Greasy hair after a workout? Follow this hair care routine

Working out every day can be extremely damaging to your hair. So, follow this pre and post workout hair care routine to prevent damage.

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Bookmark this guide to pre and post workout hair care to prevent hair damage. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Published on: 16 December 2021, 11:00 am IST
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Workout is a basic lifestyle practice that most of us follow. It has a positive impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. But as an active person, working out every day and breaking a sweat, the last thing you should have to worry about is your hair! Have you ever considered how it affects your hair? Well, the salt contained in our sweat is a known cause of hair dryness and damage, making them greasy. 

“Sweating during a workout in combination with heat can make working out tedious and also play havoc on the health of our hair and its health,” says Dr Ajay Rana, a renowned dermatologist and aesthetic physician. 

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Sweat can make your hair dirty and greasy. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

When it comes to the solution, most people may switch to washing hair daily, but that’s not a good idea at all. Dr Rana says, “There is always a dilemma of washing the hair every day to get rid of sweat and dirt, as dealing with greasy, sweaty, messy hair is not worth it. Washing your hair every day dries out the scalp, strips the hair of its natural oils, and accelerates hair fall two-fold.” So what’s the solution? 

Well, people tend to put a lot of emphasis on their post-workout routine, but did you know that your pre-workout routine can be just as important? Today, we are sharing pre and post workout hair care tips. 

Here is a basic hair care routine to follow before and after a workout session, according to dr Rana:

Pre-workout hair care routine:

1. Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is best to use before a workout. An hour before work out just put some dry shampoo in your hair and work it into your scalp with your fingers thoroughly. 

2. Style in a proper way

Always keep your hair fresh for the workout session and find a hairstyle that works with the workout plans. For relaxation exercises, choose a loose bun to keep the meditating state comfortable. For cardio, try something more secure, like a braid or ponytail could work to keep the hair away from the face. 

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Before workout routine style your hair! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Keep them away from face

It’s important to tie the hair in a neat style, away from the face for healthy hair. Use hair accessories and headgears like sweatbands, scrunchy clips, pins and hairbands to tame flyaways caused by humidity that can cause hair infection.

4. Use hair perfume

Use hair perfumes and shine spray before the workout. Some traditional fragrance techniques are loaded with alcohol, which can cause dryness if applied to hair. Hair perfumes scent the tresses, so they are free from any drying ingredients. Hair perfumes give the hair a boost of fragrance and leave it smelling fresh when you need it the most. Shine spray gives the hair a lightweight polish, as well as long-lasting smoothness.

Post-workout hair care routine:

1. Let them dry

Once after a workout session, the first thing to do is open the hair and let it dry naturally. Don’t blow dry it to get the last bit of grease and sweat off from the scalp. 

2. Apply shampoo and conditioner

Our hair care after workout sessions is key to refreshing the strands. Wash your hair after the workout using a gentle, purifying shampoo. It helps to cleanse hair, absorb excess sweat and oil. This helps to remove all sweat, grime, and dirt from the hair and scalp. Shampoo hair twice to ensure thorough cleansing. 

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Conditioning your hair will resolve the hair issues. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Use lukewarm water

During washing your hair after a workout, the temperature of the water should not be too hot or cold. Maintain between lukewarm to cool. Always use a conditioner after the shampoo. Keep the conditioner on the hair for 3-5 minutes after that rinse it with cold water.

4. Use serum

Add some serum to the ends of the hair post workout to restore the shine and reduce the frizz. 

5. Let them free

Post workout, our hair also needs TLC. Untie your hair and use ribbon hair ties or spiraled ties to reduce the chance of hair breakages and prevent dents and kinks.

We hope that these tips will help you combat hair problems caused due to your daily workout routine!

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Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information.

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