How To Care For Flat Ironed Hair While You Work Out

african american woman stretchingI know, I know, for most of us seeing the words “flat ironed hair” and “work out” in the same sentence together can make our souls cringe.

Because for those of us who work out, we have experienced many times where our freshly blown out swangin hair becomes a thing of the past as it converts itself into a frizzby mess after a nice work out session.

Instead of reveling in the accomplishment that you’ve just made by getting through an Insanity workout, you are practically in tears because the 4 hour straightening session that you endured the night before was all for nothing. Le sigh.

Well this nightmare of a thought will become a figment of your imagination with the “keep your hair straight while exercising “ action plan that we have laid out for you below.

Here’s how to continue to have wearable straight hair workout after workout.

The Wash

This is the most important part of the whole frizz-proofing process.  This part ensures that your straightened hair can hold up to just about anything.


To start, clarify your hair . You will need to get rid of any buildup than may be present, this will allow for your hair to not be weighed down and will also ensure that your hair absorbs enough moisture during the wash.

Next, you will want to pull out the most delicious and moisture filled deep conditioners that you own, apply and let it sit in your hair for a good hour and a half. Why the lengthy deep conditioning session? Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat! I hear you say?

Well, because you would want the maximum amount of conditioning to penetrate your hair strands. This will help reduce majority of the poofiness that happens when your hair absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. If your strands are already ‘full’ of moisture then your hair remains straight longer.

If you don’t already own a hair steamer this is the perfect opportunity to invest in one!

 Leave Ins And Heat Protectants

When it comes to leave ins and heat protectants, most who are pros at keeping flat ironed hair straight says the less the better. With leave ins, you would usually add a dime to quarter size amount of leave to your whole head.

This is to prevent your hair from being weighed down. One major tip to remember is that your leave ins should be anti-humectant or anti humidity (sorry ladies, no glycerin allowed to this party), this is to prevent your hair from poofing and swelling up from just a drop of vapor.

As for heat protectants, it’ll be best just to add enough to coat the strands. I have had experiences in the past where I have added too much heat protectant  and my hair actually steamed up during flat ironing because of this. No Bueno!

So while heat protectant is important, it can quickly become detrimental to the cause when used incorrectly.

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About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

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Love this… Thanks