Lunch hour is the perfect time for squeezing in a workout if you don't like to exercise in the morning. Not only does it ensure that you won't have to rearrange any after-work plans, just the act of toting your gym bag with you to your job can motivate you to not let all that planning go to waste. And if your gym is close to your workplace, your workout doesn't even have to be that abbreviated; a short walk to work, a half-hour of cardio, a few minutes of weight training, and a quick pit stop in the locker room later, and you've done your workout for the day.
While I'm a fan of the midday workout, my temperamental hair is decidedly not. I've never been a wash-and-go girl — whether at home or traveling, I'm always armed with several styling products and a straightener in order to make sure my hair stays in place. Since I don't have time to wash and style my hair before heading back to work after a midday trip to the gym, (and since as we know "I don't want to ruin my blowout" is not a good excuse for skipping a workout) here's how I deal when I've only got a few postworkout minutes to look presentable:
- Hairstyle matters. Pulling your hair up and away from any sweat on your face or back of your neck will keep your hair from getting wet and drying into a mess. Try a a snag-free elastic to help prevent any odd postponytail bumps.
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- Strategize styling. Keep a few good tools and styling products in your gym bag — round brush, dry spray-on shampoo, and a travel blow dryer if your gym doesn't provide one — for busting frizz fast. We're big fans of dry shampoo at FitSugar; it sucks up residue and gives you a lift without causing frizz. After a sweaty workout, blow dry your hairline using the round brush and apply dry shampoo anywhere that's looking a little too greasy.
- Wear a headband. Stop flyaways and keep hair close to your head with a headband; reigning in loose strands will help prevent hairline frizz. Try a wicking headband like Buff CoolMax Headband ($15) to stop sweat in its tracks, or use a snug elastic-style one to ensure everything stays in its place during a vigorous session.
- Use leave-in conditioner. A friend of mine offered this tip: spray a leave-in conditioner into your hair after a workout — it'll make your hair smell nice and also defrizzes so your hair will dry nicely even if you don't have time to shower (her favorite: KMS SilkSheen Leave-In Conditioner spray, $7).
Let me know if you have any more tips for styling your hair after a workout, and don't forget to check out BellaSugar for more suggestions on how to stay frizz free!