It sounds a bit rotten to learn that your hair is paying the price for your intense workout or a sunny day out. But hey, don’t sweat (pun intended), because we’ll tell you why and how a sweaty scalp can lead to hair fall, along with discovering easy ways to reverse this sweat-uation. Let’s go!

In This Article:

How Does Sweating Damage Hair?

What Causes Excessive Sweating And Hair Fall?

How Does Sweating Damage Hair?

We’re human, we sweat. It’s normal and your hair can handle it. It is only when the sweating gets more than normal, it's a cause for concern. Sweat contains lactic acid, which binds with keratin present in your hair follicles and wearies down your hair. It can also lead to inflammation, build up, bacteria growth or scalp infections. Basically, it creates a favorable environment for hair issues to thrive if not managed properly and timely.

What Causes Excessive Sweating And Hair Fall?

There are a number of reasons that can convert your scalp into a veritable waterfall. Along with intense workouts and spending a day out in the sun, below are 3 reasons why scalp sweating is creating havoc with your hair health.

1. Stress

Being stressed, anxious or hot-tempered (yup, that too) most of the time can trigger hair fall.

2. Overworking Sweat Glands

Sometimes, things are simply not in your control. An overactive sweat gland can make someone perspire without indulging in any rigorous activity or rise in temperature.

3. Hormonal Imbalance

If you have PCOS, or going through menopause, pregnancy or consuming certain hormonal medications, it can cause you to break out in a sweat.

How To Prevent Hair Fall Due To A Sweaty Scalp?

Now that we’ve identified the culprits, it’s time to get some scoop on the ‘mane’ event!

1. Choose The Right Products

A sweaty scalp cries for help in two departments: purification and hydration. Pick our Tea Tree, Peppermint & Vetiver Sulfate Free Purifying Shampoo to gently eliminate sweat, dirt, gunk and product buildup off your scalp. Followed by our super-nourishing Argan Oil & Lavender, Paraben Free Smooth & Serene Hair Mask, your hair will be doing a happy dance!

2. Hydration Is Key

Keep yourself well-hydrated to maintain a healthy balance between sweat and natural oils on your scalp. Drink water like it's your job, and watch your hair thank you for it.

3. Wear Breathable Fabric

Watch the kind of fabric that you step out in. Picking cotton and linen over synthetic materials is always wise. Also ensure that your cap/hat is not tugging to your head. This can up the heat on your scalp and trigger sweating.

How To Protect Hair From Sweating During Exercise?

1. Invest In A Headband

Not only will you look like a fitness fashionista, but you'll also protect your hair from becoming a soggy mess.

2. Braids Are The Best

Opt for braided hairstyles that keep your hair secure and away from the sweaty action.

3. Brush Your Hair

Post a sweaty workout, let your hair loose and allow your scalp to breathe. Use a hair brush to prevent sweat from clogging the scalp.

3 Hygiene Habits For Healthy Hair

1. Regular Cleansing

Your hair needs regular, but not frequent washes. Limit it to 2-3 washes per week depending on your hair type and texture. A dry shampoo can also come in handy.

2. Avoid Chemical Treatments

Hair colors and bleaching can mess up your scalp’s health and pH levels. If you have a sweaty scalp as is, try and avoid the added damage of chemical treatments.

3. Take The Silk Route

Sleeping on silk on satin drastically improves your hair health. Unlike cotton pillowcases, these do not absorb your scalp’s natural oils, and in fact retains them. This leads to an overall healthier scalp and hair health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How often should I wash my hair?

A. You should wash your hair no more than 2-3 times per week. If your scalp and hair is getting sweaty in between washes, you can either rely on co-washing or simply cleansing your scalp with water. Over shampooing can dry out your hair and it is prone to breakage.

Q2. Can I apply oil on sweaty hair?

A. If your scalp is oily, sweaty and dirty, it is best to skip oiling. All this trapped gunk will prevent the benefits of the hair oil to seep inside the scalp, and simply clog the pores. It's best to oil your hair when it's a bit dry and free of dirt to really reap the benefits.

Q3. Should I wash my hair every day if I sweat?

A. That is a bad idea. Shampooing everyday can dry out your hair, cause frizziness and breakage. Instead, opt for alternatives like using dry shampoo or simply washing hair with water between your shampoo days.



Written by Rhea Shah on Jan 19, 2024