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Curls, Kinks And Fitness

Written by Angela Fields

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Posted on October 17 2020

About 40% of African American women avoid exercise because of their hair. This is especially true of women with natural curls. Keeping your hair under wraps at the gym, as well as properly cared for post-workout, can make a simple gym trip seem like more effort than it’s worth.

If this sounds like you and you’ve been skipping your workouts to save your hair, know that you don’t have to make a choice. You can have healthy natural hair AND the endorphin high you’re craving -- you just have to take a few extra steps before you toss your gym bag in the car.

Use Dry Shampoo

Sprinkling, spraying, and applying dry shampoo post-workout can alleviate sweaty tresses, and some even use pre-workout to absorb sweat during the workout. Resulting, you’ll have less sweat to deal with, which means your hair will dry faster.

Use The Right Tools And Techniques

Obviously, you need to keep your hair away from your face and off your neck when at the gym. But the wrong tools and techniques can cause breakage, tangles and split ends. Instead, use a soft tie like a scrunchie (a cute one!) or something which will ensure your edges are nicely laid like sweatbands, head scarves, headbands or Gymwraps.

Don’t Take Your Hair Down Until It’s Dry

Taking your hair down while it’s still wet increases the likelihood of frizz and makes your hair harder to manage. Instead, wait until your hair is completely dry, then re-fluff as usual. If you’re in a hurry, you can use a blow dryer on the cool setting to speed up the drying process.

Skip The Post-Gym Shampoo

Sure, you can shampoo your hair after a workout sometimes, but don’t get into the habit of washing every single time you hit the gym. If you wash weekly and want to refresh your hair in between, consider co-washing (washing with conditioner in between shampoos) or using dry shampoo to freshen your hair mid-week.

With a little prep, you can get your sweat on as often as you want.

Learn From Others

Hair Is A Major Obstacle To Exercise For Black Women — But We Ran A 10K Anyway

When Black Women Avoid Working Out Because of Their Hair

Top 10 Best Dry Shampoos for Black Hair [with FAQ]

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