Crunches & Curls: Styling Your Natural Hair for Gym Workouts

If you're like me, you sometimes need to blow off some steam or de-stress through exercise. But hair and exercise are sometimes at odds with each other for both straight and curly hair, alike. When your hair is straight, you don't want it to revert back to curly. When its curly, the sweat and moisture in the air can still frizz your twistout/wash and go or you may not want to stretch your curls in a puff. In this post, we're about to teach you some tricks of the trade to get fit and look really cute while doing your thing!

For those of you with naturally curly or kinky hair that is currently straight, it was probably expensive or time consuming to get it that way. If you want to make it last, there are a few tricks to keep it straight while you sweat. One product that I've used is Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade. It comes in a small jar and seems pricy by the ounce, but a little goes a long way. You don't want to put too much on or else it will make your straight hair stringy. Just apply a quarter size (yes, actually) amount to your roots and a dime size (again, I mean it!) amount throughout the rest of your hair. 

Another technique to minimize reversion back to curly hair is to use a protective style and let it dry after the workout before manipulating again. You should never wrap your hair as this will just cause all your hair to get wet and you'll only have more of a hassle. I suggest doing either a top knot, a bun, two buns, twists or braids. You can also where a Dry Fit moisture wicking head band to keep your edges dry and laid. If you choose to do a light flat iron, make sure your hair is completely dry first and then evenly apply heat protectant to every section.

For curly girls who may be tired of the a puff and the subsequent take down of your hair, there is an easier way.

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Michelle is a graduate student at Columbia and spends a lot of time strength training and cooking abs in the gym, as well as the kitchen. The style below allows for quick drying and keeps her hair out of her face and in place. 

 Dri-fit band and hair clipped out of the way and secure.

Dri-fit band and hair clipped out of the way and secure.

 Hair is secured by sectioning clips that can be bought at your local beauty store or online.

Hair is secured by sectioning clips that can be bought at your local beauty store or online.

This makes for an easy gym workout where you don't have to worry about how your hair will look afterward. It may even look better after the gym!