wearing hair extensions while working out tips

How To Exercise While Wearing Hair Extensions

Tips for Working Our Wearing Weave

Having a work out with hair extensions can prove to be quite a challenge.

We live in a social media driven world, and nearly everyone is planning on hitting the gym to keep their likes up, but who says you can’t slay while doing it?

Well don't fret, I've got you covered with ideas about how to exercise while wearing your favorite lace front wig, bundles, or weave.

Use A Wig Cap

If you wear a frontal or lace front wig, adhering a wig cap under your wig can prevent sweat ruining your style.

First, find a wig cap that is as close to your skin tone as possible. Cut the band off the wig cap and adhere to the cap in front of your hairline. Once it dries, you can apply your wig or frontal as usual.

If you usually don’t sweat a lot, using a wig cap can prevent sweat from reaching the lace.

Wig cap

Let Go Of the Got 2 B Glue Gel

Lot’s of people love to use Got 2 B Spiking Gel as a lace adhesive to hold their frontals and closures down.

This gel is super sticky and dries similar to glue. It dissolves with water and is easy to remove at home. The only issue is, it dissolves with water. Your frontal might be laid and slayed when you leave your house, but as soon as you break a sweat while working hard in the gym, the gel breaks, and your lace will start to lift.

We all know lifting lace is a huge no-no.

We recommend headband wigs for a glue-less wig but if you have none of these then we have the perfect fix!

Instead of Got 2 B, try using a waterproof lace bond like Ghost Bond or Cling. To achieve a gym-proof hold, apply two layers of adhesive. The first layer should be thin. Remember, less is always best when it comes to lace glue.

Use a blow dryer on the cool setting to dry the adhesive to a tacky texture. Then proceed to apply a second layer of adhesive, and dry until tacky. Apply your lace to the adhesive, and try to avoid touching the wet lace with your fingers.

Once the adhesive completely dries, you are all set to give it you're all in the gym!

Got 2 B Glue Gel

Got Leave Out?

Product, product, product!

Having leave-out can be super tricky, but with the proper product, you can prevent hair reversion.

Try using Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant pomade on your leave-out before straightening it.

This balm works wonders, especially on natural hair. The balm is formulated with castor oil and rice bran oil to repel moisture from your hair. A little goes a long way, so use a pea-sized amount and emulsify in your hand before application.

Apply to damp hair before blow-drying.

Use Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant pomade

Work Out Friendly Styles

Two Cornrow Braids

Split your hair in half and braid each side down going backward.

You can use a hair rubber band on the end of the braid to hold the braids and wear them down, or you can twist each braid into little buns on each side.

Corn braid styles are cute and functional by keeping hair out of your face.

Top Knot Bun

If you have a 360 frontal install or a full lace wig, you have the option of wearing your hair in a topknot bun or high ponytail.

After you have secured your lace around your head, dampen the roots of the hair and brush it up into a high ponytail.

Make sure to secure it with a good hair tie to ensure it does not pop.

At this point, you have created a high ponytail. To create a topknot bun, simply take the hair from the ponytail and wrap it around itself until you create a beautiful, tight bun.

Use bobby pins to secure the hair.

Slap It

Have you heard of the Slap also known as the Satin Lined Cap?

This revolutionary cap is lined with satin on the inside to provide a protective barrier between your hair and cotton on the cap.

The Slap is an excellent alternative to a cotton headband because it protects your edges while preventing sweat from reaching your hair. The cap is large enough to fit your long extensions in it, and because it looks like a traditional beanie, it is stylish enough to wear out.

The Slap comes in a variety of colors to match your work out outfits!

Satin lined cap

Wear Extensions That Match Your Curl Pattern

If all else fails, wearing bundles that match your curl pattern is a fool-proof way to keep your hair looking cute at the gym.

Private Label has a variety of curl patterns, from Body Wave bundles all the way to Kinky Curly bundles, and everything in-between!

Be sure to pick a color and texture that most closely matches your curl pattern, that way when/if your edges sweat out, it will blend seamlessly with your natural hair.

Shampoo hair

What To Shampoo Your Hair With

If you’re a gym junkie, you may have the desire to wash your hair more often to remove sweat and odor.

Using a shampoo that is too harsh can dry out your extensions and decrease the life of your hairstyle. It is super imperative to use quality products on your hair.

If you are wearing human hair clip-in extensions or a real hair ponytail we recommend removing them from your natural hair before washing.

Here are some recommendations for the curl pattern.

For straight texture hair: Biosilk Shampoo and Conditioner

It’s a 10 Shampoo and Conditioner

Silicon Mix Shampoo and Conditioner

For Wave Texture Hair: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo and Conditioner

Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse

OGX Intensely Invigorating Eucalyptus Mint Shampoo and Conditioner (also great for scalp)

For Curly Texture Hair: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo and Conditioner

Deva Curl Decadence Shampoo and Conditioner

Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo and Conditioner

OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Shampoo and Conditioner

For Kinky Texture Hair: Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Shampoo and Conditioner

Design Essentials Oat and Henna Deep Cleansing Shampoo

Try not to shampoo your hair on a daily basis as it can strip your hair of moisture. If you must, try cleaning your scalp with a mixture of 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar and two parts water.

Apply the mixture to your scalp for about 15 minutes before you shower.

Massage your scalp thoroughly and rinse with warm water. This is great to do in between washes to keep your scalp fresh and clean.

Figuring out what works for you during your workouts can be a trial and error experience, but I hope this article helps you find a method fast.

Can You Work Out Wearing a Quick Weave?

Yes, wear a sweatband or headband to absorb sweat and keep it away from your hairline.

After working out, allow your hair and scalp to dry thoroughly. If necessary, use a blow dryer on a cool setting to speed up the drying process.

Quick Recap for Wearing Weave and Working Out

If you were giving this article a quick skim, here is a recap and some quick tips you might have missed.

Secure Your Hair Properly

Use a high-quality, no-slip headband or hair ties to secure your hair extensions.

A loose ponytail or braid can help minimize tugging and prevent tangling during your workout.

Choose Sweat-Friendly Styles

Opt for hairstyles that keep your extensions off your neck and face.

High ponytails, buns, and braids are excellent options to keep you cool and comfortable.

Protect Against Moisture

Wear a moisture-wicking headband or bandana to absorb sweat and keep your extensions dry.

This helps maintain the integrity of the adhesive or bonds used in your extensions.

Gentle Aftercare

After your workout, gently blot your hair and scalp with a soft towel to remove excess sweat.

Avoid rubbing, which can cause tangling and damage to your extensions.

Use Dry Shampoo

Incorporate a good-quality dry shampoo into your post-workout routine to refresh your scalp and extensions.

This can help absorb excess oil and sweat, keeping your hair looking and feeling fresh without frequent washing.

Now that you have some tips on haircare and fitness, time to hit the gym!

And if you are wearing your Private Label extensions make sure you tag on on Instagram @PrivateLabel so we can feature you!

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