A few simple hair care tips will help any exercise enthusiast keep their hair looking great regardless of how active they are.
By Jane Pegg
- 3 min read.
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Simple Hair Care Tips for Active People
Canadians, in general, have very positive feelings about exercise with nearly 75% of participants in a recent survey stating that they enjoy being physically active.
Despite enjoying and even excelling at sport and other physical activities, many women (and men) are not impressed with the impact their active lifestyles have on their hair.
It’s true, working out can leave hair looking greasy, flat, and definitely not fit for public viewing. Thankfully, a few simple hair care tips will help any exercise enthusiast keep their hair looking great regardless of how active they are.
Protect your hair from sweat
Although short hair can also be affected by excessive sweating, it is generally more effort to keep long hair dry during exercise. If your hair is long, a very high pony or bun, coupled with a quality sweatband can go a long way in keeping your hair dry.
If your hair is not long enough to tie up, you can still pull it away from your face with a sweatband or even by wearing a cap with an absorbent inner.
If you manage to get your hands on a quality, terry cloth sweatband you will be able to absorb the sweat on your forehead and at the nape of your neck effectively.
Establish a post-workout hair care routine
The sooner you attend to your sweaty hair after exercising, the better. If you are able to take a shower and wash and dry your hair, do so. If not, consider investing in a few hair care essentials such as dry shampoo and a hairdryer to clean and dry your hair post-workout.
If you do not like the matt finish left behind by the dry shampoo you can quickly rectify the problem with a few sprays of serum or shine spray to leave your hair looking and feeling its best.
If you do not like washing your hair every day but haven’t had much luck with dry shampoo, try and schedule your most rigorous workouts for days that you will shampoo anyway.
Nourish your hair from the inside out
As important as it is to protect your hair from sweat and establish a good post-workout hair care routine, so too is eating healthy foods that will nourish your hair from the inside. Since hair primarily consists of protein, it is essential to consume adequate amounts of protein-rich foods such as lean meat, dairy, nuts, leafy greens, and bone broth.
Other important nutrients include essential fatty acids that can be found in fatty fish, nuts, and seeds, and iron, of which leafy greens and lentils are a good choice.
If you believe that you are not sufficiently nourished by your diet, it may be a good idea to get a good supplement that can boost your vitamin and mineral intake.
Regular exercise is undoubtedly good for your overall health and well-being. By following a few basic guidelines, you can ensure your hair looks its best regardless of how intense your workouts are.