Exercising is a crucial part of taking care of yourself. Additionally, it's great for curls. Therefore, it's important to know how to take care of curls while exercising. Follow our easy guide for taking care of your curls while you're getting a sweat on!
Before you hit the treadmill, consider putting your hair back into a protective style. This could include some quick bantu knots, buns, or a ponytail. Some of our favorite protective styles for working out are braids. Braids will keep your curls off your face, as well as protect them from sweat, or the elements if you're outside. As an added bonus, braids can help maintain your curl pattern, or give wavy strands an extra boost.
Sweat can be really annoying, as can your curls falling into your face while working out. Therefore, it's going to be worthwhile to invest in some good quality hairbands to keep your strands off your face. Select breathable, stretchy fabrics that will wick sweat without tearing or pulling at your curls. It's also wise to avoid using hair bands that are too tight, as that could damage the delicate curls around your scalp.
Similarly to hair bands, having the right ties to keep your curls in place is important. Instead of using elastics, which can break your curls, opt for fabric covered elastics or scrunchies to hold your curls back.
Giving your curls plenty of hydration while exercising is critical. Make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids before, during, and after exercise to keep your cells hydrated. Additionally, you can moisturize your scalp and strands prior to working out to avoid your sweat drying out your strands.
Finally, if you regularly exercise you might find yourself with more build up on your scalp. Whether its from sweat coating your strands and scalp, or too much product, you might want to consider how you're cleansing your curls. Make sure to regularly scrub your scalp to exfoliate and remove build up.