We all know the struggle. You finally drag yourself to the gym (an achievement in itself), only to have to rush to shower, wash your hair and get back to work as quickly as possible. It’s a painful time-sucking process. Here’s how to avoid washing hair after a workout.

How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type, texture and personal preference — it’s okay to skip washing your hair after a workout. Thin, fine hair typically requires more frequent washing than thick, coarse hair. Shampoo chemicals do strip the hair, so it’s actually good to avoid washing your hair every day if possible. (This probably goes without saying, but that doesn’t apply to showering after your workout. Letting sweat accumulate after too long allows bacteria to build up on your skin and can cause breakouts. You can skip the hair wash, but not the shower itself. Trust us, your skin and coworkers will thank you for it.)

Here’s our favorite ways to avoid washing hair after a workout.

Dry shampoo. The holy grail of sweaty hair. The old school way used baby powder to soak up sweat and oil. While baby powder works, it’s also a little messy and difficult to hide if you have darker hair. Luckily the beauty industry has stepped up and developed some great, lighter dry shampoos that actually work. A few favorites include Oribe, Drybar, Fekkai and Paul Mitchell. Spritz it on your sweaty hair, shake it through with your fingers and you’re good to go.

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Texturizing spray. A good, sweaty workout can destroy even the most perfect blowout. Don’t fight the waves. Texturizing sprays are designed to create a textured, voluminous look. You can use a texturizing spray with your dry shampoo to work with the “natural” texture of your hair that forms after a sweaty boot camp.

Wear a sweat band. Before you get images in you head of an old man power walking through the neighborhood with two-pound weights and a white terry cloth headband pulled low over his eyes, hear us out. The sweat band has made a comeback. Several companies including Nike and Lululemon have designed cute, functional headbands that you can wear from a workout to brunch. Gymwrap is another favorite — their headbands are designed with EvapoTech, a patented process that minimizes sweat and is designed to keep your hair dry through the workout.

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Think beyond the pony. There are several other options besides the ponytail that can carry you through a sweaty workout class. Do a loose, low bun. Braid your hair before class — they’ll not only stay put during your workout, but after you can keep the braided look or take it down for some soft waves (don’t forget the texturizing spray!)

Hair ties that don’t crimp. Try a hair tie that doesn’t crease your hair. It will make it easier to style it after your workout.

Use the right brush. If you’re skipping the shower after a workout, you need to use the right tools. Use a detangling nylon hair brush after your workout. It won’t damage your hair and is a breeze to tackle knots and tangles.

Just rinse it. If you really want to wash your hair but don’t have the time or energy after your workout, just rinse it. You can even add some leave-in conditioner to add a little bit of moisture back in.

Know any other ways to avoid washing hair after working out? Let us know in the comments below.