The article “It Happened To Me: There Are No Black People In My Yoga Classes And I’m Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It” made major headlines and sparked heated discussions in the yoga world.
Instead of focusing on the debate the article sparked, we would like to focus on how help more black women tackle the issues they face with their hair when incorporating hot yoga into their workout schedules.
On SportyAfros.com, we break down the barriers that keep black women from becoming active and one of the biggest barriers is hair. We focus on providing practical workout hair care solutions for every hair type and texture in addition to nutrition, workouts and general healthy living tips.
When practicing hot yoga, you must pay special attention to your hair to keep it from drying out. Here are a few tips that will help you take care of your hair and skin before, during and after hot yoga.
Hot and Bikram Yoga Hair Care Tips
- Always spray hair liberally before and after class with light moisturizing spray
Apply oil a little oil to your scalp before class. Be sure to rub it or it will drip down your face during downward dog. We recommend argan, Ayurvedic, olive or almond oil.
Hot yoga requires you to be present in to moment, and the last thing you want to do is fuss with hair in your face or fly aways. Be sure to securely pull hair back into a bun. This keeps your ends protected as well. Ladies with TWAs be sure to wear a snug headband.
After class be sure to dry damp hair with a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt. Cotton towels will cause your hair to frizz and break.
Although your hair may be damp with sweat, remember to spray it again with a light moisturizing spray as the salt from the sweat will cause your hair to feel brittle when it dries. I also recommend adding a heavier moisturizer such as Obia Naturals Curl Moisture Cream.
If your hair style just isn’t working you can throw on your favorite wig or cute hat to cover up your post-workout hair.
Try Sporty Afros’ ‘wash, condish, go’ *(WCG) hair care method. It’s one of our favorite post-gym workout hair care solutions when we are in a hurry after swimming and hot yoga.
Step 1 – Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water
Step 2 – Apply an intensive deep conditioner and don’t rinse it out
Step 4 – Ring hair out and pat until it’s partially dry
Step 5 – Pull hair back into a bun, apply a plastic cap and your favorite head scarf (you can opt for a simple bun, if you don’t want to wear a head scarf).
Step 5.5- Tie the head-scarf in a cute way so you don’t look like aunt Jemima. Click here for a You Tube tutorial.
Step 6 – Go run errands and wash deep conditioner out at later time. It’s your own on the go deep conditioning treatment.
Body and beauty tips
Use all-natural body products, cleansers and oils to hydrate, moisturize and replenish skin.
Remove all makeup and cleanse your face before practicing hot yoga. The worst thing you can do to face is mix sweat and makeup with open pores. Yuck!
The room can be upwards of 100 degrees so be sure moisturize your skin too.
Keep yourself hydrated before, during and after class. Water is not only essential for your body but it’s a major factor in hair growth.
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Fun Fact: This weekend, I was able to attend Yoga on the Beach in Miami thanks to Beautiful Textures. Here you see many black women enjoying the scene and a little bit of yoga. See black women do enjoy yoga!
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