With mouth watering summer treats and calorie-laden beverages, the last thing you need is your ‘do deterring you from your fitness goals. To help our FHIXers focus on their workout (not their hair) we jumped on the 6 train and traveled to the Lower East Side to uncover the secrets to fabulous post workout hair.
Below, Editorial and Celebrity Hairstylist Gad Cohen shares his tips to looking chic and sleek during and after a HIT workout.
FOR MEDIUM/LONG HAIR
Pin your hair up in a bun- it’s a stylish way to keep hair out of your face and off your shoulders. By wrapping it up in a type of chignon, the hair is actually lifted from the roots, so all you have to do is tousle your hair with your fingers and it will fall right into place (cue fans and Herbal Essence music).
FOR SHORT HAIR
Functional headbands are having a fashion moment. Add a brightly colored or sparkly no-crease band to your workout gear for a quick and and cute way to keep hair out of your face. If your looking to add some glam to your HIT sesh pick up our neon green Sparkly Soul headband before your next FHIX™.
As for the men who are pumping up a sweat, Gad’s advice is to keep any hair products to a minimum pre workout. Who wants gel or wax adding to an already sweaty situation!
Those worried about perspiration, no need to fret. It turns out that sweat acts as a setting lotion. It may be surprising, but a little shvitz will give your hair more body as opposed to making it feel slimy and sticky.
If you have an oily scalp and/or Keratin treated hair, dry shampoo will do wonders to your post workout 'do. First massage the scalp with the balls of your fingers to lift the roots off your head and to create a friction on the scalp. Then spray dry shampoo throughout your hair by separating it into different sections (especially around the top and crown of your head). Gad prefers Klorane dry shampoo, but he says baby powder also does the trick.
If your hair doesn’t feel or look right after a workout Gad suggests to always have a baseball cap or a fabulous chapeau on hand. As for women with long hair, aim for a catwalk ready pony tail or quickly throw together a braid for an effortless yet polished look. If all else fails apply your favorite lipstick and wear your ‘do with confidence - afterall, you just had a killer workout!