If your hair is always messy and greasy after a sweat sesh, you’re in luck. Here are six things you can do to ensure your hair looks good before AND after a workout. By Alyssa Dhaliwal
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1. Pick a good workout hairstyle
How you put your hair up before your workout plays a big role in the way it looks after. I always put my hair up into a loose bun when I work out, because a ponytail will stick to the back of your neck when it gets sweaty, and you want to keep your hair as dry as possible. Try a topknot or something high on your head if you’re doing yoga or any kind of mat work so it doesn’t get in the way of you lying down. If you find yourself perspiring a lot and sweat trickles down into your eyes, try a sports headband to keep the perspiration at bay. You’ll even minimise the chance of getting styes or other eye infections.
2. De-grease your hair
One of the easiest ways to get rid of the greasiness in your hair is to use dry shampoo. It’s really important however, that you don’t use it on damp or sweaty hair. If you’re at the gym, use the hairdryer to get your hair as dry as possible after your working. Spray dry shampoo along sections of your hair close to the roots and leave it to absorb the oil for a couple of minutes before brushing it out. It’ll also do wonders at giving your hair more volume.
3. Braid it
If you’ve got a finicky fringe that gets curly or kinked when damp and you’ve got no time or tools to straighten or blow dry it, de-grease with dry shampoo and throw it into a small braid. It’s a lot easier to master a braid when you can see what you’re doing, so don’t be afraid to try this one out in front of the gym mirror. If you’re afraid of looking like a schoolgirl, keep the braid on the small or narrow side by gathering smaller sections of hair.
4. Put it in a ponytail
I’ll admit, I am one of those people who believes she cannot pull off a sleek ponytail. Weird head shape, too-round face and unruly hair type are just a few of the reasons, so I understand if this particular style doesn’t appeal to you. That said, it’s pretty much the easiest way to look presentable after a workout. Again, make sure your hair is as dry and grease-free as possible before brushing it back into a ponytail. Go for a side parting with your fringe pinned to the side instead of slicked-back if you’re afraid of pulling your hairline back too harshly.
5. Throw on a headband
A pretty headband can distract from otherwise unruly hair and take you from dull to dolled-up in a second. While headbands are rarely worn functionally and are mostly seen as a fashion accessory, they’re great low-maintenance accessories to have.
6. Try a fragranced hair mist
The final step to fooling everyone into thinking you’ve got freshly washed hair? Spritz on a little hair mist that will leave behind wafting waves of perfume wherever you go. You can use a regular perfume in a pinch, but remember that less is more.
A version of this article originally appeared on www.herworldplus.com.