Post Workout Hair Care

Since this is fitness week here at Everything Pretty, I want to talk about fitness and beauty.  Specifically post workout hair care.  I used to wash my hair after every workout, but I just can't do it.  My hair got so dry because I had to use a hair dryer and flat iron almost daily.  I got my hair done last week in my usual brown with blonde and red highlights, and I want to preserve the red.  I just can't wash it daily and style it without having extremely dry hair.  

I also have a limited amount of time.  It takes me an hour to wash, dry, and flat iron my hair.  I was working out for 30 minutes a day, but now that I've learned some fitness hair care tips, I'm up to a 45 minute workout and about 15 minutes to redo my hair, so I'm saving a lot of time by not washing my hair.
How to care for your hair before and after working out.

Post Workout Hair Care

Pre-workout Styles

As women, we are great multitaskers.  You can use your gym time to style your hair.  Pull your hair back in to a bun or a braid before you exercise.  This keeps your hair out of your face, and when you're done, you'll have volume fro the bun or waves from a braid.  If you get really sweaty, zap the sweat with a hair dryer before undoing your hair for more volume and staying power.

Dry Shampoo

It's nearly impossible to do anything with sweaty hair, so it's best to start by drying your hair with a hair dryer.  Flip your head over and hit the roots with the dryer.  This will dry out your hair and add some volume to your hair.  

Once your hair is dry, spray with dry shampoo.  Don't use dry shampoo on wet hair, so it's really important to dry your hair before you use it.  Use your fingers to get the dry shampoo on your scalp and then brush your hair.  


If your hair is really sweaty and you really need to freshen up, try rinsing your hair in the shower and letting it air dry.  This is best for straight hair that won't frizz.  Don't do this all the time because the salt from your sweat will move to your ends and dry them out.  

Preworkout Tips

Keep your hair in great shape by following these tips before and during your workouts:
  • Try a moisture wicking headband and avoid thin ones because they can cause creases.
  • If you wear your hair in a ponytail, use a gentle elastic band and vary where you wear the ponytail to avoid breakage.
  • Use a gentle shampoo to keep your hair healthy.
  • Consider using dry shampoo before you workout to absorb moisture as it happens.  
  • Brush your hair often to distribute your natural oils to the rest of your hair.  
  • If you workout outside, be sure to use a UV protector on your hair.  

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Benefits of Probiotics for Women

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Hyperbiotics, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HealthiestDaysAhead

I'm on a journey to get healthy, so I've been making some lifestyle changes.  The first thing I did was change my diet so I was eating less sugar and fewer carbs.  Then I started working out.  Finally, I added some supplements to help my body on this long journey.  I started taking Hyperbiotics Pro-Women for its many health benefits, which I'll talk about more in a minute.

It's been two months since I started making changes.  The scale hasn't moved as much as I would like, but I am seeing results.  I feel a lot better and have more energy.  Between working from home, homeschooling, being a mom, and volunteer work, I have full days.  The boost in energy is most definitely welcome.


My husband and I started taking a tai chi class three months ago.  If you're not familiar with tai chi, it's like meditation in motion.  Not only is it relaxing for me, but it also helps boost strength and flexibility.  I wanted more cardio, so I started doing an at home walking program and using the punching bag.  The punching bag is a lot of work, but it's great stress relief!  


I like Hyperbiotics because they are non-GMO and don't have artificial colors, artificial flavors, or preservatives.  It's very important that I avoid these in my food, so I don't want to have them in a supplement either.  It can also support energy, and that's something I always need more of with my crazy schedule.  Supporting a healthy immune system is another bonus because I really don't have time to get sick with everything that I do in a day.

Hyperbiotics has several formulas, but I use the Pro-Women formula.  I like it because can aid in weight loss, which is a big goal for me right now.  Most people think of digestive health when they think of probiotics, but Pro-Women promotes good health in other ways, too.

Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in your gut, and they play a big part in your immune system.  Not only do they work to promote your digestive tract, but they also boost your immune system and help your body absorb more nutrients from the food you eat.

So what makes Pro-Women different?  It also has cranberry extract and D-Mannose to promote urinary tract function.

Pro-Women can also help balance microflora to balance yeast growth, which can help you maintain good vaginal health as well as your digestive and urinary health.

Pro-Women and all of the Hyperbiotic supplements are now available at Target, so #followyourgut to get some for yourself.

Healthy Eating

I haven't been eating perfect, but I'm doing better than I was a few months ago.  I've been limiting my carbs, opting for breadless sandwiches, and eliminating pasta from my diet.  I've definitely boosted my water intake and stopped drinking soda.

It's been a little over two months since I really started on this journey.  Considering my eating hasn't been as healthy as it could be, I'm pleased with my results.  I'm wearing jeans that were a few inches too small, and I have a lot more energy.  My body just feels better and healthier.

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My Fitness Motivation Technique

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PureLife35pk #CollectiveBias

Two months ago, I made a decision that will change the rest of my life.  I made the decision to get healthy.  That means fewer carbs and more cardio.  I started a tai chi class twice a week and do cardio at home on my own 3-5 days a week.  It's only been two months, but I feel great.  The pounds are starting to come off, and my body feels so much better.  I have more energy now, so I don't need that afternoon can of soda.  I swapped my diet caffeine filled soda for NestlĂ©® Pure Life®, and I don't even miss the caffeine.  

Even though I am starting to see results, I still struggle with motivation.  I know I feel better after I work out, and I know I'm starting to look better, but some days I just do not want to do it.  After years of behavioral therapy with my son, I realized that a reward system may help.  Just because I'm an adult doesn't mean that a reward won't motivate me or that I shouldn't use one.  Keep reading to learn my fitness motivation technique.

How to Use a Happy Planner As a Blog Planner

I'm a planner girl.  I wouldn't be anywhere on time or have anything in by its deadline without having my paper planner.  As much as I love my iPhone and electronics, I just can't get used to a Google Calendar.  I have used a Google Calendar in conjunction with my planner, but I always go back to my paper planner.  

I've used a few planners over the last three years.  Last year was my first year using the Happy Planner, and I love it.  I'm definitely buying another one for next year.  That's a big deal because I have never used the same planner two years in a row.  

When I got my Happy Planner, I was a little overwhelmed.  There are women who spend hours decorating theirs and have the perfect system.  I admire their work, but it's not for me.  I just don't have the time or desire to decorate it.  I have customized mine, but it's more of a do it once and be done kinda thing.  Another reason for this is that my craft room is in my basement, so it's not always practical to go there where I have my washi tape and stickers.  I need to make it easy because I'm busy, so this is how my planner has evolved.  Keep reading to learn how to use a Happy Planner as a blog planner.  
How to Use a Happy Planner As a Blog Planner

How to Label Soap For Sale

This post is brought to you by StickerYou.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.  

Before I started blogging here,  I made soaps, lotions, and other bath and body items to sell.  I sold on eBay and on my own website before Etsy was even a thing.   I loved experimenting and coming up with new scents and recipes.  When my middle child was born, he had a lot of health problems, so I wasn't able to keep up with orders.  I quit selling products, but I never stopped making them.  

During the eight or so years that I wasn't making anything for sale, I decided that I liked writing and blogging more than selling, but I do still like creating things.  So I started writing and blogging about making bath and beauty items along with health and beauty topics.  Now, I have so much stuff that I've made and requests to have it for sale, so I've been thinking of selling some things locally.  When you sell soap and other bath and beauty products, you have to learn how to label it for sale.  For this post, we will just talk about labeling soap for sale.  Labeling cosmetics and other products is a completely different topic, so this only applies to soap.  I'll also introduce you to StickerYou, who made the labels I'll be using.  

How to label soap for sale.