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10 ways to protect your hair at the gym

No longer is the phrase "I'm washing my hair" a valid excuse to skip plans, especially when that plan is doing exercise (soz). In fact, if you follow all these golden rules, you'll never have to worry about your hair again.

1.     Dry shampoo on roots

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Spray some dry shampoo on to your roots before your work out as a way of soaking up any sweat that may arise. Plus it will give your hair a volume boost to prevent it looking too flat.

2.     The double looped topknot

Topknots keep your hair at bay whilst working out but they can damage your hair due to the amount of bobbles and grips required. Try splitting your hair in two and then looping them together as a way of keeping it in place with only one bobble.

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3.     Don’t use many products

If you’re styling your hair for the gym try not to weigh it down with too many products. The products will mix with any sweat on your scalp and weigh it down making it look greasier.

4.     Wear a headband

If you really want to avoid sweaty hair then wearing a headband is the best method of prevention as it soaks it all up before it reaches your hairline. Wear one of these if you have a high cardio work out ahead.

5.     Cold blow-dry

If you want to remove sweat from your hair quickly but don’t have time to wash it try blow-drying it on the cold setting to dry out the sweat quickly. Plus the cold air is great for preventing static and frizz.

6.     Headband braid

If you have a fringe or bangs around your face then braiding your hair to create a headband effect is a great way of keeping your hair in place without damaging it with numerous grips.

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7.     Condition hair before swimming

If you’re having a swimming session make sure you use leave-in conditioner before you take a dip to prevent hair from soaking up the chlorine. Preferably use a swimming cap as well to protect your locks.

8.     Stop touching your hair

During your workout it’s no surprise that you may want to touch your hair either to sweep sweat away or to reposition your hairstyle. But by doing so you’re simply spreading the sweat through your hair and making the greasy effect worse.

9.     French braids

A perfect style, which keeps your hair in place whilst working out and creates a great curly style when you leave the gym.

10.  Hair needs hydration post-workout

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If you’ve worked up a sweat whilst at they gym and don’t have time to wash it afterwards then you must spritz with a hydrating formula. The salt in your sweat can seriously dry out hair so some dry conditioner is a must-have.