Saturday, May 10, 2008

How to work out and still keep your hair FLY......

Okay ladies, one of the biggest reasons that I started this blog is because I have struggled to figure out what to with my hair since I started working out.
I have relaxed hair and it has been really difficult to keep it straight while working out 5 times a week. At first I was flat ironing it everday (ouch!!!) but of course it started breaking off. I finally figured out how to best handle it. I wash and deep condition my hair every friday so it looks nice on the weekend. During the week it's in a ponytail or if it acts right I wear it in a wrap.

It was important to me for hair not to stop me from working out---How do you all handle this???

Please share your hair regimes!

12 comments:

Laura said...

As an ex-track athlete, I can completely relate! I've gone natural now, so I don't really have that problem. But if you're not at the place to go natural, consider natural styles. While I was making the transition and running college track, I often straw set my hair, or corn-rowed it and fingered it out in the morning. They're both styles that require little day to day maintenance (like flat ironing), but can still look fly. Just my two-cents.

~L~

CAL said...

My solution to the gym-hair problem:
-go natural yay!
-stay away from cardio LOL! Try yoga or pilates instead
-weave it up!

Janessa said...

I'm considering going natural now... It just seems like so much work, but I haven't had a relaxer in a little over two months. If you have any ideas or how you did it, do tell!!

As for working out & staying fly:
I don't perspire a lot, so a simple ponytail or soft hairband while working out kept my hair in good enough shape for me to wrap it at night & keep it looking nice the next day.

Brittany said...

For me, I wash my hair every 5 days or whenever it starts to feel caked. The night before I wash it, I put a protein conditioner on it. I sleep through it with a plastic cap and put some more on it the next day and wear it in a bun. When I'm done with my day, I wash it with my shampoo and put moisturizing conditioner on it for about 10 minutes. Afterwards, I spray on some leave in conditioner and and put on some oil and just let it air dry. Sometimes I roller set it. I flat iron it most of the time. Before I flat iron it, I ALWAYS put oil on it. Then I wrap and go. The more conditioner you put on it, the healthier it will be and it will have so much mobilitiy! I hope that helped! :o)

Fitness Goddess said...

Workout, Stay Fit and STILL Have
Great Healthy Hair:
Great Article gives tips on how to keep your hair healthy while working out.

http://www.blackwomenshealth.com/2006/articles.php?id=142

Dre said...

I too am also natural, but before I went natural i would wrap my hair & tie it with a satin scarf. Its not the most attractive while in the gym but at least that way when you sweat your hair isnt every where & you can go home & let it dry over night, then un-wrap it in the morning. Lets face it, us sistas can't wash our hair every day or it dry's out. So by doing this you can get in in the morning & still as usual.

Chavon said...

U should wrap it beforehand....Thats what i would do, if u sweat give it time to dry. Or may I suggest if your gonna go somewhere where ur hair really needs to look nice, maybe you shouldnt do intense cardio, so maybe you should do toning or weight training or yoga...

Ebony Intuition said...

great advice..

Anonymous said...

I wear a sew-in weave very similar to (almost identical actually) the one pictured in this link http://public.fotki.com/Reniece20/portfolio/lastupdate/full-weaves/fullwv075.html

My own hair is cornrowed and natural underneath. I only have to flat-iron the tiny section of my hair that's uncovered to form the side part like the woman has in the picture. I just pull the hair up into a ponytail while I exercise. So I get to workout, look good, and have my natural hair protected and growing. Can't beat that IMO :-)

Anonymous said...

I have the same problem! Deep conditioning is the key. Neutrogena has a hair product in a tan and amber jar that is a 5 minute Hair Mask which works very well. It keeps your hair sufficiently moisturized. Also, a heating cap is nice for once a week when you want a super deep condition!

Fitness Goddess said...

This article has the most helpful tips I have seen so far. There is advice for hair of different lengths and styles


http://www.blackvoices.com/blogs/2008/06/09/tips-for-the-work-out-divas/#cont



Dilemma A: You want no fuss hair that's easy to care for. You don't care about growing long hair, as long as it is healthy.

Opt for a short style that allows you to wash and dry overnight and with minimal heat. Hair can easily be washed and wrapped overnight, with a light flat ironing for a wispy pixie look in the morning.

Dilemma B: You want no fuss hair but enough length to pull up into a ponytail.

Opt for a nice bob cut. They are the perfect length for easy styling and you still have enough length to experiment with different styles. Bob cuts can be wet wrapped, "flexi-rodded" or roller set. During work outs, slick back into ponytail and cover hairline with

Click Link for Full Article

TC said...

Someone please help... I have gone natural and have been for about a year and a half. I live in a city that gets extremely cold starting about now so I can't wet it and go out in the morning like I do in summer, and I have been tryin to keep my hair up and work out, however now I'm finding that my press and curl for the cold weather is not gonna work if I work out 5 days a week.... I want a cute style but I'm getting so, so, so frustrated!! I don't know what to do...help please!

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