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equal, and you should do your research, as some can be even more drying and damaging. Brushes Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Detangling Hairbrush, $21.99, well.ca. harmful chemicals in your hair-care products is one thing—but we must also avoid coming into contact with harsh chemicals in our day-to-day lives. For exam- ple, we know that although they’re great for keeping us fit, swimming pools can be quite harsh on hair. Combat- ting the damage of chlorine can feel like an uphill battle, especially if you’re already dealing with issues of dry- ness and breakage. Fairlie says that the best way to preserve our hair is to wear a swim cap. “A cap is your hair saver (the type you can get at any sports store) as it can keep most of your hair dry.” The final—and most important—step, according to Fairlie, is to always rinse off. “This removes any excess chlorine from your hair” she says. "When you don’t rinse off in the shower, the chlorine soaks into your hair, causing damage.” Incorporating a gently clarifying shampoo is also a good idea, though Fairlie says that not all are created Did you know that the hair tools we use to smooth and tame our hair can actually be the cause of damage? Fortunately, there are a number of detangling brushes on the market that are worth the investment, as they’re made to prevent breakage. Fairlie says that these types of brushes are a shower and purse essen- tial. For optimal results, she recommends “brush- ing out your tangles in the shower once you’ve mas- saged conditioner through- out your hair. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top.” This should make brushing easier, and more importantly, cause less breakage as the brush and conditioner work together to detangle. Just keep in mind that “Excessive brushing, or anything done in excess to the scalp, can damage the hair follicles and irritate the scalp which can cause damage to new growth,” says Durante. Protective Hairstyles When you’re working out, the hairstyle you choose can do a lot more than keep your hair out of your face. Your hairstyle can lessen the need for frequent showers, and prevent you from needing to brush your hair out too much and risk breakage. Fairlie recommend braids. “That way your hair doesn’t get tangled during your workout, and afterward you're left with a nice soft wave when you take it out.” Braiding your hair also gives your roots a chance to dry after a sweaty workout, and if you want to take that extra step, Fairlie says, “Dry shampoo it!” When In Doubt, Ask a Professional As we age, our hair chang- es, and it can be difficult to figure out how we need to change our hair-care rou- tine. When there’s an op- portunity, you should lean into your hairdresser and doctor for advice, as they have the knowledge, as well as experience, work- ing with various types of hair and health concerns. If you follow the advice of your hairdresser and physician, your mane will look and feel sensational after every blood-pumping workout. KATE ST. LOUIS is a Toronto -based writer who loves the health and lifestyle beat and an #allblackeverything Instagram post. Follow her @nevernotinblack. TO SHAMPOO, OR NOT TO SHAMPOO? People who work out frequently also tend to shampoo their hair a lot, and there are few things that feel more refreshing that a post- workout shower. If you’re a fan of lather, rinse, repeat, you may not like what you’re about to read. According to Fairlie, “Frequent shampooing is a no-no.” Because shampoo traps oils, if you frequently wash your hair with shampoo, there is a chance that you may dry your hair out, which could make it prone to breakage. If you’re the type of person who sweats a lot, whether or not you’re exercising daily, It’s under- standable that you’d wash your hair often. Howev- er, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Durante suggests shampooing only “three times a week [if you can] and alternating it with a good conditioner,” since showering and using proper shampoos and conditioners help to avoid exces- sive grease from sweating. D’FYNE - Winter 2019 17