Kinky Hair and The Fitness Affair

When exercising, most people believe that sweat is the ultimate proof that you’ve put in some hard work. Sweat is proof that you pushed past your resting heart rate, and possibly well beyond your target heart rate. My motto for fitness, well one of them, is “If we didn’t sweat, we didn’t do anything!” So yes, sweat is very welcome in my fitness sessions.

For my kinky hair sisters, sweat may not be a welcome guest to a fitness routine. Our love-hate relationship with our hair can be a source of stress when it comes to exercise. I have actually had conversations with women who refuse to workout due to ruining their hairstyle. I get it. Sweat is just like walking out of the salon and into humidity or precipitation, some of our tresses coil and a newly-styled head of hair is ruined. I implore my sisters to stop and think about the benefits of exercise as compared to the value of hairstyles.

Some of my fair-skinned sisters don’t have to deal with this issue as much due to the anatomy of their hair. How I wish it was as easy as throwing my hair up in a bun and getting my sweat on. However, I do know some of them who have frizzy hair, and their styling issues can be just as stressful as the brown-skinned sisters.

We all want to look great. And yes, a nice hairstyle frames our face and makes us look spectacular. However, there are hairstyles and things that we can do to make sure we the benefits of exercise while still looking radiant.

I, personally, wear protective hairstyles that allow my own natural hair to be braided and styled in a way that actually lasts for weeks. And guess what, the upside of that is my hair is healthier because I don’t use lots of chemicals and heat on my tresses. My favorite style, right now, are crochet braids. What are you ladies to doing to ensure that you don’t let your hairstyles and maintenance get in the way of you exercising? Short styles, finger waves, afros?

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