Maybe you know the situation: during sports, your hair gets stuck in your neck, gets knotted or your hairstyle just won’t hold. What you should pay attention to in everyday life, during sports and regeneration and how your hair can stay or become healthy, strong and beautiful with a few tricks is what the following article is all about.
I like my long hair! But sometimes it is really impractical for sports – at least if you don’t have the right hairstyle or the right care. Here are 8 hair care tips for athletes with long hair I want to share with you.
1. Comb properly
After washing your hair, do not brush your wet hair, but air-dry it if possible and then comb it when dry. Especially good for scalp and hair are natural bristle brushes such as a boar bristle brush – I’ve been using one for some time now and I really love it!
2. Sun protection
Anyone who exposes their hair to the sun for a few days during vacation knows how much they can suffer, especially when it is really sunny. Special UV protection sprays are useful here, as well as wearing headgear such as caps or bandanas – at best with integrated sun protection.
You also want to spray some anti-humectant onto your locks before you head out for the same reason. This will combat the frizz and prevent your hair from locking in the heat. An added bonus would be using a stretchy cotton headband along your hair line at the front. This will soak up extra perspiration and keep your hair from getting sweaty greasy at the same time.
3. Less is more
It is best not to wash your hair daily and not to use too many styling products. Because these often contain alcohols, which make the hair look beautiful for a short time, but dry out and damage it permanently.
4. DIY hair masks
Used every 2 weeks, a hair mask will help your hair to be resistant, healthy and beautiful. The best thing is to make one by yourself, because then you will only have the good stuff minus the silicones and other chemicals. You need 1 teaspoon honey, 2 tablespoons olive oil or walnut oil and 1 egg yolk. Mix everything well, apply the mixture to your hair and leave it to work for up to an hour. Then rinse with lukewarm water.
5. Use the right accessories
If you are tying your hair, always use products without metal, otherwise the hair will be damaged in the long run! In addition, the hair tie should not be worn on the same spot on the head every day, as this can cause the hair to break and lead to traction alopecia in the worst case.
6. Eat the right food
During the summer, make sure that vitamins C, E and beta carotene end up on your plate – for example, spinach, broccoli, apricots, grapes and berries. They are supposed to render free radicals ineffective, which damage our cells. Furthermore, silicic acid is great for resistant, beautiful hair – so enjoy millet, oat flakes, potatoes with skin, horsetail and nettle tea more often.
7. Extreme Athletes watch out
If you do sports every day and therefore wash your hair every day, you should not massage your scalp too much when washing and use high-quality shampoos and care products. Make sure your shampoo doesn’t contain any of the bad chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, Dioxine, DEA etc. When walking, the hair also rubs against clothing much more than in everyday life. That’s why it’s good to tie them together or pin them up. And precisely because the hair is subjected to greater stress, extreme athletes should, according to experts, use a conditioner every 2-3 days and a hair mask once a week.
8. Finding the right hairstyle
Depending on the cut and length, there are great and simple hairstyles that help us to concentrate fully on the sport and not put too much strain on our hair, so that it stays beautiful and healthy.
Bangs and short hairstyles
Use clamps or a hair band so that the hair does not interfere.
Who, like me, wants to keep their long hair in spite of the sport, can opt for a shortened hairstyle before intensive units: Divide your hair into three equal parts. From the top part of the head braid one braid, then the two side parts. Now you have 3 braids, which you now braid again to one braid. This hairstyle is also great for triathlon and longer distances.
This hairstyle is chic and sometimes something different than the farmer’s plait. How to do it: Comb hair well, then divide into 2 equally thick strands. Cut a thin strand from the outside of one strand and place it on the inside of the other main strand. Do the same on the other side – then always alternate. Finally, fix the end of the braid with a hair tie.
Twist braid hairstyle
This is a great hairstyle for weight training, yoga etc. The hairstyle looks good and is easy to make: Turn the sides back like a cord and place the hair on the desired shoulder side. Then separate the hair into three equal parts and twist into a braid and fix it with hair tie.
Spicing things up
Those who want to spice up a simple ponytail or want to be protected even more from hair strands slipping out, can use thin elastic bands.
Do you have great hairstyle ideas or tips for the care of athletes’ hair, then please post them below!