Workouts and Black Hair Tips
Question: Do you have any special recommendations for persons with active workout lifestyles, who sweat profusely daily at the gym?
As far as recommendations for active lifestyles, there is unfortunately very little that I can offer, however, I will tell you what I do when I was relaxing my hair and it came close to my retouch. I too have an active lifestyle and often sweat a lot in my head. The day I was scheduled in for a retouch, I avoided any activity that will make me sweat because I experienced burning from the chemical if the pores are opened even that morning of the relaxer. The closer it got to my relaxer; I use my spray moisturizer along with my flat iron to straighten the new growth. I also found that I would have to sometimes wash every other day if my hair got too tight near the scalp. Washing more often is probably not what you wanted to hear but I found it is necessary to keep my hair from getting too stiff and dry at the roots.
Now that I am all natural, my regimen is to wash my hair once a week and then blow dry and iron. I work out on the treadmill daily and yes I sweat in my scalp but that does not make we grab the flat iron to straighten my roots. I just deal with them being a little kinky until I redo my hair the following week. I definitely don’t want to iron my hair dirty.
Question: I have been on your system for years. Last year I learned how to swim and it is becoming a sport and relaxation technique that I thoroughly love. After I began swimming, my hair dresser noticed my hair was becoming dryer and convinced me to start all over (After reading your book I have changed hair dressers since). Is there a way I can keep the moisture in my hair and swim too!
Keeping moisture in your hair requires replacing it, and that may include doing it more often than once a day when you swim. The worst part about swimming is the chlorine that gets in the hair making it drier than normal. My advice for swimmers it to use a clarifying shampoo or a swimmers shampoo to remove the chlorine (if you swim every day, once a week is fine to clarify) If you only swim on days you wash your hair, deep condition after you swim and always use your moisturizer to replace lost moisture and to soften your hair to prevent excessive hair loss and breakage. One of the best styles to do when you swim often is to braid your own hair. This will prevent excessive hair loss when you comb your hair after swimming. Use my Silky Spray moisturizer to soften and detangle your hair as well for a less stressful combing experience.