How to Do a Root Wash to Preserve Your Blowout Post-Gym

BY Alexis Farah · November 9, 2016


With the rise of blowout bars, it’s become more and more tempting to skip the gym in favor of maintaining that expensive ‘do. And no one understands better than fitness expert and founder of The Bliss Project, Lori Harder, whose mane reaches well past her shoulders. But because it’s literally her job to work up a sweat (see her Instagram for proof), she came up with a way to cleanse her scalp post-workout without having to start a blow-dry from scratch. “Let’s face it, the afterglow on your skin and the endorphins you feel after a workout kicks any ‘good hair day’s’ booty. But since I believe we can have our cake and eat it too, this root wash is the perfect, easy way to refresh your roots while keeping your tresses flawless,” she says.

Follow Harder’s 15-minute (or less) root wash method to keep a coiffed look in shape, even if an intense workout threatens to obliterate your stylists’ hard work.

Step 1: After you’ve turned the heat up on a workout, head to the locker room (or home) and secure hair in high, semi-loose bun using a scrunchie or hair tie. To prevent damage, use a fabric hair tie or band, which holds your hair firmly and securely without tugging, pulling or creasing.

Step 2: Use plastic wrap or a shower cap like blowpro The Perfect Shower Cap to cover the bun completely. Coil that hair elastic tightly around the bottom to keep water out.

Step 3: Jump in the shower and rinse off as normal, putting your head directly under the water stream to wet your entire scalp. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of shampoo into your hand and rake it through scalp and roots. Massage the formula in gently, without disturbing the bun or creating too much pull. (Note: the bun should be loose enough that you can start working up a little lather). For extra volume, use thickening shampoos like Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Shampoo to boost your hair’s volume.

Step 4: Wash shampoo from roots (and for hair that’s especially dry, follow with the same technique using conditioner). Then use a towel to pat and absorb any excess water from your head. If you’re in a hurry, Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel wicks away moisture up to 5x better than cotton towels. Plus, it prevents frizz, split ends and hair breakage with its woven fibers.

Step 5: With a gentle hand, unwrap the hair tie and take the shower cap off your bun. If all went according to plan (i.e. you wrapped that bun tight!), the ends of your hair should still have that salon-quality bounce. Comb your hair lightly or use a round brush like Harry Josh’s Pro Tools Round Brush while blow-drying roots. It will only take a few minutes to dry since the area is so small.

Step 6 (OPTIONAL): You could stop there … or, you can pump up the volume, like when it was freshly styled, with a spritz of texturizing spray or dry shampoo (or a two-in-one) throughout parted hair. Revive pieces around your face with a curling iron.

Alexis Farah

Before becoming a freelance writer in Los Angeles, Alexis was the Senior Beauty Editor at Everyday Health in New York City. She started her career as the Associate Beauty Editor at Women’s Health magazine and... Read More >

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