Work Out Without Ruining Your Hair

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Keeping your hair looking good whilst working out can be tricky, but our expert tips below - including a little input from Olympic champion skier, Chemmy Alcott - will help keep sweat from ruining your look.

  1. Wear your hair in a ponytail or topknot with a scrunchie – but do not tie it too tightly or else you will have an annoying dent! Invisibobbles are also great to use, as they are made of plastic and can hold the hair in place without absorbing sweat.
  2. Lightly spritz a moisturising leave-in conditioner prior to your workout. Then once your workout is finished, simply blast your hair with a hairdryer to freshen up the hair.
  3. If you are not a fan of pulling your hair back when you work out, try using a texturizing spray before you begin exercising. A product like this will activate with the moisture of your sweat, so that once your session is over a quick fluff with your fingers will help reinvigorate your hair’s volume.
  4. Stay away from hairbands, as these leave a weird kink in the hair after sweating. Instead, try a headband that wicks away moisture. Nike and Lululemon make ones that are stretchy, breathable and are designed to keep your head cool.
  5. A few strategically placed bobby pins can help stop your hair from falling around your face whilst you work out. Bobby pins are great for those with fringes!
  6. Keep your hands off your head whilst you workout. Touching the scalp can stimulate oil production, which when added with sweat will make your hair totally unmanageable post-workout.
  7. Pack some hair fragrance in your gym bag, as these are great at not only masking odours, but they also give hydration and nourishment to the hair.
  8. If you are rushed after your workout and don’t have time to wash and blow-dry your hair, pull your hair into a top knot and use some make-up blotting papers around the hairline to soak up oil and sweat.
  9. Before exercising, blast some dry shampoo on to your roots, and then once you are finished run your fingers through your hair to disperse the powder to help soak up any extra moisture.
  10. Choose your workout wisely. Not all workouts need to leave you drenched in sweat, so if you really want to make your blow-dry last longer, choose a more low-impact option such as mat Pilates, a laidback yoga session, or even some relaxing tai chi.


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