Sometimes it can be hard to work a healthier lifestyle into your routine. For me, the issue is that I only wash my hair every 4-5 days, and it’s hard for me to be motivated to go to the gym when I know I’m going to ruin my hair. Fortunately, for all of us, I have figured out a few ways to keep my hair going strong without sacrificing my physical health.
Before we get into the real tips, I just want to mention; I plan my workouts around my hair washing schedule (it’s crazy, I know.) On day’s 1 and 2 I’ll stick to a light cardio (like taking a walk), then day’s 3 or 4 (never both because I’m still lazy) I’ll do my strength training. Then, on the last day, I will go full out with a super intense workout that I will feel for the rest of the week (which means that my hair will stay clean because I won’t be able to move.)
Dry shampoo and a hair dryer
This is the easiest and most effective way to get the job done. I use a ton of dry shampoo (the powdier the better) and don’t rub it into my hair. I just let it sit in my hair and absorb the sweat as I go. Then, at the end, I’ll take a blow dryer (or the gym’s hand dryer if I’m in a pinch) and dry the sweat out of my hair really quick. Nothing fancy, just to get the nape of your neck dry enough to function. This will work the remainder of dry shampoo into your hair and you will feel clean without having to fully wash and dry your hair.
Make it a treatment
On days that you’re going to go full out at the gym. Turn the whole process into a treatment for your hair. Before you go to the gym wash your hair (I know it sounds crazy, just stick with me on this) Then, spread your favorite deep conditioner from the middle of your hair through the ends and comb it through with a wide-tooth comb to ensure an even distribution. Throw your hair up in a messy bun (with the deep conditioner still in it) and head out to your workout. The heat from your head will open up the hair shaft and let the conditioner sink into the inner layers of the hair. Then, after your workout, you can pop back into the shower and rinse the conditioner out.
Embrace the rollers
For those cases when you’re working out at home (or if you’re bad ass enough to do it in the gym, more power to you) Try rolling your hair in foam/velcro rollers to keep your hair voluminous for several more days. Start by using your dry shampoo at the scalp, then, just roll them in (like an old lady) and the heat from the workout will work with the shape of the roller, so when your hair dries and you take them out, you look like you just got a fresh blowout.
Let me know how these tips work for you, so you can have a great workout AND have great hair all at the same time! Also, please give me your workout tips (or send me a link to your workout posts) because I’m REALLY trying to get into it!