If you go to the gym regularly in anything other than your natural hair, like weaves and braids, then you have definitely experienced the stinky post workout smell. And while you might not be suffering the full wrath of the stink, trust me your fellow gym rats definitely are, and it is your duty to spare them. If you have been struggling with smelly gym hair, even during post workout periods -your boyfriend has even been avoiding spooning you for days,- try out these tips.
- Invest in dry shampoo. Wait for the sweat on your scalp to dry out, before using dry shampoo from the roots down to your weave or braids. Sweaty scalps leave your hair smelly and greasy looking, when you do nothing about it.
- If you are not a fan of dry shampoo, it’s possible to wash your hair with a sew-in. The trick to it is making sure that the scalp of your hair, and the weft of your weave dries poperly after washing it. Use a blow drier, and direct the heat straight at the roots of your hair. If you have braids on you can use the drier through the whole length of the braids. However if you have a weave in, dry only the roots to avoid heat damage for your weave.
- If you have a weave on, put it into three or four braids to allow air get into your scalp. That doesn’t prevent your scalp from sweating completely, but it reduces the rate at which you’ll sweat and allows your scalp dry out faster.
- If you are a regular gym rat, don’t wash your hair after every single workout. That won’t help the funky smell and would also dry out your hair. You could try co-washing if you have time after every workout, co-washing is basically washing with conditioner only to avoid drying out your hair.
- Put your weave into a high ponytail and use a headband to absorb the sweat, as you are working out.
- Use a blow drier, to dry out the sweat immediately after a workout if you do not have time to wash it, in other to avoid the smell that comes with allowing stale sweat sit in it.