We all (hopefully) know by now that moving your body daily is best thing you can do for your health. However, when your daily HIIT or hot yoga, running or boxing classes leave constantly you shampooing your hair, there is a good chance that your workouts are most likely wreaking havoc on your hair.
Washing your hair daily can lead to dry, damaged hair, itchy scalp and for some, over-washing can lead to greasy strands. Oh, and did we mention that if you color your hair, all the frequent washing will lead the color fading faster?
Hair has scales that overlap an inner cuticle and this is what keeps your hair together. Over-washing, heat tools, too much sun, lack of nutrients can all contribute to the scales falling apart and eventually separating. This leads to damage along with breakage, dryness, and frizz.
Master French hairstylist, Guillaume M, who lives in NYC, but visits Miami every 8-10 week, says “the ideal is to wash your hair no more than 3 times a week, but living in Miami and exercising daily will leave you washing it almost every day,” says Guillaume. “Think about over-washing your hands, it will leave them dried out…it’s the same for your hair.”
Therefore, your daily workouts are going to lead to extra at-home hair maintenance. Guillaume suggests “having 3 different shampoos in rotation such as volumizing, color protection, moisturizing, gentle cleansing and rotate during the week.” Another imperative step, according to Guillaume, is to use good conditioner every time you wash on towel dry hair. To maximize hair health, he says to use a deep conditioning mask once a week. “Once a week you will need to do a deep conditioning mask that you will leave on your hair for about 20 minutes. Wrap hair in cellophane in order to keep in the natural heat from your body as it will activate the nourishment process of the mask.”
If daily washing can’t be avoided, we’ve found products that will keep your hair happy and healthy.
If you’re looking for shine and radiance while boosting fullness NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner Duo is for you. The formula is infused with Grape Stem cells, a source of powerful antioxidants that reduce damage to scalp papilla cells, revitalizing and adding shine to dull hair. It is free of harsh sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil and other harsh chemicals that not only damage hair but the environment. $28, naturelab.com
Damaged to the point of despair? Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset Shampoo and Conditioner can repair and restore very damaged hair with intense moisturizing that won’t weigh down your hair. The secret ingredient? Japanese sourced rice extract, which is enriched with minerals, antioxidants, and B and E vitamins. Shampoo, $49, Conditioner, $59, shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.
Oils and Leave-Ins
Skip the heat tools, and go au natural, while keeping frizz away with Daily Dose Miracle Moisture Leave In Conditioner. This lightweight moisturizing spray is a leave-in conditioner that detangles hair, eliminates frizz and fly-aways, softens hair and adds moisture and shine. This is a go-to for all hair types ranging from natural, fine, frizzy, dry, fine curly, oily, greasy, thick coarse, coarse, low, normal and high porosity hair. $17.99 (8oz) and $7.99 (2oz), dailydoseme.com
For an extra dose of moisture, BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil works double time. It not only tames fly-aways and prevents split ends, but you can also use it on your skin to hydrate rough patches on your body. $16, amazon.com
Significantly restore hair while supporting a Miami-based company Haielle with Haielle Hydrate Masque. This rich yet lightweight formula should be applied to wet hair and left on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Fortified with amino acids, enzymes, proteins, peptides, and fatty acids, and protects, seals split ends and with repeated use, will leave hair stronger, smoother, and softer. $45, haielle.com
If you’re guilty of over washing, over-processing, and excessive heat tool usage Kérestase Resistance Mask is your new BFF. It repairs weak, severely damaged hair with a formula that includes peptides that penetrate into the deepest later of the cuticle to strengthen hair and stimulate growth. $56, sephora.com
For more info on Guillame M and to book an appointment for his signature haircut technique that leads healthier hair that grows faster and fuller with regular cuts, follow him on Instagram.