Gym Proof Hairstyles For Afro Hair

The Best Hairstyles For The Gym From Hiikuss Hair Salon in Camberwell, London

Now that things are easing up with the lockdown and you may be finally thinking about getting that “summer body” and increasing your fitness activities, those old worries about the havoc sweating and exercise can have on natural afro hair when going to the gym may have resurfaced.

For kinky and curly textures, washing your hair after an intense workout isn’t always an option. Sweat can cause straightened or permed hair to curl or kinky hair to shrink significantly. In short, hair woes can often create a barrier to fitness for women with textured hair

But it is so important that we exercise, not just to get a summer body if that is your life goal but for our mental health too. 

At Hiikuss Hair Salon in Camberwell, London, we have sourced the best workout hairstyle ideas for all you gym bunnies – so you don’t have to choose between CrossFit and gorgeous hair!

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Cornrows For Gym Goers

You don’t need us to tell you that natural hair works well with protective hairstyles such as cornrows. Whether it’s Dutch braids or micro braids, a plait will help to hold your natural hair in place, no matter how hard you go with your workout!

If you are a regular at the gym, you’ll want a hairstyle that is low maintenance and stays in place throughout a spin class. We would recommend that you choose boxer braids, which can look great both on or off the gym floor and can work with various lengths of hair! If you’re unsure about how to style your boxer braids, or how to do them for yourself, pop into our Camberwell hair salon where we will be happy to help you.

The Pineapple Hairstyle 

If you want to protect your natural curls at the gym, you should try the pineapple hairstyle. This stylish look is super easy to achieve, simply pile your curls high onto your head, secure with a hairband and some pins and you’re good to go!

This style works for most lengths of natural hair and should stay in place throughout even the most strenuous gym session. 

Keratin Smoothing for Gym Hairstyles

A Keratin treatment at Hiikuss Hair Salon is a semi-permanent alternative to perms or relaxers to straighten Afro hair. A smoothing treatment with us softens your natural curl, removing frizz and making your hair much more manageable. 

The results of the treatment can last up to 4 months, so you’ve plenty of time to try lots of different gym worthy hairstyles!

Swimming Advice For Natural Afro Hair

Chlorine damage is no joke as many women know, but if you want to get fit this year in the pool, you’ll need to bear in mind that chemicals can dry out natural afro hair and cause it to break. 

One thing to remember when swimming in a chlorinated pool is that before you get in, you should apply a deep conditioner to your hair. Following your swim, you should co-wash and apply a moisturising oil before styling to lock moisture into your tresses. Ask your Hiikuss afro hair expert about the best co-wash products for your hair type. 

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