don’t want to admit it, they care about how they look, regardless of where they go. This includes the gym. However, a rigorous workout pretty much makes looking picture perfect more of a challenge. When it comes to hair care, the wear and tear of a regular workout regimen can wreak havoc on even the best-cared fortresses. However, there is a way that you can maintain a healthy gym workout with good hair care. When your hair is healthy and protected during your time at the gym, the less you’ll have to worry about on your days away from your workout.
Oftentimes women make the mistake of not prepping their hair the right way when they go to exercise at the gym. Others choose to try and wear their hair as they normally would outside of the gym, which only leads to a look that is flat, sweaty and anything but attractive. Instead of trying to keep up appearances at the gym, it is best to learn hair care tips and tricks that still allow you to look lovely while exercising but in a way that won’t create more problems for the health of your hair in the long run.
Various activities in the gym can pose a score of issues for your tresses, including sweat and dirt that tends to accumulate not only on your skin but your scalp as well. In order to prevent build up on your scalp, which can weigh down your hair and clog the hair follicles, it is important to cleanse your hair with a shampoo and conditioner that is formulated to remove scalp build up and absorb excess oils. Use these hair care products after each workout to guarantee that your scalp is clean and prevent tresses that are limp and weighed down.
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Because excessive sweat can cause the roots of your hairline around the forehead to become drier than normal, wear a headband made of cotton while working out. The headband will absorb the sweat and keep it away from your hairline. In general, it is good practice to wear a headband or similar hair product to keep your tresses out of your face and off of your neck and back. However, you should avoid wearing hats or other kinds of headwear that completely covers the top of your head. Opt for clips and/or elastic bands made of gentle fabric that doesn’t snag your hair when you put it up. When putting your hair in a ponytail or other updo for your workout, avoid pulling your hair too tightly. Constant tugging and pressure on the hair can lead to breakage and even hair loss, known as traction alopecia. Instead, make sure your updo hairstyle is loose enough so that your scalp doesn’t feel tight or cause discomfort.
For gym goers that regularly participate in activities that involve extreme heat, such as saunas and steam baths, it is best to apply leave-in conditioner onto your hair from roots to tips and wrap it up in a towel before stepping into the heat. This will protect your hair from the heat and provide moisture. Leave-in conditioner should also be applied to your hair before you go swimming in the pool.
After coming home from the gym, wash and condition your hair and when it comes to blowing drying, use the cool air setting to lock in moisture and give your tresses a natural, vibrant shine.