BLACK HAIR CARE AND EXERCISE

Black hair care, as used in this article, is a reference to managing the hair of African American women, especially in light of the challenges that come with exercising.

Many Christian women worry about how their hair will look after exercising. In fact, many women will not exercise due to concerns about their hair.

Some women may exercise but will not give it the necessary intensity to burn those calories, because they do not want to sweat and "mess up" their hair.

This article is written to especially African American women who are concerned with black hair care and exercising.

Let's look at some suggestions for both chemically altered hair and natural hair.

Chemically Altered Hair
For my sisters that may have put relaxers in their hair, proper preparation is the key. If you wear a wrap style, before you exercise, make sure that you wrap your hair in the direction it was set in. Put a silk scraf on or clip the hair down.

After you exercise, spray the hair with moisturizing oil sheen, and if time allows, let it air dry before combing. If you are short on time, blow dry the wrapped hair on low heat before combing.

If you wear a curly style, keep your rollers in or pin curl your hair, and cover it with a silk scarf. Most women don't want to show their rollers; however, this is better than sweating out your curls.

When your exercise routine is complete, spray the hair with a moisturizing oil sheen, and if time allows, let it air dry before combing. If you are short on time, blow dry the rolled or pined hair on low heat before combing.

If you must use the hot curlers, ask your hair dresser or hair store professional which curlers do the less damage on the hair. Try to use low heat and keep the curlers moving to avoid excess heat, which damages the hair.

With texturized styles, the hair is treated with chemicals that make the hair curly or wavy. This style is easy to maintain.

Just exercise and rinse or shampoo the hair when finished. Make sure that a moisturizing cream or gel is used after it is rinsed or shampooed. The hair should be allowed to air dry or blow dry it on low heat.

Black hair care also includes the realization that many women are wearing synthetic hair or what we call "weave." The care for these styles should be the same as for the chemically altered styles. However, care should be given to the scalp. Use a dry shampoo or anesthetic to clear the hair pores.

Braids are easy to care for and exercise in. Many women with chemically alter hair use human hair as extensions for their braids.

It is not necessary to rinse the extension; however, make sure you use a dry shampoo or anesthetic to clear the hair pores.

Natural Hair
Exercsing and black hair care, when your hair is natural, can be simple to maintain. Some ladies braid their hair in expressive styles that need no caring for after exercising, except a simple rinse and moisturizing.

If a woman wears an afro and the hair does not get in her way, she can just leave it alone and let it air dry afterward.

If the hair gets in the way, they may consider pulling it back in a ponytail or simply tying a silk scarf around it. However, care should be given to the scalp. Use a dry shampoo or anesthetic to clear the hair pores.

The most challenging hair style may be a press and curl. If you wear this style, you will sweat and revert your hair. I suggest this style be worn on the weekend, after a long hard week of exercising. No need to frustrate yourself.

However, if you want the challenge, keep your rollers in or pin curl your hair and cover with a silk scarf. When your exercise routine is complete, spray the hair with a moisturizing oil sheen, and if time allows, let it air dry before combing.

If you are short on time, blow dry the rolled or pinned hair on low heat before combing.

If you must use the hot curlers, ask your hair dresser or hair store professional what curlers do the less damage on the hair. Try to use low heat and keep the curlers moving to avoid excess heat, which damages the hair.

Swimming and Black Hair Care
Swimming is an excellent form of exercising - great resistance and low impact. However, it is a challenge to swim and maintain black hair care.

Just remember to use a treatment that blocks chlorine and wrap your hair under the cap. Whenever possible, wash your hair and condition it after swimming. I suggest you swim, when you have time to care for your hair.





Remember with black hair care that whether you have chemically altered or natural hair, always properly prepare your hair for exercising.

Also, remember to clear your pores by shampooing with dry shampoo or anesthetic and rinsing. Make sure you properly condition and dry the hair. Proper hair care will lead to less hair frustration and excuses for not exercising.

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