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Men: sport and your hair

Guys: keeping fit and in shape doesn’t only apply to your bodies – it means your hair, too. During most types of sport, the hair comes into contact with chlorine, salt water or sweat and your hair needs some extra care afterwards. Read on to find out what to look out for

Tennis, surfing, swimming, running – sport pushes you to your limits. And not just your body. Strenuous matches on clay, or multiple lengths of the pool, make demands on your hair, too. One tip: if you shower in the morning before going to work and do sport in the evenings, don’t wash your hair twice because it will dry out your hair and scalp. If you really have to, use just water for the second time, no shampoo: this will still wash out the sweat (because sweat is water based) and is kinder to the hair.

Wash it right

André Schürle with a cool undercut

Footballer André Schürle sports an undercut

Hair loves fresh air and moisture. So if you wear a sports or bathing cap, or a headband, remove it as soon as you’ve finished training. Comb your hair through immediately: this removes a certain amount of sweat and chlorine or salt water.

Wash your scalp and hair with luke-warm, not hot water, and use a mild shampoo. Avoid using normal shower gel on your hair: it’s usually too aggressive and has a drying effect on the scalp and hair. How much to use? A pea-sized blob may seem small but it’s enough. Men with longer hair should use a conditioner to make it easier to brush. Tip: massage a hair cure in once a week – this really benefits stressed sportsmen’s hair.

Cristiano Ronaldo with undercut hairstyle

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hair is sacred

Post-sport styling


After washing your hair, rather than roughly toweling it dry, gently squeeze out the excess water, using a soft hand towel. This is much kinder on your hair. Tip: brush your hair using a brush with boar bristles. This smoothes the surface of the hair and increases blood flow to the scalp. Or you can use a wide-toothed comb, which also gently disentangles the hair.

Preferably let your hair dry naturally and only blow-dry it when it’s cold outside or time is short. If you do reach for the dryer, switch it to the coolest setting and hold it at least 20 cm away from your head.

Haircut and styling

Man with short haircut while jogging

Short and sweet: a short haircut is the most practical when you’re training

For men who train regularly, an uncomplicated, easy-style haircut is crucial. That includes most short haircuts, for example the capri, an absolute classic amongst men’s cuts. If you wear your hair long, or have curly hair, go for a messy, chin-length surfer style. While you’re doing your sport, tie it back with an elastic hair band – perfect for running, football and everything else.

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