Written on April 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
“Loving my fab blow-out but sad bc it’ll be gone with the first drop of sweat tomorrow during my early morning workout. #FitnessGirlProblems”
Does this tweet sound familiar? We totally understand your pain. We love hearing about your #FitnessGirlProblems, especially the beauty-related ones, and we love solving them even more. So we started tweeting with the hashtag #SolveFitnessGirlProblems (hopefully you’ve been following!). We’ll send out tips and tricks to beat those fit-girl-specific issues and we want to hear your solutions as well. This edition: how to make a blow-out last through daily workouts.
There’s nothing quite as fabulous as the feeling you get after a fresh blow-out, but we’re not about to sacrifice our sweat-sessions just for a good hair day. And you don’t have to either. After years of balancing beauty and brawn, we’ve picked up a few tried and true tips. To prove you can have your blow-out and work out, too, we embarked on a little exp-hair-iment: get a blow-out to last five days while working out. Here’s how it went down:
Day 1: I got a really good workout in first thing in the morning (a sweaty cardio session followed by some lightweight training). I hit the showers and just washed my body, not my hair, then went for a blow-out at Drybar (I saw Scott at the 76th Street location in NYC). Skipping the shampoo will save you time in the locker room and you’ll still get to enjoy the rest of the day or night with a to-die-for style. Don’t feel weird about walking in with greasy, sweat-drenched strands. The stylists are used to it (I, alone, have done it dozens of times) and some places will even offer a second shampoo to make sure you leave squeaky clean. Before bed, I twisted my hair into a loose low bun to preserve the body and waves. I’ve found that high buns leave you with a weird crease in the morning. I like to use Scunci Everyday & Active Flat Hairties ($6, Walmart stores), which won’t dent your hair.
Day 2: My hair was still looking pretty fresh and since I got in a hard session yesterday before my blow dry, I decided to go easy this day with a Pilates class to minimize sweat as much as I could. I twisted my hair back in a low bun, similar to how I went to bed. I put an extra hair tie around it to make sure it stayed secure through “the Hundred.” Afterward, I donned a shower cap (two of my faves: Sonia Kashuk Couture Shower Cap, ($5, target.com) and DryBar The Morning After Shower Cap ($15, thedrybar.com)) and body showered. Then I shook out my strands and hit my roots with the hairdryer for a minute or two just to reactivate volume and dry up any moisture.
Day 3: I was itching to go for a run and didn’t feel like letting my style get in the way. I defaulted back to the same ol’ low bun, but this time, I slipped on a headband to absorb sweat at my hairline. Luckily, the wind blowing through my hair actually helped to keep my strands on the dry side (as opposed to say, a steamy hot yoga class), and after four miles, I felt like I still got a solid workout in. By the third day, I saw my volume was deflating so after a body shower, I spritzed in a volumizing mist. Try Paul Lebrecque Volume Style Root Lifting Spray ($20, paullabrecque.com). Unlike a mousse, this rewets your hair so it breaks the bonds that are keeping it flat. After hitting your roots with some heat for a few minutes to dry, you’re able to pump life back into them.
Day 4: Ok, I’m nearing my no-wash limit but it’s almost Friday so I stuck it out. My quads and calves were sore post-run so I decided to stretch things out with a Vinyasa yoga class—low impact = low sweat = high style. After a quick body rinse, I sprayed a generous amount of dry shampoo through my hair concentrating it at the roots. I used one of my favorites, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20, drugstore.com). Then, I flipped my part from a center one to a side part. This concealed some oily roots and helped me fake extra volume for the day. Luckily, my ends were still holding up well and ironically, today—when my hair is the greasiest—was the day I got the most compliments. Score!
Day 5: The grease-beast has taken over (ah!) so I know this will be my last day before I wash. To celebrate, I decided to go for my favorite and sweatiest workouts of the week, a spin class at Flywheel Sports. I slid on a headband for good measure and let it fly. This time, during my body shower, I tied my hair up in a high bun and wrapped just the bun in a disposable shower cap. (Those plastic bags that gyms and studios offer for your dirty clothes work well, too). Then I used just a pea-sized amount of shampoo and gently massaged it into my roots along my hairline in the front. I ducked just that portion of hair under the water to rinse. It’s a small effort (and truthfully, I was dying just to scrub my whole head clean) but the results got me through the day. I blow-dried just the portion of hair that was damp, which only took a few seconds and dreamt of the following day when I could give this mop a good wash.
The verdict: Well, I made it five days, but truth be told, I think my max when working out is four (of course everyone’s hair is different). I honestly have no problem with dirty hair, but even I was feeling icky by day five. Yes, I cut some corners to help my hair along the way (root-boosting and a mini-wash) but that’s what people forget when they’re trying to make a blowout last—they mistakenly think they either have to skip washes (and workouts) or sweat and lose their style immediately. I hope I’ve shown you can have your blowout and you workout, too and helped you solve one of your top #FitnessGirlProblems.