The constant battle between wanting to get a good sweaty workout done but worrying about how that sweat will affect our hair is a constant battle for some of our QDQ queens. Removing your hair tie and your ponytail remains in position is a scenario we all know too well after a QDQ workout, but how can we combat this to get longevity out of our hair washes while still being able to push ourselves during our workouts?
Some people, on day 1 or 2 of your hair wash cycle will opt for a lower impact workout like pilates or yoga where you sweat less than during a high intensity workout. Another way is to schedule workouts at night or morning depending on your shower schedule to suit your needs.This is one way of saving your hair but does it suit your workout schedule and does it suit your fitness needs?
Sweat isn’t ‘bad’ for your hair but if there’s lots of salt or oil build up due to not washing it after you workout for longer periods, it can cause irritation to the scalp. One suggestion is to use dry shampoo before you workout so as to catch and dry up the sweat as it's forming. You can gently brush your hair after you workout to redistribute the oils evenly throughout your hair and prevent clogged pores on the scalp.
Wet hair can break easier so be careful removing your hair tie so as to prevent breakage. Also it’s recommended to use silk scrunchies or claw chips rather than elastic hair ties as they are more gentle on the hair and prevent breakage.
For black women sweat can also damage and dry out the scalp and also damage hair. Using a satin head wrap can protect your scalp from sweat and also using a conditioner or hair oil before and after to prevent the salt causing irritation. A survey done by Stylist.co.uk said that most black women prefer braids, twists or the pineapple hairstyle while working out to protect their hair from sweat.
Luckily, thanks to Hailey Bieber, the slicked back bun has become trendy and effortlessly chic so if your hair is in desperate need of a wash but it’s not hair wash day, you can style it in this chic and cute way using a little gel or hairspray to tame the loose hairs.
So ladies, incorporate these tips into your hair care routine and don’t be afraid to get sweaty!