By Whitney (pictured above) of SportyAfros.com
When I straightened my hair this time, I tried to come up with some new ways to care for it while maintaining a consistent workout routine. Here are a few workout hair care solutions to keep your hair looking fab while staying fit.
Workout Hair Care Solution #1: Wrapping
Generally wrap my hair going to the right. I don’t know why, it just seems to lay down better that way. I wrap my hair around my head using the paddle brush and securing it with bobby pins as I go.
Hot huh? Then I put on my black scarf and workout.
I let is air dry and then I take it down and style it.
Workout Hair Care Solution #2: Pin Curls
Then, I wrap my silk scarf over it and workout, let it dry completely then take it down.
Workout Hair Care Solution #3: Wigs
I know Alex and I talk about wigs all of the time, but these babies come in handy! In addition to my curly wig, I have a straight one that I like to wear when I have my hair pressed. I usually wear it later after my press starts frizzing. This way I get the straight hair look without fussing with my hair! Plus its super easy to throw on and look presentable right after a hard workout.
This is a synthetic half wig I ordered online for only $20. I cant remember than brand though!
I separate the part of my hair that’s going to be outside of the wig…
Then I pull up the back and pin it down.
Then I throw the wig on and arrange my hair in the front. Boom! Instant, tamed hair in 2 minutes.
Here is a shot of the back, its cut even but its really hard to take a shot of the back of your hair by yourself…..
Workout Hair Care Solution #4: French Braids
I experimented with putting my hair in french braids before I worked out then took them down afterwards. This one is a little tricky. You need to leave in the braids for a while and use a little product to get the braided look to hold after you take it down. I would recommend doing this one of the last days you wear your press because you have to use a lot of product to get the waves to stay put!
I separated my hair into 3 big braids.
They are janky…but oh well….
Then I took them down and arranged my hair.
*Tip* The longer you leave the braids in, the better your style will look.
Workout Hair Care Solution #5: Bun
This is always a great alternative. The key is to use a little oil and twist it around as you put it in a bun that way it looks nice when you take it down.
Pull it up in a ponytail and twist it around like so. Then use some bobby pins to arrange it in a cute bun.
Embrace the Poof
I hate to say it but the longer you want to keep your press, the poofier your hair is going to get. But the thing is you have NATURAL hair, so its going to be poofy regardless. So stop trying to make your hair be something its not and embrace what it does….
Ladies, have you tried any of these methods? How do you maintain your styles while working out?