When you exercise a few times each week, not only are you challenging your physical stamina, you’re also putting your hair to the test. After a good workout, salt and dried sweat on your scalp can zap your hair’s moisture and result in breakage. So what’s a girl to do? Check out these African-American hair tips from Livestrong.com to keep your post-workout tresses as healthy as your body.

If you shower after a workout:

•    Wash your hair immediately.
•    Use a mild shampoo. If you have locks or braids, massage the shampoo in with your fingertips.
•    Rinse hair with warm water and towel-dry.
•    Apply a leave-in conditioner.

If you have no time to wash your hair:

•    Sprinkle baby powder or cornstarch on your scalp to absorb the sweat.
•    Work powder in with a brush until you can’t see any residue.
•    Wrap your hair in a scarf to smooth it out.
•    If the scarf doesn’t do the job, spray hair with a thermal protectant and smooth it with a flatiron.
•    Consider not straightening your hair, and go natural. If you take this option, apply a curl enhancer to hair after washing for added shine and control.
Click here to learn why a healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair.