Shake What Yo’ Mama Gave Ya – 5 Curly Hair Care Tips for Black Girls Who Workout

By Tiffani Douglas

Tips for how to care for your curly hair during a workout

Getting in shape and staying fit is great for overall wellness and long-term health, but for many Black women, exercising can be a major stressor because of the amount of time and money we must invest to keep our hair looking, at best, presentable.

Your health is a huge part of your quality of life, and you should not allow curly hair care and maintenance to get in the way of your living your best life, leading a healthy lifestyle and exercising. In fact, the healthier you are, the better the shape and health of your hair. Though curly hair care is easier to manage when exercising than chemically treated hair, there are still some steps you should take to keep it healthy and flourishing.

5 Curly Hair Care Hacks for the Exercising Black Woman

Protect it. When you exercise always put your hair up in some version of a protective style. Braiding, twisting or pineappling will protect the hair and prevent it from touching your salty face or skin when you sweat. Additionally, treat it with Aloe & Blueberry Juice Curl Moisturizer a few times per week before your workout. The body heat from your work out can work in your favor to condition your curls.

Freshen it. Because natural hair is so delicate it’s never a good idea to cleanse your hair daily – but sure know you know that already! However, keeping your scalp clean and fresh is very important when it comes to hair growth. When you work out, bacteria, dirt, and sweat can build up on your scalp. To prevent your scalp from drying out from sweat and keep odors at bay from bacteria, use Blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment to keep your scalp lubricated, moisturized and fresh between wash days.

Cleanse it. If you’re going to work out, you’re going to need to put yourself on a washday schedule. Cleansing your hair and scalp regularly with Cashmere+Caviar Hair Bath – Activated Charcoal Shampoo helps keep your hair healthy, growing and free from odors that sweat build up can cause. Plus, you’ll want to make sure that you are washing away any bacteria or microorganism that have formed on your scalp. Warm, damp places are breeding grounds for bacteria, so cleansing your scalp regularly is a must when exercising.

Deep condition it. Though you may be moisturizing your hair with a good leave-in conditioner often, when working out, you should add a deep conditioning treatment to your curly hair care line up every two weeks. Sweat contains salt, and salt has a drying effect on your hair, Cashmere+Caviar Hair Masque- Deep Conditioner penetrates the hair shaft deeper than regular conditioners, and repairs and restores the hair, adding back oils and nutrients that are lost during workouts.

Health it. If you’re exercising you might think this is a no-brainer, but drinking plenty of water and eating well not only contributes to your overall health, but it also contributes to your hair health as well. Staying hydrated is essential to your hair’s protein moisture balance and supplementing with Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin further impacts natural hair growth and health.

Some other things you can do to protect your hair when exercising

  • Don’t tie your scarf too tight around your head. This decreases blood flow and circulation that your hair needs to grow.
  • Use a satin-lined headband or scarf to decrease chances of breakage.
  • Put your hair in a protective style or pineapple it to protect.
  • To prevent frizz, never attempt to undo your protective workout style until your hair is completely dry.

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