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For Sporty Types, Here's How to Take Care of Your Hair

Don't let your locks suffer.

No serious athlete worries about his hair during a game or a workout. But that doesn't mean you can’t take extra care of your mane before and after every session. In fact, a confident sportsman should take this part of his grooming regimen into account, because the elements of an active lifestyle—sun exposure, heat, and the inevitable buckets of sweat—can take their toll on an otherwise healthy head of hair.

To stay on top of both your sport and your hair game, here are a few practices worth keeping in your routine:

Rinse your hair out after every session. In small amounts, sweat can be good for your hair and can even add a little texture to it. But excess amounts can weaken your strands and dry out your scalp. That's why it's important to wash the sweat out of your hair after every game.

If you need to keep your hair back, make sure it's not too tight. Headbands and ponytails are  acceptable, as long as there's  a little bit of slack. Hair that's pulled back too tightly can result in damage, hair fall, and even traction alopecia—otherwise known as "baldness by man bun." Keep your hair up loosely, using a comfortable headband made of a moisture-wicking fabric.

Pat your hair dry—don't rub it. This is an everyday hair care method, but it's especially important for the sportsman who puts his mop under a lot of stress. Patting with a towel is a much gentler way to handle your hair after a shower, as opposed to vigorously rubbing it, which can actually damage the cuticles or outer layers of each strand.

Don't start a workout with styling product in your hair. If you're hitting the gym or playing a game after a long day, you might still have some kind of styling product in your hair. Make sure to wash it all out before you get started. Sweat itself is sterile but can react negatively with foreign bacteria on the scalp and excess buildup of hairstyling product, resulting in dandruff.

Use a shampoo that can take care of your hair and scalp. The best thing you can do to take care of your hair and scalp while living an active lifestyle is to pick an anti-dandruff shampoo that was made specifically for men like Head & Shoulders Cool Blast For Men. It keeps your hair and scalp clean and healthy, even when you're under the sun and drenched in sweat—which makes it the ideal shampoo for athletic dudes. Head & Shoulders, with a burst of coolness of menthol, keeps visible flakes and itchy scalp threats out of the way. When your hair is 100% dandruff-free, you're more confident to have your GAME ON 100% of the time.

For more information on how Head & Shoulders For Men can boost your workout, visit the official Facebook page of Head & Shoulders.

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Head & Shoulders.
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