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Over to you Sophie...
Nothing beats a good hard training session, but one thing that can ruin it? Hair. You know those days when your hair is all over the place, getting stuck to your sweaty forehead? Or when you seriously need to wash it after your workout but ain't nobody got time for that! Or even worse... when you take your hair out of its hair tie and you have a huge kink running around your head for the whole world (and office) to see... yep.
Gym Hair can seriously kill your post workout vibes, but that is where Hey Holla’s 'No Kinky Stuff' hair ties come it, I am being serious when I say no more kinks! I have tried and tested these hair ties myself and I have been extremely impressed with the results. I have teamed up with Hey! Holla to bring you an amazing #heyhollaXthestylehutch Instagram giveaway to win a whole years supply of 'No Kinky Stuff ' hair ties + a handy pouch to store them in! Just head over to my Instagram and follow the simple steps on my feed!
Today’s post is for everyone out there that works out hard but really needs to give their hair a little TLC. Below you will find top tips on how to keep your hair healthy, pre and post workout, food you need to add into your diet to keep your hair strong and my go to gym hairstyles!
Top Tips For Healthy Gym Hair
• Make Dry Shampoo Your BFF
Shampooing too much can seriously dry your hair out and strip away its natural oils, so if you like to wash your hair every day after your workout... put that shampoo bottle down! and replace it for dry shampoo. Here is a great trick; put it on before your workout to prevent excess moisture building up in your hair, as no amount of dry shampoo will cover up sweaty roots after! Then you can top it up after your work out for a refresh, this trick works wonders. I love Batiste dry shampoo, either Brilliant Blondes or Tropical, both are the perfect refresh your hair will need!
• Brush It!
Did you know that your hair actually nourishes itself from its own natural oils? However, it won't spread itself unless you brush it! Brush your hair through every morning and night to help the build up of oil on your roots and give your hair a natural shine! WIN!
• Be Picky About Your Hair Bands
This is a big one!! Professional hair stylists, like Dana Lonato, say they constantly see breakage when their clients always wear their hair in a ponytail and pull it too tight! We tend to pick up the first hair band we see (and normally the cheapest) but the elastic can be too tight and can cause your hair harm, even more so if you workout every day. It is recommended that you try to change up your hairstyles (check out the photos for inspiration!) and swap your regular hair bands for ones that are specifically designed to be
gentler on your hair. This is why I love Hey! Holla’s No Kinky Stuff hair ties, they are perfect! My hair is seriously feeling the love from these ties, and I cannot believe that I have no kinks in my hair after my workout!
• Protect Your Scalp!
If you aren't a gym bunny but more of an outdoorsy type; think running, cycling, hiking,team sports like football or maybe even tennis is your thing, then you need to be protecting your scalp and your hair with a UV spray! Your scalp is just as sensitive to the sun as the rest of your body, the sun can seriously dehydrate your hair... try out Korres Year Round Sun Protection.
Food For Thought
Hair is made up of a protein called Keratin. Keratin is a fibrous protein, which is known to have a long chain-like structure making the protein strong, and it also forms the main structural element of our hair. It is crucial that we have enough protein in our daily diet, otherwise, hair can become dry, brittle and weak. Keratin gives our hair its flexibility and strength which stops breakage. Chicken, soy, beans, turkey are all great sources of protein to help promote cell growth and repair.
• Amino & Fatty Acids
Both Amino and fatty acids are essential for Keratin production. Our body cannot produce essential fatty acids, so we have to obtain them from our diet or supplements. Salmon, walnuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds and avocado are all high in amino and fatty acids and are perfect foods to add into your diet.
A water soluble B Vitamin, biotin actually helps the metabolic process to break down fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Biotin is found in most food high in protein, including eggs, dairy products, and vegetables! It is essential to stop brittle hair and also helps boost its natural shine.
A European Journal of Dermatology reported that low iron can increase the rate of hair loss! Iron will help improve hair texture, and it increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the hair roots and scalp.
Vitamins are a very important part of your everyday diet, Vitamin B found in biotin, proteins and vegetables play a big role in the health of your hair, as does Vitamin A which encourages a healthy immune system and cell growth. Vitamin C is a popular vitamin to take, but did you know that it helps absorb iron? Try adding sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers, and green vegetables to your diet to increase your vitamin intake. Vitamin E is an important vitamin for your whole head, it is an antioxidant that helps repair, so applying to your scalp directly as an oil or taking it as a food supplement is a great idea, as it repairs the damage to the follicles which in turn helps your hairs growth.
Just Work It!
Post gym hair doesn't have to be stressful anymore, thanks to No Kinky Stuff ties, you are now free to style your hair however you like. However, I thought I would share my go to hair styles for the gym and post workout throughout this post to give you all some inspiration. My quick go to look is a simple ponytail with either straight or curled hair, then post workout I love to rock the quick half up look, this keeps my hair out of my face and is a great transition style from after the gym... or try this before your workout; quickly plait your hair then set with a sea salt texture spray and you will have effortless waves after your session! Perfect.
You can shop all the hair bands I have featured throughout today's post and discover more on heyholla.com
••• Cosmopolitan (HERE) Black Basics (HERE) Blonde Basics (HERE)
Super Sorbet (HERE) Aqua Baby (HERE) •••
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A big shout out to Hey Holla, my collaboration partner for this post. They have been amazing to work with, don’t forget to check out their website and their Instagram. You need to make sure you head over to my Instagram and enter the #heyhollaXthestylehutch giveaway, you can win a WHOLE years supply of their seriously cool hair ties!