Best Exercise Hairstyles for Type 4 Hair

Photo: Sariane Leigh

by Mary Wolff

Working out is a part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you work out religiously or sporadically, you want to find the best hairstyle for your routine and hair type. If you have type 4 hair, keep your hair looking great during any sweat session with these picks for best exercise hairstyles for type 4 hair. When it comes to the best exercise hairstyles for type 4 hair, let’s take a look at your typical workout style.

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5 Fruits And Veggies That Help Hair Growth

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by Mary Wolff

Hair growth is a complicated subject. It isn’t a result of just one factor. However, an agreed upon fact is that what you eat directly impacts your hair health which in turns plays a role in generating hair growth. Here are a few of the best fruits and veggies that help hair growth.

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Written by Nikki Igbo of NikIgbo.com

On Tuesday, the CDC reported that Blacks as a group are living longer with their death rate declining by 25 percent from 1999 to 2015. Life expectancy for Blacks, however, is still four years less than it is for Whites.

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5 Deliciously Healthy Foods To Satisfy Your Sugar Addiction


It’s not easy.

Trying to make a change.

You’re realizing that your health is more important than anything. Yet, you find it hard to reach your goals..

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3 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Worry Less


It’s okay. We all worry a little too much sometimes. You’re not alone. You may worry about not having enough time to do everything in one day. Or you may worry that tomorrow won’t bring any less stress than today.

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Here's 4 Tips For Protecting Your Curls On A Cruise


by Mary Wolff

Traveling can be a lot of fun. From sightseeing and meeting new people to getting some much need rest and relaxation, getting out there in the world has a lot of benefits. One great way to travel is a cruise. It lets you enjoy the fun of travel without the worry of transit. But what about protecting your curls on a cruise? There are a few things to keep in mind while out on the high seas! Here are my top tips for protecting your curls on a cruise.

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5 Changes You Should Make to Your Diet for Healthy Hair and Body


by sointocurls via Blacknaps.org

Healthy, beautiful hair doesn’t just happen. It takes concerted effort on your part to inform yourself about healthy choices, and it also requires firm determination to be able to follow through with making the necessary changes that will result in benefits. And interestingly enough, many of the nutrients that benefit hair also contribute to beautiful skin and a healthy body. So what are some healthy choices that can make your hair, mind and body healthier and happier?

10 Ingredients for the Health-Conscious Curly

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by Devri

Being natural while living with a chronic illness can be summed up by this: staying mindful of my hair, my health, and my hair's health--after all, my life depends on it. In addition to a boundless amount of meds, biweekly infusions, and injections, for me it's crucial to keep these 10 ingredients incorporated in my hair and skin regimen in order stay as healthy as possible.

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6 Foods for Growing Long, Healthy, Natural Hair

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by Vineetha Reddy

Caring for your hair involves more than just protecting it from dust and pollution, and using external applicants to nourish it. The biggest factor that determines the quality of your hair is what you consume. For your hair to be nourished from the inside, you need to eat foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals that are essential for hair health. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that provide your curls with the nutrients they need to be healthy and gorgeous.

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How to Protect Your Hair While Swimming


by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty

Swimming is fun and relaxing whether you're doing it for exercise or just to cool off. You don't have to limit your pool time for your hair, but you do have to take some extra precautions. Chlorinated water and constant friction from swimming will take a toll on African American hair. Spend a few minutes before and after swimming to help your hair survive the summer.

Key Tips
  • Rinse your hair with tap water before you get in the pool.
  • Don't wear a swim cap if it pulls too tightly or rips out your hair at the hairline.
  • Always shampoo after you swim, chlorine does not rinse out.

Melanin Poppin' - 3 Tips for Your Best Summer Skin

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

As women of color, we're blessed with a very special gift--not only do we radiate #BlackGirlMagic, but our melanin is the stuff dreams are made of.

Whether ebony, mocha, french vanilla, butter pecan, chocolate, (even caramel sundaes is gettin' touched) and every shade in between, our rich, royal skin has women running to tanning beds and worshipping the sun, trying to get the hues we were born with.

But just because we're cocoa colored visions, doesn't mean that we don't have to protect our skin.

4 Green Smoothies for Optimal Hair Growth

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

I'm all about green smoothies and how great they are for our bodies, but did you know they have amazing benefits for our hair too? With many of us over 30 and looking for ways to keep our hair healthy, vibrant and moisturized, what we put into our bodies is the best way to get and keep healthy tresses.

Whether your hair goal is length, regrowing edges or staving off grays, there is a green smoothie that can help you with achieve it!  Optimal diet leads to optimal health and optimal health gives you optimal hair growth! Check out the four green smoothies below as they are great for your hair's health.

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How I Lost 10 Pounds and Gained a Healthy Lifestyle


Liv writes:

Hello CurlyNikki community!  I wanted to share how I lost 10 pounds, maintained it for over a year, gained muscle, and trimmed my waist down simply by living a healthy lifestyle! With motivation, determination and discipline anything is possible!

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Top 7 Foods for Healthier, Longer Hair

You are what you eat--literally.

And because your hair is part of you, what you eat reflects in the health and state of your hair. If you want hair that is healthy, longer, stronger and shinier you should be paying attention to what you put INSIDE your body, not just what you use on the hair itself. These superfoods will help keep you and your hair looking their best.

How to Exercise with Natural Hair


by Tasha of Just Curlz

With the upcoming holidays and the New Year approaching, we all have the urge to work out more. Whether it’s to shed the extra pounds we put on at Thanksgiving or we are making another New Year’s Resolution to work out more, we all need to be physically active to be healthy. Although we no longer have to worry about "sweating out our perm", us natural ladies have other issues we must address when working out.

Styling
This is a big issue for us as some styles take hours to complete and we don't want that to be ruined after one trip to the gym. So, my tip is to either wear wash-n-gos that can be easily redone or protective styles. My hair is not wash-n-go friendly, so I tend to wear lots of individual twists or flat twist/braided updos that will last a few days. This helps to keep my hair moisturized and also saves time so I don't have to redo my hair every day.

Working Out With Natural Hair


Question
I have type 4a hair. I workout moderately - intense at least 3-4 days a week. I hear a lot of women saying they co-wash every time they workout but I don't feel the need to. My scalp is not irritated or itching by the end of the week if I only co-wash once between workouts. Is this a bad thing? Should I wash more frequently?

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Redefining Yourself, for Yourself.

 

"People like me more when they think I'm pretty."


I can't tell you when, but at some point in my childhood I began to believe this was true. This is what the media, my environment and even my mother taught me.

The media taught me to compare myself to touched up, perfect images and the more I looked like them, the more acceptable and loved I would be. It taught me to fix myself to fit certain standards of beauty and that life would be more charmed and happy if I did.

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Try This When You Feel Stuck and Unmotivated



I thought I was lazy. I had many interests and ideas but I rarely saw anything through to completion. I saw fellow students and coworkers who were passionate, totally turned on by their work, as I looked on, wondering how that felt.

I just wasn't inspired.

I played the student/employee role well, but inside I always found myself on this spectrum between overwhelmed and underwhelmed, never quite comfortable with my world the way it was.


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Just a Reminder: Enjoy NOW.


by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Have you found yourself complaining lately? Focusing so much on what you still want to accomplish or achieve that you forget to take delight in what you already have? Maybe you’ve faced a difficult circumstance lately that has resulted in feelings of defeat, sadness, or regret.

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The Anti-Aging Ingredient That Actually Works (and strengthens your hair too!)




Which anti-aging ingredients really work?
When it comes to anti-aging products it’s easy to be tricked into spending a lot of money on products that aren’t worth it. That’s because there’s so much pseudoscientific misinformation out there about anti-aging cosmetic ingredients. Also, once you buy an anti-aging product, it takes you a long time to determine if it’s really working for you or not. That’s why we’re going to focus some of our podcast episodes on specific anti-aging ingredients, Today we’re talking about ceramides.  

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