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Great Workout Styles…What’s Yours?

By January 27th, 202124 Comments

Great Workout Styles...What's Yours?
Ms. Sassy writes:

So, I started my P90x Challenge today. What the blipblopblue am I thinking?! Four things– (1) I’m well over my comfort zone weight and now I have to do something about it, (2) clothes don’t fit anymore and I’m one of those women who are in denial and I refuse to go out and buy more, (3) I need to be healthier, and (4) TIME FOR A CHANGE!

As I embark on this get fit in 90 days journey, I was thinking of styles that will compliment my regimen. This is an intense kick bootay routine and I will be doing a lot of sweating. My staple twist-out is probably not the best choice as longevity is not its strong suit. I’m thinking protective styling… I have a few ideas but I’m always looking for more.

Click here to learn more about P90x if you’re interested. I’d love to share this journey with others!

So, what’s your get fit style?


  • Anonymous says:

    i have to wash more often during weeks of intense work outs. the products i use are suitable for daily use so i do a full wash and restyle

  • JaiMitch says:

    Question ladies, I just started my second week of P90X and I was just wondering if anyone has added extra washes to their regimen. I wash and condition my hair every saturday and last week I added an extra co-wash because between the sweat and the product my hair felt extra dirty. Just wondering how your regimens changed.

  • roseofsharron says:

    Well from someone who's been in sports since high school and works out a lot, I've learned a few tools of the trade. For me it comes down to having a good routine. Ironically, now that I am natural, I don't have NEARLY as many struggles with coming up with protective styles as I did when I had a relaxer. The relaxer made my hair weaker, so the salt in my hair after a workout, plus heat was super damaging!

    Being natural, we have a lot more options for "recovery" hairstyles. When I work out, I put an elastic head band lined in satin around my edges and usually pull my wash and go or twist out into a lose bun on the top of my head with pins or a ponytail holder. If my workout was not really intense, I spray a mixture of tea tree oil and water on my roots to combat the salt from the sweat and put in a leave in conditioner to refresh. If the workout was really intense and my style is completely lost, i just do a co-wash and restyle with a wash and go or 6 twist-out or braid-out and take them out in the am…re-twisting takes no time at all. Best of luck with your PX90 challenge!

  • Anonymous says:

    I've just started the power90. I'm doing the first stage with the fat burn express before getting into the full power90. I had planned to start tomorrow, but I have a last minute trip to the Bahamas planned from Thurs-Sun so I'm going to continue with the fat burn express until I get back.

    I find that rope twists throughout my hair with flat twists in the front are really easy to maintain. The best part is you can wear the rope twists for 2-3 days and then take them out to extend the style. I also have a sweat headband that allows me to sweat but it absorbs the sweat from my hair. I got it from walmart for like $3 in the hair accessory aisle.

    I also cycle so talk about a serious case of helmet hair!! I like to use kinky curly so whenever I have a serious serious work out, like at MMA, I find I have to wash and restyle the next day.

    for those who can rock a twist out I would definitely recommend getting a head band!

  • Anonymous says:

    You go girl! P90X is an AWESOME work out. I finished it & now I have my 1st week of insanity down…whew…they will both get the heart pumping and the sweat flowing..I have a grown out 3c twa, so I'll wash 'n' go or pony puff most days after my butt kickin work out. Much success to you!!! =)

  • Anonymous says:

    I used to wear my hair in two strand twists when I was working out because I could rinse the style out after I got home from the gym, but, on me, this means the twists only look good for a few days. :( What I am doing now is pulling my hair up into a puff on the top of my head, and twisting a few tendrils around my head. It looks super cute and is easy to maintain, and I can rinse it out every day without it making me look like a hot mess.

  • Anonymous says:

    P90X will totally change your body and mind about working out. Stay the course and you will literally watch your body change right before your eyes! Just do what they say and follow the meal plan and voila! In three months you will have a rockin bod!
    As for my hair… I sweat like nobody's business soo.. protective styles and bobby pins are my bffs when working out. When I have my hair "out", I just loosely twist some pieces up away from my face and neck or if it's toward the end of my hairstyle, I will pull my hair up into a quick french twist.
    When you are sweating like a maniac and working out like a mad person, who cares if you hair is perfect?! lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    Good luck with your challenge!

    I swim and do a lot of Bikram yoga, so styles that help maintain moisture and don't require constant re-styling are key for me. I typically wear a lot of buns or heidi/french braids and spritz my hair with a mix of Aphogee's green tea keratin spray and glycerin (a little weird but effective in the strength + moisturizing department), add a bit of conditioner to smooth my hair and seal with some extra virgin avocado oil and/or shea butter and I'm good to go.

  • Anonymous says:

    I currently run 5 to 6 times a week, so for my protective style, I wear 6 flat two strand twists and tie a cotton scarf around my head while running. The scarf helps absorb a lot of sweat (as I sweat profusely). When I return home, I smooth the front of my hair down with my palms, use a little eco olive oil gel and jojoba oil, put on a silk scarf and let the front dry. I use a goody ouchless clip to pin the twists into a low ponytail and sometimes put a headband on and I'm good to go.

  • Ms. Sassy says:

    Alona, I would love to follow you and your husband's journey!

  • Ms Sassy says:

    Sarah @…Beach body coach…cool! I tried the power 90 but I got really bored, so I decided to do p90x. Power 90 isn't a walk in the park either!

  • Ms. Sassy says:

    Ashley, insanity is next on my list. I have it and viewed it and it looks insane lol

  • kitka82 says:

    One of the main reasons I went natural was because I started working out more. I still have a TWA, so it's not an issue. I usually rinse out the sweat or co-wash in the shower. I think if I were going to do something like Insanity, I would opt for cornrows.

  • Alta Angel says:

    I do a braid and curl normally, so I wear a puff when working out. I tie a silk scarf around the perimeter of my head, and then a cotton bandanna around that and go for broke…

  • Jonella says:

    I have been doing Insanity for 5 weeks and it is kicking my butt along with destroying any hair style that I have at the time. One thing that did work for me was tying my hair down and letting it dry completely after my work out. That kept my edges flat and I was able to keep my curls in the back without the frizzy front lol. Keep up with your workout! I lost 8lbs this weeek :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Good luck on your workout journey! I also started working out 2 months ago and I struggled with this issue. I used to wear two strand twists in a bun to the gym, but my hair just didn't look right especially since I had to moisturize later that evening. So I decided to rock a braid out and put it in a banana clip and rock a headband. I just moisturize later on and braid it into plaits. :)

  • Anonymous says:

    I have done Insanity and I am currently in week 5 of P90X. I opted for a protective style during both because these workouts are so intense; especially Insanity you are sweating like crazy. I switched between micro or tree braids and my lace front wigs. When I am doing less intense workouts I will opt for the 2-strand twists or a braid out.

    Best of luck to all you ladies completing P90X; you will definitely see (and feel) the results. And don't forget to eat right — follow the P90X plan, Weight Watchers or something you can stick with. You don't want to spend 12 weeks on this program and not get the max results all because you couldn't give us those french fries.

  • HairPolitik says:

    Wow! Good Luck on your P90X Journey! My boyfriend and I are starting it tomorrow. Part of my website,, is dedicated to black hair and exercise. I've experimented with a couple of half wigs over two strand twists. The front of my hair is braided. This allows me to quickly get ready for work and wash my hair after workouts if I need to. Over time the two-strands look a little fuzzy but I don't care because they are under a half wig! You should also check out the resources section of my site to see threads that address this question to get some ideas about what other ladies are doing. Please let me know if anyone tries one of these styles. I'd love to see how it works out for you!


  • Shakirah says:

    I wear a fro pulled back with a thin scarf with the front of my crown cornrowed back. That, or my twist out frohawk, which for whatever reason seems to last forever.

  • willi77 says:

    I have the p90x series at home too, and definitely need to get back on track. Enough is enough…LOL. I'll join your challenge Nikki!I'm transitioning, any style ideas for transitioning hair while working out?

  • Lynnieluve says:

    My signature style/workout proof style are two strand twist. As soon as my hair is long enough, I will be wearing some type of bun or ponytail

  • Sarah @ says:

    Good luck on the p90x! I'm a Beachbody Coach and I'm doing the Power 90 now. I just throw my hair up in a high pony tail a little tighter than I normally do. Sometimes during jumping movements it does slip out which is annoying.

  • Anonymous says:

    yeah. i work out 3 times a week and the gym can ruin any hair style in a few minutes…lol.
    So i have my hair in two strand twists at all times…
    Good luck with the P90X…I've seen the commercials and it looks very intense…

  • Ashley says:

    I just did the insanity challenge and lemme tell ya!!! CRAZY is not the word! im doing p90x and its pretty good also! if you stick to it you will definetly get results! for my hair i keep 2 strand twists in ALL THE TIME! probably the best protective style for me hands down!

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