We’ve all felt it, after a night spent tossing and turning, battling summer temperatures: the dismay when we look in the mirror and see slick strands of hair hanging down from a moist and greasy hairline. Here at Flip-In Hair, we are determined to equip you for any seasonal hair care challenges that life throws at you, so let’s delve into ways of dealing with the unpopular sweaty hair phenomenon.
Tackling The Scent Of Sweaty Hair
Interestingly, it’s not the act of sweating that produces a rank and embarrassing smell. A buildup of sebum, product, dead skin cells and sweat mixed together nurtures the natural bacteria residing on your scalp and produces a stink. Leaving it to accumulate and then air dry contributes to a long-lasting and rancid smell, so washing your hair is crucial, although you don’t want to dry out your locks by doing it too frequently.
If mere shampooing in the shower is not enough to vanquish the smell, there are a variety of traditional remedies you can try, such as using essential oils, aloe vera or even lemon juice. Healthline dissects the different solutions and matches them with specific conditions that may also cause a sweaty scalp, so if you suspect your hair smells for a different reason, be sure to check them out!
Prevention And After Care
If you’re headed for a session or activity where you expect to end up with sweaty hair, you can take preventative measures which lessen the probability of sticky tresses. Firstly, wear a sweat-wicking headband to absorb moisture at your hairline or go the full way and cover up with a headscarf or bandana, a stylish solution which also protects your scalp against bleaching and sun damage.
Secondly, use dry shampoo before exercising. Like your headband, dry shampoo will absorb excess sweat and oils, leaving you looking and feeling refreshed. Follow up afterwards with a styling mousse or stay-in conditioner, to replenish the stock of moisture that the sweat removed from the scalp.
Hairstyles To Conceal Sweaty Hair
Life happens. It doesn’t always leave room for a convenient shower or for applying dry shampoo. Try out some of these cute and practical hairstyles to hide what’s really going on underneath.
A ponytail is a classic, suggesting sports and activity as well as keeping your hair neatly out of sight. However, braids do an excellent job of weaving strands together so that no one can see how limply the hair is hanging down. The brilliant thing about braids is that they are limitless – French braids, Dutch braids, crowns, pigtails, updos…You can even wear your sweaty hair down when you sweep a greasy fringe away from your face with some tiny twists or intricate plaits.
Alternatively, rock the look with messy topknots or wacky space buns, especially when dressing in sportswear that says you don’t care. You are active, you are fun and you are making the most of this summer weather. No one’s going to argue with sweaty hair in that scenario!
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