It’s not necessarily my fantastic body that tells you I’ve been to the gym. It’s really more obvious by my hair. The mess that it is. It’s usually flat on the top, with this ridiculous built-in shelf half way down (I knew my head was warped but with every post-workout hair tie taken off, it’s a physical reality).
With barely time to hit the gym, never mind hitting the showers afterward, the rush back to wherever you’re going (work, home, etc) doesn’t usually allow for a leisurely wash, fluff and fold of your quoif. So here are four quick steps to five-minute après workout hair (minus the water and wait).
Step 1: Product
Spritz 4-6 pumps of spray gel onto the top layers of dry strands. Use a gentle water-based formula (it should be the first ingredient), since some ingredients can leave your hair heavier than when you started.
Step 2: Heat
Wrap sections of hair around a round brush, rolling up to an inch from the scalp. Hold a hairdryer on the section for 10 seconds. The air will also help dry excess sweat on the scalp.
Step 3: Cool
Leave hair wrapped around the brush for a few seconds to cool. To preserve volume, unwind strands with your fingers rather than pulling them through the brush.
Step 4: Tousle
Hold the dryer approximately 6 inches from the ends and flick your wrist as you blow-dry. End with a quick tousle.
As for that lovely ridge, I’ve discovered pulling my hair into a high ponytail and securing with a fabric holder instead of a tight elastic. Sure I look like a Valley Girl circa 1983. But all that tress distress was enough to gag me with a spoon, so I totally had to do something.