The dilemma of whether or not to work out in the morning is a real catch-22. If you do go, you reap the mood-boosting benefits of exercise, including the kind of glowy skin no amount of hyaluronic acid could possibly replicate. But your hair becomes a sweaty, gross mess. Don’t go, and you have an easier time styling your hair but miss out on exercise, which is really important to your overall health. See? Catch-22. (We’re sure this is exactly how Joseph Heller imagined that phrase would be interpreted.)
Even the poshest gym bathrooms don’t make ideal settings for washing, drying, and styling your hair before work. Anyone who has ever tried to get their hair totally dry in SoulCycle’s chic but very shower-steamy changing room can attest to this. Plus, washing your hair every day isn’t always the best idea—even if you work out a lot. To help navigate this after-gym hair world, we consulted the experts. Here are their best tips.