Black Hair and Exercise

Exercise is great for your health. But if you are African American, it's not so great on your hair. So, to help you get fit -- and look fabulous -- Power To End Stroke has partnered with stylist Krystal Landfair to give you black hair tips that will help keep you looking good while working out.

If you are an African American who is prone to sweating, don't exercise with your hair under a scarf or hat. This only causes more irritation to your finished results by locking in moisture, leaving your hair wet. Cotton scarves, hats, headbands, etc. 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.

Black Hair Styles that Work
First, schedule a training session with your salon hair care professional to create a style that works for your life -- one that includes your exercise schedule. Schedule this appointment on the last day of your workout week to allow the stylist to see your hair at its worst; they can then help you to get the most longevity from your style. If you plan to maintain your hair, you may want to use a professional hair care line and styling tools designed for African Americans to help you obtain salon quality results for a longer period.

  • If you wear your hair in a straight style, wrapping it up with a breathable hair net will work best. This keeps your hair in place, while allowing the perspiration and heat created at the scalp area during exercise to escape. It's also best to keep your hair tied up until your scalp area has fully dried.
  • If you wear a curlier style, pin curling your hair while you exercise and leaving them in place until your scalp dries will help your curls' durability.
  • If you workout in ponytails, be sure to 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 scalp area on the last day of your weekly exercise routine. 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 the hairline while working out and leave it in place until the hairline dries; this will help keep that area smooth.

Hair accessories are your friend. Hats, scarves, headbands, ponytail holders, barrettes and clips can rescue and update your style after a workout. Stop fighting your hair. If it curls up after you workout, use a product that will help to enhance and manage your curl and go with it. If it falls flat, try a volumizing product to create the lift you are looking for. Make your hair and your workout work for you. Remember, it's about being healthy; that's what makes you beautiful.