How can I reduce the amount of time I have to spend on my hair after sweating from exercise?
June 19, 2012 6:42 PM Subscribe
You have long hair. You exercise often. What is your routine?
I would like to be exercising more often than I do, which is a couple times a week. My most often-used excuse is "I just washed my hair" and while that may sound like a giant cop-out, it really is true.
I feel the need to acknowledge that this is a trivial problem coming from a slightly high-maintenance person, but here it goes: I am a 20-something girl and I have long, mostly straight (though getting coarser/wavier/trickier as I age) non-colored hair that is in pretty good condition. I usually only wash it twice-ish a week because it doesn't get greasy too easily, gets dried out when I wash it too often and, more importantly here, because it's always such an ordeal that I avoid doing it any more often than I need to. If I'm going to work out, I'll work out pretty hard--sweating is inevitable, making hair-washing inevitable. (I like to swim, and while that removes the sweat factor, I appear to be terrible at keeping my swim cap from leaking in chlorine-water--and then I've gotta wash my dang hair.) My hair takes FOREVER to dry with a blow-dryer, and I curse my laziness whenever I let it air-dry because it always comes out wavy (not in a good way, just odd , irregular kinks) and is somehow limp at the same time. Basically if I want my hair to look nice (even if I wasn't vain, I work in a nice office), I have to blow-dry it straight and usually curl it. From shower to 'done' it's like 45 minutes--and that's if I blow-dry it sopping wet--which I hear is terrible for your hair so I usually like to put it up in a towel or let it air dry a little BEFORE I blow-dry. I dunno, I'd like to be the kind of person that works out every day but the thought of spending 45 minutes or more EVERY day on something dumb/unimportant like my hair seems...unappealing. This also makes working out in the morning (before work) out of the question unless I want to get up before sunrise.
I've actually considered cutting my hair shorter before but I think it's too much a part of my 'identity' or something--I've just never liked having shorter hair. That said, I need to figure out a way to work around my long hair.
So the question is: If your hair is long and you exercise regularly, what do you do with your hair? Do you just avoid sweating (because light exercise is better than no exercise)? Do you have some product or style or trick for making your hair look normal without having to wash it? Or better, do you have some product or style or trick for your hair after you have washed it that make the whole post-wash process much easier/time-efficient? Or do you just suck it up and work out every day and shower everyday and either take the time required to do you hair or just leave it alone and not care? There's gotta be something I'm not thinking of...