If you work out every day at the gym like I do, you’ve probably found yourself asking the question, “Should I wash my hair everyday if I exercise?”
Washing my hair is the bane of my existence. Ok, that’s probably a bit strong. But here was my dilemma:
I exercise everyday, either at my local gym or my budget-friendly home gym. I have thick hair that takes forever to wash thoroughly and even longer to dry. I hate the feeling of greasy, dirty hair.
So essentially, I was caught between wanting to have clean hair and not wanting to spend forever washing and drying it. Consequently, I always found myself stuck on whether I should wash my hair everyday after exercise or just leave it.
The answer as to whether you should washing your hair everyday if you exercise is going to be different for everyone.
If you do a particularly sweaty workout and your hair is greasy and dirty, then yeah – you should probably wash it, especially if you’re going to work or out somewhere else afterwards.
But on the days where I’m in that grey area of “not dirty enough to warrant a wash, not clean enough to leave as is” there are a number of options besides a thorough shampoo.
How to Keep Your Hair Fresh After A Workout
1. Start With Your Shampoo
One of the best ways to keep your hair fresh in between washing is to make sure that you clean it thoroughly when you do shampoo.
You know when you go to the hairdresser and they take a good 10 minutes to shampoo your hair? I’m not saying that you have to do that (because really, who has the time to spend 10 minutes shampooing your hair?) But when you do wash, make sure you really get deep into the roots of your hair, lather and scrub your scalp.
Then rinse and apply conditioner only to the ends of your hair, which get drier than the roots. Rinse your hair thoroughly to make sure there is no shampoo or conditioner left, which will cause your hair to feel greasy and allow product to build up.
2. Use Dry Shampoo
I don’t know what I did before the invention of dry shampoo. Actually, I do know. I washed my hair every day (thank god it was before I became a mom – I actually had time to do that back then!)
Anyway, if you haven’t tried dry shampoo before, then you’re missing out.
But not all dry shampoos are created equal. I’ve tried some pretty terrible dry shampoos over the years that basically did nothing besides leave my hair white.
Here are my top picks for dry shampoo:
- Blow Pro Faux Dry Shampoo – this comes in a powder form, unlike other dry shampoos which usually come in an aerosol can. Simply tap some powder into your roots and it absorbs the oil and adds some volume and texture.
- Batiste Dry Shampoo – this comes in an aerosol can and is one of the highest rated dry shampoos in the UK (where it’s made.) Be warned, it does leave your roots looking slightly white (especially if you have dark hair like I do) but I’ve found that I just scrunch my roots a bit and/or brush them and the whiteness disappears pretty easily.
3. Avoid Styling Products
I try not to use too many styling products in my hair as a rule, besides this organic Argan oil to help with split ends, nourish my scalp and help control frizz.
But other than the argan oil that I apply sparingly, I don’t use any hairspray or other styling products. Styling products build up on your hair and make daily washing almost essential, so if you’re trying to avoid washing your hair as often, try to avoid the use of styling products and stick with something natural like Argan oil.
4. Braid and Mist
Finally, braiding your hair into tight braids and spraying a scented mist like this one should tide you over for another day until you get the chance to give your hair a thorough wash.
Braids will help hide the greasiness and a scented mist will keep you hair smelling fresh!