Sometimes, there’s no better (or just, no other) time to fit in a sweat sesh than before, or in the middle of a busy workday. When that’s the case, there is often little to no time for glam which is tough because you might have something or someone super-important coming up on your schedule. If you’re smart, however, you can make just about any window of time work when it comes to your hair. 15 minutes? Easy. Here’s how;
PREPARATION IS KEY
You knew this post was going to include Dry Shampoo, but did you know that using dry shampoo before you workout is the key to post-workout hair glory? If it’s already in your hair, it can soak up excess sweat and oil as you go along and you’ll be left with a cleaner canvas to work with after class. Go for something no-fuss like Bumble & Bumble’s Pret a Powder.
Another part of a good preparation is a strategic styling. If you can swing it, workout in braids like Khloe Kardashian or a loose ponytail with elastics that don’t crease (these one’s rule). This will make the transition into a usable style easier.
BLOW DRY SWEATY STRANDS
After your workout ends, you’ll probably continue to sweat until your heart rate lowers and your body temperature returns to normal. Cool off in the shower but keep your hair out of the water (washing and drying will take too long). When you get out (and have finally stopped sweating), flip upside down and blow dry your roots. It may seem weird, but it will give you a little bit of volume and dry your hair so that the products you’re about to use will actually work.
COMMIT TO A STYLE
The easiest way to hide dirty hair is to choose a style and commit to it 100%. For example, if you have short, naturally curly or course hair your best bet might be a super texturized, tousled-waves look. Start with a volumizing dry shampoo like OUAI Dry Shampoo then use a texturizing hair spray or wave spray to enhance waves and texture. If you’re still lacking oomph, back comb a few strands throughout to add natural height.
If you have straight, or thin hair you could opt for a sleek, center-part ponytail. When asked about her hair routine Kim Kardashian admitted to choosing sleek looks when her hair is more dirty; “then we flat iron it and do a really sleek look on day three since that requires a little oil in the hair.” To achieve this look, run a flat iron over your ends then use a little oil (like Rahua’s Elixir Daily Hair Drops) at your roots and comb it through into a ponytail. Finish the look with a creme or gloss, like VERB’s Styling Creme.
COVER THE SMELL
If the products you used in the last step didn’t do enough to cover up the scent of dried sweat, a quick spritz of Hair Perfume should do the trick. La Tulipe from Byredo’s Collection is my current fave.
Have a favorite post-workout style? We’d love to hear about it!