Get Fit W/ Nik: The Black Girl's Guide To Working Out Your Gym-Ready Hair

Life & Love | By Danica Daniel | 12/14/2012 | 12:00 PM EST

No more excuses, these products will help you keep your 'do cute while exercising

African-American women have long been accused of being more concerned about the bounce of their curls, then the bounce of their booty, sacrificing their workouts for fear that they'll sweat out their perfectly sculpted tresses. Sadly Black women's obsession with the perfect hairdo has led to a MAJOR don't: alarmingly high rates of obesity in the African American community specifically among women. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office Of Minority Health, African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S. About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.


On the seventh episode of Get Fit W/ Nik: Black Women & Hair w/ Gabrielle Corney, Fitness guru Nikki Kimbrough addresses Black women's hesitancy to enter the gym and get toned in order to flaunt their fabulous tresses. Thankfully maintaining your hairstyle does not mean you can't break into a sweat. Kimbrough and CENTRIC have worked out ten amazing products, from anti-humectants to dry shampoos, that will allow you to maintain healthy curves and an even healthier coif.


Your hair is your crowning glory so give it some love with the CENTRIC-approved products below:

KLORANE Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($17.99/3.2 oz)

Voted Best of Beauty by highly acclaimed beauty magazine Allure, the delicate shampoo will cleanse you hair and add amazing volumewithout a drop of water.



Save Your Do Wide Band GymWrap 
($24.95)


Endorsed by actress Nicole Ari Parker, the no-fuss wrap uses Edge Control Technology to resist moisture and allow heat to escape from you head. The result: A happier and healthier you!



AVEDA Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade 
($20/2.6 oz.)


This smooth pomade repels moisture from your hair during an intense workout to prevent frizziness and fly-a-ways. Humid days are no match for your mane.



Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding 
($22/8 oz.)


Loved by naturalistas everywhere, this maintenance product transforms your shrunken coils to ultra-shiny curls.



HairArt super rollers ($8.42/10-count)


These super soft rollers are perfect for a cute and curly do.



Carol's Daughter Transitioning 1-2-3 
($40)


With so many Black women getting back to their roots, this 3-step kit will take you from relaxed to natural with ease.



EVOLVH ultrashine moisture conditioner 
($25/8.5 oz)


This top-rated conditioner is perfect for all hair types and will leave your strands shiny, full and moisturized in between workouts.



APHOGEE Two-Step Protein Treatment 
($24.99/16 oz.)


Formulated with magnesium and modified proteins, this product reduces breakage dramatically.



CONAIR Volumizing Diffuser 
($9.99)


Keep your damp curls intact with this hair dryer attachment, customized for curly or wavy styles.



Dark & Lovely 6-Week Anti-Reversion Cream Serum 
($8.99/ 5.1 fl. oz)


Combat the sweat and frizz with this styling product developed specifically for relaxed hair. Keep hair smooth in between relaxers and maintain shine in one easy process.

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