If you regularly work out you know that what is good for your body can be hard on your hair. Depending on what you do to stay in shape, your hair can be exposed to such damaging forces as chlorine, UV rays, and excess heat. Create a plan to avoid some of these gym hair pitfalls, and plan improving the condition of your hair and saving valuable time.
Sweat may be the indicator of a good workout, but it can often be drying to your hair. Before you begin any workout, pull back your hair. Be sure not to pull back your hair too tightly, or you could cause your hair to break, and use covered seamless elastics. Pay particular attention to any bangs, which will absorb the most sweat and could possibly cause a breakout on your forehead. Carefully pin these back to protect them.
Running, biking, or any other activity that you regularly do outdoors has its own possible hair care pitfalls. Exposure to UV rays is damaging to normal hair, and can seriously alter the appearance of chemically colored hair. Invest in a product that guarantees UV protection and use it as regularly as you use your sunscreen. Also, if you wear a helmet, make sure that your hair is pinned back securely to prevent unnecessary tangles and that whatever style you choose does not undermine how effective your helmet would be in a crash.
If you swim for your workout, you’re probably already aware of the dangers of chlorine. A swimming cap is the best possible solution, protecting your hair from chemicals and prevents it from obstructing visibility. Regardless of whether or not you wear a cap, rinse your hair before and after you take a swim to prevent chlorine damage. There are also hair care products that claim to help protect your hair from chlorine, but even applying a simple leave in conditioner before you swim will help your hair remain healthy after you leave the pool.
After your workout, avoid overly hot water and limit sauna use. In the sauna, apply a light conditioner that will help protect your strands, the heat will also help the conditioner permeate the hair shaft. Also plan on using some anti frizz product after you leave, the excess heat and humidity will cause even the best behaved hair to frizz. In the shower, evaluate whether or not you need to lather up, or could use a dry shampoo and styling product instead. If you do intend to wash your hair, make sure that the water is warm, and that you are using a shampoo appropriate for your hair type.
If you skip washing your hair, try spritzing with water or detangler and using a brush to blow your hair dry for a sleek look. Also consider a flat iron after your hair is completely dry to seal in shine. For curly hair, try scrunching a small amount of a light hold gel through your locks to help your curls regain their shape.