How to get away with not washing your hair after a workout

In my line of work, my hair has to look good (or at least decent) any time I’m on camera. But because my hair is highlighted, I can’t wash it every day without making it dry and brittle, and that includes days when I have a heavy sweat sesh at SoulCycle or OrangeTheory.

I generally stick to the two-day for hair washing, even when I take a serious cardio class. 

It just ultimately works better for the health of my hair. But that doesn’t mean I walk around with sweaty, gross roots all day. In fact, some days my ‘dirty’ hair looks better than my clean hair because it has body and texture!

Here’s how I do it:

  • Sweat-wicking headband. I personally use these headbands from Lululemon. They’re fairly inexpensive ($12), they stay in place, and I wash them right along with my other workout clothes. But you can find good headbands just about anywhere – Target, CVS, or any sporting goods store.
  • Wetting your roots in the shower. When I take my post-workout shower, I aways wet down the sweaty parts of my hair (usually that’s just the roots). I scrub my roots a little bit (like I would if I was shampooing my hair) to loosen up the sweat and dirt, and when I get out of the shower I’ll use the hairdryer on just my roots. This dislodges the sweat without stripping your hair of natural oils like shampooing would. This trick is the biggest reason I can stick to the two-day hair washing rule without my hair looking terrible.
  • Dry shampoo. Everyone knows this trick, but it really works. You can also spray dry shampoo on BEFORE your workout – it helps with sweat absorption (just don’t go too crazy since you’ll likely need some afterward). My favorite brand is Batiste Dry Shampoo. It’s pretty cheap and I personally think it works better than the expensive ones.

Try out one or all of these tips after your next sweaty workout and let me know how it works for you. If you’ve got more tips, leave them below!

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