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What Is Sweat Actually Doing to Your Scalp (And Hair)?
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What Is Sweat Actually Doing to Your Scalp (And Hair)?
April 08, 2023
2 min

Sweat can affect the scalp in a few different ways, both positive and negative. And while both are true, the latter has left folks with textured hair often having to chose between their desired hair style (or even overall hair health) and their commitment to pyshical movement that might cause sweating. Ahead, we look at the negatives, the positives, and how to set yourself up to navigate both seamlessly.

- Hydration: Sweat is primarily composed of water, so when it comes into contact with the scalp, it can help hydrate the skin and hair follicles. This can be beneficial for people with dry or itchy scalp.

  • Salt build-up: Sweat also contains salt, which can build up on the scalp if not washed away regularly. This can lead to irritation, itching, and even dandruff. - Bacteria growth: Sweat creates a moist environment on the scalp, which can promote the growth of bacteria and fungi. This can lead to scalp infections, such as folliculitis or ringworm. (Things we don’t want!)

- Hair breakage: If sweat is left to dry on the hair, it can cause the hair to become brittle and prone to breakage. This is because the salt in sweat can draw moisture out of the hair, leaving it dry and fragile.

So how do you set your hair up for success without having to jeopardize your other healthy practices or weekly pilates classes? Read on below for tips to protect your textured hair from sweat during workouts — especially if they’re frequent.

- Wear a headband or scarf: Use a headband or scarf to keep your hair off your face and absorb sweat. You can also try a sweat-wicking headband made of moisture-wicking fabric to keep sweat away from your hairline. - Style your hair in protective styles: Protective styles such as braids, twists, and buns can help protect your hair from sweat. They can also prevent tangling and breakage. - Apply a leave-in conditioner: Applying a leave-in conditioner to your hair before a workout can help prevent your hair from drying out due to sweat.

  • Don’t wash your hair after every workout: While it might seem counterintuitive, if you’re working out every day it’s best to avoid a daily hair wash to prevent excess drying and potential breakage. If you find your scalp too sweaty to ignore, opt for a quick rinse of just your roots instead of a full wash through the strands.

With everything in your daily life, OurX exists to take the guesswork out of your hair for your lifestyle. When taking our assessment, make sure to share just how active your lifestyle is — and if you’re working out or playing spots regularly — for your regimen to best support you.

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