Let’s talk about hair. Sweaty hair. Hair that gets blowdried and straightened and curled, only to get sweaty and greasy in no time at all. Hair that needs to be blowdried and straightened and curled again.
I am exceptionally lazy about doing my hair. Standing under the blowdryer feels like a giant time suck, and I do my utmost to avoid it as much as possible.
The problem, of course, with a case of the hair styling lazies, is that it makes it even harder for me to convince myself to exercise if it means I’m going to have to do my hair again.
Thankfully, I’ve discovered a few time and effort–saving shower workarounds that have helped eliminate that excuse from my fitness vocabulary:
Wash your bangs: I’ve been doing this for years. My husband scoffs every time, but I swear it works like a charm. Your bangs (or the front parts of your hair) collect and show the most grease. Give them a quick scrub in the sink, blowdry, and voila! Hair that looks and feels almost new, in two minutes flat.
This works in airports, too. Weird looks are guaranteed, but rinsing out your bangs is an easy way to de-grease after flying.
Dry shampoo or baby powder: If you’re blonde, baby powder is an incredible, and incredibly cheap, fix for greasy hair. I haven’t found a dry shampoo that works as well for me as regular old baby powder, but if you have a recommendation, I’m all ears.
French shower: I’m a big fan of the french shower, and carry the essentials in my purse at all times. Deodorant, facial wipes, and a touch of powder can take you from lunchtime workout to 1pm meeting in a snap. I often just leave my hair up after a workout, but sometimes if I turn my head upside down and give my hair a good roughhousing it gets back to normal-ish. This technique only has a middling success rate, but it’s worth a try.
This photo is from a night when roughing it up actually worked after a yoga class. It was a little flat, and not very touchable, but it got me through a very fun dinner with my friend Leonie.
Shower at night: I used to think I had to blowdry my hair for it to look presentable, but I have learned the error of my ways. Showering at night allows me to do a quick straightening job in the morning. Sure, it’s a little flatter than it would be if I blowdried, but, frankly, the volume I get from blowdrying rarely lasts past lunch anyway.
Do you have any tricks for doing your hair less often? Has the prospect of having to do your hair again ever prevented you from exercising?