How to Protect your Hair when Working Out

How to Protect your Hair when Working Out

If you’re at a loss as to how to protect your hair when working out, you’re in the right place. Our stylists reveal what excessive exercise can do to your hair if you’re not protecting it. We all know that exercising does wonders for your body, but it can cause stress on your strands. 

You may believe it’s enough to avoid using overly tight ponytail holders or not wash your hair more often than you should, but there are a few extra techniques you can implement to avoid breakage and hair colour fading. Let’s take a look at our guide on how to protect your hair when you exercise!

Protect your hair from sun damage

You apply sunscreen before going out into the summer sun. But, do you take steps to protect your hair from sun damage? Just as it’s crucial to protect your skin from the effects of the harsh Australian sun, it’s equally as important to protect your hair. There are various sunscreens for your hair that are specifically designed to protect your hair from the sun’s intense rays. Not only will using SPF specifically formulated for your hair protect your tresses from the sun’s rays, but it will also significantly prevent your colour fading from bright to dull tones. 

We recommend getting your hands on the Soleil UV Defense Colour Treatment by Kerastase. It’s a protective masque formulated to combat the harmful effects of UV rays and environmental aggressors. This advanced treatment provides an intensive dose of hydration and nourishment while creating a protective barrier to prevent UV damage, leaving your hair soft, smooth, and radiant. Shop the masque at Allure by Epic or online in our salon.

Apply dry shampoo before your workout 

Are you planning on sweating throughout your workout? Prevent your tresses from absorbing more sweat than necessary and spritz some dry shampoo on your roots before you begin exercising. This will prevent your strands from absorbing excess moisture, so they don’t become overly saturated. Check out Eleven’s Give Me Clean Hair Dry Shampoo for an affordable op!


We totally understand that it’s important to keep strands out of our face throughout a workout, but it’s important to note that the tighter the ponytail the more intense the damage on your strands. Wearing tight hairstyles, often leads to breakage. Switch up your regular exercise style to prevent the same section of hair experiencing stress. Try braiding your hair or throwing it up with a claw clip. You’ll thank us later. 

don’t shampoo your hair after every workout 

Washing your hair too often can actually suck the moisture right out of your tresses to strip them of their natural oils. Depending on your hair type, we recommend washing your hair 1-2 times per week. A quick alternative to washing your hair too often is a spritz of dry shampoo. 

Visit any one of our Brisbane or Gold Coast salon locations so your Epic Hair Designs stylist can personalise your best haircare routine with our range of luxury Goldwell, Kerastase and Olaplex products.