Saturday, 20 September 2014

How To Maintain Healthy Hair While Exercising

1. Tie it

Wearing your hair open when exercising will not only give you Sponge Bob square head but will also leave your hair matted and tangled. If possible, tie your hair up to keep it out of your face and keep your ends safe. 

2. Rinse it

When sweat dries, it leaves behind a salty residue on your hair and scalp. Gradually, this builds up leaving your hair feeling dry and brittle and your scalp itchy. It is important to rinse your hair regularly after working out to prevent buildup. A water rinse works well enough for this. 

3. Wash it 

To keep your scalp clean and your hair conditioned, cowash it at least once a week. If you exercise 5+ times a week, you may consider washing it a bit more regularly. 

As well as cowashing, you should shampoo with a clarifying shampoo at least once a month to remove salt and product buildup and keep your scalp clean. 

To alleviate itching between washes, clean your scalp by gently rubbing it with a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel or diluted apple cider vinegar.  

4. Moisturise it


Exposing your hair to lots of sweat and and washes can leave it dry. After each rinse or wash, make sure you apply a leave in conditioner followed by an oil, butter or cream over to seal in the moisture. 

5. Protect it 

Low manipulation styles work best for the consistent exerciser but when choosing an ideal style, make sure it's one that can be washed and cleaned regularly. Twists, matutas, lines, flat twists and buns are great options. Braids should be used with caution as they can damage your hairline and weaves are not ideal as it is hard to keep the scalp and hair under them clean. Wrapping your hair in a scarf or synthetic headband gives extra protection for your hair and hairline. 

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