12 Things to know about Natural Hair

12 Things to know about Natural Hair

To have a successful natural hair journey, you need to know exactly what the term natural hair really means. Many people has different definition of Natural Hair, The term natural hair is defined as hair that has not been relaxed, processed or texturize.

There is no right or wrong way to go natural; the important thing is that you are going natural. If you decide to transition to natural hair it’s important to know that the line of demarcation is where your natural hair and relaxed hair intersect.

According to a 2014 study, 45% of African American women avoid exercise because of their hair. Don't get it wrong there are so many naturals who do work out and stay healthy! But sadly, there are many others who struggle to exercise sufficiently.

Exercise is essential in preventing heart disease and other illnesses, regulating weight, and other aspects of life including sleep, mood, memory, strength, and energy levels. If you were ever on a sports team or went through a season of exercising frequently, you’ll remember feeling better and happier on a daily basis when you exercised regularly. The question is, what are the tips for exercising with natural hair?

1. Do put your hair up

Try a bun, ponytail, or pineapple to keep your curls off your face and neck, which will reduce contact with sweat and sweat overall. You can also try a low-manipulation protective style (such as twists, cornrows, or braids using your natural hair) and leave it in for the week until you're ready to wash your hair

2. Do optimize for cooler environments if sweat and frizz continue to be a problem

If you live in a warm climate, work out early in the morning or in the evenings when it’s cooler, or turn the heat down in your house while you do weights.

3. Do use a satin-lined scarf or headband

This will prevent your edges from getting frizzy. Satin will reduce friction and breakage during your workout.

4. Don’t touch your hair or take out your scarf/headband until your hair is dry

Taking it down while it’s still wet will increase frizz. You can use the cool setting on a blow dryer to speed up this process!

5. Don’t tie your headband or scarf too tight

While satin protects your hair from breakage, it can increase and trap sweat if you overdo it. Let your scalp breath!

6. Don’t touch your hair or take out your scarf/headband until your hair is dry

Taking it down while it’s still wet will increase frizz. You can use the cool setting on a blow dryer to speed up this process!

7. Don’t shampoo your hair after every workout

Sweat already dries out your hair, and using shampoo in addition will remove natural oils from your hair and dry it out even more. When you do shampoo, use a sulfate free shampoo like NaturAll Club's Cleansing Avocado Shampoo that will clean your hair without stripping moisture.

8. Do refresh your scalp and hair

Use a cowash or essential oils if your hair feels dirty or sweaty in-between workouts. Many naturals who work out frequently opt to shampoo once a week and cowash mid-week. Use a moisturizer or leave-in conditioner every day to prevent dryness and breakage.

9. Don’t forget to drink water and eat well

Not only does this keep your hair healthy, but healthy foods and sufficient water will make your workouts more effective and help you get stronger.

10. Do deep condition every two weeks

A deep conditioning routine is essential to replenish your hair with moisture and protect it from damage and sweat. Our Avocado Deep Conditioners are especially formulated to protect and repair dry, damaged, or dull hair with natural nutrients and moisture

11. Look for ways to incorporate more protection into your natural hair regimen. Be sure that you’re being gentle with your hair at all times.

I also recommend finding a few protective hairstyles that you like and frequently incorporate them into your natural hair regimen, so you can protect the ends of your hair.

12. External factors like harsh shampoo, chlorine, applying heat to the hair, too much sun or wind exposure and hard shower water to name a few could be a root cause to hair problem; Identify the root cause of your “hair problem” and address the root cause.

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