For those of us with ethnic hair, going to the gym can be a major problem. Not because we hate working out, but because of the toll that sweaty workouts can take on our hair. If you find yourself avoiding the gym because you’re worried about the impact on your hair, here are some simple tricks you can use to keep your mane in check.

Use a bandanna

Purchase a large bandanna in a style you’ll want to wear in the gym. When it’s time for a workout, there are different options for different textures of hair or hair extensions. If you have straight hair, brush your hair back into a ponytail. If your hair is wavy, smooth down the top and make two braids on each side of your head. Next, fold the bandanna in a triangle and place it on your head. Smooth it down towards the back then tie it securely. If you’re wearing a ponytail, you can let it hang loosely to avoid frizzy hair secure it by twisting it into a bun. The trick is to work out in intervals, which means low intensity and high intensity with cool down periods in between, stay hydrated while keeping the bandanna in place. Then, after you’re done exercising, don’t remove the bandanna until after all of your sweat has evaporated and the bandanna is dry.

Time your workouts for closer to your hair appointment

Another tip is to schedule your styles around your workouts so that they don’t conflict. If you know that your straight styles won’t survive your weekly exercise routine, then try to wear them before you have your workout. After your workout, you can transition to textured styles leading up to your next hair appointment.
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