The 3-Step Cheat's Blowdry You Can do At the Gym
Some days just making it to the gym is achievement enough, without then factoring in the additional effort required to turn your sweaty mop into a professional 'do for work. (Sadly, a wonky topknot doesn't really cut it in most offices.)
With this in mind we reached out to pro stylist and illustrator Luke Davis of Pencil Jedi for a cheat sheet on taming grimy hair post-perspiration. What follows is a three step plan so easy anyone can do it, even if they've just bicep curled their arms into oblivion. Keep scrolling for the how-to!
Applying a wet styling product to hair to mop up sweat may seem counter-intuitive, but according to Davis sea salt mist (try Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $43) is an underrated hair refresher. "Sea salt sprays contain a crystal that actually absorbs oil and moisture—applying one to your roots can remove perspiration even better than dry shampoo," he explains. Working in one-inch sections, spritz until you've dampened your roots and hairline. Davis says this trick works for all hair types, and adds: "these sprays are fragranced so they serve as a refresher in that sense too."
Next, you'll want to dry everything by moving the hairdryer in small circles and pointing it at the roots. "This action gives the same effect as flipping your hair around but without the headspin," says Davis. You want the temperature just hot enough that you're able to manipulate the hair. "Considering you just finished a workout you don't want to go too hot," says Davis. Comb in your part, then brush your hair out and into place so you can see what you're working with.
Once completely dry, divide your hair into four sections (two front, two back), and concentrate on "polishing" the front two. "There's no need to waste time blowdrying your entire head, all you need to do to create a pulled together look is to get the roots going in the right direction and neaten up the ends," explains Davis. Brush the hair in the two sections forward over your shoulders and pick it up off your decolletage with a brush, smoothing the ends as you go. (An anti-static brush like Y.S. Park's Black Carbon Tiger Brush, $120, makes things easy.) If the back is misbehaving, simply pull it back into a ponytail or bun.
Voila! No-one in your morning meeting will ever suspect you just set a new PB.