Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Do You Choose Your Hair Over Your Health?

Originally published for Allure here.

It’s one thing to sacrifice an hour of sleep to give yourself an early AM blowout, but it’s another thing to skip the gym over it.

The Huffington Post recently published an article claiming women today are choosing beauty over their well being. Last week, Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin warned attendees of the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta that women who skip exercising in order to protect their hairstyle should shift their focus. “Oftentimes you get women saying, ‘I can’t exercise today because I don’t want to sweat my hair back or get my hair wet,’” Benjamin said in an interview. “When you’re starting to exercise, you look for reasons not to, and sometimes the hair is one of those reasons.” Now, I’m not used to being the voice of reason in these matters (I’ve postponed exercising because of Real Housewives marathons), but a blast of Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo will de-grease those roots post-workout, making your hair look fresh without a re-styling session.

Earlier this year, Benenden Healthcare Society polled 3,000 British women surveying their beauty and health habits. The study revealed that women spend $540 a year on makeup, hair care, and tanning compared to the $360 on gym memberships and vitamins. 84 percent agreed that women are more concerned with the way they look than their level of fitness, and 14 percent have even admitted to taking diet pills to drop a few pounds.

Obviously, having perfect hair and a glowing complexion is nice, but good health? That’s pretty much a necessity. What’s your take on all of this?

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