How to Survive your Workouts with Hair Extensions


“There’s no way I can have hair extensions put in my hair, I work out everyday and the sweat will just mess them up.” We hear this all the time so we thought we’d tackle this hair extension myth. Just because you live an active lifestyle, it doesn’t exclude you from wearing hair extensions. In fact, you can run a marathon and have great looking hair as soon as you’re done. It’s all about the placement of the hair and proper installation and care. With those, your hair extensions can withstand any intense workout.

Take out Clip-Ins. Though working out with Clip-Ins is certainly possible, it’s a bit unnecessary. Clip-Ins are easy to install and remove, so there’s really no need to work out with them.

Avoid slippage. The very first thing you should do is make sure your hair isn’t touching your forehead or your neck—a high ponytail or bun are ideal. Workout headbands are a great idea to keep your hair away from these places. Mesh wraps, bandanas, and scarves are also great ideas if you want to go the extra mile and wrap up all of your hair. When styling your hair for the gym, don’t pull too hard. Obviously, pulling on your hair will also pull the bonds, tape, or beads, creating extra stress on them which could lead to slippage. Whatever hairstyle you prefer for your daily workout, make sure it’s loose enough to allow your hair to breathe—hairstyles that are too tight can trap in excess sweat and moisture, another cause of slippage and frizz.

Avoid frizz. For those that enjoy laps at the pool, wear a swimming cap to stop frizz before it starts. You might hate wearing a cap, but you’re going to hate your frizzy, tangled extensions even more if you don’t wear one. Remember that chlorinated water doesn’t mesh well with hair extensions so do the most to protect your beautiful locks. The same rules of swimming apply to the rules of going into a steam room or sauna. We know that any moisture tends to frizz out hair, so wearing a cap helps tremendously. We also recommend cutting theses sauna and steam room visits short if you can. (For extra tips on swimming and doing other outdoor activities with extensions, check out our blog here.)

Avoid melted bonds. If you’re walking, running, hiking, or doing some other form of outdoor exercise, always protect your head with a hat or head wrap. Just as the heat from styling tools is bad for bonds, exposing them to the heat of a hot sun can be equally damaging.

Post-workout.Your post-workout care as just as essential for your hair extensions. Remember, after ending your workout, always wash and condition with sulfate-free products as soon as possible. If you’ve been swimming, try a hair mask or deep conditioner at least once a week (keeping it away from the bonds) to help your extensions recover from chlorine damage.

You should never have to give up one thing for another—at least that’s what we believe here at Babe. If we forgot to cover something or if you would like to add your workout tips, please share them right here with us!



12 thoughts on “How to Survive your Workouts with Hair Extensions

    • If you're not a fan of the ponytail you could also try a braid, or a loose bun. Adding a head band or wrap to your hairstyle of choice also helps keep your hair extensions safe during a workout.

  1. I've been told repeatedly that it's bad to wash your hair and extensions every day, but I try to work out every day. What should I do on days when I work out but don't want to wash my hair afterwards?

    • Hi Elizabeth, try keeping your hair wrapped during workouts and use a dry shampoo afterwards 🙂

  2. I have beaded hair extensions. I run marathons and I am stuck getting my extensions done every month. I have tried the braiding, french braiding and buns and still every month I am stuck getting my extensions taken out and put back in. I feel like if my hair is tight it pulls the extensions out and if it is too loose I feel like the up and down weight pull the extensions out. I would like to see a YouTube video on all the ways to put your hair up when you have extensions. Maybe I need to wrap my head but how would I do that? Do you have any videos that could possibly help out? I am open to try anything at this point.

    • KCP,
      Thanks for reaching out. We will try to work on some videos to help you with this issue. In the meantime, some women use head wraps and head scarves to workout while also keeping it in a loose braid. A loose braid won't be tugged on so much when you're running if you keep it in place with some sort of wrap.

  3. Hey I work out every day and I get super greasy hair from sweat - I have only had them in for the last 2 weeks and I have washed them every day ever since... is that bad for them and the bond?
    Ive also had a few nights where I have wet hair that I've tied in a bun or braided - is it bad for the bonds to sleep with wet hair??

    • Hi Jade,
      Thanks for asking. We strongly suggest you stay away from sleeping with your hair wet because moisture tends to get into the bond which then makes them loose causing the hair extensions to slip out. Washing your hair extensions every day isn't only bad for the bonds but it's also bad for the hair because it dries it out faster. Try using a dry shampoo for after workouts and in between washes. You should only be washing your hair once or twice a week at the most.

  4. I run everyday for an hour and no matter if I use a ponytail or loose braid my hair extensions tangle beyond what you can imagine and frizz! So every month I am having to replace my extensions. This time around they lasted 2 weeks and I pulled half my hair out trying to get the matted knots out. Any solutions that you can offer to this would be most helpful!

    • Hi Cher!
      Most likely they are tangling from the bouncing and sweat. When we exercise and sweat, only portions of the hair become wet, causing our natural texture to appear, which then add the bouncing from the hair and thus could cause the tangling. I would try tying it tighter actually. So putting it into a ponytail, then braid it and pin it in a bun, for example. Try not to tie it too tight at the scalp, but secure the ends of the hair better. Also make sure you are not trying to brush it when it is half wet with sweat, and half dry. Either dry the sweat out all the way, then brush with our Babe extension brush to remove the tangles, and style, or if it is extremely wet from sweat, best to shampoo and start over with the style.

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