How to Care for African-American Hair After Exercise

by Brynne Chandler ; Updated July 18, 2017

Take care of your hair after working out.

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Working out is good for you, but if you are African-American, it can be very hard on your hair. Black hair tends to be coarse, which causes it to dry out quickly. The salts released with sweat can dry it out even more, but so can overshampooing. Not to worry. Black hair care does not have to be a huge chore, even if you work out every day. All you need are the right tools and products.

Rinse off in the shower after your workouts to keep the salt from your sweat from drying on your scalp. Use diluted shampoo if you don’t feel clean without actually washing your hair.

Wrap your head in an absorbent turban or towel instead of rubbing or wringing it. Let the cloth soak up the extra moisture.

Apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair, working it through from your scalp to the ends. Do not massage it into your scalp.

Comb out any tangles with a wide-toothed comb.

Put your hair up with coated elastics or clips until it is dry, rather than using a blow dryer. Heat is very damaging to hair, so the less you use on yours, the better.


  • Spritz on some hair refresher spray after a light workout instead of rinsing your hair, or use a dry shampoo to freshen your hair after the first workout of the week.

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About the Author

Brynne Chandler raised three children alone while travelling, remodeling old homes, taking classes at the Unioversity of California Northridge and enjoying a successful career writing TV Animation. Her passions include cooking, tinkering, decorating and muscle cars. Brynne has been writing fun and informative non-fiction articles for almost a decade. She is hard at work on her first cookbook, which combines healthy eating with science-based natural remedies.