These tips are applicable to all hair styles: braids, locs, relaxers, etc. No matter how you wear your hair you have to make sure to remove the sweat to keep it healthy.
If you are doing a lot of cardio you may have noticed that your hair feels a little drier than usual. When I first started working out the sweat was really drying out my hair because I was not washing it enough. Now, I make sure I get the sweat out of my hair by washing it after 3 workouts and sometimes between workouts I will use a "no-rinse shampoo." There is also Aveda Reviving Mist which I hear works great in between shampoos (I haven't tried it yet)
The Black Women's Health Imperative Wrote a great article about what happens to your hair when you sweat. The section below describes had damaging the sweat can be.
"Remember that the scalp is skin, and just like the skin on your face you must clean it on a regular basis, or you will develop a build-up in the pores. You have heard experts warn you about going to bed without cleaning away your makeup, because it can cause aging damage to your face. Well, your scalp has pores and follicles that must stay clear and clean in order to keep a healthy environment for healthy hair growth and to inhibit an itchy scalp, or scalp disorders. When you sweat, your hair becomes dehydrated and brittle causing aging damage, which can shorten the life of the strands."
Use this Tips to avoid dry and brittle hair! (from www.blackwomenshealth.com)
Quick-Fix Part 1: Clean and Condition
Step 1. In the shower rinse your hair as you rinse your body.
Step 2. Apply shampoo to your hair as you lather your body. Using an acid-balanced shampoo is safe on your hair, scalp, and body, and it saves time.
Step 3. Rinse your hair and body.
Step 4. Apply conditioner and let it sit while you shave your legs or lather your body one more time.
Step 5. Rinse your hair as you rinse your body.
You are now clean and conditioned from head to toe.
Quick-Fix Part 2: The Five-Minute Hairstyle
The Quick-fix regimen is to style the hair, which for some can be a real challenge. When starting a workout program, some women will cut their hair short, get a curly perm, or braid their hair with extensions. Those are options that you can choose, but don't ever feel forced. There are ways to keep your hair styled without making an atypical change just to manage your hair.
After your quick-fix shampoo and condition, you are ready for the next part.
Step 1. Wrap your head with a towel while you dry off.
Step 2. Remove the towel and lightly apply a leave-in conditioner.
Step 3. Apply a sculptor setting lotion to your hairline. If your hair is curly, apply a moisturizer before the sculpting lotion, then smooth your hair back flat if it's short, or gather it into a ponytail using a cloth holder for longer hair.
Step 4. Spray a sculpting mist to your hair and hairline, and then tie a satin scarf around the hairline.
Step 5. Apply a hair attachment (e.g., bun, fall, or drawstring ponytail).
Step 6. Secure the perimeter with bobby pins, and then remove the scarf.full article: http://www.blackwomenshealth.com/2006/articles.php?id=142
Do you have any additional tips on keeping your healthy?
*-I forgot to mention the importance of conditioning. Every time I wash my hair I deep condition it for at least 15 minutes.-*