Photo Courtesy of Naptural85

Teenagers tend to have busy schedules. When school, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and part-time jobs fill your days, fixing your hair can’t take all morning.

It can be tough juggling school, a social life, practice, and making the big game on time, but there is a way to still look great and sweat at the same time. Check out these three hairstyles that are perfect for your workouts and packed schedule.

Mini twists

Mini twists are versatile, stylish, and convenient. Once you install your twists, you can wear them in a variety of styles including ponytails, buns, and updos. Simply section your hair, apply your favorite products, and two-strand twist the section. The smaller your twist, the longer it will last with the least amount frizz. If installed and maintained properly, mini twists can lasts up to a week. April Beeshows a variety of styles for mini twists that will keep you looking great.

The puff

The puff is a classic hairstyle in the natural hair community. Simply brush your hair into a high ponytail and use an elastic headband to push your hair up, positioning it to your liking. Use an edge tamer if you prefer sleek edges. This style is perfect for exercising and game days. Show your school spirit by wearing your school colors in your hair with ribbons or sweatband. Mini Marleyshows how she wears her old twist-out in a puff.

Wash and go

Wash and go’s can be a great hairstyle while working out. You can pull your hair away from your face by using a scarf, sweatband, or hair tie during your workout.

What makes a long lasting wash and go? It is all about technique and product application. There are a few techniques that you can choose from, including the rake and shake and praying hands methods. Select products based on your curl type and density.

Naptural85 shows how she styles her hair in a wash and go before and after working out. It’s best to cleanse your hair at least once a week if you live an active lifestyle. This allows you to remove product buildup that accumulated from sweat throughout the week. Dirt, sweat, and product buildup can cause an itchy and irritated scalp if not removed regularly. Depending on what your hair needs, you can use a clarifying shampoo, moisturizing shampoo, or both. If you decide to wear your hair in a wash and go, you can also co-wash to refresh your curl, but over time you will need a clarifying shampoo to remove the weight that’s restricting movement and causing perpetual dryness. Be sure to take a quick glance at your hair after you co-wash to ensure there is not trace of white residue on your hair and scalp.

How do you style your hair before you work out? Did your favorite styles make the list? Please share with the curly community.

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