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Afro Hair & Fitness: Tackling Sweat for Optimal Scalp Health

Written by: Mimi Kone



Time to read 5 min

Happy 2023 and a warm welcome back to all our lovely readers on the Mimi et Mina Blog! 

We have had our fill at the dinner table and we reconnected with friends and family. We slowed down and rested. Now, we are fuelled and energised to start 2024 on the right foot and set our fitness goals. 

If you know me, you know that I go to the gym every single day. I do my best to not miss one day. So when I thought of January and new year resolutions, the most common one that came to my mind is fitness. Since it is right up my alley, I wanted to write about it from the point of view of a woman who wears wigs (and hair extensions). 

Sweat …

Proof that we have put in a good effort, but also an enemy if you were blessed with afro hair. 

Or is it? 

Keeping your scalp healthy under your wigs or hair extensions while maintaining an active lifestyle can be a delicate balance, but with the right care, it's absolutely achievable. Let's break down my five essential tips in more detail.

1. The Right Shampoo for Post-Workout Care

Post-workout, your scalp needs rejuvenation. The key is to find a shampoo that's gentle yet effective. For afro hair, hydration is paramount. 

I personally recommend products like Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. Its sulphate-free formula enriched with shea butter and argan oil is perfect for gently cleansing the scalp while restoring moisture. 

Using this after your gym sessions can help in removing sweat and build-up without leaving your hair feeling stripped.

2. Scalp Massages: More Than Just Relaxing

Regular scalp massages aren't just a luxurious experience; they're a necessity for maintaining scalp health. 

Massages increase blood circulation, promoting healthy hair growth. When applying oil or shampoo, use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp in circular motions. This not only aids in removing sweat and product residue but also stimulates hair follicles. 

Consider incorporating natural oils like jojoba or coconut oil into your routine. These oils not only provide a great medium for massage but also nourish the scalp deeply.

3. Choosing Breathable Protective Styles

Protective styling is a cornerstone of afro hair care, especially for gym enthusiasts. The goal is to choose styles that are not overly tight and allow your scalp to breathe. 

Styles like loose braids, twists, or updos are ideal. Also, consider alternating your hairstyles to avoid constant tension in the same areas. 

If you're wearing Mimi et Mina hair extensions, we will always ensure they're installed in a way that doesn't put excessive stress on your natural hair. 

If you are a wig wearer, we have a service for you: 

  • Under wig cornrows (includes wash + blow dry)

Regularly letting your hair down and giving your scalp a break is also crucial.

4. Sweat-Wicking Headbands: A Game Changer

Sweat-wicking headbands are a simple yet effective tool for gym-goers. Brands like Nike and Under Armour offer headbands that efficiently absorb sweat, keeping it away from your hairline and scalp. This is especially important for those wearing wigs or extensions, as it helps in maintaining the integrity of both your natural hair and the hairpiece. 

These headbands come in various styles and colours, allowing you to stay stylish while you sweat!

5. Internal Hydration and Nutrition

Last but certainly not least, internal hydration and nutrition play a critical role in hair health. Ensure you're drinking plenty of water - a hydrated body means a hydrated scalp. Also, incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E, and zinc into your diet. These nutrients are vital for hair health. Foods like salmon, avocados, nuts, and seeds are great choices.


Your journey to maintaining healthy afro hair in the gym is a blend of external care and internal wellness. By integrating these practices into your routine, you can enjoy your workouts without worrying about compromising your hair health. Remember, each step you take in caring for your hair reflects in its strength and beauty.

For more in-depth information and other hair care tips, don't forget to visit our main site at

Share this journey with friends and family, and let's all strive for a year of incredible hair health and stunning styles!


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Q1: Can I still maintain a rigorous gym routine without damaging my afro hair?

A1: Absolutely! The key is in adopting a hair care routine that aligns with your fitness regimen. This includes using the right products, like a lightweight moisturizing shampoo post-workout, and incorporating scalp-friendly practices like regular scalp massages and using sweat-wicking headbands during your workouts. With these steps, you can enjoy your gym sessions without worrying about hair damage.

Q2: How often should I wash my afro hair if I work out regularly?

A2: This can vary depending on your hair type and the intensity of your workouts, but a general rule is to wash your hair whenever you have a heavy sweat session. For many, this might mean 2-3 times a week. Using a gentle, moisturizing shampoo will help cleanse your scalp without stripping it of natural oils. Remember, over-washing can lead to dryness, so listen to your hair and adjust accordingly.

Q3: What are some protective styles that are gym-friendly?

A3: Gym-friendly protective styles include looser braids, twists, and updos that don't pull too tightly on the scalp. These styles help in managing your hair during workouts while allowing your scalp to breathe. It's important to avoid styles that are too tight or leave your hair and scalp under constant tension. Also, try to vary your hairstyles to prevent stress on the same areas of your scalp.

Q4: Are there any specific dietary tips for maintaining healthy afro hair, especially with an active lifestyle?

A4: Yes, diet plays a crucial role in hair health. Staying hydrated is essential, so make sure you're drinking plenty of water. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E, and zinc are great for hair health. Include salmon, avocados, nuts, and seeds in your diet. These nutrients support hair strength and can help in maintaining a healthy scalp, which is particularly important when you're active and sweating more often.

The Author: Mimi Kone

Mimi is the founder of a brand called "Mimi et Mina". She was born in Burkina Faso and later moved to France for her studies, where she briefly worked as a model. Afterward, she completed her education and moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where she lived before eventually relocating to London. She loves everything luxury, self development and meaningful friendships.


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