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Post-Workout Hair Tips


I try really hard to stick to my workout routine – I swear.

At least five times a week, I make a serious effort to get the gym for a spin class or a half hour on the treadmill and, if I’m feeling really ambitious, a little strength training too.

Now, I’m successful more often than not, but sometimes, when hitting the gym becomes something of a challenge, I have been known to give up pretty easily.

For example, if I don’t have time to shower after my workout, I usually bail — because my hair is always hot, sweaty mess after a good Zumba class and I really don’t want to be seen anywhere in public like that.

But some days, my lunch hour is the only free time I have for the gym – and between walking there and my workout, there just isn’t enough time afterward for a full-fledged shower.

Perfect excuse to skip a workout, right?

Not so fast.

If you’re like me and have to cram your workout in on your lunch hour or any other time when you need to look presentable immediately afterward, you don’t have to let the threat of a bad hair day throw off your fitness regime. With the right products and tricks, you can have fabulous post-workout hair whether you have time to shower or not.

Here are a few of my favorite after-gym hair tips to keep your locks looking fab no matter how hard you train.

Shower Free

When you don’t have time to wash your hair after a workout, it can seem like a real disaster — but you just have to get a little creative. Use your blow dryer to dry sweaty tresses, concentrating on your hairline and the nape of your neck. When you hair is almost completely dry, rub a little of your favorite styling serum like the Paul Mitchell Haircare Super Skinny Serum between your fingers and work it through your hair. Then give your hair another blast with your blow dryer to get rid of any frizz and add some serious shine to your locks.

If your hair still looks a little greasy or flat, try applying a little dry shampoo like Batiste to your roots. It’ll soak up any excess sweat and oil and add texture so your hair has some extra body. When you feel like your hair still smells a little sweaty, give it a spritz with a hair refresher like Oribe Cote D’Azur Hair Refresher. It neutralizes odor and soaks up grease so your hair looks – and smells – fresh until you have time to shampoo.

Go Gentle

If you do have time to wash your hair after an hour on the treadmill, it’s a good idea to be gentle because we all know it’s not good for your locks to shampoo them too often. Instead of a traditional shampoo, which can be drying, choose a cleansing conditioner for your gym bag — it doesn’t just get rid of sweat and grim but moisturizes your hair as well, so you can clean and condition your hair in one step when you’re strapped for time. The L’Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner is an ideal option for the gym.

Have a Go-To Style

Whether you have time to wash your locks or not, it helps to have a few go-to post-workout hairstyles in your bag of tricks so you’re guaranteed a fab look. I usually go with a top knot – it’s super quick and easy and by working a little styling cream like the Bumble & Bumble Styling Crème through my hair, I get a sleek, neat bun so no one knows I was just pumping iron. If you have curly or wavy hair, a low, messy bun can be a great option for making your locks look stylish post-workout. And don’t overlook the power of a good braid – whether you’re a fan of a traditional plait or a fishtail, it’s an easy way to hide sweaty locks.

What are some ways you deal with post-workout hair? Post your tips below!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing