There are plenty of excuses for avoiding the gym because of your hair. Which ones do you use?
January has ended, but that doesn't mean your workout resolution should too! We know how easy it can be to justify a day (or week) off from your workout routine, especially with all of the care you put into your hair. But we're banishing the excuses once and for all. If you've ever considered choosing your hair over health, read these solutions to banish you excuses once and for all.
1. “I don’t want to get my hair gross and sweaty!”
If you’re trying to avoid the drowned-at-sea look post-workout, keep your hair up and opt for lighter or more moderate workouts (walking, weight training, etc.) that still get you moving without making your strands a soaking mess.
2. “I don't want to ruin my hair before my day starts"
Working out early is a great way to get get energized and get your exercise out of the way. But if you’ve got to have your hair ready for work or school in the morning, getting active first thing in the morning may not be the best option for you.
Don't let this deter you from working out altogether. Just go for an early evening workout that gives your curls enough time to dry before you get your beauty rest.
3. “I don't have time to balance exercise with my hair routine”
Are you micromanaging your hair? Don’t over-do it on your daily regimen with products and complicated styling.
Pick simple styles, minimal products and an easy hair recovery routine to get your curls back in shape post-workout without eating up all your free time.
4. “I don’t want to wash my hair everyday”
Putting your hair in protective styles can help you get through a few days without drenching your hair when you hop in the shower.
Try cornrows, french-braided pigtails or bantu knots that you can undo and use for you look in the morning.
MORE: Protective Styling 101
5. “Ew! Hair in my face? No thanks!”
Hair, sweat, and your face can feel less than fabulous. So grab cloth headbands, high ponytails or buns paired with a few strategically placed bobby pins are your best friend for keeping your hair out of the way — just be sure not to pull too tight.
6. “I don’t want my hair to be super dry”
Keep your hair soft with intensely moisturizing, natural products like olive oil and coconut oil.
Add just a little bit to your curls before a workout or add it to your weekly maintenance routine as a deep conditioner to make sure your hair stays hydrated.
7. “But, I just straightened my hair the other day”
You don’t have to forget about all that time you put into getting your hair curls to straighten out — there’s still hope for your natural, silken look!
Try wearing a headwrap or bandana to cover all of your hair and maintain most of the elbow work you put into getting your strands straight.
8. “I barely feel like working out, I definitely don’t feel like doing my hair afterwards”
Let’s face it, some days you aren’t going to feel like working out or dealing with your hair later.
One of the easiest ways to keep yourself going is by building an efficient hair plan that helps you either keep going on with your day or transition into the next one. This might be as simple as adding an accessory to your ponytail post-workout to give yourself a little extra free time.