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BN Beauty: Manage Your Hair During Workouts with these Great Tips




While we all want to stay fit and trim all year round (especially now when the end-of-year events are just around the corner and couture is for slim bods), it takes a bit of hard work and dedication to achieve this. The first thing that comes to mind though is EXERCISE. But…

Regardless of the benefits of exercise to the body, it is only fair to note that there are some factors that prevent some of us from engaging actively in it (especially as an excuse). One of the main excuses is “exercise makes me sweat which makes my hair damp and ruins my nice hairstyle.

Admittedly, there is only very little we can do about the sweat, save doing exercises that won’t cause sweat *rolls eyes*; however, we can provide advise on what to do with your hair while exercising. Here are some of them:

Pull it in a Bun
Take it all back and up by pulling your hair into a bun during your work out. Remember, sweat destroys mainly the edges of the hair where it is left to cling to the skin. A bun saves your edges by keeping them away from the skin. You can just create an office/outing ready hair-style by making your bun into a donut so you can go the whole day without needing to touch it.

Let it dry
While we know that damp is a huge disadvantage to straightened hair, there is sometimes the urge to let hair free immediately after an intense workout. If you sweat on your scalp, this is a big no-no as the roots of the hair won’t be able to hold-up the style. Let your hair be for a couple of minutes longer, have a sports drink, take a shower or clean-up, be cool, calm and most of all, dry before letting your hair out. Your roots will still be straight and your style intact.

Time it
Do you have a routine for styling your hair? If it is weekly, create an exercise routine that leaves the high intensity, sweat-inducing workouts right before your next hairstyling appointment or wash day. This is to avoid having all your time and money go to waste with limp hair on the day right after a salon visit.

Chill out
Remember how fast and chilly you feel a few minutes after sweating profusely when in cold weather or a cold room? Your damp hair will love that too. Do your exercises in a cold room or under a fan so the sweat dries out pretty fast leaving your hair as is with the need for very little manipulation after a work-out.

Make it simple
This is the lazy way out but great for low hair maintenance during heavy workout periods. Put your hair up in braids, cornrows or plaits. This leaves your hair always ready for whatever it is your daily routine requires, encourages hair growth and provides you with more time for other post-workout activities.

Besides, this is the best time to have a great body in anticipation of all the festive spreads that will be available everywhere you go. You don’t want to miss out on all the goodies do you?

Hair tips work all year round so here’s Mo Knows Hair showing us how to maintain straight hair right after a workout.

We’d love to know how you keep your style during exercises too, be sure to tell us how in the comments.

Video Credit: Mo Knows Hair

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  1. Aprillaughonline

    November 12, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I wear my hair in cornrows and switch to a wig after working out. 🙂

  2. Camaraderie

    November 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    hahahhaha @aprillaughonline!! Good to know i am not the only one.

  3. deb

    November 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I just do didi and wear fantastic wigs. Making a nice hair and working out is a disaster. I sweat from my head.

  4. NaijaPikin

    November 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    A big misconception is you don’t have to do anything when your hair is in braids on cornrows. Depending on how long you are carrying the hairstyle, you might needs to

    1. wash it
    2. moisturize it
    3. condition it

    Don’t ignore your hair.

  5. Ashera Cabrera

    November 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Great hair tips, though I’d recommend shampooing it with a nice organic shampoo afterward. It’s so nice to get a quick shower after a tough workout, and it cleanses the sweat off you as well. Anyway, using beauty products free of toxic ingredients is a must, so remember that!

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