Feeling like you have to choose between maintaining pretty hair or having that banging body? Working out with relaxed hair does not have to be a war between the two. You can now have both! This post will share 8 tips for maintaining relaxed hair while working out.
Tips for Maintaining Relaxed Hair While Working Out
Hair Off the Shoulders
Pulling your relaxed hair up and off your shoulders into a protective style is the best course of action to minimize friction. This can be accomplished with a high bun, low bun or even a ponytail.Minimize friction during workouts by pulling hair up and off shoulders. Click To Tweet
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Use a Moisture Wicking Headband
Investing in a moisture wicking headband will pay dividends in the end. Moisture wicking headbands / scarves / hair wraps will remove the sweat from your hair and scalp. Sweat contains salt and salt can be extremely drying.Invest in a moisture wicking headband because it removes sweat from your scalp during workouts. Click To Tweet
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Secure Your Edges
Keeping your edges tied down will keep them under control, smooth and sleek.
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Maintain your hair in the protective style and keep your edges secured until your hair completely dries to lessen the opportunity for hair reverting. A moisture wicking headband really helps with this step. I own Save Your Do Gymwrap and DriSweat Edge.
Drying Your Hair
If air drying is not your thing or you need to dry your hair quickly, opt for a healthier option like tension blow drying on the cool setting. Cool air will not only dry your hair in a much healthier fashion but also close the cuticles and help them lay flat, resulting in smoother hair.
Every girl needs a go-to hairstyle that can be done in a snap! My go-to hairstyle is a loose bun secured with a croc clip. You should find an easy protective style that you can rely on for gym day to avoid dealing with complicated hairstyles.
Croc Clip Protective Style Tutorial
Mid-Week Hydration Boost
I am a (sulfate) shampoo fan because it is the best method for removing excessive sweat, dirt and product build-up from the hair. Unfortunately, shampooing multiple times per week is a no-no because it will strip natural oils and moisture from the hair. If shampooing is a must, opt for a sulfate-free shampoo because it is less drying than sulfate shampoo.
Another option is conditioner washing, or co-washing for short. Co-washing simply means to apply a rinse out conditioner to the hair while in the shower, let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out. You can use any conditioner for co-washing but ideally you should use a cheap conditioner that does not require heat to activate the conditioning properties. Most conditioners found on the health and beauty aisle at your favorite retail store are candidates for co-washing. Although co-washing only rinses away traces of sweat, dirt and product build-up, it is a quick and easy way to increase hydration to the hair mid-week without forfeiting moisture.Tired of having to choose between hair and gym? You can now have both! Let me show you how. Click To Tweet
How to Co-Wash Relaxed and Transitioning Hair
It is recommended that your scalp have rest 3 to 5 days before a relaxer touch-up because your pores can stay open for up to 72 hours. I am a total body sweater, to include my scalp. Therefore, I skip the gym the week of my relaxer touch-up to minimize the potential for scalp discomfort.Workouts during relaxer touch-up week might be causing scalp burn b/c pores stay open for 72hrs Click To Tweet
Relaxer Touch-Up Preparation
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