It’s important to keep you hair and your body healthy. But you shouldn’t have to choose between the two. You should be able to keep your fitness regime and keep your twist out looking fresh all week. With regular workouts your hair can become dry and brittle so you need to change your usual routine to keep your hair moisturized. Working out with natural hair can be tricky, but there are ways to combat the dryness while staying fit. Here are 5 tips to help keep you curls happy and healthy.
A great way to combat build up from products and sweat and clarify your scalp is with an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse. Washing your hair with a 2:1 ratio of water to ACV will get rid of all the sweat and product while smoothing your hair shaft making your hair smoother, shinier and easier to manage. Don’t worry about the smell, by the time you’re hair dries it will disappear completely.
If you work out often you should definitely consider wearing your hair in a protective style. Styles like mini twists, and braids are great options for short natural hair that protect your hair until wash day.
With your new workout routine your hair may require a little more TLC so regularly deep conditioning is a must to keep your hair moisturized. Deep condition your hair after washing once a week and apply heat for 30 minutes. This will provide your hair with the moisture it needs to keep your hair from drying out so easily after a hard workout.
Pre pooing is a great way to add moisture to your hair. The extra moisture it provides helps in detangling and reduces the likelihood of breakage. Pre pooing also loosens the dirt and build up on the scalp making it easier to thoroughly cleanse your coils. This isn’t necessary if you normally co-wash but if you prefer using a clarifying shampoo pre pooing can help retain moisture and keep your hair from feeling striped.
I personally need to plan ahead. It keeps me organized and centered. Consider making a schedule that includes your workout days and your wash days. Washing your hair once a week should be enough but do what is best for your hair. If you are a heavy sweater or you feel you need more, rinse your hair every other day to prevent serious build up or odor.