How to Refresh Your Hair After a Workout Without Actually Washing It
It all comes down to using the right products.
There's nothing like waking up to a great hair day only to go for a run—or to your living room for a virtual workout—and walk away an hour later with sweaty roots that look in serious need of a shower. While it's important to freshen up post-sweat (whether with a quick rinse or thorough wipe-down), washing your hair after each fitness session isn't always possible—and shampooing every day isn't advised, either. Luckily, there is a way to refresh hair after a workout with completely washing it, says R+Co co-founder Thom Priano; ultimately, it comes down to two main products.
Believe it or not, regular shampoo doesn't have to be part of the equation—at least not daily. Instead, Priano recommends reaching for a dry shampoo mist, such as R+Co's Spiritulized Dry Shampoo Mist ($28, dermstore.com), or a texturizing spray, like Oribe's iteration ($23, nordstrom.com). While both formulas deliver mattified texture, dry shampoo is best for days when shine-free roots with added lift are your top priority; turn to texture sprays when you want to mattify, but add more grit and hold.
When applying your dry shampoo, your biggest concern should be residue. A white cast, combined with sweaty hair, won't give you the look you want. To avoid that pale residue—and dry your roots in the process—Priano says to spray on the dry shampoo and then "take a hairdryer, put it on the cool setting, and blow your hair with the cool air."
And if you're going in with a texturizing product after that? Try to mitigate the crunch often affiliated with this product type. "To avoid crunchiness, I would suggest layering the spray," Priano says. "Spray once, let it set, then break it up with your hands or a brush. Do that a couple of times, and on the final time—when you feel you have the texture you're looking for—layer in a small amount of R+Co Continental Glossing Wax ($28, dermstore.com) over it all. This leaves you with shiny, textured hair with no crunch."