Ah the gym, something we either love or loathe, and when you have your hair extensions in it can be a pain to try and work out, not to mention keeping your extensions in their best shape.
So how should you wear hair extensions while working out at the gym?
If you naturally have long hair, you’ll understand the pain of not having hair tied back and out the way while you exercise. Not only is it a nuisance but it is also dangerous too, with loose strands easily getting caught up in exercise machines.
But have you also thought about your sweat affecting your hair? Truth is you probably don’t give it a second thought and jump in the shower and wash your hair after the gym which is great, but what about if you have extensions? Can you clean these as often? Do they need extra care when at the gym?
Workout and Gym Hairstyles
It is so important to keep your hair extensions up and out of the way when you’re exercising, for not only safety reasons and to help you concentrate on your workout, but to also protect your extensions.
You can opt for a traditional high ponytail or bun, or go fancy and have french braids, which are hugely popular for gym bunnies as they look stylish and keep all hair out the way.
Plait your hair and pop it into a bun for another fun twist to your hair, too.
The key is to keep the style simple and neat. So if you are going to opt for a bun, a simple ballerina style is preferable. Do not attempt to wear your hair in a messy bun, as this will make removing the hairband much more challenging once you have finished your work out and your hair is damp from sweat, potentially resulting in damage.
Try and keep your hair as high up or away from the nape of your neck and skin as much as possible, otherwise if left to dangle around your neck, your hair extensions will absorb the salt from your sweat, which is damaging to them.
Remember when tying your hair up you need to think about your hair extension fixings and make sure they are safe and secure. If you tie your hairstyle too tight, you’ll run the risk of damaging your hair extensions, and over time you can actually start to loosen the fixing, which can result in your hair extensions to slip and even come out.
If you have clip in extensions, the best way to protect this is to simply remove them. Not only will it prevent them from getting tangled and in the way, but it will also protect them from sweat and overwashing too.
Sweat Impacting Hair Extensions
No one likes having sweaty hair, but it is part and parcel of working out. However, salt from your sweat can impact your hair extensions and the fixings holding your extensions in place. If you allow sweat to interfere with your extensions then the salt will dry your extensions out and cause them to become brittle, lifeless and easily knotted.
Sweat not only affects your hair extensions but also your own natural hair too. As sweat is a combination of salts, water and a little bit of protein, it will not only dry out your scalp but can prevent the regrowth of your hair.
Once the hair is wet (no matter if thats from water or sweat), it becomes easier to stretch and therefore damage, causing hair breakages, and changes to its texture. The salt from sweat can even fade your hair colour too.
So no matter what form of exercise you’re doing, or if you have extensions or not, you definitely need to be protecting your hair from sweat as much as possible by keeping your hair tied up and out the way, to prevent less sweat being absorbed.
Cleaning Hair Extensions
As you’ll know you should only clean your hair extensions two to three times a week, but if you’re going to be working out then you’re going to need to naturally wash your hair afterwards. This could have an affect on your extensions depending on how often you work out.
If you can arrange your workouts around the times you’d already be washing your hair then that would be great, and will help reduce the risk of over washing your hair extensions.
If you do have to wash your hair more than the recommended times, then give your extensions a helping hand with our Hairapeutix hair extension hair mask. It will nourish and infuse your extensions with the very best, natural goodness they need, making them look healthy, nourished and beautiful, without the nasty ingredients found in many hair products.
Why not apply our Pre-Shampoo before you work out? That way, while your body is busy working out, your hair will be receiving a little pamper of its own, receiving the goodness and nourishment from our all natural treatment. Then when you hit the shower afterwards, you can rinse the treatment out and both your body and hair will be good to go.
By doing this you’ll also prevent sweat from being absorbed into the hair, as the hair is already fully saturated by our treatment.
If you have any left over residue once you’ve applied the Pre-Shampoo, you can use it to tame any baby hairs that may get in the way.
Once your extensions are nice and clean, you’ll have to dry them. This is such an important step when cleaning hair extensions as it will stop any further water damaging them. It is always a good idea to let your hair extensions air dry slightly before blow drying them, to restrict the damage from the heat.
The tools you use when detangling your hair are extremely important when it comes to caring for your hair extensions and increasing their longevity. Most normal brushes haven’t been designed to adapt to hair that has bonds or wefts in, attaching your hair extensions to your natural hair, let alone managing to brush the delicate hair of your extensions.
The Hairapeutix Hair Extension Brush was designed specifically for hair extensions and has a two bristle design, making it easier to not only detangle but to style your hair safely. Learn more about How To Brush Your Hair Extensions.
So the next time you’re at the gym, don’t let your luscious locks get in the way of your workout session, gently tie them up in any fancy hairstyle you like and jump on that treadmill!