Share Your Hair Care Tips for the Gym

I want to hear from hairdressers as well. What solutions can you offer clients?

Of course, there's always this.
Of course, there's always this.

Wrap? Scarf? Just leave it free?

Are you natural? Got a weave? Extensions? Doesn’t matter; just tell us how you take care of your hair.

I’m asking because of the few areas of discussion we were able to squeeze in during the 20 minutes I was on air last night with “The Daily Drum” host Harold T. Fisher, the hair issue was one of them. I’ll be on again 7:10 p.m. next Friday, so if you’re in the D.C. area, tune in to WHUR-FM.

Yes, I wrote about this last week“Is Your Hairstyle Keeping You Overweight?” – but there was so much feedback I wanted to focus on solutions.

Though I have Sisterlocks, I still have hair issues when it comes to working out. The natural state of my locs is straight, and I never wear them straight. Once every week or so in the evening, I’ll spritz my hair with water and braid it or roll up it using the Lock Loops I bought a few weeks ago. My hair dries overnight, so in the a.m. I unbraid for crinkles or unfurl for curls, which last a week or two, depending on the weather.

But gym sweat definitely loosens my set. Because my locs are thin, I lose all that nice volume at the roots, so the first 3-4 inches are somewhat straight the rest in loose waves or curls. That would be fine if I thought I had the face for it, but I don’t. At the gym I pull my hair up into a tight ponytail, and that’s not a good look for me, either. I look forward to my face thinning out more so I can wear ponytails in public. Right now I look like an eggplant when my hair’s pulled back. (Stop snickering.)

I want to hear from hairdressers as well. What solutions can you offer clients? Remember this frightening stat: 49 percent of the women indicated that hair care directly affected their exercise patterns.

Surely African-American women are the only group where hair rules so much of our lives. But are we seriously choosing hair over health?

My mind drifts to perfectly coiffed hair on women . . . in caskets.