While exercising is great for your health, it may not be so great for your hair. So to keep you looking fabulous while you get fit, here are a few tips from noted Chicago-area stylist and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Volunteer Krystal Landfair:
If you sweat a lot, don’t work out with your hair under a scarf or hat. That only locks in moisture, leaving your hair wet. Cotton scarves, hats, headbands and so on can cause friction on your hairline, which over time can lead to breakage. If you use something to hold your hair in place, make sure it’s made of satin or silk-materials better suited for your hair.
Style That Works
Schedule a session with a salon hair care professional to create a style that works for your life and your workout schedule. Make this appointment on the last day of your workout week so the stylist can see your hair at its worst. Once you find your style, try these tactics to help maintain it through even the most vigorous workouts (you may need additional professional hair care products and styling tools to help maintain it over time).
• If you wear your hair in a straight style, wrapping it up with a breathable hair net may be best. This keeps your hair in place while letting perspiration and heat escape. Keep your hair tied up until your scalp has fully dried.
• If you wear a curlier style, pin curling your hair while you exercise and leaving the pins in place until your scalp dries can help your curls’ durability.
• If you work out in ponytails, move the position of the ponytail around. Keeping your ponytail in the same spot may cause breakage over time.
• If you wear hair extensions, thoroughly rinse and shampoo your hair on the last day of your weekly workout. It’s important to note that the base of your hair extensions should be completely dry before styling in any manner.
• If you wear your hair natural but pressed, tie a two-inch-wide satin band around your hairline while working out and leave it in place until the hairline dries. This can help keep that area smooth.
Hair accessories can be your friends. Hats, scarves, headbands, ponytail holders, barrettes and clips can rescue and update your style after a workout. Don’t fight your hair. If it curls up after you work out, use a product to enhance and manage your curls and go with it. If it falls flat, try a volumizing product to create the lift you’re looking for.
For more health and exercise tips from the experts at Power To End Stroke, visit www.powertoend stroke.org. Power To End Stroke is an education and awareness campaign of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and is nationally sponsored by the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership.
Make your hair and your workout work for you.