Since I’ve started working out consistently (4-5 times per week), I’ve had a lot of questions about how I handle washing my hair, and how to revive it with dry shampoo after I exercise each day.
I often get asked why I don’t wash my hair very often, and the reason is that I have so. much. hair. So the time it takes me to wash, blow dry, straighten, and then style is over an hour. And if I air dry it (which I typically do), it’s 3-4 hours. I don’t have that kind of time on a daily basis, so I’ve learned a few tricks to avoiding washing it every day and keeping it from looking like an oily mess.
So today I’m sharing what products I use, and what I do each day after I exercise to get my hair looking fresh and clean again.
- Let it air dry, or blow dry it. I put my hair in a tight topknot while I exercise to keep it out of my face, and then keep it in that top knot while I shower. If your hair is shorter, use a shower cap. After I’m out of the shower, I pull my hair down and let it air dry. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll sometimes blow dry it – do whatever works best for you.
- Dry shampoo. This is your best friend for going longer in between washes and freshening and cleaning your hair every day. My favorites are Suave Dry Shampoo and Amika Dry Shampoo. After my hair is dry again, I liberally spray the dry shampoo throughout.The key is to part your hair in the middle and spray parallel along the part, then do another part one inch down the side of your head and repeat. Then do another part one inch down from that, and so on down the side of your head. Now go back to the middle and part down the other side. Once you’re done with the sides and top, flip your hair upside down and spray along your neck.Let the dry shampoo sit for a minute or two, then rub through it with your finger tips. Now brush through with a Wet Brush (that’s the brand, don’t actually use a brush that’s wet).I repeat this every day after exercising and it works perfectly!
- Train your hair. This is an important step in getting your hair to last longer in between washes. It sounds crazy, but it’s true that your scalp will produce more oil if your washing your hair more often. If you wash your hair every day, try going to every other day for a couple of weeks (dry shampooing in between), and then go to every three days, etc.
- Use higher quality shampoo. This step has made a huge difference in how long I can go in between washes. I switched to Pureology Hydrate Shampoo a few years ago and it has made all the difference. It’s a concentrated shampoo, so the price tag is high but it literally lasts me for over a year because I don’t need much (even with a lot of hair). Once I switched, I instantly saw a change in how my hair felt, looked, and lasted.
Also, at night to keep my hair cleaner while I sleep, I use a bobble hair tie to pull my hair in a high, loose pony tail. It keeps me from laying on it while I sleep, and the bobble hair tie doesn’t leave any creases so my curls stay in place for several days.