ua en ru

What happens if you don't wash hair after workout

What happens if you don't wash hair after workout Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Many people regularly hit the gym and then skip washing their hair. However, this could lead to increased hair greasiness due to workouts, which in turn can lead to problems, citing Live strong.

The buildup of sweat and oil on the scalp can result in various issues, including seborrheic dermatitis, fungal infections, commonly known as dandruff.

Seborrheic dermatitis, characterized by flaking and redness on the body, can worsen during hot summer temperatures, especially if you're exercising outdoors under the sun rather than in an air-conditioned gym.

If you tend to sweat a lot during workouts, it's important to shower and wash your hair to prevent dandruff. For those who don't sweat heavily, washing your hair two to four times a week, depending on its oiliness, is recommended.

After shampooing, it's advised to apply conditioner to the hair ends to prevent overdrying, particularly crucial for colored and curly hair, which are more prone to breakage.

Apart from hair loss, seborrheic dermatitis can also dull the shine of your hair. Using a medicated shampoo more frequently can help prevent hair loss.

Regardless of your hair type, opt for gentle shampoo and conditioner that won't strip away healthy oils from your hair.

Tying your hair too tightly during workouts can also contribute to hair loss.

Dermatologists suggest using dry shampoo if you don't have scalp issues. However, avoid using it consecutively for several days, as it may lead to hair problems.

It's important to remember that dry shampoo doesn't actually clean the scalp or hair. It contains starch that absorbs oils, making the scalp and hair less greasy.