This is one topic that's not going away anytime soon: exercising and our hair.
I recently received an email from a woman who wants to know how she can keep her pressed hair from reverting when she exercises. That's a tough one because when the hair isn't relaxed, it loves to curl back up at the first sign of moisture.
I don't straighten my natural hair that often simply because I don't want to go through all that time and trouble to have it revert when I work out. So what's a woman to do when she wants to stay in shape, but wants her hair to look good, too?
You have a few options and it's up to you to choose what's going to work for you. If your hair is natural and you exercise frequently, the easiest style to maintain is a natural one, whether you sport a short 'fro or braid it or twist it.
If you press or relax your hair, you can try what I've tried in the past: pull hair back into a secure ponytail or braid and wrap a cotton scarf around the hairline. I'm usually no fan of cotton on the hair, but this will help to absorb sweat and won't be as slippery as satin. Plus, the wrapped scarf will help to keep hair flat. If the hair isn't long enough for a ponytail, just slip the scarf over the entire head and knot it at the nape of the neck.
Other maintenance tips for frequent exercisers can be found here. It shouldn't have to be a toss-up between healthy hair and a healthy body: women should be comfortable maintaining both.
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