Natural Hair/Locs and working out seems like two things that DO NOT go together! Some days it can feel like you have to choose between your body or your hair, sometimes skipping the gym to avoid a potentially bad hair day but miss out on all the muscle-toning, calorie-burning, health-boosting benefits of what a workout can bring.
I am here to give you some tips and tricks on how you can keep your hair fresh even after a hard workout at the gym.
**Tip #1– Wash and go, Braid/twists hair style before working out!
An easy wash and go hair style for natural hair such as braiding or twists can help with frizziness and locking in the moisture in your hair while working out, Plus when your done, you have a cute hair style to go about your day.
**Tip #2– Use a dry shampoo!
A dry shampoo is a substance that cleans your hair without the use of water. Dry shampoo works by absorbing oil from your scalp and hair, and making it look and feel freshly washed again. It is not meant to take the place of regularly washing your hair with water, but to serve as a means of lengthening the time between washes, working out or to use in a pinch.
An example of a natural dry shampoo is Taliah Waajid “Moisture Clenz” I used this product in the beginning stages of my natural hair journey and as helped me tremendously!
**Tip #3 – Use a natural hair Spritz!
What I mean is, you can make your own dry shampoo spritzer for your hair! By Using what I currently use:
– Sea Breeze– Using a mild astringent like Sea Breeze or any witch hazel, will help to remove trapped oil and dirt and keep your head smelling fresh and clean, without over-drying the scalp.
– Essential Oils– Lavender and Peppermint oils
Lavender: This essential oil contains potent anti-bacterial agents that soothe and heal scalp infections. It is useful in treating dandruff, and removing dirt.
Peppermint: Peppermint essential oils has stimulating, and cleansing properties that will leave your hair fresh and smelling clean.
I also like to use lemongrass essential oil for my scalp in addition to the other essential oils. Lemongrass as the same properties as the other two and it is also good as a bug repellent!
Differently use what works for you, these techniques is what I use and tried during my natural hair journey. Try these methods out during your natural hair journey, it is always trial and error! I like to recommend: reading natural hair books, learn what products work in your hair, looking up videos on youtube and asking other natural hair women on the products and methods they use.
I pray that these work out for you, let me know what you use and what has worked for you in the comments below!