Posted by Lil
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Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s time to hit the gym to shed off those pounds we may have gained during the holidays. One thing that many women complain about is the difficulty of maintaining hairstyles while on a fitness routine. Although this complaint is mostly made by women with relaxed hair, naturals don’t exactly have an easy time maintaining their hairdos either.
If you’re like me, you hate hair in your face while trying to work out. It can cause breakouts, make you sweat more and maybe it’s just me but my hair is always frizzier post-work out. Most times I pull my hair into a puff, especially when I’m wearing my signature Afro. But what about the times when I’m not? How do I maintain my blowout? Or twist-out? How do I keep my hair from getting soaked with sweat? We’ve compiled a list of a few tips to keep your hair intact while working out. Check them out below!
- Tie down those edges! No matter how your hair is styled or will be styled, if you’re working out and not planning to wash your hair the same day be sure to tie down your edges. I like to use a satin scarf for mine and I apply a little edge control paste or gel before securing the scarf on my head. This works well with updo and bun styles.
- Wear your twists/braids. This tip will work whether you’re working out before you get started for the day or after you’re done with your day. Consider wearing your twists or braids and unraveling them for your style after you’re done with your workout. If you work out at the end of the day, you can just leave them as they are. I like to flat twist my hair and pin the twists around my head to stretch them for when I plan to take them down.
Share how you maintain your hair while working out with us in the comment section or you can even tweet us @HugMyHair with your response using the hashtag #HMHchat. Happy Styling!
- Coordinate your hair care routine with your fitness routine. The best thing you could possibly do to maintain your hair while working out is to coordinate how you care for it with your workout schedule. For instance, if I work out on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of every week, I should reconsider having Sunday as my hair wash day.