How To Care For Your Locks After A Sweaty Workout

Being a beast in the gym doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous outside of it as well. There’s nothing like getting through a workout that gets your heart beating and your sweat dripping. But what do you do when, 30 minutes after that workout, you’re expected to look your best at a meeting, or a breakfast date? Quite simply, going straight from a workout to social engagements isn’t really an option. No one really wants to see you all sweaty and disheveled. 

If you work out every other day, or even less frequently, then a shower is your best bet to get yourself feeling refreshed after a workout. Showers cleanse the body and the mind. They help clean the body and allow a moment of relaxation after exertion. 


Make sure to wash your hair with lukewarm water so as not to shock your scalp with water that is too cold or too hot after your workout. Use a shampoo that is well suited to your hair type, and make sure you massage it in from roots to end, giving your hairline and nape of your neck some extra attention. That’s because those two spots are where sweat usually accumulates.

If you normally don’t use a conditioner, then your post-workout shower is a good place to start. Since sweat and frequent hair-washing strips your hair of essential oils, it’s important to replenish the moisture in your hair by using a gentle conditioner. Follow instructions on the bottle to make sure it’s being used right. 

If, on the other hand, you work out every day (you beast, you!) or you just don’t have enough time to jump under the water, then skipping the shower may be a better option for you. In this case, there is still an option available for you as well! 

Dry Shampoo

When struggling for time, ditching the shower can be the only way. Instead, swap it out for some dry shampoo. This genius spray or powder invention is a god-send when it comes to helping rid your hair of all the nasty dirt, oils, and sweat, leaving your hair feeling refreshed until your next shower. 

After your dry shampoo routine, give your hair a volume boost by blow drying your hairline to dry out any sweat.

If the idea of skipping the shower makes you raise your eyebrows, rest at ease! According to hair specialists, sweat is actually beneficial to your hair, as it strengthens your roots by keeping the healthy oils intact. It just may not be sightly to behold. This is why dry shampoo can be such a good choice! 

Put Your Hair Up

A third and easy option is to bundle your hair up in a sleek ponytail or high bun, using hair oil to keep the strays in place. Admittedly this may not be the most stylish option, but sometimes “needs must” as they say. Any of these options can work after a workout for the right hair. It just depends on how much time you have and what you need to be doing after your workout! The most important thing is that you got to the gym in the first place!

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