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Do you spend hours attempting to straighten your hair, only to have it curl right back up the second you hit a hot yoga class? I remember years of No More Tangles, trying out tons of brush styles, and horrible haircuts.
Having curly hair can be a challenge, but if you have a little bit of patience and stick through that awkward, everyone-is-straightening-their-hair phase, it can become part of your identity.
If you want a cute hairstyle, but you’re short on time, check out these easy tips on rocking your curls with minimal effort!
Your hair doesn’t always need product. Let it be free! Own what your hair looks like, and own who you are. Give your natural hair permission to stand out rather than weighing it down with mousse, gel, and spray. After conditioning your hair in the shower, leave a little on the ends, squeeze out the excess water and just let your hair dry naturally. I’ve fallen in love with using a camp towel (instead of a regular bath towel) to dry my hair. See what happens. It might surprise you.
To be honest, some of my best curls happen after sleeping with wet hair. I don’t know the science behind it, but the combination of a hot shower before bed plus a towel on your pillow, and catching some serious Zzzz’s creates some beautiful, bouncy curl magic.
It’s been my experience that you never know what type of curl you might get. You think it’s going to be a normal day, then suddenly it’s humid, your hair frizzes out, and three strands are straight. Stop pulling your hair, and figure out your go-to remedy.
For me, it’s Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream. I use it on wet hair, or when my hair is dry and needs a pick-me-up. I love that it doesn’t make it feel stiff, sticky, crunchy, or like it’s glued to my head. If you are on vacation with curly-haired friends, try out some of their goop. You don’t have spend major money to get good curls.
We’ve all learned it’s healthy not to wash your hair every day. For those extra sweaty workouts (hot yoga, cycling, or a summer run) there is no getting out of showering. My trick is simple—I put my hair in a bun and avoid the shower head. I still wash the base of my neckline and put a dab of conditioner through the ends of my hair. It’s a quick refresh, cleans the sweat and also makes your locks smell fresh!
At a restaurant in my neighborhood, a waitress stopped and told me my hair looked great. It was not what I saw when I looked in the mirror that morning. My hair hadn’t been washed in days (which included a yoga class). It reminded me that we are our own worst critics. Having a “curly hair” conversation with her made me realize we are all looking for ways to fight and conquer our curls, but a bad hair day doesn’t always mean it has to be a bad day. Be kind to yourself, and your curls. Own them, cherish them, embrace them.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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