By: Nina Barrett
Photos by: Sarah Mardjuki
If someone told you they didn’t shower after a workout, you would probably be pretty weirded out. I mean, who doesn’t love a hot shower, especially now that the weather’s getting colder? The answer is: your hair. While showering every day is great for some things, it can lead to dry and damaged hair. For those of you who work out every day (props to you!), not showering after your session may be better for you than you think. To help you out, here are five simple tips to help your hair look AND feel good, even after your early-morning Yates session.
Dry shampoo is a necessity in any girl’s beauty collection for a reason. Dry shampoo can save your hair and your time in the morning. After a workout, spray dry shampoo into your roots and spread evenly throughout your hair. Little known tip: you can also use dry shampoo before a workout to prepare your locks. The product will coat your hair and prevent oils from collecting in your roots! A cult classic, Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo is an affordable and effective way to stay looking fly during your workout.
Dry Texturizing Spray
Dry shampoo may be the holy grail of hair products, but if you want to add a little more volume to your hair after a workout, texturizing spray is your best bet. While dry shampoo soaks up the oils in your hair, texturizing spray also helps to increase the natural texture of your hair after a workout. ORIBE’s Dry Texturizing Spray smells amazing, helps to build volume, and keeps your hair looking amazing after your SoulCycle session.
If skipping the shower gives you a little bit more time to get ready, grab a blow dryer. Dry your hair from the top down and use a bristle brush to wick oils away from the roots. If you want a little bit more volume, dry your hair upside down. The salt from the sweat will act as a natural texturizer, and you can get to class without having to worry about wet hair.
Although products can be lifesavers for sweaty hair, knowing the right styles for a workout can save you the trouble of even using them. A ponytail is the classic look for a workout, but other hairstyles can protect your hair during and look cute after! A tight braid keeps your locks looking sleek from the yoga studio to the classroom. You can even take it out after your workout for some messy, heat-free waves. If you’re doing a less-intense workout, like yoga, keep your hair up in a bun and take it down after the class.
Before your workout, add a headband for both fashion and function. Lululemon’s Cardio Cross Trainer Headband comes in tons of different colors and keeps both hair and sweat out of your face during your workout. It will also absorb sweat, which means less work for you later on. You could keep it on afterwards to tame any flyaways or use bobby pins and barrettes to keep stray hairs from ruining your look.