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.