The Best Post Workout Hair Care Routine

The Best Post Workout Hair Care Routine

The Best Post Workout Hair Care Routine

Sweaty hair after a workout isn't the best look unless you're going for a slicked-back style, which we seriously doubt you are. But skipping your gym session isn't an option either; it's too important for your health. And washing your hair every time you exercise can lead to dryness. So, what's the solution? Turns out, there are plenty of products and tips to help you reduce the sweaty look post-exercise. Curious what we're talking about? Here's a guide that we've compiled to help you out.

How to Take Care of Your Post-Workout Hair

Don't let post-workout hair ruin your plans! Here's a list of products to include in your post-workout hair care routine:

1) Spritz Some Dry Shampoo


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First up on our list is dry shampoo, a true game-changer for anyone who hits the gym regularly. Dry shampoo works by absorbing excess oil and sweat from your scalp and hair, leaving you with a fresh look and feel without the need for water. It's a perfect solution for those days when you want to maintain your workout routine but don't have the time or don't want to wash your hair afterwards.

To use it, simply spray or sprinkle a small amount of the product onto the roots of your hair post-workout. Give it a minute to absorb the oils and sweat from your sweaty scalp, then brush or massage it through your hair.

Pro Tip: Look for a dry shampoo that suits your hair type. There are options available for all hair types, including colored or treated hair. Also, consider a travel-sized bottle to keep in your gym bag for easy access after your workouts.

2) Use a Blow Dryer


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After your workout, if your hair is slightly sweaty or damp, grab a blow dryer. Use it on a cool or low heat setting to gently dry the roots and any sweaty areas. The cool air will help evaporate the sweat without over-drying your hair. Plus, it can give your hair a lift and volume boost, making it look like you haven't just finished a gym session.

Pro Tip: To maximize the effect, flip your head upside down while blow-drying. This adds extra volume to your hair, making it look fuller and more alive. You can also use a round brush to gently style your hair as you dry it.

3) Freshen Up With Hair Perfume


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Hair perfume is an ideal solution for those times when your hair might not look sweaty but could use a refresh in the scent department. It is specifically designed to give your locks a fresh, clean smell without weighing them down or making them greasy. Plus, it contains ingredients that are beneficial for your hair, such as moisturizers or UV protectants.

To use it, simply spritz a little of the product onto your hair from a distance of about six inches. Focus on the lengths and ends rather than the roots, to avoid any oiliness where it's not needed. You can use it right after your workout or any time your hair needs a quick scent boost.

Pro Tip: Choose a hair perfume with a scent you love, but make sure it's not too overpowering, especially if you're sensitive to fragrances. There are many options available, from floral to fruity to fresh.

4) Boost Your Look With a Texturizing Spray


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Texturizing spray adds grip and volume to your hair, making it look fuller. It's an excellent way to quickly add some style to your hair without needing a full wash and blow-dry. Plus, it can help absorb some of the sweat and oil, similar to dry shampoo, but with the added benefit of styling.

To use it, lightly spray texturizing spray throughout your damp or dry hair after a workout. Focus on the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair to avoid the roots getting too greasy. Then, use your fingers or a brush to tousle your hair, adding volume and texture.

Pro Tip: Look for a texturizing spray that also offers heat protection if you plan to use it with a blow dryer or other styling tools. This way, you can protect your hair from damage while styling it.

Best Hairstyles for Sweaty Hair

Sometimes, no matter what product you use, your hair may still end up looking greasy and sweaty. If you have this problem, here are some styles you can try to make your sweaty look appear intentional:

1) Braided Bun


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Braids are great for sweaty hair since they conceal how greasy your hair actually is. This style combines a braid and bun.

How to Do It: Start by braiding your sweaty wet hair in a simple three-strand braid or a French braid. Once you reach the end, twist the loose braid into a bun at the back of your head and secure it with pins.

2) Messy Bun


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The messy bun is a classic, effortless look that's perfect for managing sweaty hair while still looking put-together.

How to Do It: Gather your after-gym hair into a high, loose ponytail, then twist the ponytail around the base, creating a bun. Don't worry about it being perfect; after all, it's called a messy bun for a reason. Secure the bun with a hair tie or pins. Pull out a few strands around your face for a more relaxed look.

3) Top Knot


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A top knot is similar to a high bun but sits at the very top of your head. It works great for longer hair. If you have short or medium-length hair, you can still pull off this style, though you might have some hair poking out from the bottom of the hair tie. If that doesn't bother you, definitely give it a try.

How to Do It: Gather all your hair at the top of your head and twist it into a bun. Secure it with a hair tie or bobby pins.

Best Hairstyles to Prevent Sweaty Hair During Workouts

Choosing the right hairstyle before hitting the gym can make a big difference in managing sweat during your workout. Here are some top picks that will keep you cool and comfortable while you exercise:

1) Classic Ponytail


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The classic ponytail is a workout staple for a reason. It keeps your hair off your neck and face, minimizing sweat and keeping you cool even during an intense workout.

How to Do It: Gather your hair at the back of your head and secure it with a hair tie. For extra hold, choose a tie with a good grip. You can adjust the height of the ponytail based on what feels most comfortable for you.

2) Double Dutch Braids


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Double Dutch braids are excellent for more vigorous workouts. They keep hair tight and out of the way, so you can focus on your exercise. This hairstyle works great for wavy or straight hair.

How to Do It: Part your hair down the middle into two sections. Braid each section in a Dutch braid (braiding under rather than over for a 3D effect) from the front of your head to the back, and secure each braid with a hair tie.

3) Pineapple Updo (for Curly Hair)


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The pineapple updo is a go-to for those with curly hair. It will help keep your curls intact and off your neck while you exercise.

How to Do It: Gather your textured hair loosely at the top of your head and secure it with a hair tie. Allow your curls to fall naturally around your head.


By using a texturizing spray, hair perfume, blow dryer, and dry shampoo post-workout, you can maintain a healthy and manageable mane even after the sweatiest of workouts. And, for extra support during your workouts, try Burlybands hair ties—they're strong, comfortable, and designed to keep your hair in place without causing damage. Shop with us today.

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