Excerising and Transitioning

I excerise at least 3 days a week. Unfortunately for me and my hair, I dont sweat from my body, I only sweat in my hair, forehead and neck. So needless to say after a 4 mile run the back of my hair feels like I just stepped out of the shower. When it dries, the natural hair is frizzy and the relaxed hair is straight. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do to preserve my hair? Or is a wash n go bun with a headband my only option? If you work out on a regular basis I would love to hear your haircare regimen!!
Hi Brwn Grl,

I am really glad you started this thread. I work out 4 days a week and like you I also sweat a lot in my hair. I have also tried to come up with ways to preserve my hairstyle . Lately I have been wearing my hair in either a twist and curl or a braid out and I have to co-wash my hair every 2-3 days, it all depends on how frizzy my hair is.

When I am working out I tie a silk scarf around my hair to cover the hair and place a regular scarf on top of the silk scarf. This will work for a day or two and then I have to co-wash and redo my hair. My hair is currently chin bob length so I don't have enough to do a bun or ponytail.
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I've been struggling with the same thing. I now workout every other day and I'm a total sweat-er. LOL. One of the reasons I started transitioning was because I was tired of paying money for touch-ups, only to sweat them out.

So now that I'm fully transitioning, I've been doing the wash and go. I co-wash
or low-poo after every workout. At the very least, I rinse my hair out. Funny thing, though, is that I "rough bun" (curl ponytailed ends under and clip so it looks like a bun) my hair before my workout and when I take out the clip after I'm done, my curls look great. But I can't get past the fact that I've been sweating for an hour and a half, so I end up washing out those great curls. But to be honest, I have no idea how they would have looked once they'd dried. They were really wet.

My biggest problem with co-washing so often, though, has been with detangling. If I'm not careful, I'm taking out WAY too much hair. So I'm looking for the best and safest way to detangle without leaving me bald in the process.

You might be able to get away with a rinse in the shower after your workout, especially if you're using products with no or only water soluble silicones. Rinsing worked for me the times I tried it. But working out and going without doing anything to my hair isn't for me but mostly because I'm a little OCD. LOL.

I'm curious to see what others do after workouts. It's been one of the more frustrating issues, so I'm glad you asked the question,
BrwnGrl.

--BW
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BW,

As far as detangling your hair goes, I have found a method which works VERY well for me! First of all, are you combing out your hair wet or dry? If you are combing out your hair dry, or even just out of the shower, you are going to pull out a substantial amount of hair. What I do is after I shampoo (if its a shampoo week) I part my hair in four sections and coat each section with TONS of conditioner. And I mean TONS! I used Herbal Essence Totally Twisted as my detangling conditoner. After you put the conditioner in your hair, clip each section up. Then I proceed to do my shower cleansing while the HETT works its magic. After I am finished cleansing, I begin to detangle. First, unclip a section. Then quickly pass that section under the running shower water. This evenly distributes the conditioner and gets things moving along oh so nicely. Then take a wide tooth comb (I use the Jibere shower comb from Sallys that was $2.99!) and begin combing through your hair from the tips up. If I encounter a tangle or particularly matted part, I take a HUGE glob of condtitioner, stick it on the tangle, pass my hair through the shower again and it is magically gone. After the section has been combed through, take another handful of condtioner and smooth it along the section, then reclip the section to your scalp. Repeat with all the other sections and rinse! I know it seems like a LOT of conditioner (and it is!) but I only lose about 15 strands of hair when I comb out my hair this way and I have EXTREMELY thick hair that is right above my bra strap. Now, I cannot take credit for this dentangling method. I read it on CurlyNikki.com! If you have not been to her site go there immediately! It is such a wonderful resource for anyone who is transitioning or that has natural hair.

HTHH!
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@BrwnGrl_inUT -- Have you ever had a moment where something suddenly becomes clear? I think I just had that moment. LOL. I've been detangling in the shower (I've tried dry detangling as well with the help of Qhem's Detangling, which worked mega well (and my God, smelled delicious!) but once I had to co-wash or low-poo, bang. Tangles are back and more hair is lost) with lots of condish but I think you hit on what I've been doing wrong. I put on the condish, comb thru, THEN SHOWER. But I think putting the condish on first and letting it SIT is the step I've been missing. I figured I needed to comb it thru as soon as I put it on to really help with my hair. Now I'm thinking that letting it sit will help with my detangling. I think that's the key

Seriously...could it really be that easy? LOL.

If I encounter a tangle or particularly matted part, I take a HUGE glob of condtitioner, stick it on the tangle, pass my hair through the shower again and it is magically gone.


Yes! I discovered this tonight. I hit my usual midway mats/tangles and I dropped on some more condish and they were gone. But I really think leaving the condish on while I shower showering first is the key. Next co-wash I'm giving that a try.

Thank you so much,
BrwnGrl! What's left of my hair and I really appreciate it. LOL

--BW
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LOL!!! You are so funny!! I am so glad the information I gave you was helpful. You were doing the same thing my sister (who is also transitioning) was doing; trying to comb through the hair without letting it sit for a while. She was losing masses of hair and getting extremely frustrated. Waiting for a few minutes before she combed through it, as well as running her hair through the shower before combing, has SAVED her hair! She is barely losing any hair now!! Arent these hair sites/blogs a lifesaver??? I would be bald by now if I hadnt discovered them!!!
Great minds think alike!! I've been intending to post the exact same thread. LOL

I work out about 4 days a week and typically do a twist out which lasts oh about 2 days before it drives me crazy and I co-wash and put in a bun. Well I just got my chin length bob cut even all the way around so no more pony tails for me for a while.

I've been playing around with tight roller sets and twistouts with small rods for the last two weeks. Only this week did I make it an entire week without cowashing just to see how my hair will hold up because I will be going on a cruise in a couple of weeks and plan to work out while there so finding a style that will last all week, low maintenance without having to take all my products is turning into a very difficult task. I think I will be packing my flexirods for at one co-wash midweek.

I am open for suggestions!!
LOL!!! You are so funny!! I am so glad the information I gave you was helpful. You were doing the same thing my sister (who is also transitioning) was doing; trying to comb through the hair without letting it sit for a while. She was losing masses of hair and getting extremely frustrated. Waiting for a few minutes before she combed through it, as well as running her hair through the shower before combing, has SAVED her hair! She is barely losing any hair now!! Arent these hair sites/blogs a lifesaver??? I would be bald by now if I hadnt discovered them!!!
Originally Posted by BrwnGrl_inUT
I'm so grateful to these great sites. I've learned so much in just a few short months. And, you know, I actually did read Curly Nikki's site about detangling but for some reason it didn't click together for me as it did when you explained it. Funny how that is sometimes because she was quite clear. LOL.
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I workout atleast 3 days a week but also do double days. i have an extremely efficient cooling system (nicer way to say you sweat alot) so I can speak accurately to this. I am new to wearing my hair curly, but haven't had a perm in about 5 years. I have been using KCCC in my hair and today is my 2nd day wearing it without doing too much. Depending on what it looks like tomorrow morning, I will go 3 days without doing anything to it. Tomorrow, I will wash and deep condition. My weekly routine is two wash, DC, and style on Sunday and Wednesday. Saturday, goes into a curly ponytail.

I tie a loose satin scarf on my head when i work out and after i shower, I just fluff back out, and that's it! I do the same thing in the morning when I wake up, but usually add AVG to help with the fluff.
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I work out 5 days a week with 3c/4a/4b hair so I understand!!! And in plus I sweat like a man! I would have a friend braid my hair on sunday while wet and where it out all week. So even when I would sweat it would just add volume to my hair!
Hey I'm not transitioning anymore, but I thought I would chime in since I worked out a lot while I was transitioning. I think my running schedule was the reason I stuck with twist outs so much. I'd just twist my twist out in several big twists while I was working out, and tie a scarf (cotton usually) over it to catch the sweat.

Something I do now is to time my deep conditioning around one of my work outs. I put on a plastic cap/bag over my conditioned hair, and then a scarf on top.

My head gets really hot so i feel like I'm adding some heat therapy to my DC LOL!

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...Something I do now is to time my deep conditioning around one of my work outs. I put on a plastic cap/bag over my conditioned hair, and then a scarf on top.

My head gets really hot so i feel like I'm adding some heat therapy to my DC LOL!
Originally Posted by Kitathena

I did that this morning and it worked well. Nice conditioning tip and time saver.

As for my regular workout days, I just bite the bullet and deal with my sweaty head. I'll cowash twice a week and deep condition once a week. In between, I'll just spray with Gregg Juice or something similar and fluff my hair out. At night, I apply some shea butter and wrap it in a scarf. My hair is short right now, so it's easy to take care of.
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Hey I'm not transitioning anymore, but I thought I would chime in since I worked out a lot while I was transitioning. I think my running schedule was the reason I stuck with twist outs so much. I'd just twist my twist out in several big twists while I was working out, and tie a scarf (cotton usually) over it to catch the sweat.

Something I do now is to time my deep conditioning around one of my work outs. I put on a plastic cap/bag over my conditioned hair, and then a scarf on top.

My head gets really hot so i feel like I'm adding some heat therapy to my DC LOL!
Originally Posted by Kitathena
I saw your tip a few months back, Kitathena, but for the life of me I couldn't remember where I'd seen it! I've used this tip regularly and it's been great. I hate the idea of sitting around with a heating cap (I hate feeling trapped) and since I do the treadmill thing in my home, I only have to worry about the dog mocking the shower cap.

Anything that saves me time and combines stuff I'd rather not do anyway so I can get it done faster...all good! So thank you!

--BW
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Something else I've seen on LHCF ( I can't remember who said it) was to apply conditioner and then go in the sauna. It's supposed to be akin to steam treatments, which I've never tried, but I like to do this after a hard workout at the gym (usually after swimming, when i can't work out with my DC on).

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