If you are training on a regular basis, hair problems won’t be new to you. It can get dry, it can get frizzy, and it can get to the point that you don’t know what to do with it anymore. For everyone that is suffering from jiu jitsu hair: here’s how to handle it!

1. Stop the shampoo

Although this might give rise to feelings of despair or utter shock, it’s the first step to getting your hair healthy again. Washing it every day with shampoo will ruthlessly suck the life out every single hair strand. Since the frequency of washing your hair depends on the type of hair you have, there is no magic number that applies to everyone. Try to cut down on your shampoo usage, and see how low you can get. Maybe that’s three times a week, maybe it’s just once. As a general rule of thumb, try to stay in between 1-3 times per week tops.

2. Don’t forget conditioner

This is a highly personal thing: see how it works out for you if you use conditioner daily. What? Yes, forget about shampoo every day, but lock in the moisture of your hair with daily conditioner usage. It might sound weird, but some people swear by it. Once again, this is a trial-and- error thing and you’ll have to see for yourself how it works out.

3. Dry shampoo, let’s go!

Forget the idea that dry shampoo is only for those who travel regularly. Dry shampoo was invented for people like you! It absorbs all the sweat and dirt on your scalp, makes your hair smell lovely and fresh, enhances your hair volume and texture, and it is easier and faster to apply than a hair washing session! Why did you not try this before? Dry shampoo is available as a powder or spray. Before you break into a run to the store, there are a few steps on how to use dry shampoo to maximize the effect: separate your hair into sections, spray dry shampoo on ALL of your hair roots, then blend, shake it out and flip until you have happy hair! A detailed description can be found here.

4. Be nice

Let’s be honest: how long have you had that hairbrush? If the brush is full of half-broken pins and your hair feels like crying when you yank that old thing through it, it might be time to buy a new brush. Try to aim for one that will be friends with your hair. Characteristics of such a brush are one with some space in between the pins (unlike combs, which have a high density of pins), and opt for wooden pins instead of plastic or metal. This way, you’ll be able to brush your hair without breaking it.

5. Let’s braid

This is one worth trying: if you put your hair into a tight bun or tight ponytail, you are asking a lot from it. Pulling on your hair like that, combined with friction from the mat will inevitably cause your hair to break easily. If you wrap strands of hair together in braids, it will be stronger as a whole and will be able to resist more pulling forces. Besides that, you can rock the warrior-look with your braids! No clue how to do it? Check out this video that shows 3 options on how to braid your hair for jiu jitsu:


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Rose

Rose is a black belt at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy Amsterdam (Checkmat). Besides being one of the co-founders of Ladies Only BJJ, she is a junior doctor MD and holds a MsC degree in Sports Sciences.

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