Whether you’re into running, hot yoga, Pilates or Zumba, working out can take a toll on your curls, causing unruly frizz and oil buildup. Skipping the gym for the sake of saving your curls is certainly not an option, since exercise makes you feel great and does wonders for your body and brain. Instead, your focus should be on protecting your tresses and keeping your hair well hydrated while you work out.
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Make Your Own Hair Elixir
Create a liquid remedy for your hair. Include water and beauty products such as leave-in conditioner, a thin styling gel, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut water, honey and lemon. Experiment with ingredients to see what works best for your hair texture.
Pour the completed concoction into a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well and spritz your curls from the middle to the ends, skipping the top where it is more oily and sweaty, then scrunch your hair to give it some texture.
Style as usual and allow your hair to air dry naturally. This may take some time depending on how long your hair is.
Easy Workout-Friendly Hairstyles
Try a loose ponytail or bun. Pull your hair back into a loose ponytail or bun before you begin working out and make sure your hair is completely dry. Use only your hands and a ponytail holder to make your ponytail. Do not use a comb or a brush to form your ponytail, because this often causes curls to loose their shape. The looser the ponytail or bun, the better it is for your curls. These hairstyles help keep part of your hair sweat-free, especially if you have long hair. If your roots are greasy after your workout, focus your cleansing efforts on your scalp instead of redoing your hair.
Wrap your hair. Use a cotton scarf or headband. Either is perfect to keep your hair dry during your workout, but either will also help to keep your hair out of your face. Apply a moisturizing product such as a leave-in conditioner before your workout, and wrap a cotton scarf around your head. Leave-in conditioners are great to keep your hair moisturized and they will keep your hair smelling fresh after a workout. The cotton scarf will help soak up the sweat, and the conditioner will keep your hair less frizzy. Once you are done working out, remove the scarf and style as usual.
Wear your hair in a braid. If you have long, curly hair, a braid it’s a great way to keep your hair away from your face. When you finish your workout, you might be pleasantly surprised to find that you have some great looking curls and texture when you remove the braid.