A recent study revealed that two out of every five African-American women avoid exercising because of their hair. The study, which was conducted by Dr. Amy McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, surveyed 103 African-American women who came to the dermatology clinic at Wake Forest University in October 2007. Published in the Archives of Dermatalogy, the findings identified costly salon visits, the need for frequent washes and messed up hairstyles as the reason many black women avoid working out. With obesity rates rising in the U.S., the study immediately became a cause for concern though most black women have grappled with this problem for a long time.

Here are only a few tips that can help preserve your hairstyle while exercising at the gym:

-Try a sweat-absorbent headband like Save Your ‘Do gymwrap by Nicole Ari Parker available here

You can’t avoid sweat but you can keep moisture away from your hair with sweat-absorbent headbands that focus on your forehead and the back of your neck.

-Rock a ‘pineapple’ updo.

By wearing a sweat-absorbent headband and pinning your hair up, you can help keep your hair away from sweat on your scalp, forehead and back of your neck and stop moisture from ruining your look.

-Dry Shampoo

Some women avoid working out because of the need for more frequent washes. A good way to wash your hair without damaging your style is dry shampoo. A few spritzes will absorb sweat and oil and freshen up your hair.

-Wear your hair in braids or twists.

If your hair is natural, try wearing it in braids or twists while working out so it doesn’t shrink.

-Wrap hair up with a satin scarf.

A satin scarf will help soak up the sweat while you work out and protect your style. If you don’t want to cover your entire head, try folding the scarf in half and using it as a headband.

What tips do you use to preserve your hairstyle while working out?

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