Looking for Hair Care Tips While Exercising

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summer_rain5...

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Posted: 11 Oct 2010, 17:44
Not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but here goes: It's been a constant struggle for me to maintain my hair since starting a regular workout routine. I'm in the process of growing out my permed hair to natural, and I sweat a lot when I exercise, so my hairstyles do not last more than a day or two and it's always soooo dry! Just wondering if anyone has any tips on how to maintain moisture and hold a style for longer periods while exercising regularly.
relz

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Posted: 11 Oct 2010, 20:49
I'm not sure if this would work for you, but my hairstylist recommended that I use a tea tree oil hair treatment on my scalp and hair after exercising. She says it will help nourish the scalp and hair and be less drying. She also says to wash less often, which I can't stand, but I try. Good luck!

kikikikikiki...

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Posted: 12 Oct 2010, 06:12
If I have to wash my hair often, I put conditioner on the ends before shampooing, and then only put the shampoo on my roots. Wash that out and then condition all of it (I use the cheapest conditioner I have for the pre-wash).

If my hair hasn't gotten too messed up from exercising, I wear a shower cap while bathing and then use a dry shampoo on the roots to make it look nice again. If you try that, my advice would be to not use spray on dry shampoos that you can find in drugstores, only the powdered kind.

You can also find recipes to make your own dry shampoo online, so it's very inexpensive. My favorite is just regular cornstarch mixed with flower petals. Smells nice and does wonders for your hair style (it's even good for giving lift to clean hair).
summer_rain5...

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 10:52
Thanks ladies. I will try those suggestions! @relz...I have heard that tea tree oil is great as well.
Keeta

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Posted: 28 Oct 2010, 12:56
Hi Summer!I had the same issues with my hair. I've been wearing it natural for almots 7 years now. I tend to not work out when I have it blown out or flat ironed (which I shouldn't do!) However, an easy way to handle it if you don't have it straightened is to just wear a protective style like braids or have it in flat twists. Then you won't have to worry about your hair not holding the style and you can always wash braids. Hope this helps!
Real chick
SweetestLove

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Posted: 29 Oct 2010, 16:06
I am natural and I too have these concerns. I wear my hair in a lot of braids and twist (with extensions) and generally when I have those styles in I do a rinse, not full wash, after I work out (to rinse the salt from sweat away so as not to cause too much drying) and I just do my once/ week wash. I do the same when my hair is out. If you have an actual style in I don't really know how to handle that and still clean your scalp/hair. Sorry, hopes what I did offer helps in some way. Good luck and congrats on your weight loss!!
Onecrazyhors...

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Posted: 01 Nov 2010, 09:32
I wear my hair in braids too because i work out alot but when i have it open i put in a little leave-in conditioner before i work out, do a rinse out every 2 or 3 days and a full wash once or twice a week and make sure i use a deep conditioning treatment once a week. I moisturise it every day to help curb the dryness and i only use heat implements when im going out.
summer_rain5...

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Posted: 03 Nov 2010, 13:34
Thanks for the advice ladies. I think I will try a little of all those suggestions and see what works for me! Lately I've been washing/deep conditioning/straightening my hair once a week and doing a conditioner rinse and style once a week. Maybe I should look into a protective style like braids, even though braids are a little uncomfortable.
53and6

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Posted: 10 Nov 2010, 19:00
hey! i totally feel your pain on the hair issue. i don't have the exact same type of hair you do, but it's still pretty intense: super thick, kinky curls, and absorbent as a sponge. ugh! i cut a ton of it off (i'm mainly doing water aerobics, so it's always wet), and more still needs to go. i mean, it stops 2-3 inches before my shoulders and still takes over a day to dry completely (always up, but still). aargh. but i second the tea tree oil, whether it's the actual oil or even tea tree shampoo/conditioner (which is what i use). tea tree oil is awesome, it's even great on facial blemishes, etc. you can always get leave-in conditioner (i've never been a huge fan, but that's on account of my sponge-hair), but the first step is always just washing less. you gotta keep those natural oils! washing strips them right out. also, if you can get something natural/organic that doesn't have SLS (sodium laurel sulfate), that can help. it'll be less of a detergent and more of a gentle soap (less lather). sounds like a bunch of craziness, but i just got done researching all this because i have super-sensitive skin that breaks out randomly into a freddy krueger-like state and i've had to switch ALL my beauty/hygiene items to organics. i'm sure the chlorine and overactive allergies don't help, but i've been battling my hair and face for years. i used to have long curls, styled it with tons of mousse right after washing my hair every day. i couldn't take it anymore, just too much hair. so it's been getting shorter and shorter, and no styling products anymore either. but i'm not typical like that either. ;p
best of luck, i know it's a pain!!

jaspercox

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Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 01:25
While exercising it is better to have short hair as they can be managed easily. But if you have long hair, it had be better if you tie it up. More tips on hair care can be found on this website online.
selenap20

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Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 11:16
I have the most coarse of natural hair as you can see. It takes a day and a half air dry completely. I work out strenuously often so I sweat. I just rinse my hair with water after every work out. It cleans the sweat of without stripping your natural oils. If your hair starts to smell or feels dirty do a co-wash, which is just massaging conditioner into your hair and rinsing no shampoo. It'll help you stretch out washing a few days and keep your hair from being dry. Having half permed half natural hair makes it difficult to maintain a daily style without alot of manipulation so braids/twists are your only option. I wear a 'fro so I'm always stylish Smile

Oh and shea moisture is a great brand! They have a full line of skin/hair products all natural no mineral oil or sulfates and they smell amazing. They sell them in walgreens and you can get it online.



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