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Written by LaChristin of Digital Curls via CurlyNikki

Life is full of dilemmas, and one such said dilemma has plagued women to this very day. That dilemma stems from having to answer the following question, and ultimately make an extremely difficult decision: “Do I maintain my magnificent hairdo or work towards a fit and fabulous figure?” Fortunately, I’ve been blessed to experience the best of both worlds! Here’s how I mash-up fro and fitness.

Be it braids, buns, or twist, I’ve styled my hair every which way in preparation to stay fit. Armed with a Dri-Fit Nike cap, Save Your Do Gymwrap, headband, or cotton scarf; I'll utilize whatever protective mechanism necessary to tame my tresses! Protecting my edges during exercise is extremely important to maintain a healthy do.

Post workout I allow my hair opportunity to air-dry with the scarf intact to help combat frizziness, while keeping my edges smooth. I have a tendency to sweat a lot, but even still my hair usually dries within an hour. If I have to make a quick stop prior to going home, and my do is braided or with twist; I'll unravel, fluff, and style. Otherwise, I’ll keep my do covered with a beanie or scarf.

I find it to be helpful to wash and condition it once a week to remove excess build up (on occasion, I’ll co-wash during the warmer months due to excessive sweating). I make certain to moisturize my curls every night and seal my ends with castor oil. This routine has allowed me to maintain the health and a steady growth rate of my hair. Having an effective regimen, while engaged in sculpting and defining my body has allowed for me to maintain my coils and kinks.

Quick Tip:

If your hair is not long enough to style in a ponytail or bun, don’t fret; attempt a twist or braids bobby pinning them down much like my nighttime routine pictured above. Add a headband or scarf to keep your edges in order.

How do you maintain your hair while getting fit?

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