We always meet many ladies who have straight or permed hair but struggle with caring for it while trying to maintain a consistent workout routine. I wanted to pass along a few tips for those of you who have straight or permed hair and need some ideas about what to do. I will break this up in 2 parts because it’s a bit little lengthy.
Tie it Up
I am not a fan of a wearing a bandana on my head. It’s just not cute. Try picking out a few pieces of 1 to 2 inch thick fabric from your local fabric store or opt for a cute head scarf instead. Tying the scarf down tight will help keep your edges slicked down throughout your workout.
Cooler Air is Your New Best Friend
Try working out outside when the temperatures are cooler or workout with a fan on full blast. The blast of cooler air will keep you from sweating so much which makes less work for you when its time to do your hair.
Ends Be Gone
Don’t let your loose ends get wet and frizz. Keep them out the way! Try braiding or twisting them if you can. This works well if you pull your hair up into a pony tail.
Pin Curls are one of Whitney’s favorite tips when she wears her hair pressed. Check out her step by step tutorial on her pin curls and how she deals with pressed hair while working out.
After incorporating some of these tips for working out, try a few of our workout routines. Next week, I will continue with Part 2 of working out with straight or permed hair! Do you have any tips? Comment and let us know! I will add a few of your tips in the part 2 section!
BTW: Whitney is the only one that has straightened out her hair since being natural. I (Alex) do not desire to straighten out my hair anytime soon. If you see me with some straight hair it’s probably going to be a wig or sew in. However, for those of you who want to know what I looked like with straight hair her are a few old photos.
Boy, I had a fresh, fresh, FRESH permed for my first Florida Classic game. (Special thanks to my wonderful hairdresser, Joy Bell-Phillips, for almost 2 decades of hair care!) It was also the first time I learned some valuable lessons about my hair in humidity. The guy next to me is my cousin Kevin Jamal Woods aka Stymie from the Little Rascals.
While I often receive lots of compliments on this photo, you can see a clear difference in my hair from above. This photo was taken within a year of the above photo. Color, stress, heat damage, poor hair care and lack of proper nutrition all played a role in my hair breakage. Since then, I have learned a few simple steps to achieve thick, healthy hair.