Post # 1
Hi, ladies! I generally enjoy going to the gym but hate the long process of having to wash my hair, blow dry it, and then re-style it after every gym session. I feel like no one has time for that, and frequent heat styling isn’t very healthy for the hair either.
If I’m not going to the gym regularly, my usual routine is to shower daily but only wash my hair 2-3 times per week. On the days I don’t wash my hair, I use dry shampoo. This has done so much to keep my hair strong and healthy! However, when I go to the gym, I get super sweaty and my hair is totally gross, so I feel like I have to wash it again when I shower post-workout.
I feel like this turns a 90 minute gym routine (plus travel time and shower) into a 2-3 hour event when you factor in getting dressed for the gym, driving over there, working out (90 min), driving home, showering, blow drying hair, curling hair, re-applying face products, re-applying sunscreen, and re-applying makeup. (If I’m washing my hair, my face gets wet too, so I end up also having to wash my face and re-apply everything there too just because I’m washing my hair.) I generally go to the gym mid-morning or early afternoon.
I’d really like to avoid blow drying and curling my hair every damn day. What do you fit bees do about your hair when you work out regularly? It sounds so stupid, but this hair thing is really preventing me from going to the gym as often as I’d like or as often as I should. Any secret tips I don’t know about? What’s your routine for dealing with sweaty hair?
Post # 2
Mrs. Honeybee: If it gets really sweaty/messed up then I put it up in a bun for the rest of the day. Sometimes I will wash just the front bang area in the sink (I might just use a bit of hand soap) and blow dry that section so it looks fresh & soft/neat.
I feel your pain though – the hair is definitely an obstacle for me too.
Post # 3
My hair can withstand 2 gym sessions a week without washing. So out of the 5 I do I only wash it 3 times after each of my 2 spin classes and one HIIT session. It manages to withstand a TRX session and one early morning HIIT without needing a post work out wash.. I plan my gym sessions around my hair and it has benefited from this, even though I highlight it and use a straightener it still looks and feels smooth. I have thick hair in a long bob to my collar bone, I think texture and thickness helps but I hear your pain, hair and working out requires forward planning and is a huge time drain.
Post # 4
I would rinse my face and hair in the shower. Redo makeup, let hair air dry. Then throw in a bun if you don’t like the air dried look
Post # 5
Agree it’s super annoying, but good to see you’re already putting dry shampoo to good use! However I get that you can’t use it post great workout, when you’re SUPER sweaty. For me, if I run 2 miles or so at a slower pace I can get away with the blow dry upside down, dry shampoo, blow dry method. Otherwise it has to be washed.
One idea: why are you blow-drying straight then curling your hair every time? To save time, I can wash, no conditioner, no combing/brushing, and scrunch the hair while I blow dry about half-way in a “beach style”. It turns out wavy, and dries completely over the next hour or so. This has been a life-saver. If I know what I’m wearing, I can do this and out the door within a half hour.
Post # 6
I take shower at the gym and let it air dry home and stay at home for the rest of the day. I only apply face product at bedtime anyways.
Post # 7
Tight braid and head band
Post # 8
I have really long, thick hair that is a pain to blow dry and style, but looks horrible if I don’t. I work out in the AM before I go to work, but here’s what I do. No make-up and hair in a high bun @ the gym. When my hair is higher on my head, it helps prevent any creasing from the pony tail. Typically my hair is curled, and the bun helps my hair to keep the curl shape.
Come home, shower with a shower cap, then brush out my hair and quickly blast it with the blow dryer. Re-curl pieces that need it, then spray dry shampoo all over the roots. I let my dry shampoo sit while I do my make up. then I finger comb the dry shampoo through my hair/rub it in at the roots.
With this schedule, I typically only have to wash my hair 2-3 times a week. I can dry shampoo 2 days in a row before I have to wash it (3 days if I wear it in a ponytail or bun).
Hope this helps! Hair + the gym is a total PITA.
Post # 9
smashleykat: sorry did not read it. Thought you wanted to know what I do with hair while workout. Post workout, I shower with my hair in a cap and put it in bun/pony tail/braid. if it’s really sweaty, I’ll add dry shampoo after I shower And then put it up.
Post # 10
I dont style my hair or do my makeup before I go. There’s no point since you’re just going to get sweaty anyway- then I shower and get ready for the day once I’m home.
Post # 11
Mrs. Honeybee: Why would you be showering and styling hair before you go to the gym? That makes no sense to me. I’m a bit confused about your schedule. Do you work? Why do you have to curl your hair?
Post # 12
I’ve been thinking about trying this…haha. http://www.ponydry.com. I have long hair and sometimes wish I could easily only wash the roots. I dont love dry shampoo, so this would be an awesome alternative!
Post # 13
I go to the gym either first thing in the morning or last thing at night, that way I don’t have to worry about all of that. 🙂
Post # 14
I absolutely agree. My hair keeps me from the gym at times.
I wash my hair daily anyways, but I go to the gym after work/ at night and then I come home and shower and, without brushing it or anything, I throw it up in a bun. Then when I wake up in the morning it’s still wet and I do it like I just showered. I brush, blow dry, and sometimes straighten. Sometimes I have to spray it with a little water if it dried too much over night, but otherwise it works pretty well!
Post # 15
I wash every other or every 3rd day. I don’t do much after barre/Pilates for my hair. After spin I either wash or I use The Living Proof dry shampoo after I dry it a little. I don’t wear makeup most days, and my makeup routine takes 5 mins anyways.