Exercising with hair extensions, lace fronts and closures can be tough. Maintaining your bundles can be difficult by itself, but add intense activity and sweat to the mix and things get even more complicated. A cute hairstyle, however, is no excuse for avoiding exercise. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your bundles looking fresh while living an active lifestyle.
Put Your Hair Up!
Your shoulder-length Indian hair might look amazing, but the gym isn’t the place for showing it off. Put your hair up and away from your face, shoulders, and neck to keep it from getting sweaty. A high ponytail is just fine but a loose bun is even better. Don’t pull too tight, though, you don’t want to put stress on your scalp or the bonds keeping your extensions tight. Make sure your hair is still loose enough to breathe.
Absorb The Sweat
Take a proactive approach and use a sweatband or bandana around your forehead to catch the sweat. If you’re the type to sweat profusely, you can also use a scarf or bandana around your entire head for maximum absorption. You should still put your hair up first, but still leave it loosely tied. You don’t want your hair to trap the excess sweat – that’s what the bandana is for.
Keep Moisture Out
Don’t throw caution to the wind by jumping into a pool without properly protecting your bundles first. Chlorine and other harsh chemicals can dry out and damage your hair, so covering up is absolutely necessary. Put your hair up and cover with a fitted swimming cap to keep chlorinated water from getting into contact with your strands.
Skip The Sauna
Regular exercise is necessary for living a healthy lifestyle, but minimizing sweat is key to keeping your bundles looking fresh. Work up a sweat on the treadmill, but don’t push it by going for a session in the sauna afterwards. This would be a surefire way to damage any adhesives that are keeping your hair in place.
Similarly, if you’re doing your exercise outside in the hot summer sun, be sure to use a bandana and/or cap to shade your hair from the sun. Excess heat and melted bonds are sure to cause slippage, frizz, and even damage.
Clean Your Hair Extensions Regularly
Some people might be able to get away with skipping a deep condition every now and then, but if you’re exercising with extensions and sweating on a regular basis, consistent washing and conditioning is necessary. Excess sweat can not only leave your hair looking dull and dry, but it can also damage the adhesives, leaving your extensions unwearable. Washing and weekly deep conditioning is particularly necessary if your exercise regimen includes swimming in chlorinated water.