How I Take Care Of My Relaxed Hair After A Work Out

I admit I don't always work out multiple days every week. When I do I like to work out outside by either walking or jogging a few miles and in the Florida heat I can work up a good sweat. To top it off my scalp sweats a lot which if not taken care of causes my scalp to itch like crazy for days afterward. It also makes my hair look flat and greasy.

To keep my relaxed hair and scalp healthy, smelling good, and not itchy I started to employ a few techniques.

Taking care of relaxed hair after a workout | A Relaxed Gal

(I received the Suave Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo mentioned in this post complimentary from Influenster for a review, but all opinions are my own.)

Wear my hair in a loose updo

During a workout, I wear my hair in loose updos. It depends on my mood, but I may choose a loose high ponytail or a high bun. Or I may use a hair clip to pin my hair up. When I'm working out I don't like having hair on my neck because sweat gets on my hair and it makes my neck hot.

The key to my loose updo is that it's not too loose so my hair is falling out. It's just loose enough to let my scalp breathe so my scalp dries quickly when I've been sweating. When I've worn tighter updos the sweat would stay trapped near my scalp resulting in lots of itching and dry roots.

Additionally putting the hair up helps keep it in a stretched state so when I have new growth it doesn't revert too easily.

Wear a headband

Because I sweat on my scalp quite a bit I like to wear a satin headband to help attract some of the sweat away from my edges. It also helps keep my edges straight.

The headband I use is just a simple satin headband that wraps around my head like these on Amazon. For those who sweat a whole lot using a sweat-wicking headband could be very beneficial.

Use a dry shampoo

If I work out multiple days in a row my hair and scalp start to look and feel like it. To keep it fresh and not have to wash my hair every day I like to use dry shampoo. The one I'm using now is the Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo.

I section my hair and spray the dry shampoo near my roots in each section. After spraying I work the product through my hair with my wide-tooth comb. The result is a nice-smelling scalp and hair that doesn't feel or look nasty anymore.


While I use a dry shampoo in between workouts I use a clarifying shampoo after several workouts. Using a clarifying shampoo makes my hair and scalp feel fresh again and gets out any remaining sweat and grime.

Two clarifying shampoos that I like are the ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo and Ion Hard Water Shampoo. Both clean out the sweat and grime from my scalp and hair without drying them out.

Moisturize and seal

To make sure my hair doesn't dry out whether I've clarified or not I like to moisturize and seal my hair strands. I like to use a creamy moisturizer like the TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer and TGIN Replenishing Hair And Body Serum.

How do you take care of your hair after working out?


  1. I am estatic to try this! I am beginning this journey today with a dry shampoo (one 'n only argan oil dry shampoo), SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner mixed with Sunflower Oil. I do crossfit and I have been experiencing dryness with my hair after my workouts and the product that I have been using (which is a great product and I feel its my improper management, not its fault) has not helped maintain my hairs moisture. I will definitily keep you informed of the outcome! Thanks for the great tips!!!!!

    1. I'm glad you found them helpful! Yes, do keep me posted on the outcome. I'd like to hear if you developed any tips of your own.

  2. I am excited to try your routine Leah! I'll you know how it goes!


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