Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam

How I Get Away with Skipping a Shower after My Workout

Here’s the situation: I don’t have access to shower after I work out. I train at a Pilates studio and in a basement when I work out with my kinesiologist. So I have to fake a shower after each session. I’m going to show you three ways to make do without a shower: Avoid that dreaded ponytail hair bump, freshen up sweat-drenched hair and use wipes to wash away sweat, sans water.


I hate that bump you get after working out with a ponytail. My solution: a low, loose pony with a ribbon-style fastener. Stylize makes good ties that are perfect for this. Just divide the hair above the hairtie, flip the ponytail and thread it through that hole you just created. The result is a cute princess roll style. When you take your hair out of the ponytail there are no hard ridges, and you might even get a bit of a wave—all without shower or styling.


My absolute hands-down favourite dry shampoo is by Cake. The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray doesn’t leave a white residue. The smell is sweet—obviously, with a name like Cake—and I find that I don’t need a brush to work the product into my hair; I just finger-comb and scrunch. Since it doesn’t require water, I don’t mind that I don’t have access to a shower. Here’s a dry shampoo tutorial.


I’ve used nearly every wipe out there, and I really like Simple’s Sensitive Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes, because they’re not made with perfumes or dyes. On label, they work to remove the raccoon eyes you get when your mascara isn’t sweat-proof (even if it’s waterproof). Off label, I find they’re good for pits and sweat—even underboob and back sweat. Now it doesn’t compare to that fresh feeling you get from a shower, but it’s seriously the next best thing.


New Balance reached out and asked me what my goals were for 2017, and I’ve been trying to come up with a New Year’s resolution. A friend on Instagram suggested overdelivering. I’ve decided to ask myself, at every workout, “Am I doing enough? Can I do more?” This applies to my gym beauty routine too. That’s what inspired today’s post. But the more effort we put into our workouts (not just with weights or intensity), the more important exercising seems to be and the less likely we are to blow them off. I’m game for that, shower or not.