One of my favorite movies of all time is School Daze. If you haven’t seen this Spike Lee cinematic masterpiece, I’m sure you can catch it when it pops up on IFC or Black Starz or something. I mention this because there is a musical number in it (yes..a musical number) where there are women in Spandex gettin’ all catty and singing about each other’s hair (it’s fantastic!). And that got me to thinking about how women, specifically black women manage their hair when working out. It also got me thinking that black women cannot be the only ones who have issues with their hair when working out.
First off, everyone has issues with their hair when they workout, no matter what race and there are a few tips and things that you can do to help keep you from getting it into your eyes, sweating it out too much, etc. One of the most perfect styles to put your hair in (if you have the length) for a workout is the classic ponytail. To ensure that the strands stay in place, you can get a ponytail holder made with silicone and that has little knobs in it to keep hair in place. I know that Goody makes one called the Stay Put Slide Proof Hold Ponytaill Holder. For those who don’t like the dents or tangles that these types of ponytail holders create, a soft scrunchie may work for you.
Now, I have naturally curly hair that I straighten sometimes so when it is straight, to keep my hair from sweating out sometimes, so I purchased a good moisture-wicking headband to help my edges stay in tact. Lululemon has one called the Lululemon Slipless Headband but I also found a two-pack moisture wicking headbands at Ulta that worked well too.
I have also seen women wrap their hair (and I have done this as well) in a net and cover with a cotton or satin scarf. Another product that I have seen and I am very curious about is the Save Your Do Gymwrap found for purchase on saveyourdo.com. Its a little pricey, but may be worth it!
All in all maintaining an exercise regimen is of course important, so don’t let something like bad gym hair (or bad yoga hair, or bad running hair) keep you from looking and feeling your overall overall best. I know there are lots of different ways to care for your hair during and after a good workout so please share! How do you keep your do looking good after a workout?