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Working out with Curly Hair

Exercise is important for healthy hair growth but can be messy with curly hair. No one likes having their sweaty hair stuck to their face so here are some ways you can manage working out with curly hair.
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Joined the gym recently? Taken up home workouts? Going for runs in the morning? However you like to stay active, it is great for your mind, body and HAIR! Not only does working out get the happy endorphins going, but it also gets your blood circulating through your scalp providing your hair with the vitamins, minerals and oxygen it needs to grow stronger and healthier.

While working out feels great, it can leave your body sore and your hair sweaty. Not ideal. Sweat and build up can weigh your hair down, make it more prone to tangling and breakage and make your hair frizzy. How you style your hair and manage sweat can make a major difference to your hair and can be really simple to implement into your routine. So, if you are looking to maintain healthy, fresh hair before and after your workout, these are our top tips for working out with curly hair.
Styling your hair pre-workout
When it comes to working out, how you style your hair plays a big part in how sweaty and dirty it will be after your cool-down. You want to keep your hair out of your face. Most people opt for a ponytail or a bun. We recommend wearing a low hair style rather than an updo to minimise tension on your scalp. A low bun, plait or French plaits are some great style options that also act as protective styles locking in moisture and most importantly, staying out the way.

If your hair is particularly dry, a workout is a great opportunity to deep condition your curls. The heat from your scalp will help it to really penetrate the cuticles of your hair. Avoid a liquid or an oil as it can get messy.
Paris Reveira
IAT Certified Hair Practioner
Styling your hair post-workout
Now that your workout is over, its time to hop in the shower and continue with your day. To prep for styling your hair, you want to refresh your hair and get rid of the sweat and build up in your hair from your workout. If you workout everyday, you don't want to wash your hair everyday as it will likely dry it out. A great alternative to using a traditional cleanser in the shower is to use a no-rinse cleanser. Simply take a few pumps and massage the foam into your scalp and rake it through your curls. This will help to remove the sweat and build-up and freshen your hair overall ready to style. A great benefit of this foam is that it also cuts down the time of washing and blow drying your hair to a few seconds. Now you can style your hair however you want!
Managing sweat post-workout
So hopefully if you had a good workout you would have worked up a bit of a sweat. Often sweat can buildup in the hair and scalp weighing it down and causing build up of dirt. An obvious way to get rid of the sweat is to wash your hair but over washing your hair can cause dryness, frizz and increase hair loss. With other styles like locs or protective styles like braids, it can be even more challenging to cleanse your hair without it becoming messy and taking a long time to dry. A great alternative to using a traditional cleanser in the shower is to use a no-rinse cleanser. Simply take a few pumps and massage the foam into your scalp and rake it through your curls. This will help to remove the sweat and build-up and freshen your hair overall ready to style. A great benefit of this foam is that it also cuts down the time of washing and blow drying your hair to a few seconds. Now you can style your hair however you want!

Another option is a co-wash if you workout a few times a week a co-wash might suit you. A co-wash can put in a little extra work than just water alone and you can benefit from the extra moisture that won’t strip away your hair natural oils. Last but not least is to just shampoo your hair if you wash your hair once or twice a week and you workout once or twice a week sync up the two days so that you can use shampoo when you workout and don’t have to worry.
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