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How-To: Fresh Hair at the Gym


Earlier today, TeamSugar member Elynlovesyou posed a good question. She's trying to stay fit, but she often doesn't work out between work and school because of the time-suck that is postgym grooming. "Is there a way to make my hair last through a workout," she asked. "Or a way to revive it without having to wash/wet it and dry it again?"

Yep, absolutely! First, I would suggest wearing your hair in a ponytail or bun. If you have bangs, use a barrette to keep them off of your forehead; this will keep any sweat out of your hair. All of this seems like an obvious choice, but every now and then I see women wearing Gisele-style waves at the gym. (This baffles me.) To find out how to freshen up postworkout hair, read more.

After the workout, if you don't have time to shower, you have a few options to refresh your hair:

  • If your bangs happen to be greasy, a quick sinkside shampoo and minute-long blow-dry should do the trick.
  • If your problem is a sweaty scalp, dry shampoo might be the answer. Oscar Blandi's version ($11–$19) will do the trick, but I really like Biolage Oil Control Treatment because it soaks up oil while puffing up the hair. Either way, just apply the product close to your scalp to cut down on the greasy look. If you have very light hair, you can also substitute baby powder in a pinch.
  • If you're battling flat hair, add a volumizer such as Aveda Volumizing Tonic ($15) to your gym bag. Spray the volumizer near the roots and brush (or finger-comb) it through your hair. This will provide a little lift without requiring a blow-dry.

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