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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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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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d_tsimon wrote:

Sometimes you are in a hurry after getting all sweaty at the gym, and don't have time to take a shower right then-maybe just are rushing off to run an errand and want to do a quick fix on your hair...is that so bad?? I don't think it's nice to call people slackers! Don't be so judgemental!

3/25/2010 05:12:45 PM Report Abuse
kandikane082005 wrote:

Why would anyone care as what a person does for hygiene after they go to the gym? As long as they dont stink then who cares if they dont shower? Its not my body! Not everyone smells when they sweat.

3/25/2010 09:44:17 AM Report Abuse
NinjaGato wrote:

I don't think they're saying "don't shower." The way I read into this is that you're supposed to keep your hair out of the water when you do shower.

2/15/2010 01:31:26 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

These tips are for the slackers ! If you really do a good cardio session you need a shower ! :?)

2/10/2010 06:59:23 PM Report Abuse

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