Confessions of a Kinky Chick: The Workout Regimen

Despite the 5 million YouTube videos on how to care for my growing afro nothing beats first hand advice. In a perfect world I would wake up and the curls would be perfectly coiled and shiny. In the real world…..Unknown-8  I was hiding my hair under a bright bandana at the gym ( epic fail) when I bumped into a natural sistah’ ( what do I call women with natural hair? I was told sistah’ might not exactly be politically correct). She must have noticed that I kept looking at her hair because she immediately said she loved my hair…. maybe she was suffering from delirium due to severe dehydration after a killer gym session? I immediately told her my 334863863487 hair concerns and her answer was “do you co-wash?, Do you deep condition? do you use natural oils? what do you use for your pre-poo? EEEEEKKKKKKK!  I told her that I work out almost daily and a long and tedious hair routine was not an option.She proceeded to give me some great tips that will hopefully help me and YOU on this hair journey.

* Moisture, Moisture, Moisture. Retain it by any means necessary. Use LOC method. http://blacknaps.org/2012/10/28/loc-method-explained/

* Do not was your hair with shampoo everyday. Instead use a co-wash ( washing your hair with conditioner). There are great brands out there but using your regular conditioner works too.

* Try and save your cardio for your wash day or the day before. This is a little harder for me because I do cardio 3-5 days a week. I have found that co-washing on cardio days helps.

* Pre-poo (https://gisslle809.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/she-poos-you-poo-i-pre-poo/) Pre-poo is a pre shampoo treatment to help prevent breakage, dryness, brittle ends, rough-feeling hair, and uncontrollable frizz. You can buy a pre made one or make your own!  https://www.pinterest.com/irisramona/diy-for-natural-hair/

* Your refrigerator is your new best friend! Use all natural ingredients to make deep conditioners and pre-poo. http://www.blackhairinformation.com/hair-care-2/hair-treatments-and-recipes/protein-treatments/5-unique-pre-poo-recipes-to-spice-up-your-hair-regimen/

*Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse. It will help remove build up from hair products. You can enhance its benefits with essential oils. http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/01/6-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar/

* The secret weapon? Olive oil and coconut oil. Use it in your pre-poo, shampoo and especially in your deep conditioner. BEFORE A WORKOUT lightly coat your hair in olive or coconut oil ( I prefer coconut) to help add a layer of protection against the harsh effects of sweat.

To sum it up…. Pre-poo, Co-wash, ACV rinse once a week, Deep condition 1-2 times a week, Oil up before a workout and make olive oil and coconut oil your new BFF!

4 comments

  1. absolubtely love this article! Thanks for sharing. Im using a bumch of stuff this article affirms that im doing something right lol the co-wash! Started using not exactly oils but used a mustard and mayo mask to moustorise my hair and keep it growing.

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