(Closed) Bees who work out: What do you do about your hair?

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 16
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Not being funny, but this is one of the biggest issues in the black community! I am black/Puerto Rican and some people have told me I have it easier bc of that but let me tell you,it’s enough! Lol

For me,washing,blow drying and flat ironing takes nearly 4 hours. Absolutely cannot be done regularly. Even if you’re part of the “natural” movement,it’s difficult. When i work out regaularly I will pull it back and slather some gel on it. Lol sounds trifflin but that’s it. And I can do that for 2 days before I feel the need to wash.

If I have time, I will rinse it in the shower and wrap a bandana around my hair for an hour or so,to tame the poof! It still takes a while depending on if I’m going to detangle or not. My hair is mid back and takes about 20ish minutes to detangle in the shower. I can go about 3 days without detangling if I am wearing my hair out. 

I think all women have problems in this area

Post # 17
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Mrs. Honeybee:  Commenting to follow! I have the exact same problem, and to be honest, it has always prevented me from getting the regular workout time I want and need. I like to shower at night (keeps the bedsheets cleaner and I sleep better when I don’t feel nasty), but the best available workout time is the morning. That means I’m already showering twice a day…then add in washing the hair…if I did something strenuous during the day and felt gross, I’ll often end up washing my hair twice too. Ugh.

Post # 18
1449 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

I’ll be honest… I cut mine into a bob and called it a day. lol

Where are you normally headed to after the gym? Work, I’m guessing? I feel that they may understand if you sometimes come in without your hair perfectly curled and makeup perfectly done. There’s no reason to sacrifice your health and fitness for a perfect hairdo.

Post # 19
2394 posts
Buzzing bee

I wait until after my workout to put on makeup and style my hair. After I workout, I rinse my body and face in the gym shower quickly. By time time I dry off and put on makeup, my sweaty hair has usually dried enough to use dry shampoo. If it’s still to gross for work then I put my hair in a ponytail or bun. I wash it every other day.

Post # 20
2655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I only wash my hair 3-4 times a week and find that it doesn’t actually get too gross if it’s completely tied up and away from my neck (such as a bun or milkmaid braids). If I wear a ponytail or braids, I find that the ends can still get a little gross because my hair brushes against my neck and clothing. I save my sweatiest workout for Saturday morning, as I know I’ll be washing my hair straight after the gym. On days that I won’t be washing my hair, I’ll quickly jump in the shower when I get home to wash my body and will either leave my hair as is or will wait til I’ve cooled down completely and restyle my hair as desired. Do you really need to curl your hair everyday?

Post # 21
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I put mine in a sock bun while working out, and at the end it’s usually quite bouncy and attractive. If it’s a little grubby, I’ll dry shampoo it after. I definitely don’t wash my hair after every workout, not even close. I wear a headband to catch a lot of the sweat.

Post # 22
2552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Mrs. Honeybee:  Join me in the beautifully lazy world of natural hair and no makeup.  It’s liberating.  I don’t do a 90 minute workout by any means but I run 3.3 miles every morning and the entire affair including shower and dressing takes well under an hour.  If I had to do my hair everyday I probably wouldn’t run.

Post # 23
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I wear a headband and high pony or bun, let my hair air dry after I shower with cap on. Dry shampoo and done. Sometimes I wash bangs and sides of my hair if it was super grueling.

I’m super lazy with my hair though and rarely style it, no blow drying and no curling, so I don’t have to worry about that. the dry pony linked above looks interesting! 

Post # 24
4640 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have really long hair down to my waist but I always let it just air dry, so I am pretty low maintenance. Low ponytail for working out then shower, towel dry, brush it and let it air dry! 

Post # 25
258 posts
Helper bee

I do a few things to deal with this.  Firstly with the dry shampoo, this should work even on suuuper dirty/sweaty hair.  You need to apply a heap to the roots, then leave it on for the whole getting ready process.  Leave it on there for 15 mins at least.  Then take a towel (rather than a brush or your hands) and go nuts with it.  I have taken my hair from DISGUSTING, to acceptable, using this method.

If I don’t wanna use dry shampoo then I embrace the slick and take hair oil, run it through my whole hair, then centre part and tie my hair in a low tight bun.  Then hairspray.  This is a slick look that you can easily get away with with dirty hair.

Alternatively I just hop in the shower and shampoo and condition my hair, then drive home with the windows open (if it’s a hot day) then it’s pretty much dry by the time I get to work, and I do a messy braid which can look beachy and ‘undone’.

In short, I use as many tricks as I can think of.  Dirty unkempt hair is not an option for me at work so I have to do my best.  I plan to chop all my hair off in the next few months although that doesn’t necessarily make this easier because then I can’t throw it up and off my face when it’s dirty.

Post # 26
4767 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Mrs. Honeybee:  try to workout in the AM before work so you only shower once?  I know it sucks.

Post # 27
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I live in a really hot/humid area and my hair is pretty much constantly sweaty…and im talking drenched with sweat before I even work out. I dont wash it everytime I work out…it would kill my blonde hair – sometimes ill wet it in the shower after I work out if I’m not washing it that day or sometimes I’ll just leave it stanky, brush it and put it up. 

Post # 28
2626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

I work out 5 days a week. I run on 3 days and Cross train the other days. When I cross train, I don’t tend to wash my hair. I have a wash but then I brush some dry shampoo on because I will be washing my hair the next day after my run.

To be honest, when I work out, I do it in the evenings so I wash my hair, sod the makeup and let my hair air dry 🙂

Post # 29
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I go to the gym on my lunch hour. When my hair was really long this was more of a pain. Its a long Bob now but same routine, wear it in a pony for the workout then blow dry the roots after I shower and spray dry shampoo as well. I don’t really wear make up, just moisturize and mascara. Then when I get home if its feeling particularly iffy still, I’ll wash it. But usually I can get in a gym workout the following day first. I do sprints /HIIT training at lunch so its definitely a sweaty mess. I work in an office so I need to be clean but its business casual so I don’t need to be full hair and makeup every day. 

Post # 29
1354 posts
Bumble bee

You gotta embrace the pony tail.

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