By Kinky Roots | Apr 07, 2018
Hey, hey naturalista! Do you love your workout? Or are you one of those who will avoid the gym, because it will do everything to mess up the hairstyle which you took so long to set. As long as you are in tune with your hair hacks, there should be nothing stopping you from maintaining your natural hairstyle as well as your weight.
But while you’re at it, why not sweat it out in style? Ditch the pony and embrace your inner quirk. Here are 3 gym friendly natural hairstyles you need to try!
One can almost never go wrong with the pineapple bun. Not only is it easy-peasy but it also has the allure of celebrity-like sophistication. Our pick for a quick fix yet unfussed stylish look. For curls with short or medium length, this is a good change from your regular buns. Accessorising with a bandana will only make your style game superfly.
Prep: Revive your dry curls with some water and then follow it up with your favourite leave-in conditioner to moisturize and leave your curls defined. Additionally, we recommend adding Dr Miracle’s Strengthen Daily Moisturizing Gro Oil which is infused with aloe vera and avocado for intense hydration; a perfect prep for your scalp before a workout.
Style: Start by bending your head forward and gathering all your hair into a really high ponytail. Secure it with your favourite scrunchie or an elastic. Ladies, your goal here is for your curls to fall forward on your face and fan out like a pineapple, while the tight bun rests on top of your head. Settle the curls on your forehead and secure the ends sideways with bobby pins so that the style remains intact.
Complete The Look: Finish the look by accessorising with a bandana knot in the front and you’re all set to conquer your workout!
This is one of the best hairstyles for naturalistas with curls that have a mind of their own and tend to go all over the place. Bring a bit of cool to your cardio workout with these playful space buns. Short hair or long hair, newly washed hair or third-day hair, you can’t go wrong with space buns. Seriously, it is too easy to not try!
Prep: Prep by washing your scalp with a good shampoo and then conditioning the lengths of your hair. Apply a good Shea butter based moisturiser like African Pride Shea Miracle Moisture Intense Buttery Creme Hair Moisturizer for hydration. Detangle with fingers.
Style: Start by parting your hair into two equal sections. Start with the left section and yank it into a high ponytail. Coil this ponytail into a bun and secure it in place with an elastic and bobby pins. Repeat the same on the right side.
Complete The Look: Apply some African Pride Olive Miracle Silky Smooth Edges Hair Gel to slick your edges and do away with any flyaway hair.
Now, we know you fancy a messy fishtail for a casual look, but a tight side-swept fishtail is perfect for those who want to work out without their hair getting in the way. For the short haired ladies, don’t be disheartened. You too can recreate this long dreamy braid look using hair extensions. With 5 minutes to spare and some practice, this is the coolest, most chic hairstyle to sport at the gym.
Prep: This hairstyle works well with second-day hair as well. Since sweat can dry up your hair further, moisturising is of key importance. Spritz some water and use a good leave-in conditioner like Dr Miracle’s Cleanse Condition Leave-In Conditioner which cleanses and simultaneously moisturises the hair.
Style: Detangle your hair with fingers to get rid any knots. Gather hair onto one side and tie it into a low ponytail with an elastic. Divide the ponytail into two smaller equal ponytails. Now, take small strands from the outer corner of the left section and add this to the inner corner of the right section. Take a small strand of hair of the right section and add to the inner corner of the left section. Pull tight. Repeat this criss-cross motion until you run out of hair. Secure this braid with an elastic.
Complete The Look: Carefully cut off the elastic band at the nape of your neck with scissors and sweat it at the gym!
Want in on more natural hairstyles? We bet you do. Check out 3 Natural Holiday Hairstyles We Love and look holiday ready.
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