Hair At The Gym
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|Revised Publication Date: 01/05/12
it’s easier to focus on pedaling on your spinning bike
than to worry about the damage that sweat, grime and extreme workouts
can cause to your strands at the gym.
Regular workouts at the
health club can pose all sorts of hair challenges which range from
preventing excessive sweating to avoiding chemical damage from
taking a dip in the club’s pool.
Although hair at the gym is less of a problem for people with
short tresses, everyone has varying degrees of tress
issues to address.
if your hair is medium to long you probably have a trusty claw
clip or other hair devices which keeps loose strands out of
your eyes and off your face.
Do you have a workout
plan that includes protecting your hair?
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Follow one or more of the following tips so that you hair
will look good and feel great, even after the most intense workouts:
If your hair flops into your eyes or your face, or is long
enough to get caught in equipment, tie it back, pin it up or clip
Don’t worry about
ditching your fashionable image.
Check out the latest rage of
friendly elastics like
bungees to achieve a smooth and sleek natural ponytail or
braid. If you prefer
traditional clips, check out
clips that come in a dazzling array of sizes, shapes, colors
and styles to create an edgy yet practical twist or bun.
Comfort counts. Prevent potential hair breakage,
alopecia or headband headaches by avoiding pulling your hair
back too tightly at the roots.
Make sure your hair is loose enough to allow you freedom of
movement while staying out of the way.
Block excess sweat. Although perspiration is a good thing while working out, the
natural salt from perspiration can dry out delicate roots near the
scalp. If sweat is a
problem, consider wearing a wide cotton or
similar headband which will absorb the sweat from your forehead
before it makes contact with your scalp or bangs.
Avoid wearing a baseball hat or similar type of headgear.
Caps may actually block the sweat glands, which can leave hair
drying sweat spots along your hairline. Even worse, many
caps will provide you with an instant smashed "hat head"
look that might be challenging to erase after your workout is over.
If swimming is part of your regime, apply a leave-in
conditioner to your hair before you dive in. Wear a cap when possible. Wetting your hair with water
completely before you take a dip, and right after you emerge, will
help prevent excessive chlorine damage whether you go sans cap or
Although steamy showers seem tempting after a grueling
workout, avoid hot water shampoos that can dehydrate your stands.
If you must indulge in a skin sizzling rinse, make sure your
hair is well protected. Lukewarm
water is always best for shampooing your hair under any
Indulging in steam baths, saunas or Jacuzzis can dry out your
strands. Always apply a
dab of leave-in conditioner ike
7 or Phyto
9 (or light jojoba oil) to your stands to help offset the heat.
Wrap a towel around your strands to further block hair
If you enjoy a massage or other body treatments after your
workout, condition or lightly oil your hair before the treatment.
While you’re at it make sure your masseuse gives you a
scalp massage to stimulate sluggish hair follicles.
Why not give your hair a wonderful treatment while you relax
When you know you’ll definitely be hitting the showers for
a post-workout shampoo, consider applying a conditioning formula or
light oil to your strands before your workout. Pin your hair back
and let your hair moisturize while you exercise.
Remember to shield any equipment with a towel to avoid leaving a
personalized oil slick behind.
Applying a jojoba or shea based product works wonders on conditioning parched
strands and is light enough to avoid creating a greasy look.
Many hair experts now believe that excessive shampooing will
weaken hair over time. When possible, skip any unnecessary treatment
If you indulge in a post-workout shampoo, remember to use a moisture
replenishing shampoo and rinse out conditioner. A leave-in conditioner like
7 or Phyto
9 is a wonderful way to condition while protecting your hair
from your next workout.
If your hair doesn’t generally frizz or attract sweat, oil
and dirt, you might try washing and conditioning
your hair before you arrive at the gym. Towel
blot your hair with an absorbent towel, put it into a braid or twist and pin it up.
After your workout, take a quick shower and avoid getting
your hair wet. Undo the
braid once your hair is dry and let the waves and curls cascade
around your face.
If you must blow dry, remember to always use a heat
to minimize heat damage. Utilize
a cool setting or a cold shot button, when possible, to seal in
moisture and add instant shine.
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Keep in mind great
workout sessions don't have to be followed by major hair
styling ordeals. Depending
on the length, texture and style of your hair, you may be able to
recover with some quick hair fix-ups that range from dry shampoo to
a quick misting with water.
Dust away greasy spots
with a dry shampoo or a pinch of cornstarch. Brush
well and then use a dab of paste to control wild strands.
you feel you need to remove sweat from your strands, spritz or mist
your hair lightly with water and then quickly blow dry with a paddle
or round brush. Banish
frizz from natural curls and waves with a dab of
Phytodefrisant. Blow-dry with a
or similar travel dryer that includes a diffuser to maintain shape
Add instant volume to
wilted strands by lightly misting with water, applying a volume
enhancing product like
Actif and drying with your head upside down.
Remember to direct the dryer’s airflow to the roots of your
hair for instant fullness.
Design a personalized
hair care plan which compliments your workout schedule and you will
be rewarded with well-behaved hair which leaves the gym soft, shiny
Original Publication Date: 3/21/01 - Revised Publication
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