I Used To Be That Girl – Relaxers Made Me Stop Working Out

black woman at the gym
I’ve always been an athletic girl; for as long as I can remember my mother had me in soccer, basketball, and then when I got to middle school I started running track, and it stuck with me throughout college and even financed my tuition through a full scholarship. Along with being uber athletic, I was also a bit of a tomboy.

Even after college and as a young adult I still kept an active lifestyle and made it my goal to stay in the gym and make sure I went at least 3 times a week. However, the older I got, the more interested I became in being girly, and I also got my first relaxer. Since I was a tomboy, I would always keep my hair in either braids or a top bun, and it was perfect because it didn’t get in the way of my athletic lifestyle.

When I first got my relaxer, it was like a light switch went off because I started embracing my feminine side more and more. I started wearing heels, dresses, and started working out less and less. I fell into the trap of not wanting sweat out my hair with working out.

When I worked out as a natural it didn’t really matter, because I never wore my hair in straight styles. I had heard of many women who use their hair as an excuse to not work out, and I always judged them or thought they were exaggerating until I was living it.

2 years had passed before I finally said enough was enough and decided that I couldn’t let my hair stop me from doing something that I used to love. I invested in some cute scarfs and wraps and decided to keep my hair wrapped when I worked out, even if I looked silly, at least my style would be saved.

That technique worked for me, what do you do to save your style in the gym? Comment below!

About Brittany Waddell


Just a Southern girl taking life by storm in NYC! Oh- and I'm natural too:) Be sure to check out my posts to learn some tips and tricks on how I tame my natural hair!

About Brittany Waddell


Just a Southern girl taking life by storm in NYC! Oh- and I'm natural too:) Be sure to check out my posts to learn some tips and tricks on how I tame my natural hair!

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  • Sarah Effeh

    I always wear styles that can’t get ruined when working out. For instance weaving your relaxed natural hair, matting it, braiding it. anything outside hair setting is the best. The climate I live in could be quite hot so without working out you can get the utmost bad hair day. However some good stylists can help you with a setting lotion that can hold relaxed styles longer.