FP Hacks: 3 Ways To Tame Your Mane After The Gym

No time to shower after the gym? Here are 3 ways to tame your mane post-workout! 

I have a ton of hair. So, my head sweats a lot when I work out. Hence my refusal to exercise over a home office lunch break. Just not willing to deal with the soaking, ridged-out mane that I would be left with post-workout. And the second I untie my ponytail, even after a proper cool-down, it’s just a big, unattractive mess. I seriously envy those women who leave the gym looking as if they just left the salon (and those people do exist!). Their secret may just be good genes, but I was determined to figure out a fresh and clean look — post-gym — for myself. No time for a shower? No problem. Here are 3 hacks:

Wear Braids


Braids are going to be your new gym buddy. If you’re capable of doing two long ones down the back, cornrow/french braid style, that will work best. I find that whenever I wear braids to the gym, it minimizes the amount of sweat that typically forms, and the tight weave holds everything in place while I’m working out. Post-workout, my hair still looks as if I just did it! I may have to wet a few frizzy bits down, but that’s really it! It’s hard to mess up braids if you’ve done them right. If I don’t wear my hair in cornrows, I like to section off some in the front as if I’m doing a half-up, half-down top knot style, but I’ll incorporate a cornrow that reaches the crown of my head before wrapping into a bun (see above photo). I’ll throw it into a pony before the gym, but I feel more confident when I let it down after since the front braid replaces the look of sweaty hair framing the face.

Dry Shampoo + Sea Salt Spray


After the many posts we’ve shared about dry shampoo & sea salt spray, both items should hopefully be staples in your beauty cabinet. Have you ever tried mixing the two together? If you haven’t, try it next time you’re rushing out to meet up with a friend for brunch. The dry shampoo will soak up any excess sweat, and the sea salt spray will add a beachy, coconut-infused scent to your hair. Plus, the texturizing power of both products will give your locks an effortlessly wavy and volumized look!

Smoke Cleanse


If post-gym smell is more important to you than looks, try lighting a match and using the smoke to cleanse away any unpleasant sweaty odors from your hair. This might sound weird, but it works for me! Brigette gave me these awesome incense matches for my birthday. I typically light one, then walk around my house and waft through the smoky air as you would with a sage stick. Bonus: it makes the house smell so good! Regular matches work, as well. (Just remember to blow the flame out before bringing it close to your hair!) Simply hold the match below the ends of your hair, and let its smoke weave through your locks. More matches may be needed, depending on how much hair you have. Think of it as a mini hair cleanse.

+Do you have any post-gym hair hacks? Let us know about them in the comments below! 

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7 years ago

Awesome tips, I will definitely try all three of them! Thanks for sharing!

7 years ago

I totally agree with you because I’m growing my hair out right now to donate it later this year so my hair is down to my waist and its a struggle working out with long sweaty hair. Now thanks to these tips I know how to control my beautiful locks! http://livingblissfullybalance.weebly.com/

7 years ago

Great post! I knew about the dry shampoo and the sea salt spray but not the match trick. Love it. Will share with my readers.


Margarita Stepanyan
7 years ago

I really love this!! I never considered braiding my hair after a workout, but it definitely seems like a really nice idea. Also, I always use sea salt spray to add texture to my hair, but I never really thought about using it after a workout, but I really like the idea! And dry shampoo is definitely a must!!!

Wonkritz Hidusot
7 years ago

if u have enough time to walk around ur house with a match wouldn’t u have enough time to run over ur body with a washcloth to freshen up

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4 years ago

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