One of the main reasons I went natural was because I wanted to be able to work out freely without having to worry about my hair. However, when having a twist out, wash n go, or any natural style, I would worry about how my hair would hold up with an intense when working out with natural hair
. After all so much work and preparation go into each style! I can not allow my hair to get in the way of trying to drop some pounds.
Here are a few methods I have tried that have allowed me to work out as intensely as I would like without the burden of worrying about my hair.
1. Keep satin-lined headband or scarf on your hair.
Make sure to have something around my edges to help preserve the style and keep your edges sleek and tamed. It can be a satin-lined headband or a scarf because a cotton headband is going to cause more frizz. If it's an elegant style with gel, try to keep your scarf on during the entire workout. Not too tight where it hurts or gives you a headache.
2. Keep Your Hair Up
You do not want your hair hanging down onto your shoulders or neck. The ends of your hair will get wet from the sweat, which will cause your hair to frizz. Instead, put your hair in a ponytail, keep your hair away from the sweat. Avoid excessive touching. Continually pushing the hair out of your face will cause frizz. Once you are done with your workout, leave your hair up and do not to take it down until it is fully dry. This is so important because taking your hair down while it's damp will promote frizz.
If you happen to be in a rush using a blow dryer on a cool setting can make the drying process much faster
3. Refresh your scalp and hair
The main issue tends to be when the workout is done, and you're feeling great. But, your scalp might not feel the best what you want to do is either co-wash if you feel comfortable doing that. Sometimes, people co-wash their hair in between intense workouts if the scalp bothers them; however, if you feel like your scalp is dirty and you can not take it.
You can use dry shampoo in between washes I have been using the Cantu dry shampoo with apple cider vinegar that gives me the refreshed feeling. If I'm doing an intense cardio week, I will use it once in my hair until my next shampoo time. If you're worried about the dryness, you can moisturize your hair more often. I know when my hair is in protective styles or out I like to spray my hair with a moisturizing spray like the oyin nourishing herbal leave-in juices and berries. Even if you want to make your d.i.y spray with aloe vera and water, something that will keep your strands hydrated can always help with the dryness of your hair and prevent breakage.
Also shampooing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo can make an impact on your hair throughout the week especially when you're working out. You using a sulfate-free shampoo can help in the process of keeping your hair moisturized so that your hair will not be overly dry until the next shampoo session. What sulfate-free shampoo does is cleanse the hair and scalp without stripping away the moisture.
Am I missing any steps? What do you do to keep your hair healthy working out with natural hair?