Social distancing by staying indoors may not necessarily be good for your hair. Yes, you might not be exposed to pollution and direct sunlight daily, but that’s no reason to skimp on essential hair care practices needed to keep it healthy. Especially if you are someone who does regular home workouts; yes, you, who loves to live in her tight bun, day in and day out—your scalp is screaming for help!
Working out releases sweat and oil in your scalp, which, if not managed regularly, can lead to hair that looks limp, flat and stinks (quite literally). Your balcony workouts on hot summer mornings are not making it any easier for your scalp to stay healthy. But fret; we’re here to the rescue. Scroll down for some simple tips on how to keep hair clean after a workout.
- 01. Prep with a dry shampoo
- 02. Try co-washing
- 03. Indulge in a regular detox
- 04. Use a hair serum
- 05. Opt for loose hairstyles
01. Prep with a dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is a workout freak’s best defence against smelly hair, granted you know when to use it. Do not douse your sweat laden mane with dry shampoo right after a workout; it can make your hair greasy. Instead, prep your hair with the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Matte Dry Shampoo before you start your workout. This dry shampoo contains hydrophobically modified cornstarch that will absorb the excess sweat and oil and leave the hair clean and fresh. Simply spritz on the dry shampoo, massage it in with your fingers and tie your hair in a high bun or ponytail while you workout. After you're done working out, simply untie your hair and gently massage your scalp to activate the dry shampoo and freshen hair.
02. Try co-washing
You do not have to shampoo and condition your hair every day, after every workout. The alternative? Co-washing — it means washing your hair with just conditioner, ditching the shampoo. You can rinse your hair with water and condition the ends with a conditioner like the Sunsilk Coconut Water and Aloe Vera Volume Hair Conditioner. If you still crave that fresh feeling, use a diluted portion of apple cider vinegar or rice water to rinse your mane. But always make sure to follow up with a conditioner every time you wet your hair.
03. Indulge in a regular detox
An invigorating workout is enough to detox your body, but what about the hair? Depending on the intensity of your physical activity and your hair type, indulge in a regular detox session weekly or once in 15 days. Switch your regular shampoo and conditioner with a clarifying formula like the Tresemme Botanique Detox and Restore Shampoo + Conditioner that helps get rid of dirt, oil, sweat and product buildup on your scalp.
04. Use a hair serum
Sweat opens up the hair’s cuticle, allowing essential moisture to escape, which leaves the hair dry and frizzy. That’s why it’s important to have a hair serum like the TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Frizz Control And Straightening Serum in your post-workout hair care arsenal. This lightweight serum fights humidity, nourishes the strands and also tackles frizziness to give you a soft and silky mane. Plus, it’ll also get rid of knots and tangles, and make detangling your hair post-shower a breeze.
05. Opt for loose hairstyles
You do not want your hair sitting too tightly on your scalp while you are sweating. Just like your body, your scalp should also be able to air out to keep it cool and sweat-free. Take the top half of your hair and gently pin it on the crown. Next, secure the rest of your hair in a loose low ponytail to avoid it pulling and tugging on your scalp too much.