How to protect your hair and scalp during sport

Date: 29/06/2020

With Wimbledon sadly not taking place this year, many of us might still be inspired to hit the tennis courts. But while you’re working up a sweat perfecting your backhand, you might end up with an itchy, irritated scalp and greasy roots for your troubles. Not everyone wants to wash their hair every time they exercise, so here are a few ways to help maintain a happy scalp and strands.

Use a sweat-absorbing headband

Not only will a headband make you look the part à la Serena Williams or Martina Hingis in your tennis whites, but it helps mop up excess sweat from your scalp and around your hairline so you don’t end your match with your hair looking drenched.

Apply a toning scalp serum

If you don’t have time to wash your hair after your tennis session or spin class, applying a few drops of MONPURE Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum through your roots and massaging in can work wonders when it comes to controlling scalp sweat. This is because it contains witch hazel, a natural toner, which works to tighten pores and dry out the oil sweat produces.

Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, £96 (50ml)

Have a damp towel on hand to keep cool

The more heat your body generates, the more sweat it produces (resulting in a stressed scalp and sweat-drenched hair). So the next time you exercise, make sure you have a cool damp towel nearby to dab your face with in-between sets, to stop your body from overheating.

Use a sulphate-free shampoo

A common ingredient in many shampoos, sulphates are a cleansing agent, which can be very drying when used too frequently. So if you’re washing your hair every day after your morning workout, you can end up with frizzy hair and a dry, flaky scalp. MONPURE’s Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo is perfect for daily use, as it contains zero sulphates. Instead it uses natural aloe vera to cleanse and hydrate the scalp and strands – without leaving them parched and stripped – together with vegan silk peptides to strengthen and protect.

Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo, £36 (200ml)

Mask up after you cool down

While exercise is great for boosting endorphins and helping to maintain good mental health, intense forms of cardio (such as tennis) can raise the body’s cortisol levels, leaving it stressed and agitated – not least your scalp. If your scalp-skin is particularly red and irritable after a workout, it might need some extra TLC before you wash your hair as normal. MONPURE’s Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask is designed to control any discomfort with calming aloe vera and vitamin-rich camellia tea oil, while the peppermint and lavender scent help relax both your scalp and mind (the tingle is the best bit!).

Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, £63 (120g)

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