Working out regularly is a great way to stay fit and feel energized. But dealing with sweaty, stinky post-workout hair is a nightmare. If you find yourself reaching for that bottle of shampoo post every workout, you’re not alone friend.
Buuuuut, what if we told you that we have the perfect solution to this problem? Yes, really! In this article, we are going to give you some near-genius tips and tricks on how to deal with post-workout sweaty hair, avoid ugly ponytail dents, keep things smelling great — all of this, without washing every single day. Excited? Let’s find out…
- 01. Use a clarifying shampoo once every fortnight
- 02. Prevent ponytail dents
- 03. Switch up your hairstyle
- 04. Keep a tissue handy
- 05. Use dry shampoo
01. Use a clarifying shampoo once every fortnight
If you have an oily scalp, you may need to replace your usual shampoo with a clarifying shampoo once in two weeks, as a preface to washing your hair less after working out. Don’t understand? Well, clarifying shampoos eliminate all the dirt, oil, sweat and product build-up from your scalp a lot more efficiently and thoroughly than your usual shampoo, which helps to prevent your scalp from getting super oily after the first workout itself. This ensures that your hair remains fresh for a longer period of time.
02. Prevent ponytail dents
The kind of hair tie you use while working out plays a very important role in determining whether or not you will ponytail dents. Using those elastic hair ties or rubber bands not only puts a lot of strain on your hair and scalp (leading to breakage) but also ends up causing ugly ponytail dents. To avoid this, simply tie your hair using satin, elastic-free scrunchies or invisibobbles. These do not absorb sweat and are a lot gentler on your hair, thereby preventing breakage.
03. Switch up your hairstyle
Instead of tying your hair in the same bun or ponytail, switch up your workout hairstyle every day in between washes. Opt for low or high ponytails, buns, braids, top knots, space buns, etc. This will prevent sweat from accumulating in just one place, helping you to keep your hair looking fresh for a longer period of time.
04. Keep a tissue handy
Since our scalp tends to sweat a lot more than our bodies, you may need to keep some tissue papers or blotting paper handy. Just like how you keep wiping your face and body in between workouts with a napkin, do the same with your hair as well. This will prevent your hair from looking extra greasy and icky post it dries down after the workout.
05. Use dry shampoo
This is a no-brainer. Despite following all the steps mentioned above, you are going to need a stronger pick-me-up for your hair on some days. And lucky for you, this is where a dry shampoo comes in handy. After the workout (once your hair is completely dry), simply spritz on some dry shampoo all over your scalp and thoroughly massage the product into your scalp to leave your tresses instantly refreshed.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Sep 16, 2020
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!