Chelsea Stewart, owner of Zuri Salon and founder of the blog Lipstick Lunges Life, has two early morning priorities: getting in a sweat-drenched workout and being able to get ready (read: look amazing!) quickly so that her time spent getting ready for work doesn’t cut into the time she spends working out. Turns out, she’s an expert at it! In our first guest blog post, Chelsea shares her top tips for going from sweaty to street-ready in a matter of minutes (yes, really!). Read on and check out her quick “how to” video at the bottom of her post!
As an avid fitness enthusiast and also a beauty professional I know that TIME plays a big factor when determining whether or not to workout. As women we think that to go to the gym, get a ‘sufficient’ workout and get ready for work, school, errands or a party will take us a minimum of 2 hours.
I used to be trapped in this mindset too. I would wake up extremely early just so I would have time to fit it all in before I went to work. I was sick of being a slave to my beauty routine and having it interfere with my workout or fitness class I wanted to attend so I made it my mission to find a better way and discover along the way that, ready for this? I LOVE MY HAIR DIRTY – especially from sweat. Think I’m nuts? Okay, but think about how much money we as women spend on texture sprays (many of them being sea salt texture sprays). Isn’t that what sweat is – a salty texture product?! If you learn how to work with sweat, it can be your best friend and help you achieve bangin’ hair in a fraction of the time. I love that I can workout, use the sweat in my hair to my advantage and still have it look “done.”
OK, so your ready to give this sweaty hair styling a try?
First things first: the less you wash your hair, the less oil your scalp will produce.
In my salon, women tell me all the time that they HAVE to wash their hair daily or it gets greasy. I get it – I’ve been there, but before you are stuck in that belief, just TRY two weeks of washing your hair every other day and substituting with dry shampoo on the no wash days. I bet you will surprise yourself. Here are my top 6 tips for using sweat as your best accessory:
1. Avoid Oil Based Products On Your Scalp
To train your hair to last 3+ days with out washing it, avoid using conditioner at your roots on your hair wash days.If you like to wear your hair straight- the first day is the best day to do it. BUT REMEMBER- the more you touch your hair the faster it will get greasy – so hands off.
Avoid oil based products especially at the root because your scalp naturally produces enough oils on its own. If you have curly or frizzy hair and like the healing effect of an oil based product, make sure you just apply to the ends of your hair and remember that a little goes a long way.
2. Wear A High Ponytail Or Bun During Your Workout
This helps keep the sweat from your neck away from your hair. The less sweaty your hair gets the longer you will be able to go in-between washes.
3. Blow-dry The Sweat Into Your Hair
Before you add any product to your hair, blow dry the sweat out until it is 95% dry. I like to blow-dry in every direction to get height on top and then let my hair fall into place where it wants. If you have a distinct way of parting your hair, blow-dry the hair opposite of the way you normally part it- this will create height and volume- and then once dry, flip it to the side on which you part.
4. Dry Shampoo Is Your Best Friend
Once hair is dry (or 95% dry) lift the hair up into small sections, starting with around your hairline and spray in the dry shampoo. If you experience any white residue or excess powder from the dry shampoo just blend it in with your fingers or a boar bristle brush.
5. Wash The “Bang”
If your hair still feels greasy or oily after you blow-dry the sweat into it, you can always secure the bottom section of your hair by tying it back in a ponytail and shampooing the top and/or front section of your hair (the “bangs”) and blow-dry and style as usual. This will look and feel like you have clean hair in half the time.
There are days on which you just don’t have the time to blow-dry the sweat out of your hair and style it and this is when your favorite bright lipstick is your hero. Slick that hair back into a topknot and apply your favorite shade and voila! You are ready to conquer the world.
Check out Chelsea in early morning action here!