Fitness and Long Hair: Tips for Managing Hair During Workouts

Wed Apr 17 2024

For men with long hair, maintaining your mane during exercise can be a challenge. Sweat, movement, and the elements can all make it difficult to keep your hair both clean and out of the way. In this post, we will cover practical advice on how to prepare, protect, and care for your long hair during workouts, ensuring that your hair stays as fit as your body.

Preparing Your Hair for Exercise

Tying It Up
One of the simplest and most effective ways to manage your hair during workouts is to tie it up. Using hair ties made from fabric can prevent breakage and are less likely to pull your hair. Opt for ties that are snug enough to keep your hair in place but not so tight that they cause headaches or breakage.

Braiding Options
Braiding your hair can be a secure way to keep it out of the way, especially for dynamic workouts. Here’s a quick guide to a basic braid:

  1. Comb your hair back and divide it into three even sections.
  2. Cross the right section over the middle, then the left over the new middle, and continue down the length of your hair.
  3. Secure the end with a hair tie.

Use of Headbands
Invest in a good quality, sweat-wicking headband. Not only will it help keep shorter layers off your face, but it will also absorb excess sweat that might otherwise make your hair greasy.

During the Workout

Handling Sweat
To manage sweat and prevent it from soaking into your hair, make use of microfiber towels lightly during breaks to blot away moisture from your hairline.

Adjustments Mid-Workout
If your hair starts to come loose during a workout, don’t hesitate to pause and redo your tie or braid. Keeping a spare hair tie on your wrist or nearby can be a game changer.

Just like your body, your hair needs hydration. Spritz your hair lightly with a leave-in conditioner or water before and after workouts to help maintain moisture levels.

Post-Workout Hair Care

Washing Techniques
It's not always necessary to shampoo your hair after every workout, which can strip it of natural oils. Instead, rinse with cool water and apply a light conditioner.

Drying Your Mane
Pat (don't rub) your hair with a towel to avoid causing frizz and breakage. If you must use a hair dryer, keep it on a low heat setting.

Hair Products
Look for products specifically designed for post-workout use, such as dry shampoos or leave-in conditioners that can refresh your hair and scalp without a full wash.

Managing long hair during workouts doesn’t have to be a struggle. With these practical tips, you can keep your hair healthy and out of the way, letting you focus on your fitness goals. Try integrating these strategies into your routine and share your experiences or additional tips on Mannered Manes. Let’s keep both our bodies and manes in great shape!

This blog post will help members of Mannered Manes maintain their hair effectively during physical activities, encouraging a community discussion on best practices.