Today, I want to talk to you all about working out and the joys of the black women’s hair. Being a black woman is phenomenal, but when it comes to working out, our hair never wants to cooperate.
Originally from Detroit, I grew up always going to a hairdresser, wearing perms, and never really had to worry about my hair messing up from dancing, or working out. In 2001, I migrated to Tennessee, attending the illustrious Tennessee State University.
As a broke college student in a new city, I had to learn to go without a perm, and as they say, the rest is history. I haven’t worn a perm in almost 20years, but I’m not the beautiful curly, afro black hair either. My hair has three hair grades, the back I call coming to America, My right side I call transitions and the left, is Becky with the GOOD hair. Because I’m still working on hair transition, anytime I get my hair done, I never wanted to work out.
Falling in love with yoga, I had to figure out a way to get my hair done and keep up with my mental and physical health. After doing some research, I came across the Nicole Ari Parker Gymwrap.
Yes, Nicole Ari Parker, from the tv show Soul Food, who married her co-star Boris Kodjoe, (he also plays on one of my favorite new shows, Station 19).
The first time I used the gym wrap, I was highly impressed, my hair stayed true to form.
- I loved how the gym wrap worked with my flat ironed hair
- The fit was comfortable
- Although I was sweating away, my hair stayed dried
- Yes, it is 100% washable
After getting comfortable with wearing this and working out, the pandemic happened, and yoga became a thing of the past. Like many, I haven’t worked out in months, and my wrap sat in my drawer.
Recently I was under an eminence amount of stress. Working From Home, I haven’t been able to have time, and now I’m about to become a distant learning teacher. Talk about STRESS.
While my husband went to serve at church, I decided to take a walk with the girls. It was a hot August day, and the week before, I just had my hair straightened. Well, here goes nothing.
I changed into my workout clothes and wrapped my hair up in my gym wrap. My children and I took a walk around the subdivision, which lasted almost 30-minutes.
Once completed, I was sweaty, sticky, and stinky, but my hair was everything.
Yes, my hair was amazing to a point I had to write this blog. Even on one of the hottest days, the sweat did not damage my hair. However, here are a few key points to keep in mind,
-Wrap up your hair similar to the way you wear a scarf at bedtime
-use a little edge control on the edges, to slick them down before tying your gym wrap
-Use a few hair clips to keep the hair intact
-Make sure you tie down your hair as tight as possible
-Wait at least 15-20 minutes before taking your wrap off
-brush hair out and take a picture because you are fabulous.
Check out the Gym wrap for yourself at gymwrap.com. Don’t forget to post a pic and tag gymwrap and my Instagram and/or Facebook pages.