5 Tips For Working Out With Natural Hair
You can keep your natural tresses in shape while you break a good sweat at your Freestyle Fitness class. A few weeks into going to boot camp or Zumba regularly, with a routine filled with intense cardio, you can experience a big difference in the texture of your hair. It may become hard and brittle, or perhaps you have started experiencing severe dryness. You can wash your hair regularly after workouts, but that only make matters worse. Working out with natural hair can be extremely tricky, so here a few tips that might work for you. Here are five ways to upkeep and protect natural hair, for you ladies focused on getting your workout on.
1. Wear a protective hair style. This holds true no matter what your ethnicity. How you wear your hair is a major factor in how well it will hold up during your workout. If you work out often, you should consider leaving your hair in a protective style until your wash day. Hair styles like twists, braids, buns, and ponytails are great ways to keep hair during exercise.
2. Protect your hair from sweat as much as possible. After you’ve chosen your workout style, place a silk scarf or sweat headband around the edges of your hair. Be sure to cover your edges in the back as well. Make sure you allow your hair to completely dry before taking off the silk scarf. If you’re in a rush or would like your hair to dry faster, use the cooling setting on your blow dryer to help speed the process.
3. Make a schedule of your workout days and appoint a day for wash. I suggest only washing your hair once a week with an intense workout schedule. If your hair has a strong odor or if you feel you may need more, a good dry shampoo is a simple, fast, effective solution. Also, don’t be a stranger to co-washing (that is, washing with conditioner instead of shampoo).
4. Working out in cooler climates will help reduce the amount that you sweat into your hair. Refrain from running outdoors during midday in the summer, because the heat intensity can be a bit much. But if you prefer outdoor exercise, try to go earlier in the day, just after the sun sets (to remain safe).
5. You should never sacrifice a good workout and staying healthy because of your hair. Keeping a good routine can allow you to have a healthy mind, body and spirit. It will also promote hair growth. Make sure you are also maintaining a good diet. Believe it or not, our hair is a reflection of what we eat too!
Have a good workout!