Reader Mail: Post-Work Out Care Options to Combat Dry Hair

Shelia asks: Hi Jen, I know you work out regularly but I don’t hear you mention issues with sweat drying out your hair.  How do you combat dryness from sweat?  Do you go through a whole wash day multiple times during the week?  I’d love to increase my work outs but I just can’t deal with how dry sweating leaves my new growth. Thank you!

Hi Shelia!  Co-washing and deep conditioning used to be my normal post-work out routine but I abandoned them at the start of the year because I, one, didn’t have enough time during the week to deep conditioning twice a week, and two, was not up to detangling and stretching my hair twice a week.  When I had less new growth to manage co-washing and deep conditioning twice a week were two great ways to restore moisture to my hair.

Since abandoning mid-week co-washing and deep conditioning earlier this year (I think around mid-January), moisturizing with HairVeda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer and sealing with grapeseed oil have become my go-to method to combat any dryness I may experience from working out (I work out 5-6 days a week).

When working out I wear my hair either in a high bun or high ponytail. After working out I take my hair down and give my damp scalp time to breathe and dry out.  Even though I no longer co-wash during the week I haven’t experience any issues my scalp (yay!).

My next step is to section my hair into four (sometimes six), apply moisturizer (I apply the moisturizer as close to my scalp as possible without actually getting any product on my scalp), seal, and loosely bun my hair (along with applying aloe vera gel to edges, if necessary, to tame my edges for the next morning).  The next morning my hair is soft and moisturized.  HairVeda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer is a weird one because it takes a while for it to “kick in” but this moisturizing and sealing routine works for me because I work out at night so after showering and tucking myself into bed, the moisturizer has a couple hours to sink and do its thing.

Below is my hair earlier this week, on left, after taking down my ponytail, and on right, after moisturizing and sealing the back half of my hair.  Sweating does cause my roots to revert some (remember I use the tension method to stretch my hair on wash days) but as long the “outer layers” appear neat and smooth, I’m happy.

Hopes this helped Shelia!

Have any tips for Shelia? Share ’em in the comments pretty please. Sharing is caring 🙂

P.S: Here are the links to my product reviews for the products in the graphic above: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing ConditionerAussie Moist 3 Minute MiracleAs I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner, HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner, Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner, and HairVeda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer.



  1. But do you guys put products on top of the salty sweat? I ve learned that sweat should be washed away no matter where on the body.

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      Hi Lisa, my hair isn't dripping with sweat after work outs. During the week (I reserve my more sweat intense work outs for wash day when I know I'll be drenched) at most, about an inch of my hair is damp afterwards and I let my hair air dry when I get home before moisturizing and sealing. I also do not apply moisturizer on my scalp. My scalp has no issues with my workout regimen nor my scalp but I have friends that must co-wash after working out or their scalp goes crazy… different strokes for different folks.

  2. I wash my hair mid week and workout 5-6 days a week as well. I sweat very very heavily. My hair is usually drenched and dripping, even with it in a bun. I have bra strap length texlaxed hair. Is it ok to go through a mid week routine of co washing, moisturizing, sealing and air drying in a bun? (I workout before work early am and don't have time for it to dry.) On the weekends I will go through the full process of pre poo'n and deep conditioning. I don’t use any heat on my hair and have been going with the air drying for about a month now. Is there anything that you think I should add? I have 4b/4c hair if that matters.

    Thanks for the tips!!

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      Hi Trish, it is okay to go through a mid week routine. Your routine sounds solid to me and I don't think you need to add anything except I suggesting keeping a look out for moisture overload.

  3. Do you put oils and moisturizers on top of the dried up sweat? Doesnt it smell?

    I wear My hair in braids so air can come in and the scalp Doesnt get so hot. That makes me sweat less.

    But i also plan in My Wash days on the days i do the most heavy training days. I mostly Wash the hair at the gym and sit with the deep conditioner in the sauna.

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