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April 05, 2020
Finding that motivation to work out can be an uphill battle for many of us, even at the best of times. We know how easy it is to find excuses to skip a workout session... So for that very reason, we’re here to help you strike “I Can’t Work Out Cos I’ll Mess Up My Hair” off that list of excuses for skipping important exercise opportunities.
Being healthy is beautiful, and shouldn’t come at the cost of your hair looking good... Even when working up a sweat.
Need some more convincing?
Working out gives you a burst of feel-good endorphins that last long after you set the kettlebell down. When you’re fit and healthy, your body is firing on all cylinders and in top physical condition. You’re buzzing with energizing happy hormones, and your stress hormones take the back seat. Your confidence is boosted, your body feels tight and your favorite jeans hug your curves in all the right places. Your hair and skin start to glow from the inside out. It’s completely addictive, and something you can do for yourself that is 100% guilt-free.
We all know the benefits of being healthy and fit... But there’s an extra dimension of frustration for us women with natural hair, that contributes even more to our often love/hate relationship with working out. Studies have shown that 2 out of 5 of us admit to avoiding working up a sweat simply because we don’t want to ruin our hair... So you’re not the only one guilty of skipping the gym (or online workout course!) for the sake of your gorgeous style you worked so hard on. But something’s gotta give, because we want to be healthy and look good while we’re getting there.
It’s totally possible to work out and still have good hair… It just takes a bit of understanding so we can outsmart those pesky hair issues with some clever work-arounds, before they actually happen. The main culprit that wrecks our hair when we work out- surprise surprise... is sweat.
Sweat is a combination of salt and water that’s being exuded by our pores. You might think that the moisture coming from our scalp is what’s causing the frizz, but it’s actually the high concentration of salt in the sweat that’s the most problematic. Salt is extremely drying on our already naturally-dry curly hair… So the best insurance policy you can use to avoid post-workout hair troubles is keeping vigilant with your moisturizing routine, and loading up your hair with conditioning products like essential oils and leave-in conditioner before you sweat.
You might even find that your post-workout hair will be the best you’ve ever experienced! We love the big and beachy curly look we get by combining already moisturized hair with some essential oils for our scalp, mixed with a bit of salty sweat for texture.
Here’s how to plan and prep for perfect hair, no matter how active you are:
Now that you’ve got your hair moisturized with a good baseline routine, it’s time to tame it a bit before launching into beast mode... So you can emerge from the other side of your workout not looking like a wild thing.
How to stay cool, calm and collected during your sweat session:
You’re nearly there! There’s just one final set of reps for us curly-haired naturalistas, but trust us... It’s well worth grinding through this final push. You’ll have the best post-workout hair ever if you follow this routine (and looking great is the end goal, plus what we’re doing all this for, right!)
Here’s the cool-down:
None of us should have to sacrifice working out and getting all those health and mood enhancements (and our bodies looking tight, let's be honest) just for the sake of having beautiful hair.
By putting in a little effort on the front end, and using the right high-quality products, we can stop the hair mayhem from unfolding on our beautiful styles when we work out. Let's finally give that cop-out the attention it deserves. We've all got a hundred other excuses why not to work out that we create in our minds and have to regularly contend with... What a relief that messing up our hair doesn't have to be one of them any longer!
Drop us a line in the comments… We’d love to hear your favorite hair tips that help your workout hair look great before, during and after!
~Keneesha and the Urbanbella Team
May 28, 2020
If you’ve been thinking twice about plunging into the pool or ocean head-first, here’s the good news: No longer do you have to be the one sitting on the edge of the pool just dipping your feet in and threatening to splash anyone who gets your hair wet, while watching everyone else cooling off with careless abandon.
Listen up to these tips that will bring the joy of swimming back into your life… Even with natural hair. Knowing how to do it right will take your hair concerns out of the equation so you can be a bathing beauty, soaking up the pleasures of pool season all summer long!
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