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Not working out because of natural hair woes. Use these healthy hair workout regimens to keep your hair undamaged.


Protective hairstyles for working out.

Things to put on my hair while working out.  

How does co-washing help my hair?


Many African American women would love to work out every day, but we hate the dreaded effects that sweat leaves on our natural hair. It is hard to get a good workout when we also want our edges to stay smooth, our curls tight and our wraps straight.


When we decide to start an exercise program, it is necessary to have healthy hair workout regimens to keep those tresses looking beauty-salon fresh.


Hair Workout Regimens

The myth that Black women make the love of a great hairstyle more of a priority than getting healthy is just that, a myth.  Let’s put that myth to rest by following these simple suggestions.


Head Wrap

Your hair should not hinder you from working out. For those with long hair, wearing a topknot or pulling your hair back at the nape of your neck will keep your hair out of the way when you exercise.


Depending on the texture and style of your hair, it may be sufficient for you to wear a silk or satin head wrap when you exercise. If you sweat a lot during your workout, you should use a sweatband of synthetic blends and fibers to keep your hair dry.


After your workout, make sure your hair is completely dry before removing the head wrap. If you notice a build-up on your scalp, you can dab a little witch hazel or peppermint oil on a cotton ball to cleanse and refresh your scalp.


The GymWrap is a good headwrap that minimizes sweat absorption through a unique blend of fabrics that allows heat to escape while letting cool air in. This product can be purchased online and at Sally’s Beauty Supply.



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Some African American women feel the need to co-wash after exercising. Co-washing is great if you have had a strenuous workout and you do not have time for a full shampoo. However, you can over-moisturize your natural hair if you are not careful. Over-moisturizing can cause swelling of the hair cuticle and eventually lead to breakage. It is a clever idea to alternate between protein conditioners and moisturizers to keep your tresses intact.



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Healthy Hair Products

To keep your hair and scalp healthy, it is necessary to wash your hair weekly or bi-weekly with sulfate-free shampoo and a good leave-in conditioner. Essential oils are also a key component in your natural and healthy hair workout regimens. These oils help to rejuvenate your hair and scalp after strenuous exercise. Here are a few must-have hair care products.

  • Coco Amo Love Leave-In Conditioner – Hydrates and protects the hair from extreme temperatures.
  • Coconut Oil – Reconditions dry and damaged hair and detangles longer hair. Be sure to buy in its purest form.
  • Jojoba Oil – Stimulates and promotes new hair growth. Be sure to buy in its purest form.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Promotes a healthy scalp and prevents dandruff. Be sure to buy in its purest form.


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These are just a few examples of making your life easier while working out with natural hair. There are also alternative exercises to do other than high cardio like yoga and Pilates. Whatever you choose, this healthy hair workout regimen will get the job done.


healthy hair workout regimensChanda Brown-Tutt
Glow Beauty
Salons by JC
3825 Edwards Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Chanda has been doing hair for over 26 years. She is a licensed hairstylist who specializes in cutting and coloring of all types of textures. Chanda is currently accepting new clients. Call today and make an appointment!



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