Hair Care & Fitness

According to a study in 2011, 45% of black women in America refrain from exercising because of their hair. Mind blowing, right? I, too, share your vexation, however, there has to be a strategy to simplify our struggle because how long will we deprive our bodies of exercise because sweat compromises the condition of our hair?

Unfortunately, I have fine and frizzy hair. With water and the right products, my curls be popping, and in that moment, I'm like "YAAAAAAASSS, HONEY, YAAAAAAASSS", however, most times, I resent it. I love kickboxing 4-5 days a week, and maintaining my natural hair is discouraging and time consuming, and quite frankly, my patience is limited.

I tried weaves, which is super cute, however, they are terrible for those that's active because there's little scalp access. What did work for me is protective styles, like kinky twist, box braids, Senegalese twists, cornrows, crochet braids, locs, etc. There's minimal manipulation, and you have scalp access, which gives you perfect opportunity to co-wash and oil your scalp. Eventually, I decided to loc my hair because it was cheaper, low maintenance, and beautiful.

Furthermore, if your funds are limited, don't fret. Without extensions, you can do cornrows, messy bun, flat twist, finger coils, wear head wraps, satin-lined beanies(Grace Eleyae), etc. It's definitely possible to go hard in the gym, and still be your beautiful self. The question is, what's stopping you now?

Carla Parson

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