Tips on Taking Care of Braids and Twists While Working Out

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It seems braids and twists are here to stay for 2013.  Those who stick to a consistent workout schedule and opt for these hair styles are in for a rude wake up. A lot of people hold the misconception that you don’t have to do much to care for braids or twists. They are DEAD WRONG. Just because your hair is braided, doesn’t mean you forgo washing and conditioning your hair regularly. You still need to care for your hair or else it will get damaged and you’ll be sad when you take your braids or twists down.
Below I have listed a variety of different braids and twist styles, which have come quite popular.

  • senegalese twists
  • box braids
  • cornrows
  • microbraids
  • twists

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If you are considering any of these styles, we have a few tips and tricks on how to ensure your hair is healthy and moisturized while working out.
Tips on Taking Care of Braids and Twists Before and After Working Out

  • Wash bi-weekly with shampoo to prevent dirt build up. You can co-wash weekly.
  • If braids or twists are long, keep them in multiple ponytails and buns to allow your scalp to breathe. It also keeps you cooler!
  • Deep condition weekly by placing deep conditioner only on the braided sections where your real hair is.  (No need to deep condition the fake hair)
  • Don’t forget your natural hair still needs moisture when its braided or twisted so keep it hydrated by spraying daily with a light, water-based moisturizing spray like Sporty Afros G+ Spray.
  • Be sure to take care of your scalp by applying a nourishing oil, like Sporty Afros Ayurvedic Oil, to it every few days.
  • Use light conditioners such as Kinky Curly Knot Today and Amazing Botanicals Conditioner to seal in moisture and keep friz at bay
  • If you’re working out more than an hour a day, I would suggest you wear twists instead of braids. They are much lighter!


Workout Haircare Solutions for Braids and Twists




I spray my braids down with Sporty Afros G+ Moisturizing Spray  then I use Shea Moisture Deep Masque Treatment as a moisturizer. I just use a little and I run it though my braids, trying to work it in as a go.


I spray my braids down again with Sporty Afros G+ Moisturizing Spray then I add a little bit more Shea Moisture Deep Masque treatment (because I’ve usually worked out outside that day and the sun dries your hair like no other!). Next, I oil my scalp with Sporty Afros Ayurvedic oil and work a little oil through my braids to seal in the moisture. Before I lay down, I tie them down with a silk scarf and sleep on my silk pillow case. I don’t like to pull them up at night because it’s uncomfortable to lay on a giant bunch of braids so I just literally pick them up and lay them over the pillow and then lay my head down and they generally stay out of my way.

Wash Routine

Since I’m still training for my triathlon, I wash my braids when I get out of the pool. I use Aubrey Organics Swimmer’s Shampoo diluted with a little water and I do a “shampoo rinse” so I don’t manipulate them too much and make them frizzy.  Then, I use Beautiful Curls Leave-in Conditioner and let them air dry, which takes a while.


Tips For Braids and Twists While Working Out

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Swimming Braid Care

This was a tough one, since my braids are so long they get in the way when I’m in the pool. But I found that if I put them into a low pony tail and braid them into one giant braid and secure the ends with a rubber band, then  put on my swim cap that generally works. Its a little uncomfortable, but you get used to it. Before I get in the pool, I rinse my entire head with water and add a little leave-in conditioner to protect my hair from the choline and then I complete my wash routine above.

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Biking Braid Care

I make sure I wear a t-shirt with short sleeves (as opposed to a sleeveless biking top) so my braids aren’t constantly scratching the skin on  my back. Then, I just pull them into a simple low ponytail and put my helmet on. After I bike, I am sure to add some extra moisture  since the sun and wind are so damaging.

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Running  Braid Care

I don’t like it when my braids are pulled into a low pony tail, they tend to get in my way so I pull them into three pony tails. Yea ,I look a little strange, but that’s ok. First, I pull them half up and half down, then I split the bottom section into pig tails. That keeps them out of my way and when I run and they don’t swing all over the place whenever I take a stride.
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Since the Knowles sisters (Beyonce and Solange) and other celebrities have made box braids so popular, here are a few links to give you more detailed information about how to care for your braids or twists.


  • I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to care for box braids if you workout EVERY DAY!And not pansy workouts, I mean a combo of martial arts, gymnastics/tumbling, running and strength training.

    I’m dying to get these but i’m afraid they’ll be too much to deal with since i work out everyday and sweat like a hog.If anyone can give me some advice on how they manage, I’d really appreciate it

    Details about me:
    I have BL relaxed THICK hair. I tried going natural but it was much harder for me to deal with cuz I didn’t want to cut all my hair off since it took me 1 1/2 years to get it BL. Only wash my hair, straighten and iron it once a week. Once my style is out I no longer care 🙂 But please tell me box braids are possible!

  • Whitney says:

    Box braids are tough to workout out with since they are so heavy! I would recommend twists with lighter hair. Or just corn rowing your hair and throwing on a wig afterwards.

  • Proper washing and conditioning of hair is necessary for their growth and shine. Braids and twists are more prone to get dirty in comparison to straight hairs.

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