To work out or not to work out? To wash my hair or to not wash it? These are the questions that circle our mind when planning hair-washing days according to our workout schedule.
Sweat is the way our body expels waste and salinity to keep cool. And although sweat can work as a natural salty water to recreate beachy waves, if you don’t wash it off the salt will dehydrate the strands, and eventually, it’ll start to smell yucky as well.
Doing a full cleansing session (washing, treating, and conditioning) always leaves you feeling very refreshed. But let’s face it…no one wants to dry their hair every single day. Who has time for that? Also, don't forget that using shampoo everyday is damaging to the strands. Gradually reducing the number of times you wash your hair every week will pay off by having healthier strands.
Here are a series of recommendations designed to help you tailor your Hair Routine according to your favorite exercise and your schedule.
If the workout intensity level is low
...and you are not sweating that much, there is no need to wash your hair. In this case, pat dry your scalp with a microfiber towel or just a clean cotton towel. Then spray some natural mist to freshen up your hair. You can make your own hair mist with spring water and a few drops of rosemary essential oil.
If the workout intensity level is medium
Use a headband at the hairline to absorb sweat as best as possible. After the workout use a wet cloth, clean the front of your hairline and the back and then blow dry with the settings on cold. Doing this will help you cleanse where you got the most sweat and help you freshen up.
If the workout intensity level is high
...and your hair ends up drenched in sweat, it’s normal that you’ll want to wash that off. Do a co-wash instead. Using a silicone-free conditioner, rinse your hair, massage your roots gently to cleanse away the dirt, and apply conditioner from the middle of the strands to their ends; then rinse again. For a laissez-faire approach, let your hair dry naturally and embrace your natural waves. Apply a few drops of argan oil to control frizz and baby hairs.
Haircare tips before your workout:
- Braid your hair before the exercise and undo it when you are done for a wavy style.
- Clip your bangs away from your face to avoid them getting in your way and to also keep them dry. Always carry some clips with you.
- If you planned your washing day with your workout, pre-poo with extra virgin olive oil. It nourishes the strands and gives them an extra layer of protection before they get cleansed. Apply one spoonful of the oil and distribute it all over your hair and scalp, then tie it up to recreate a slicked-back look. Wash it off after your done working out.
- Once every couple of months, use an anti-residue shampoo to deep cleanse your scalp from any buildup residue. If you work out daily, you can do this once a month.