Monday, June 27, 2011

Running with Natural Hair

I've worn my hair without a chemical relaxer (straightener) since 2003. I must say, wearing my hair in its natural state has made incorporating exercise into my routine easier for me. Hair is a huge deal for most women, and sometimes we use it as an excuse not to work out.

I have a go to style I like to wear when working out in warmer weather. I don't think this is anything new or inventive, it just works well for me. It also keeps my curls separated and tangle free. For the most part, I wear my hair in a curly fro every day like so . . .

During a workout, I prefer wearing my hair in a double puff as it seems to keep my head cooler. I could just wear it loose in a fro, but my hair responds to heat and humidity by shrinking beyond recognition. I could wear a single puff, but all that hair piled on top of my head makes my scalp hot and sweaty. It's probably all in my mind. But every degree counts to me. The double puff also works well with headbands and visors.

I imagine this style would work well for anyone with thick or tightly curly hair. You can use anything to secure your puffs, I prefer pantyhose holders. I literally cut them from old pantyhose. They are the most comfortable and snag free puff and pontytail holders ever. The only problem is they stretch, so keep that old pair of hose on deck and keep cutting away as you need new ones.


Heal ThySelf said...

thank you for this post. I was at my wits end! My hair is about the length and texture of your hair in this picture and I was stumped with how to put it in two puffs without looking like my nine year old. lol. i think this is going to work while I train for my marathon in january. :)

Margaux Mays said...

Hooray, I'm glad this helped! I love the double puff. Especially in the warmer months. Good luck on your marathon training!

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