Just Wigging It: Exercising Natural Hair Solutions
by Sporty Afros
How many times have you heard “I can’t work out because I don’t want to mess up my hair?” Are you guilty of using this excuse too? It’s ok, we’ve all been there. Although caring for your hair while maintaining a workout routine is a lot of work, it’s all about your priorities. Are you willing to choose your health over your hair? Plus, who says your hair has to look a hot mess because you workout? You can be fit and have fly hair with help from SportyAfros.com. We connect the dots between hair care, exercise and nutrition. Check out our workout hair-care solutions for natural, pressed and relaxed hair below:
Workout hair-care solutions for pressed and relaxed hair
Schedule your workouts around your hair appointments/wash days. Do lighter workouts immediately following your hair appointment or wash day, and increase the intensity as it gets closer to the time to do your hair again. The same thing goes for getting a perm every 6 to 8 weeks. Do lighter workouts for the first 2 to 3 weeks so you can still wear your hair straight and as your perm gets older, transition to curly styles or up dos and increase your workout intensity.
Choose Your Products Wisely
For girls who wear their hair straight, you must learn the basic difference between anti-humectant (repel moisture) products and humectant (add moisture) products. Anti-humectant products can be a life saver in taming the post-workout frizz.
Wrapping Your Hair
Wrapping your hair is a great way to keep it tame during a hard workout session. Wrap your hair around your head using a brush, securing it with bobby pins as you go. Then, put on scarf and workout. If you’re not a fan of sporting a scarf in the gym, put baseball hat over it. After your workout, let it dry completely, take it down and style.
Sporting pin curls during a workout is a great way to maintain a style without having to do much to your hair after your workout. Use bobby pins, a brush and a little argon oil to pin curl your hair in big chunks. Then, tie it down with a scarf and workout. Let it dry completely, then take it down and finger comb it until you achieve your desired look.
At Sporty Afros, we are wig junkies! We love to wear natural-looking wigs and 99.9% of the time no one can tell the difference. Wigs are a great low-maintenance, low-manipulation hair style. You just throw it on and go. Check out our curly wig tutorial here.
This is old faithful! If all else fails, pull your hair into a bun to workout. The key is to use a little oil and twist it around as you put it in a bun that way it has a little wave to it when you take it down. The “wave” look only works if you have hair past your shoulders though.
Workout Hair-Care Solutions For Natural Hair
Working out with natural hair is a heck of a lot easier than with a perm or a press. You don’t have to do as much to your hair for it to still hold its style and look great. So here are a few tips to make sure it stays healthy:
Protective styles are great if you workout a lot and you don’t want to fuss with your hair at all. These styles are also a great way to retain length and ensure healthy hair. There are tons of pictures and tutorials online to find the perfect style to fit your look and your lifestyle.
All naturalistas understand the importance of keeping their hair moisturized, but you need to even more so when you’re working out, especially outside. You need a light moisturizer that you can use every day that doesn’t cause product residue build up. Sporty Afros G+ Spray
is perfect for that.
When you sweat during a workout, salt and bacteria can build up on your scalp. Yuck! Be sure to use a good clarifying shampoo at least once a month (maybe more often, depending on your wash routine) and if your scalp itches during the week you can rinse your hair with warm water or do a co-wash. Also, check out our post
on an ayurvedic itchy scalp remedy.
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