How to Maintain Natural Hair While Exercising - Koils by Nature

How to Maintain Natural Hair While Exercising 

We love how exercising boosts our energy levels and our health, but how do we maintain our natural curls and coils while working up a healthy sweat?


As awesome as it is to work out and get your sweat on, how do we maintain our natural hair when we feel all hot and sweaty around our scalp and roots? Many of us with natural hair will avoid exercising simply because we don’t want to mess with our natural hair. But do we have to make those kinds of tradeoffs for our natural hair, or is there a solution we can work with so that we can work out, but also feel like our natural hair is clean and smelling delicious all week long?


The invaluable link between exercise and healthy hair (and body and mind)

Before we get into those essential tips for exercising with your natural hair in a way that your hair won't lose its amazing style and hold, we want to indulge in all the ways exercise actually improves the health of your curls and coils. 


Though you may not want to hear this, the truth is, when we sweat from working out, we release trapped toxins from our hair follicles (which are the pores on our scalp). This release opens up our hair follicles for new growth, which is why it is believed that exercise promotes hair growth. 


The excess blood flow to our scalp as we exercise and increase our heart rate also transports essential nutrients and minerals to our scalp and roots. This transportation of vitamins and minerals will, in essence, make our curls and coils healther, softer and stronger. Not to mention all the ways our skin, immune system, sleep, mood and body will all benefit from a nice regular workout. 


How to maintain your curls and coils while you workout

Now onto the good stuff. 


  1. Style your hair back- While you workout you should always tie your hair up and back with a hair tie that won't break your hair after you remove it. You’ll want to tie your hair up and away from your neck and face, or use pins to pin up your hair while you workout. You can style your hair into a high bun, pineapple or pony, or go for protective styles like twists, cornrows or braids. 

  1. Loose Scarf or headband- you can also go for a loose satin scarf or a headband that won't press too tightly against your scalp. This will keep your hair out of the way without damaging your curls and coils. 

A scarf will also prevent your hair from frizzing, especially if you’re working out in a hot environment or under the sun. You’ll want to wait to take down your hair from it’s updo or scarf only after the hair is dry, to prevent it from frizzing later on. 


  1. Refresh your scalp and roots- if you’re only trying to wash your hair and scalp with shampoo once a week, you may opt for a co-washing routine to freshen up your scalp and roots. Essential oils like tea tree oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil are all very potent and deeply cleansing oils that can be used with a lightweight carrier oil or substance like jojoba oil, aloe vera or witch hazel. 

You can dilute the mixture of your choice on a gentle fabric and run it along several sections of your parted hair to freshen and clean the scalp. You’ll want to avoid over-shampooing your hair because you can strip your hair of the essential sebum oil your body produces to keep your hair soft, lustrous and strong. 


  1. Leave-in conditioner and deep conditioning- after a workout and cleaning your scalp, you may need to give a little love back to your hair to style it for the day. We recommend using a gentle leave-in conditioner that won’t weigh down your curls or coils. 

For a bright and refreshing smell go for the Sage & Lemongrass Ultra Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner whose moringa leaf powder, aloe vera, sage and lemongrass will refreshen and hydrate your curls and coils. This leave-in condition is packed with the great stuff, which doesn’t need any help from those chemical stuff!


Takeaway

It’s extra important to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water to prevent both your hair and your body from drying out. We’d even go as far as recommending the limitation of caffeine, which dehydrates us even more. 


One of the best pieces of advice we can give you is to create a routine for yourself that works for your schedule, your motivation levels and your hair. This way you can easily adapt your workout into your routine in a balanced and harmonious way. 


While your hair is beautiful and we value your natural curls and coils, we do want to encourage you to stick to a healthy and life-giving lifestyle. We believe in you! We know you’re clever and strong enough to find a way to make this work! We think you have the tools for keeping your hair at it’s best, while also keeping your body and health at his or her best too! 


If you have any questions about working out and your natural hair, please, please reach out to us. We’d love to help out in any way we can! 




How to Maintain Natural Hair While Exercising 

We love how exercising boosts our energy levels and our health, but how do we maintain our natural curls and coils while working up a healthy sweat?


As awesome as it is to work out and get your sweat on, how do we maintain our natural hair when we feel all hot and sweaty around our scalp and roots? Many of us with natural hair will avoid exercising simply because we don’t want to mess with our natural hair. But do we have to make those kinds of tradeoffs for our natural hair, or is there a solution we can work with so that we can work out, but also feel like our natural hair is clean and smelling delicious all week long?


The invaluable link between exercise and healthy hair (and body and mind)

Before we get into those essential tips for exercising with your natural hair in a way that your hair won't lose its amazing style and hold, we want to indulge in all the ways exercise actually improves the health of your curls and coils. 


Though you may not want to hear this, the truth is, when we sweat from working out, we release trapped toxins from our hair follicles (which are the pores on our scalp). This release opens up our hair follicles for new growth, which is why it is believed that exercise promotes hair growth. 


The excess blood flow to our scalp as we exercise and increase our heart rate also transports essential nutrients and minerals to our scalp and roots. This transportation of vitamins and minerals will, in essence, make our curls and coils healther, softer and stronger. Not to mention all the ways our skin, immune system, sleep, mood and body will all benefit from a nice regular workout. 


How to maintain your curls and coils while you workout

Now onto the good stuff. 


  1. Style your hair back- While you workout you should always tie your hair up and back with a hair tie that won't break your hair after you remove it. You’ll want to tie your hair up and away from your neck and face, or use pins to pin up your hair while you workout. You can style your hair into a high bun, pineapple or pony, or go for protective styles like twists, cornrows or braids. 

  1. Loose Scarf or headband- you can also go for a loose satin scarf or a headband that won't press too tightly against your scalp. This will keep your hair out of the way without damaging your curls and coils. 

A scarf will also prevent your hair from frizzing, especially if you’re working out in a hot environment or under the sun. You’ll want to wait to take down your hair from it’s updo or scarf only after the hair is dry, to prevent it from frizzing later on. 


  1. Refresh your scalp and roots- if you’re only trying to wash your hair and scalp with shampoo once a week, you may opt for a co-washing routine to freshen up your scalp and roots. Essential oils like tea tree oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil are all very potent and deeply cleansing oils that can be used with a lightweight carrier oil or substance like jojoba oil, aloe vera or witch hazel. 

You can dilute the mixture of your choice on a gentle fabric and run it along several sections of your parted hair to freshen and clean the scalp. You’ll want to avoid over-shampooing your hair because you can strip your hair of the essential sebum oil your body produces to keep your hair soft, lustrous and strong. 


  1. Leave-in conditioner and deep conditioning- after a workout and cleaning your scalp, you may need to give a little love back to your hair to style it for the day. We recommend using a gentle leave-in conditioner that won’t weigh down your curls or coils. 

For a bright and refreshing smell go for the Sage & Lemongrass Ultra Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner whose moringa leaf powder, aloe vera, sage and lemongrass will refreshen and hydrate your curls and coils. This leave-in condition is packed with the great stuff, which doesn’t need any help from those chemical stuff!


Takeaway

It’s extra important to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water to prevent both your hair and your body from drying out. We’d even go as far as recommending the limitation of caffeine, which dehydrates us even more. 


One of the best pieces of advice we can give you is to create a routine for yourself that works for your schedule, your motivation levels and your hair. This way you can easily adapt your workout into your routine in a balanced and harmonious way. 


While your hair is beautiful and we value your natural curls and coils, we do want to encourage you to stick to a healthy and life-giving lifestyle. We believe in you! We know you’re clever and strong enough to find a way to make this work! We think you have the tools for keeping your hair at it’s best, while also keeping your body and health at his or her best too! 


If you have any questions about working out and your natural hair, please, please reach out to us. We’d love to help out in any way we can! 




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