6 Tips To Ensure Your Gym Workout Doesn’t Destroy Your Hair

Working out is good for you—in fact it’s very good for you—and a healthy lifestyle is way more important than getting one extra day out of your blow dry. That said, you could be doing serious damage to your hair every time you throw it up to go the gym. Many women severely damage their hair from not taking care of it properly after working out.

Below are some tips to make sure that you don’t destroy your hair every time you go to the gym.

1. Check your hair ties 

The problem is that many of us just grab the first ponytail holder we can find. But there are so many hair ties available now that are made specifically for working out that are gentler than your average elastic. And the same goes for headbands. There are brands that make headbands in moisture-wicking fabrics so your roots don’t get so oily.

2. Mix things up

So many women come into the salon with breakage in the area where they wear their ponytail regularly. The trick is to not tie your hair up in the same place on your head every day, which causes breakage over time. Alternate how you wear your hair from workout to workout—a low ponytail, a fishtail braid, a high ponytail, a knot at the middle of the back of your head. Just be conscious about putting your hair up. If you twist your hair to the right each time you work out, twist it the left on occasion.

3. Beware the water

Water may be integral to your body post-workout, but it’s not the same for your hair. I’ve heard of people wetting their hair with water after the gym, then using conditioner to detangle. This is so bad for your hair. Not only are you spreading the salty sweat to your ends, but water also dries out your hair and oxidises hair dye. Plus, conditioner is meant to go on clean hair. If it goes on dirty hair, you’re going to get a buildup of the protein bonds found in conditioner, which can eventually cause the hair to dry out and start breaking. Basically, if you’re going to get your hair wet, you might as well reach for the shampoo.

4. Use your salon purchased shampoo

If you’re washing your hair frequently, you want to use a gentle, lightweight formula that won’t over cleanse and strip the hair. And make sure to rinse out the conditioner really well so you don’t have any of it left lingering in your hair.

5. Apply dry shampoo correctly 

Dry shampoo is a great way to avoid looking like a grease pit, but the key is to apply it before you start sweating—not after. If your hair is drenched with sweat, no dry shampoo is strong enough to soak that up. Plus, many dry shampoos have a very high alcohol content. Mix that alcohol with sweat and it’s going to seriously dry out your hair. Spray dry shampoo throughout your roots before you workout. However, if it doesn’t contain alcohol—or has very little alcohol in it you can use it afterward; just wait until your hair has had a few minutes to dry.

6. Don’t forget to brush your hair

Your hair can get nourishment from its own natural oils, but those oils won’t reach the middle of your hair unless you brush it. So if you worked out and won’t be washing your hair that night or that morning, make sure to brush you hair with a bristle brush. Not only does that distribute the oils to the lengths of the hair, but it also breaks up any congestion you might have at the scalp.

information source: allure.com

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