How to Avoid Sweaty Hair: Preserve Your Style While You Sweat

Keep your hair fresh during your next sweat session using this easy hack.

Washing your face after attending your favorite yoga class makeup-free feels like much less of a big deal than committing to a hair wash after a major sweat session. The sweatiness and stickiness you feel after taking your ponytail out post-hour long treadmill run is rough. We know from firsthand experience: A sweaty hair and scalp is not cute.

Believe it or not, a lot of women use sweaty strands as an excuse to avoid the gym. We get that: who wants to ruin the perfect curling iron curls for the sake of a workout? We spoke to Chicago-based hair stylist and makeup artist Etta Polstein about this phenomenon and we were pretty excited when we heard her expert advice. Spoiler alert: the secret to avoiding sweaty hair is all in the styling.

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Ditch your usual high ponytail in favor of something more breathable.

As workout clothes have become more mainstream (a.k.a. a totally legitimate outfit choice), it makes sense that we put more thought into the rest of our workout look, too. Waterproof mascara? Check. Color-coordinating scrunchie? Of course. But when it comes to styling your hair for your workout, your go-to ponytail might not be doing you any favors. “Use a headband at the gym instead of tying your hair back into a ponytail,” Polstein says. “It will help the flow of air to your scalp and keep it nice and dry and prevent oils from getting trapped in your hair.”

While a ponytail does an effective job of keeping your hair out of your face, it doesn’t do you any favors in the sweat department. By tying your up into a constricting ponytail you ensure that all the sweat stays trapped inside the style. By using a headband to keep your strands out of your face you allow your scalp and your strands to breathe while you sweat.

If you’re looking for some extra insurance for your strands, you’ll want to spray Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo into your strands right after your workout. Keep a bottle in your gym bag and spray your roots after whatever sweat that’s built up has dried. This dry shampoo will have a refreshing cooling effect on your scalp as it zaps up excess oils and restores pre-workout volume to your strands.