Working out with natural hair

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It’s that time of year again when we all realize that summer is just around the corner. Time to start working out and getting your diet right, but what about your hair?  You work so hard to stretch out your Afro, keep your twists neat and maintain your curls. Don’t you fret! Kavuli Nyali of Good hair diaries is going to give you a couple of tips that could save your luscious kinks and encourage you to continue getting your body right. Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 5.12.57 PM The Pineapple is your best friend Wearing your hair up in a pineapple means that you can still preserve those precious braid-outs, knot-outs, twists and roller-sets that take a few hours to achieve. The curls will still be maintained through the length of the hair. Tie a satin scarf around your edges and place a sweatband around that. Your edges will lie down and you can fluff the rest of your hair and go. Freshen up your scalp Who has time to co-wash or wash their hair after every single workout? I know I don't! If you sweat profusely or just don't feel comfortable working out and not washing your hair try using an astringent. You can find an astringent such as witch hazel at your local chemist. Soak a cotton ball with the astringent and wipe just your scalp with it. Be sure to follow up with your favorite natural oil on the scalp to prevent a tight and dry scalp. This should keep you fresh and clean until your next wash day. Rock a bun! Cold weather always means protective styling time for me. Why not rock a bun during your workout? You can find a faux bun at your local hair supply store. It can be a high, medium or low bun, and you can still use the silk scarf for your edges and the sweatband on top of that. The added benefit is that your hair will still remain neat for work and events. Make a workout schedule If you’re doing cardio 2 to 3 times a week, make sure it coincides with your hair wash days. Rinsing the sweat from your scalp is very important to hair health. Plan your low impact exercises that usually don't yield a lot of sweat for immediately after your wash day. Then you can afford to do high cardio and weight training closer to the time that you will be washing your hair.

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