Care Hair While Working Out

Updated on August 14, 2009
S.W. asks from Elkton, MD
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I have been very active this summer and my healthy hair has come last. I typically don't go to the salon for it is a waste of money during the summer. I am at the gym and in and out of the pool. As I prepare to return to work I would like to keep up my work out routines, but I know I won't have the time to take care of my hair. In the past I 've had braids. I won't be going back to that. If I take 1 hour to workout, 30 minutes to get home, it takes 1 hour to wash, dry and style my hair. That leave no time for anything else really. I was wondering what other moms do? How do you make it work?

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answers from Pittsburgh on

You need a "wash and go" style. Depends on the type of hair that you have, what will work. I have a lot of body and wave to my hair, so I have a good layered cut, and I just wash my hair, put some product in, and scrunch. Pony tails and braids. That's all I have time for.

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answers from Philadelphia on

If you showered and did your hair at the gym rather than driving home, would you have more time for hairstyling? (sorry if that's a dumb or obvious question)



answers from York on

It used to take an hour to do my hair also. Now usually I'll just let it air dry after washing it(better on your hair any way) In the morning I'll section the ends and run a curling iron through it before i leave the house. It only takes half an hour to get my hair ready that way. The wavy toussled look is still in style right now.



answers from Allentown on

Most women overwash (and overstyle) their hair, and usually wash it just to add body and enable styling. Rinse through without shampoo (if it's pretty dry, then use a light conditioner), let air dry. You might also thoroughly drench your hair with clear water before getting in the pool--it really does keep your hair from absorbing chlorine. I had waist-length hair for many years and between running, dancing, and swimming, felt like I was just a hair support system (LOL)! Finally I donated it all to Locks of Love and love having it very short--fabulous for summer, and darned cute in winter, too. Best of luck.



answers from Philadelphia on

If I don't have time to wash my hair...I'll flip my head over and use a blow dryer on it to "fluff it up" a little..then I pin my hair up in a clip. Another option is use the "dry shampoo" sprays or powders. Check out for more info.



answers from Pittsburgh on

Depending on the texture of your hair, maybe you could get a shorter cut. Mine is short, and I just wash and put some styling past in it, and I let it air dry. But you have to be comfortable with the length. Good luck.



answers from Reading on

I recommend going to a shorter style. There are many attractive styles available and it will be much easier to care for.


answers from Allentown on

Hi S.,

sounds like you have thick, long hair.

What do you want to do with your hair?

Go to a nice salon and ask for professional help.

Good luck. D.



answers from York on

hi S.. i am not sure what type of hair you have or how you have it cut... but my hair has a lot of natural waves in it. its always been pretty frizzy and unmanageable.

but i find that if i get it cut in layers... i can go longer between hair cuts. when it grows out, its not as noticeable for me, since the layers grow too. my hair is about medium length and i keep my layers very long and minimal too.

i also have my bangs cut to the side... the "swoop" bang i think it is called. most times i just run my flat iron across them and they are good to go. other times i can wash the hair and put product in it, and "scrunch" it... and as my bangs grow out, they just blend into the layers since they are side bangs rather than cut straight across. again.. .helping space out the visits to the salon. its a really quick style and the bed head, messy, wavy look seems to transition well if you need to throw it into a pony tail or clip at the gym. also, you can pull just half of it up on the sides and pin it, or use a small clip in the back and leave only half of it down. it keeps some of it out of your face then.

also, i use a really deep conditioner about once a week but i just keep it on the bottom half of my hair, otherwise the top gets greasy. that helps to maintain my ends when i am due for a cut and my ends are looking a bit rough.

let us know what you try out and what works for you. good luck to you! and awesome at keeping up the work out routine! good for you!

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