Tricks and tips from the experts to help you maintain and maximise amazing hair before, during and after the gym
Great hair and working out doesn’t always go hand in hand. But you don’t have to resign your locks to a life spent tied away in a bun.
Here are 7 tips, tricks and hacks from the professionals to help your hair look good regardless of how often you hit the gym.
SAVE YOUR HAIR FROM SPLIT ENDS
‘Tying hair into a tight ponytail or brushing it when wet is a curly hair no-no – it can cause major split ends. Apply a little coconut oil and using your hands brush your hair.’
– Natasha Devedlaka-Price, co-founder Unruly Curls
IF YOU LOVE SWIMMING BUT YOUR HAIR DOESN’T
‘Always rinse your hair with clean water before swimming in the pool – wet hair will absorb less pool water preventing chlorine build-up and dehydration.’
– Charles Worthington
‘Take an intensive conditioning mask like Maria Nila’s True Soft hair masque, £8.99, with you and apply to your hair before putting your swim cap on.
The heat will help the product to penetrate and lock in some much-needed moisture. Moisture is key when it comes to preventing post-fitness frizz, dry hair equals disaster!’
– Hare & Bone’s Rebecca Counsell
THE WAVY HAIR TRICK
‘If your hair is freshly washed but you’ve booked a fitness class, spray hair with dry shampoo beforehand and twist up in to a top knot.
Once you’ve finished your workout and showered post class blast dry your hair with the dryer to get rid of any moisture, release from your bun and shake through to reveal waves .
Apply dry shampoo and add a serum to the ends if required.’
– Sam Burnett, owner and Creative Director at Hare & Bone
GO HARD AT THE GYM, BUT NOT ON YOUR HAIR
‘If you need to tie hair up when working out use an Invisibobble hair band which leave no tell-tale indents and is gentle on your hair.’
– Natasha Devedlaka-Price
INTRODUCING THE “PUN”
‘The Pun is a nuanced version of the traditional bun and the ponytail, although ‘The Pun’ looks as if it could have happened on its own, here’s how to get the look.’
1. Tie your hair in a ponytail and divide into two sections
2. Knot them as if you beginning to tie a shoe-lace.
3. Wrap the knot around itself like a bun and pin/grip in place to secure
4. Don’t be afraid to play; take the final look into your own hands and gently tease out for a personalised take on it.
– Luke Hersheson, celebrity hair stylist
MASK MULTI-TASK TO BOOST THE BENEFITS
‘Apply a hair mask before doing a high intensity workout session (one where you know you will definitely wash your hair after). The heat produced in the class will help the mask penetrate the hair.’