There’s no doubt about it. Long hair can look utterly gorgeous. However, maintaining long hair to ensure it stays looking sleek and feeling healthy can be a little tricky.
Here, we have brought together a number of useful tips that will help you to keep your long locks looking lovely!
OIL YOUR HAIR
Deeply nourishing, oiling the roots of your hair can provide a nutritious boost to encourage new growth to be strong and therefore long! Oiling hair is a fairly easy process. Simply add warm oil to the scalp, massage with the fingertips, and then wash off after about 1-2 hours. While many oils can be used, coconut oil is a particular popular choice.
HAVE A HEAD MASSAGE
Not only does this feel utterly divine, but it’s good for you too. By stimulating circulation and blood flow, a head massage is particularly soothing and can promote hair growth, particularly when performed using lavender oil.
BE MORE GENTLE!
This is a fairly obvious point, but be gentle when washing your hair. It’s kinder to lather up the scalp and let the suds run down the individual strands of hair. Continual rubbing can lead to breakage – a big worry for those with longer hair styles.
CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION
This is very important and often overlooked. Conditioning locks in the moisture, prevents any dryness and protects from external factors such as pollution. By replacing any lost proteins in the hair, the cuticles are sealed, so healthy hair is more easily maintained.
HAVE A COLD SHOWER RINSE
While a hot shower can be immensely enjoyable, it’s not so great for your long hair. In fact, a rinse with cold water can help to seal the cuticles and strengthen hair shafts, and many people report a noticeable improvement when rinsing hair with cold water.
DRY YOUR HAIR MORE CAREFULLY
When towel drying, try to pat the hair rather than rubbing. Air drying is also kinder where possible, so on days where you are not in a rush, avoid using a hairdryer.
NEVER BRUSH WET HAIR
This is a key cause of hair breakages; as wet hair is more vulnerable than dry. It’s best to use fingers to detangle the hair if needed.
ALL TIED UP
While many pony tails and up-do’s look glamorous and stylish, be careful not to pull them in too tight. Not only do they pull on the roots, but also break the individual strands due to the friction caused.
PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Long hair can sometimes appear flat and lifeless, so adding volume can transform the look quickly and dramatically. Many of the products that add volume are most effective when used over a period of time, thickening the hair from the root, and promoting healthy hair that appears thicker.
WIDE-TOOTH BRUSHES ARE BETTER
Narrow combs can really damage long hair, breaking the hairs and resulting in fly-away strands and split ends. Using a wide-tooth brush gently moves the hair without breaking it, and it’s also advisable to always start from the bottom when brushing your hair. Brushing hair before bed can promote circulation to the scalp overnight, and encourage healthy hair growth.
GET IT TRIMMED
A regular trim is essential to maintain great looking long hair. Not only that, it will be healthier too. Every 6-8 weeks is recommended as the ideal time for a trim, removing the split ends and damaged strands in the lower half of your hair.
USE STYLING TOOLS SPARINGLY
While straighteners, curlers and tongues all play their part in making long hair look glamorous, the damage caused by heat is pretty significant. A few natural methods can work to great effect, particularly when looking to create curls or waves, and they should be used where possible. Continuous use of hot tools can actually cause the hair to be thinner, duller and brittle.