Is Sweat Dangerous for Your Hair?

Marisa Haber | 03 August 2018

Sweat is great in the gym, but maybe not in your strands

We all love a good sweat sesh in the gym, it’s a sign of hard work and potentially progress. After we are doing working out, it can be easy and tempting to just spray some dry shampoo on your strands or throw your hair up in a bun and let you hair air dry. You might be trying to avoid washing your hair to keep it healthy, but what are the effects of sweat on your strands? Is sweat dangerous for your hair? Keep reading to get the scoop on why you might want to consider washing your hair after an intense workout:



How is Sweat Dangerous for Your Strands?



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Sweat can dry out your scalp.

Why is Sweat Dangerous for Your Mane?

Firstly, it’s important to us that we don’t put you in a panic about sweat and fear ever shedding a drop of perspiration for the rest of your life. Sweat is natural and it should be embraced (but definitely don’t forget to rehydrate)!

What you should note about sweat is that it can be very drying as it’s made of primarily water and salt. Because of this dangerous duo, if your scalp gets too sweaty and you leave the perspiration to dry, it can dry out your scalp. A dry scalp can lead to hair loss because the dryness is preventing growth. The salt in sweat can also cause dyed hair to lose color and vibrancy faster.

Sweat is not an imminent risk and shouldn’t be avoided. Now that you know it is potentially harmful when left to dry, there are ways to avoid the damage!

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Make sure you wash your hair after an intense sweat sesh!

Ways to Prevent these Potential Sweaty Dangers

Dry Shampoo

Many people think that spraying dry shampoo after a workout will solve their sweaty dilemma, but it won’t. Your scalp and strands will dry out once the sweat has dried. Instead, spray your dry shampoo before working out to create a barrier. Use Dove Refresh+Care Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo prior to working out and you’ll be protecting your hair from drying out.

DOVE REFRESH+CARE FRESH COCONUT DRY SHAMPOO

Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner Duo

We understand that you may be trying to wash your hair less and it can be tough if you like to go to the gym a lot. We highly recommend washing your hair sometimes after a workout to get rid of sweat. To avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner duo. We love Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner because it is gentle on locks and nourishes your hair without over stripping it of its natural goodness.

DOVE DAILY MOISTURE SHAMPOO
DOVE DAILY MOISTURE CONDITIONER

Cleansing Conditioner

Since a gentle wash here and there might not do the trick for everyone, a cleansing conditioner once a week will be helpful. ApotheCARE Essentials The Replenisher Cleansing Conditioner works as a co-wash to remove impurities and also bring back moisture to your strands. Using this once a week will give you a thorough cleanse.

APOTHECARE ESSENTIALS THE REPLENISHER CLEANSING CONDITIONER