As naturals we spend a lot of time, money, and effort on the health of our hair — now it's time to do the same for our overall health. So now that you are seriously considering hitting the gym, you’re going to need to pack a few hair care essentials to take with you so that your hair can still be healthy and fabulous after a strenuous workout.
I’m sure many of you believe that the name moisturizing cleanser is an oxymoron. However, since natural hair care products have advanced and the companies have expanded over the years, it's no longer a far fetched dream of natural haired women.
Now not only can your shampoo be all natural but it can be moisturizing as well. This is especially important for curlies who have to wash more frequently because they sweat excessively in their scalp.
If you’re on the lookout for a good cleanser then some all natural ones that get rave reviews for their effectiveness yet gentleness are:
- CURLS Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream
- As I Am Coconut Co Wash Cleansing Conditioner
- DevaCurl Low-Poo
This item is a must for pulling your hair up at the gym especially if you do not want to ruin a freshly done braid or twist out. Unlike thinner hair ties, a satin scrunchie won't leave that annoying dent in your hair after removing it. The satin scrunchie is also smooth and will not snag on your hair when taking it down unlike other hair ties. If you want to get your hands on some satin scrunchies, then you can visit:
After all that time spent putting in your protective style, the last thing you want is for it to be messed up after rigorous activity and a bucket load of sweat. Plus, constantly taking down your protective style to redo it after each exercise session completely defeats the purpose of doing it in the first place.
To keep your style protected during your workout, reach for a satin or silk scarf and use it to tie your hair down before starting to exercise. Once done. allow your hair to completely dry before removing the scarf. This will allow your hair to dry nice and smooth without any frizzies. To keep things interesting, try wearing decorative scarves rather than the usual black.
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If you’re a curly with shorter hair, then you're going to have to get creative when it comes to getting your hair up and out of your face to workout.
Since traditional ponytail holders and scrunchies will not work reach for all the bobby pins lying around your house. Use them to pin sections of your hair up and out of your face so that you can exercise without fear of hair getting in your face.
A tip for organizing all of your bobby pins is to keep them in a Tic Tac container. The container is the perfect size, plus it dispenses them easily so you will no longer have to dig through a tangled heap just for one.
This may sound very vain but just because you’re out of breath, struggling to keep up with the instructor and sweating buckets does not mean you can’t look cute.
When you’re just starting out at the gym, you may feel a little self conscious as it may seem like everyone is a professional and you still don’t quite know how to use the equipment. However, nothing gets a woman out a rut faster than feeling glamorous, so before hitting the gym try putting an accessory like a flower or brightly decorated scarf in your hair to brighten your mood at the gym