Working out with relaxed hair is a huge concern for many of us. All too often, women will skip workouts out of fear of messing up their hair, be it dealing with hair reversion or sweating out their relaxer. It’s time to get in shape without our hair being an excuse. Let’s talk 5 tips for working out with relaxed hair, or any black hair for that matter.
Can You Really Sweat Out Your Relaxer?
You cannot sweat out your relaxer despite what you might have heard. I must admit, I once believed you could much like many others, but you cannot. Relaxers break the disulfide bonds within the hair. Once bonds are broken, they cannot be undone or reversed. Therefore, sweating during a workout will not revert your relaxer in any way. Secondly, you do not have to skip workouts just because you are on a healthy hair journey. You can be fit and fine with just a few simple tweaks!
5 Tips for Working Out with Relaxed Hair
Pull Hair Up
I sweat a lot so I keep my hair pulled up in a bun at all times. Keeping hair off your neck and shoulders minimizes friction that can lead to dryness and breakage. It also lessens the amount of sweat your hair is exposed too.
Never Use Cotton!
You should stay away from cotton headbands because they have the potential for causing friction and absorbing moisture from your hair.
Use Moisture Wicking Headbands
Moisture wicking headbands are great for absorbing sweat from the hair without robbing your hair of moisture. There are a number of moisture wicking headband options available. I have the Dri Sweat Edge Women’s Headband from Sally’s Beauty which can be picked up for a reasonable price (roughly $4.00). It has a tapered look, absorbs sweat and fits comfortable just like the packaging states. The Dri Sweat Edge headband is a great for those looking for cost effective options.
If you prefer something of better quality, you should check out Nicole Arai Parker’s Save Your Do gym wraps. It comes in various sizes and colors unlike the Dri Sweat Edge headband. I purchased the full triangle and wide gym wrap about a year ago for ~$30 and find both highly effective. They wick away sweat without robbing your hair of moisture, allow body heat to escape and keep the hair nice and flat. The Save You Do gym wraps work way better than the Dri Sweat Edge headband.
I leave my Save Your Do GymWrap on my head for about an hour post workout to completely absorb sweat to alleviate my hair feeling dry or crunchy. The Save Your Do GymWrap extends the days between each wash because of its sweat absorbing ability.
Moisturize and Seal
I moisturize and seal once or twice daily based on my hair needs and I seal with oil as needed.
Wash Your Hair
Let your hair be the deciding factor when to wash your hair. Some ladies can go weeks without washing their hair while being active whereas others require washing right away. If your hair feels dry and coarse, take that as a sign to wash your hair to remove sweat from your scalp which can be extremely drying. A good co-wash or co-cleansing will whip your hair back in shape!
What is Your Hair Regimen For Working Out?