Let’s face it. There are times that you have experienced a tug of war with your hair on workout days. It is very easy to decide not to go out for a run so as not to get a bad hair day. In the same manner, you will miss out on the whole benefits derived from a powerful workout session (calorie-burning and muscle-toning).
Recent studies have revealed that although this decision and choice affects all women, Black-American women in particular will choose to forfeit their spin class because they are scared of ruining their hair style and expensive treatment. They also complained about sweating. The time it will take to rewash, dry, and restyle their hair is another major concern in addition to complaints of an itchy scalp.
Although the study did not take into consideration the solution to the concerns raised, Dr. Amy McMichael, a board certified dermatologist in Winston Salem, North Carolina, offers a few suggestions that are worth considering.
Use hair wraps to hold your hair in place while working out. This will help to preserve your style.
Workout programs can be scheduled to be within the period where hair washing is eminent so that it will include more strenuous exercises. In cases where scalp itching is the concern, it is advisable to visit a dermatologist.
Other expert tips include sporting a bun or a ponytail that is secured with shine-inducing hairspray. Textured hair is excellent for holding cornrows or braids.
By the following these expert tips, your days of experiencing bad hair during workout sessions are over!
It was Titi Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie's who said “if African-American women learn to manage their hair without chemical relaxers, they’ll have the freedom to exercise whenever they please”. One of the disadvantages of using chemical relaxers is that after sweating profusely is an itchy scalp. She offers a wash-and-go styling technique which consists of washing, conditioning, and applying a styling aid specifically tailored to curly hair. Next, you will blow-dry it with a diffuser which will help to fight frizz.
Using Dry Shampoo for Excessive Sweating
When using dry shampoo, ensure that you aim it in the direction of the roots before you go for your workout sessions. This will help to absorb oil and sweat. If you notice that your hair appears powdery, ashy, or even feeling gritty or heavy with each application, chance are that you are not applying it correctly.
Turn the canister upside down for about 30 seconds before applying. Doing this will allow the powder components of the dry shampoo that have sunk to the bottom to mix evenly with the aerosol component. When you press the nozzle, it will evenly distribute the shampoo evenly without clumping or spitting.
Avoid spraying directly onto the scalp in a static spot. Also, distribute the dry shampoo from the roots to the ends to create fusion between the product and the natural oil of your hair.
Ensure that you spray your scalp lightly after every workout using natural oil sprays. This gives your hair a natural sweat smell, rejuvenates it, and reduces frizz.
Although Brazilian straightening treatments are very popular and expensive, they give you the liberty and freedom of engaging in your activities without the worry of ruining your style. This keratin treatment can take about an hour to get in a salon but lasts for up to 3 months - giving you the best of experiences.
Valerie lives in New York. As a health advocate, she shares tips and steps on maximizing nutrition, weight, and fitness goals to help others embrace a healthier lifestyle. She blogs at Halfmile Fitness.