A real issue for female fitness fanatics is keeping their hair in check during an intense workout. Movement and sweat can leave your perfect mane looking frizzy and limp. If you just spent $50 or more on your salon hairstyle, the last thing you want to worry about is ruining it so that you can stay in shape.
Fortunately, you don’t have to. These tricks will keep your hair looking amazing during and after your workout so that you can focus on the important stuff.
Use the Right Professional Tools
Feeling confident about your looks is an important part of staying on track with your fitness goals. If you’re worried about taking your hairstyle from the gym to the workplace or out on the town, don’t be. When you use the right tools to set your hair into the perfect hairstyle for your post-workout activities, you’ll find that your hair will stay put, even through the sweat and intense movements.
Use a professional curling iron, like Brilliance New York Clipless Curling Irons for various curl sizes, to set your hair the right way so that it stays in place. Once you curl your hair, you can then pin the strands framing your face back with bobby pins, or pull all your hair into a loose ponytail. After your workout, you can let your hair fly free.
Make a Tight Braid
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Are you worried about how your compound exercises will affect your mane? Sweat from intense workouts can tend to make the hair closest to your scalp wet and salty, which can give you more of a matted look than a cute one. And, loose hair tends to get frizzy the more you move around if you don’t keep it tamed somehow.
One of the best hairstyles for the gym, therefore, is the braid. Braids keep everything tight and neat and still manage to look sleek and sexy. The best part is that, after your workout, you can let your hair down and the dampness can create an incredible flowy, wavy look that mimics what you get done at the hair salon.
There are several different braid styles that you can try, all of which keep your hair in place during a workout, but make your hair look salon-inspired afterward. Just keep it your braid as tight as possible and consider getting a friend to help you if you can’t do it yourself. You might also want to spray some water or a flexible hold hairspray in your hair before you braid to aid your flowing locks when you take it out.
Create a Perfect Bun with Hair Donuts
Foam hair donuts are a must-have hair accessory for ballerinas, but they can also help you create a flawless bun for your workout. The best part? You can take your bun with you from the gym to work without anyone batting an eye.
First, make a ponytail where you want your bun to sit. Be sure to pull all the hair on top of your head tight to prevent flyaways at the gym. Then, place the foam donut over the ponytail, pulling your hair through the middle. Spread the hair around the donut, use bobby pins to keep it in place, spray some flexible hairspray on your hair, and you’re ready to workout.
Spray Some Dry Shampoo After Your Workout
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It can be tempting to want to hop right into the shower after your workout to wash your body and hair, even if you already showered in the morning. But, your hair doesn’t need to be stripped away of its important nutrients after every workout. In fact, it’s better if you skip some days in between shampooing to let your natural oils do their magic.
That’s where dry shampoo comes in. Spritz some dry shampoo on your hair after a workout to soak up sweat and extra oils without intervening too much with your hair’s moisture. Plus, it’ll leave your locks looking as fresh as they would after stepping out of the shower.