TBH, one of the reasons I don’t work out is to avoid post-workout skin and hair care. While skincare ends with thoroughly washing your face and applying some moisturiser, the thought of spending close to an hour washing and drying my hair is what really puts me off.
But then came the lockdown and all the free time on hand got me thinking: do I really need to wash my hair after every workout? So I did some extensive research and here’s what I learnt.
Ps. time to get those running shoes on…
- Firstly, do I need to wash my hair post-workout?
- But won’t the sweat wreak havoc on my scalp?
- How do I conceal my sweaty, greasy roots then?
Firstly, do I need to wash my hair post-workout?
Although the answer to the question is truly subjective, in most cases it is not really mandatory to wash your hair every single day. Why is it subjective? Because it really depends on your hair type and how much you sweat. But if you’re indulging in a low-intensity workout, which doesn’t get you all drenched in sweat, then you could easily skip washing your hair for a day or two. In fact, here’s a bit of good news – excess sweat build-up on your scalp leads to your hair looking a little dry. But if you have naturally poker straight and flat hair, the salt from your sweat can actually help give it more texture and body. Mind = blown, isn’t it?
But won’t the sweat wreak havoc on my scalp?
When you sweat, your scalp is also producing a lot of natural oils, and natural oils never harmed anybody. So, as weird and gross as it sounds, the sweat could actually help nourish and hydrate your scalp. But ensure that you don’t skip washing your hair for more than two days because eventually the oils will clog your follicles and lead to scalp acne.
How do I conceal my sweaty, greasy roots then?
Yes, we know. Even though natural oils do good by nourishing your scalp, they also make your hair look REALLY limp and dirty and you certainly don’t wanna walk around with icky looking hair. But instead of reaching for that bottle of dry shampoo immediately, wait for your hair to completely dry. Why? Because when you spray dry shampoo on the wet scalp, it forms a white paste and won’t absorb the excess moisture. Allow your hair to air dry completely and then spray the dry shampoo all over your roots to instantly freshen up your tresses.