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How to Skip Shampooing Your Hair After a Sweaty Workout


Question: "I don't have the time to wash my hair after a Spinning class. Is there any other way I can get rid of all the sweat?"

Answer: Of course! I used to skip my favorite lunchtime SPINergy! class just to preserve a perfect blowout. But then I decided to stop sacrificing my hips for my hair and caught on to this trick:

  1. When you don't have time to start all over again and shampoo from scratch, just blow-dry your locks (concentrating air at the nape of your neck, then around the hairline) for three to five minutes; the heat will wick away sweat.
  2. When your hair is 95 percent dry, work a drop of styling cream or serum throughout, concentrating on the strands that frame your face and at the crown, then blast with heat from the dryer as you smooth your style back.
  3. "The combination of heat and silicone will calm frizzies and flyaways, plus add a touch of shine to hair that's been steeped in sweat," says Ted Gibson, celebrity stylist (to Angelina Jolie!) and owner of the eponymous salon in New York City.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, January 2006.