It’s that time of year again when we emerge from our holiday hibernation, covered in candy cane wrappers and chocolate stains, ready to hit the gym and knock out those New Year’s resolutions. Exercise is great, but you may not realize that your workout routine could be causing damage to your hair. Here are some tips from the experts at Flirt Urban Salon in San Diego on how to keep your hair healthy and your hair color from fading during workouts and sweating.

Apply Dry Shampoo Before Your Workout

Giving your roots a quick spritz of dry shampoo before your workout can help prevent excess sweat from saturating your hair. We recommend Bumble and bumble’s Prêt-à-powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo. Don’t add dry shampoo to damp or sweaty hair, as it can make your hair cakey.

Adjust Your Workout Ponytail


Having your hair pulled back tightly can cause breakage. To reduce breakage, try switching to hair ties that are gentler than the average elastic. Some good options are Sephora’s Quick Fix: Hair Ties or Flexx hair ties by Emi-Jay.

Putting your hair up in the same spot on your head every time can also cause breakage in that area. Alternate where you tie back your hair during workouts, going from a high ponytail, to a low ponytail, to a braid, etc.

Protect Your Hair During Swimming

Swimming is a great total body workout, but chlorine can wreak havoc on color-treated hair. Before you get in the pool, wet your hair, apply a coat of conditioner, and then cover it with a swim cap. This will help protect your hair and it’s cuticles from chlorine damage.

Protect Your Hair During Outdoor Workouts

Going for a run outside can be way more fun than a boring treadmill. However, the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to your hair and fade hair color. If you can’t stay in a shaded area, wear a hat or a bandana, or use UV-protectant hair products. Check out our blog on “How to Sun-Proof Your Hair from UV Damage” for more tips.

Washing Hair After Workouts


It’s best to schedule your workout session around when you planned on washing your hair anyway, so you don’t have to wash your hair twice in one day. Washing your hair too much can dry out your hair and cause your scalp to overproduce oil.

If you’re going to shower at the gym, bring your own gentle shampoo. If you have color-treated hair, make sure that shampoo is sulfate-free. Not sure what the right shampoo is for your hair type? Stop by Flirt Urban Salon in Downtown San Diego and our hair stylists can recommend one of our fantastic Bumble and bumble shampoos.

Conditioning Hair After Sweating

The salt in sweat can dry out your hair. Using a quality conditioner will help add moisture and shine back into your locks. For extra hair TLC, try using a conditioning overnight masque once a week, like While You Sleep Damage Repair Masque.

Protect Your Hair from Heat Damage

If you plan on drying your hair with a blowdryer, or using hot styling tools after your workouts, be sure to use a heat-protectant spray or serum to protect your tresses from damage. Bumble and bumble has a great line of such products, including Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer, which uses six featherlight oils to help protect against heat styling and breakage.

Visit Flirt Urban Salon

If your damaged hair is in need of extra love, jog over to Flirt Urban Salon in San Diego. We can help revive your faded hair color, trim those damaged ends, deep condition your hair with Olaplex, and send you off with the right products to help keep your hair healthy at home and at the gym. Give us a call to schedule your free consultation at: (619) 501-6890.

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