Your dedication to staying in shape could unknowingly be putting your hair through the wringer. Now, this doesn’t mean you should stop working out! You just need to make sure to follow our expert gym haircare tips.
Whether you’re a beginner or a workout pro, these are the golden rules you should follow to get healthier-looking, happier tresses at the gym and beyond.
Apply Dry Shampoo Before You Workout
If your HIIT or other intense classes leave you more than a little sweaty, a great gym haircare tip for you is: make dry shampoo a staple hair product in your gym bag. Why? Well, dry shampoos work to absorb sweat, oil and keep your hair looking fresh and clean. But don’t wait to work up a sweat to reap the benefits of these miracle products, you can also apply them to your tresses before you workout.
And just like regular shampoos, it’s important to make sure to pick the right dry shampoo for your hair concern. Our all-round fave is the TONI GUY Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo because it smells fresh and doesn’t leave your hair with any white residue – bonus!
Rock Protective Hairstyles
Are you guilty of wearing your hair down to the gym? Or maybe you’re always rocking a really tight ponytail? Well, we’re going to let you in on a little gym haircare secret: protective hairstyles are the key to great workout hair. Your strands are more prone to breakage when they’re worn down or pulled too tight, and combined with sweat, your hair is going to feel the strain (eek!).
So, whether you opt for stylish braids, low or high buns, or even a half-up look, the right gym hairstyle should out last your gym sesh and see you to the office or brunch, in style.
Are you shampooing after every workout? Excessively washing your hair strips away the natural oils your mane produces to condition and moisturise itself, making your strands more prone to breakage.
To avoid this, consider making your washes less frequent by using a dry shampoo in between to help combat greasy-feeling hair. But, if you’re really itching for fresh-feeling tresses after a sweaty workout session, try the co-washing method (AKA washing with only conditioner!).
If you’re looking for a new co-washing product to add into your gym haircare routine, we suggest you get your hands on the TRESemmé Botanic Moisture & Replenish Cleansing Conditioner. Formulated with coconut milk and aloe vera, it helps deeply moisturise your locks and leaves you with lush, clean tresses.
Apply an Oil or Conditioner Before Swimming
If you don’t like wearing swimming caps, you, unfortunately, run the risk of causing harm to your locks via chlorine. So, we do suggest you wear one as much as you can because it really helps with your gym haircare. You can also apply a thin layer of hair oil or conditioner in your hair before swimming to protect it. Both will act as a barrier between your hair and chlorinated water, keeping chlorine damage at a minimum.
Use Dove Nutritive Solutions Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner to create your extra barrier under your swimming cap. Formulated with nourishing oils, this conditioner will help protect your tresses and leave them feeling soft.
Wear a Sweatband
If all else fails, a gym haircare go-to is a sweatband (even if it’s not the coolest look in the world). Wearing one will help absorb the sweat around your hairline. This is great for keeping your hair in check while you try to hit your PB.
Increase Your Protein Intake
Loading up on protein shakes? Gym haircare tip: Don’t forget to give your strands a protein hit, too! 90% of your hair is made from it and keratin is a type of protein that makes up our hair.
After a week of hitting the gym, you can give your hair an extra dose of TLC with the Dove Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Mask. This treatment will help improve the look and feel of your hai. Meaning, you can have #greathairdays all the time.