Workout with Permed Hair
Q: I have a perm, and I just started to workout. How do I keep my hair looking like I have a perm? I know I should wrap it before I workout, but I do sweat a lot.
A: Well, contrary to popular myth, if a perm service is properly performed, the hair will be as stable in the new wave-pattern as it was prior to perming. Caring for permed hair is simply a matter of dealing with the needs of the hair as a whole. If the hair is porous and lacking in moisture, then it needs added conditioning.
For example: take a small bottle and apply ¼th baby shampoo and ¾th water and shake it to mix it thoroughly. Use this on the scalp after a workout in the showers, and massage it a little then rinse it away. Then style the hair as directed by your stylist who did the perm service.
If you aren’t in a situation where you can shower after a workout, then keep a spray-on, leave-in conditioner handy and apply it after carefully toweling off the scalp after your workout. The conditioner will help to prevent stale-sweat odors from forming, and will help keep the hair moisturized and healthy.
If even this would require too much, after-workout hair care, then look for a light, fragrant body mist to use to prevent the stale-sweat smell of after-workout hair.
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