I would say that one of the primary reasons black women don’t run is because we don’t want to sweat out our hair. Ashley recently told me about one of her male friends who applauded Black Girls Run! for reassuring black women that it is okay to get their hair sweaty for the sake of working out and running. I’m not sure at what point black women became convinced that our hair must be perfect at all times, but while in the process of dispelling myths, we might as well dispel this one too.
A few years ago, I began experimenting with what I now know as co-washing. Co-washing is a technique used by women that gives them the ability to wash their hair without shampooing it. There’s several products on the market and different techniques to do this. I’ve had the most success with Matrix Curl Life and Redken Fresh Curls. When using the co-washing technique, it’s important not to wash your hair more than twice a week.