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The gym and hair prep? Wait, what? Youre just excited you actually got up for the gym but to think about hair prep that early in the morning, is it necessary?
The go-to tight and slicked back ponytail has been your trusted gym BFF and thats about as far as any hair prep goes, right? The truth is, we sweat which then causes an odor and if you are in an intense cardio class chances are your hair is accumulating tons of tangles. So why are we not preventing and protecting? Its ok to spend a little time getting ready for the gym, no it doesn'tt need to be a full glam and get ready session, but we do recommend a little prep.
While exercising, our heart rate goes up and causes our bodies to sweat, we immediately think YES Im kicking butt today! But heres the draw back with sweat...other than the smell, it dries out our hair! Sweat is made up of water but also includes chemicals like ammonia, urea and contains salts which all make up the perfect mixture to suck all the moisture out from your hair.
So how do we prevent our hair from drying out?
When we are at the gym we just want our hair out of the way, but pulling the hair into a style that is too tight may be causing more damage than you think.
Now you may think you need to wash your hair after every single gym session but thats false. Again, over washing will cause the hair to dry out as well. Going 2-3 days in-between your wash is ideal.
HOT TIP: Once you get home, grab your blow dryer and immediately blast the hair on cool air, with a low airflow. This will dry the hair and prevent from build up and itching at the scalp.
Caring for your hair pre and post gym session will make a huge difference! Its all about improving our health, right? Part of that health routine should be for your hair!
Do you have a favorite gym hairstyle that both protects from damage and keeps the hair out of your face? Please share in the comment box below.