Sweat, Don’t Rinse, Repeat

Since we’re all friends here, I am going to let you in on a little secret. Two words: dry shampoo

When I workout, I sweat. A lot. Which means that I have to contend with long, sweaty hair on a daily basis. It’s somewhat inconvenient, but I have yet to find a way around it, save from losing the hair all together. Typically, I wash (or at the very least rinse) my hair after every workout. The feeling of dried sweat on my head is just beyond my level of tolerance.

Recently, dry shampoo has been all the rage amongst my fit friends. Since they have treating looking hair, I decided to give it a shot and bought a $3 can at Target. The cheap crap left my hair looking dull and smelled like barf-scented perfume. Yuck, yuck, yuck. I’ll take a mop of clean wet hair any day over that. After the urging of friends, I tried another brand (Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak) and had great results.

I put it to the test for a wedding on Saturday night. After a hot, midday run, I ended up with extra sweaty hair. With no time to wash and airdry (blow dryers and I don’t get along), I reached for the dry shampoo. After applying the dry shampoo to the roots, nape of my neck and hairline, I whipped it up into a topknot of sorts. The do turned out to be the perfect do for the afternoon heat and worked great to keep things tame during the late night dance party.

Post-Run Topknot, Wedding Guest Edition

Post-Run Topknot, Wedding Guest Edition

While I still prefer to wash my sweaty head, dry shampoo is a great solution when you’re without time to wash and dry/airdry. In addition to absorbing the excess oils, it also gives the hair great texture.

After my morning run today, I documented the simple dry shampoo process for those of you who are unfamiliar. It’s simple, really.

1. Work up a sweat. My workout hair do is always a messy (yet stable) topknot. It keeps the ends of the hair from sticking to the sweat on my neck. Yeah, super gross. I keep my hair up like this while I shower off.

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2. Take sweaty topknot down and assess the damage. As seen here, the oil is mostly at the roots (thanks to my topknot).

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3. Spray the hairline, nape of the neck and roots with your dry shampoo of choice. You can even spray the entire length of the hair to add more texture/volume. (My hairdresser does this for her own topknots.)

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4. Resist the urge to try out for an 80’s cover band.

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5. Whip hair up into your favorite style. With the length of my hair, I prefer a simple topknot. For extra staying power, finish off with hair spray. And voila!

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Yes, I am wearing a lot of topknots these days. It’s just too easy… and I desperately need a haircut. But until I get one, this will do just fine.

While I am still not sure if I would wear my hair down after using dry shampoo (can you say Van Halen?), it’s great for improving the look of my post workout topknot.

Do you a sweaty hair solution to share?

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    thedancingrunner
    07/15/2014 at 11:12 am

    Dry shampoo is where it’s at!

    • Reply
      hellodaynatalie
      07/16/2014 at 12:54 pm

      whats your brand of choice?

      • Reply
        thedancingrunner
        07/16/2014 at 1:25 pm

        I don’t know? Lol I just buy what’s in the store at Walgreens. Since I have ethnic hair I don’t use it all the time 😉 but I like it when I do.

  • Reply
    Ashlee
    07/17/2014 at 1:06 pm

    I make a homemade hair powder with corn starch and baking soda, that I like much better than any dry shampoo I’ve ever tried.

    I put it in a spice shaker, and use an old fluffy blush brush to rub it in. Here’s the link to the recipe (I leave out the essential oil): http://sunniebrook.com/homemade-hair-powder/

    PS: If only my hair looked as glam and pretty as yours post-workout!

  • Reply
    Colleen
    07/17/2014 at 8:26 pm

    Gah! You’re so gorgie!! How the hell do you do that awesome topknot?! Do tell 🙂 I definitely need some of that dry shampoo…. My fine hair could use the texture.

    • Reply
      hellodaynatalie
      07/20/2014 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks friend! You’re so sweet. Maybe I’ll do a topknot video soon!

      • Reply
        Colleen
        07/20/2014 at 8:55 pm

        I went out and bought some of this stuff that day! I used it on my dirty hair the next day and I really like it! I actually used it on my clean hair today because my clean hair falls quite flat and I really like the texture this stuff gives it. This is my first time even ever trying dry shampoo. Thanks for the heads up 👍

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