Here at Black & Lovely, we break down barriers that keep black women from becoming active and one of the biggest barriers could be hair care.
We focus on providing practical workout hair care solutions for every hair type and texture in addition to nutrition, workouts, and general healthy living tips.
When practicing hot yoga, you must pay special attention to your hair to keep it from drying out.
Here are a few tips that will help you take care of your hair and skin before, during and after hot yoga.
Bikram Yoga Hair Care Tips
- Always spray hair liberally before and after class with light moisturizing spray
- Apply oil a little oil to your scalp before class. Be sure to rub it or it will drip down your face during downward dog. We recommend argan, Ayurvedic, olive, or almond oil.
- Hot yoga requires you to be present in the moment, and the last thing you want to do is fuss with hair in your face. Be sure to securely pull hair back into a bun. This keeps your ends protected as well.
- After class is finished be sure to dry damp hair with a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt. Cotton towels will cause your hair to frizz and break.
- Although your hair may be damp with sweat, remember to spray it again with a light moisturizing spray as the salt from the sweat will cause your hair to feel brittle when it dries. I also recommend adding a heavier moisturizer such as Obia Naturals Curl Moisture Cream.
- If your hairstyle just isn’t working you can throw on your favorite wig or cute hat to cover up your post-workout hair.
Try the Black & Lovely (BAL) hair care method. It’s one of our favorite post-gym workout hair care solutions when we are in a hurry after swimming and hot yoga.
Step 1 – Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water
Step 2 – Apply an intensive deep conditioner and don’t rinse it out
Step 4 – Ring hair out and pat until it’s partially dry
Step 5 – Pull hair back into a bun, apply a plastic cap and your favorite headscarf (you can opt for a simple bun if you don’t want to wear a headscarf).
Step 5.5- Tie the head-scarf in a cute way so you don’t look like Aunt Jemima.
Step 6 – Go run errands and wash the deep conditioner out at a later time. It’s your own on the go deep conditioning treatment.
Body and beauty tips
- Use all-natural body products, cleansers, and oils to hydrate, moisturize, and replenish skin.
- Remove all makeup and cleanse your face before practicing hot yoga. The worst thing you can do to your face is mix sweat and makeup with open pores. Yuck!
- The room can be upwards of 100 degrees so be sure moisturize your skin too.
- Keep yourself hydrated before, during, and after class. Water is not only essential for your body but it’s a major factor in hair growth.
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