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The Beauty Shop: Protecting Your Edges From Breakage During Training

So, Sabriya asked the following,

“I have a problem with my hair breaking from always wearing it in a pony tail at the gym. And now I have these few flyaway’s in the front of my hair that won’t for the life of me stay down. Is there anything to prevent this type of breakage? Or remedy it?”

And, for once, I have an answer!

I encourage people to invest in moisture wicking headbands, primarily because a good headband should already be tight enough that it can hold your edges back out of your face during training – if you’ve got long hair, put it up in a loose, messy ponytail or a bun, whichever works best for your style; if it’s short, put a headband on and a few strategically-placed clips or a hat, perhaps? – but a moisture-wicking headband will not only hold your edges back during exercise, but will pull the moisture away from your scalp allowing it to evaporate while simultaneously keeping your edges laid flat. I’d even invest in two – one to use during training, and one to use post training as you come down from your workout high.

Me! With heat-free straight hair!

Me! With heat-free straight hair, and a full hairline! (But in need of a trim! Oy.)

I’m not a straight-haired person, but I do occasionally manage to dry-straighten my hair when I feel like surprising Eddy, so I do understand wanting to keep your edges flat. The less heat you have to apply to them, the better. A moisture-wicking headband that’s tight enough to stay in place when sweaty while also only minimally rubbing against the sensitive spots along your hairline is going to be a win, no question.

Some people will simply use a bandana, and that’ll work for a few, but if the bandana doesn’t work for you, check out these moisture-wicking headbands that I own and use faithfully.


The “Bang Buster” headband from Lululemon is easily one of my favorites – I often forget I’m sweating when I wear it, and when I take it off, my hairline is relatively dry, with the other side of the headband needing to be wrung out a bit!

Ahhhh, nice rest, deep conditioning, and a massive headband. Win!

Ahhhh, nice rest, deep conditioning, and a massive headband. Win!

I won’t lie, I also cheat and deep condition my hair pre-training, train through with my hair in a bun with deep conditioner or with castor oil, wearing one of these to keep the gunk out of my eyes. This is also a winner.


There’s also Nike’s Dri-Fit Tie Headband, which you can adjust on your own for tightness instead of a one-size fits all headband. (This also might be the move for you if, like me, your hair is oftentimes too big for a headband to fit around it all!)


I’m also a big fan of this Under Armour Women’s UA Extra-Wide Headband mainly because it’s so wide that it seems like one of the best options for women with shorter haircuts. I use this during the cold winter months, as well, because it’s wide enough to keep my ears covered!

What do you use to protect your hairline from the perils of training? What questions do you have for me? Let’s hear it!

By | 2017-06-10T11:20:44+00:00 February 12th, 2015|Beauty, Black Hair|4 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. LR July 1, 2014 at 11:19 PM - Reply

    So this is helpful because you just torpedoed yet another excuse I make for not getting off my butt…there are products to help with sweat…you’re such a motivator. Thank you!

  2. max July 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM - Reply

    Ah thank you! I recently cut my hair short and I’m having a hell of a time with the back of it – my hair is natural but I blow it out and my workouts are leaving me DRENCHED so I basically have to re-straighten it every day. The only “good” wrap I knew of was Save your Do but I’ve heard mixed reviews on it so I didn’t want to spend so much on it. I’m going to check out the ones you recommended.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall July 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM - Reply

      Yeah, I can’t speak to that but I love the ones I’ve listed here. Go check them out!

  3. Candice W. July 6, 2014 at 11:31 PM - Reply

    I use the ones from Scunchi actually. They came 2 in a pack and were extremely affordable at Walmart. My edges have been keeping up nicely since I started using them.

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