Are you one of those people who envy the hair of those in all the shampoo ads? Well, you’re not alone. Our day-to-day living has an impact on how healthy our hair is, and so does the styles we wear it in. If you love working out, you’re probably frequently wearing your hair in a tight ponytail or bun – you don’t want your hair in the way while in down dog, or while doing burpees, so the tighter the better. The only problem is that this causes more breakage. So what’s a girl to do?
According to MindBodyGreen, the solution is actually pretty simple and it involves yoga too. We don’t know about you, but we like killing two birds with one stone. The suggested course of action might sound a bit ridiculous at first, but bear with us.
Yoga and a hair mask
Apparently, the secret to having great hair is applying a hair mask before rolling out your mat and then washing them right after. If you’re already panicking, wondering how greasy your hair is supposed to look with a hair mask on it while going to yoga class, fear not. It all depends on the type of hair mask you use.
Whatever your go-to workout is, it involves your body getting hot. The heat and humidity that follows cause your hair’s cuticles to raise and swell. This is not a good thing. Ever wondered why your hair is frizzy as hell when you’re done with your workout? It’s because when the cuticle swells, moisture escapes, which means that your post-workout hair is frizzy and less shiny. Not cool.
What does a hair mask and yoga have to do with it?
Applying a hair mask will seal the cuticle, which in turn will reduce the amount of moisture and nutrients it loses during a workout. Considering that hair mask now? To top it off, hair masks are usually filled with enriching nutrients, like coconut oil or shea butter. When your hair is “hot” the cuticle is thought to be more prone to absorbing these awesome moisturizing ingredients. This has not yet been proved by research, but board-certified dermatologist Doris Day, M.D., says that the idea here is that the heat breaks down the bonds in the hair mask, which helps it to coat your hair better. This, if it proves to be true in future studies, means that the coating provided by the hair mask helps to prevent damage in tight hairstyles during workouts by creating a barrier between the strands. Now that sounds promising.
How do I wear a hair mask without it being noticed?
So, how do you go to a yoga class wearing a hair mask without looking like a total weirdo? Well, first of all, you shouldn’t care what other people think. If you want to wear a hair mask, wear it. It smells great too, so you’re doing everyone a favor anyway. Ideally, you should apply the mask a few minutes before class start, and keep in mind that applying it to dry hair means that you’ll use a lot less than you would in the shower. Just take a dollop and work it into your soon-to-be-gorgeous tresses. Start at the ends and work it up to about an inch from the root. Pull a comb through it, pull it back into your go-to workout style and use a tissue to dab off any excess product. Now you’re ready to give your hair and your body some love at the same time.
What type of mask should I be using?
We know what you’re thinking: What type of hair mask should I use for situations like these? Well, it will depend on your hair type and your needs. If you have damaged hair (we just can’t withstand changing color every now and then) use a restoring option. A curl cream will work well if you have course strands while a weightless mask is recommended for those with fine hair.
You should also be on the lookout for the texture of the mask, especially if you’re a bit self-conscious about the whole affair. First of all, it shouldn’t be too milky – try a mask that has almost the same texture as conditioner. You don’t want to blink excess product out of your eyes during handstand or down dog. Another texture you don’t want is a pressed balm-like texture – it’ll be too hard to drag through dry hair. You want to find something that’s right in the middle. A butter texture is good – it’ll be easy enough to work into your hair and keep it in place. What you’re going for is applying it like a leave-in conditioner, coating your strands enough without it being too noticeable.
You’ll have to wash your hair after
Something else to keep in mind is that you should only do this when you’re planning on washing your hair after your workout. Your trusty dry shampoo is not going to do the trick here. Plus, the hair mask acts as a pre-shampoo treatment, protecting the individual hair strands while you’re washing it. You’ll find that washing your hair post-workout will leave them feeling soft as silk and shining like that of the shampoo models’. Hell yes.
Start your own trend
If you’re really uncomfortable with wearing a hair mask to a yoga class or the gym, try to do it when you workout at home. That way, no one else will see your hair and you’ll still reap all the benefits. If you’ve been looking for some way to step out of your comfort zone, this is it. The rest of the class might notice your stunning hair and ask what your secret is. Before you know it, wearing a hair mask to yoga might become the latest trend – and you will be seen as the one who started it. We all want to have those five seconds of fame. This is your chance.
Over to you: Would you wear a hair mask to a yoga class? Do you know of any amazing hair masks? Share them in the comments.