Is Hitting the Gym Bad for Your Hair?


It’s not just your daily 6 am spin class that can affect the health of your hair; any exercise routine that causes you to sweat can be damaging to your hair (if you don’t have these fit-hair tricks up your sleeve). However, exercise is an essential part of overall health and should be a priority, even if it means spending a little more time on your mane after an extra intense session. Before you head to your next cross fit class, remember these helpful hair tips to keep your locks strong and vibrant between workouts and salon visits.

Screen yourself. We’re talking sunscreen, folks. You wouldn’t dare head out for a long run without lathering on some sunscreen. Don’t neglect your hair, either. A good UV protector on your hair can help prevent fading and dryness between visits to Beverly Hills hair colorist Michael Canale.

Try some variety. Most trainers will tell you that switching up routines can help improve strength – the same goes for hair. Tying up your hair in different places each day reduces the strain and breakage your hair would experience if you wore the same pony, day in and day out. Mix up your look with a pony, bun, fishtail and braid. Stylish and healthy!

Be water wise. Sure you need the clear stuff to stay hydrated internally, but dousing your hair after a workout can actually dry out hair and oxidize hair color. If you want to wet your hair, do it a favor and completely wash hair with a gentle, lightweight formula to prevent drying and stripping. Not sure what shampoo and conditioner to use? Ask one of our stylistsat your next appointment.

Cut back on alcohol. We don’t mean cutting back on the brunch mimosa’s after a tough yoga session; we’re talking about products with high alcohol content. Dry shampoo, beach sprays, and texturizing sprays that have high alcohol content can dramatically dry out hair, especially when applied to wet hair. Our salon offers plenty of great products specifically designed for color-treated hair.

Pick smart hair accessories. These days hair gear is getting workout wise. There are lots of options for hair ties and bands designed for working out. Check out your favorite fitness brands for hair-protecting, moisture-wicking accessories.

Working out is an essential part of overall health and, thankfully, with the right info you can enjoy the burn without burning your hair. To learn more about our Beverly Hills hair salon, or to schedule an appointment with celebrity hair colorist, Michael Canale, call us at 310-273-8080. Or, check online to see when Michael will be coloring hair in your area!

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