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5 Minutes to Bouncy Post-Gym Hair

Sweat can quickly flatten your style. Here's how to get great hair after the gym (without a wash and redo!).

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Monika Roe
Monika Roe
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Step 1: Spray Gel

Spritz five squirts of spray gel, such as Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel ($2.99, drugstores), onto the top layers of dry strands. Use a gentle water-based formula (H2O should be the first ingredient listed on the package), which leaves hair softer and more manageable, says Sarah Potempa, Aussie's celebrity stylist.

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Step 2: Heat Things Up

Wrap a medium-size section of hair around a round brush -- a good one is the Goody Ionic Styles Styler ($5.34, Walmart stores) -- rolling it to an inch away from the scalp. Hold a dryer behind the section for about 10 seconds and blow roots forward for added oomph. "The air will also help dry excess sweat on the scalp," Potempa explains.

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Step 3: Cool Off

Leave hair wrapped around the brush for a few seconds to cool. To preserve volume, unwind strands with your fingers rather than pulling them through the brush. Repeat steps two and three on remaining still-damp, flat sections, Potempa says.

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Step 4: Add Bounce

For a sleek and swingy finish, hold the dryer approximately 6 inches from the ends and flick your wrist as you blow-dry. Finally, tousle hair into position with your fingers.

No one will ever know that you were drenched in sweat just moments before!

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2010.

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sonyanstephen wrote:

If you put dry shampoo in your hair, comb/brush it through and THEN blowdry, it is even better. I used to even do the dry shampoo, then put in velcro rollers, hop in the shower and then dry my hair. Volume, a little bounce and good smells.

9/28/2012 11:21:51 AM Report Abuse

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FITNESS Magazine, February 2010
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