Friday, November 26, 2010

Exercise and Your Hair

Exercising is great for your health. But it's not so great on your hair. So here are a few tips that will help keep your hair looking good while working out.
Sweat
If you're prone to sweating, don't work out 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.
Style That Works
First, schedule a training session with your salon hair care professional to create a style that works for your life one that includes your workout 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 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 your workout 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 workout plan. 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.
Accessories
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.
*This post brought to you via Power to End Stroke and stylist Krystal Landfair. "Power to End Stroke" is a new initiative for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association~*

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