Caring for Long Hair
If you’re longing for long hair, growing out your hair is only the first battle in a never-ending war because once your hair has reached your desired length, whether it’s down to your hips or just below your shoulders, you will be fighting to keep it detangled and healthy and strong. Long hair care is vastly different than caring for short hair. People with short styles don’t need to worry about what the tips of their hair will look like in a year. Or two. Or five. It all gets trimmed off! And, we’ve all seen ratty looking long hair that screams neglect. What if you already have long hair but it does look a bit rough and damaged? Chop it off and start fresh? Nope, there’s no need. We have some hair care basics to get your started on your way to healthier looking, long hair and that includes smoothing out some of the damage you may already have:
- Wash hair sparingly and use a good-quality shampoo. Washing hair too often can leave hair dried out, leached of its natural oils, and may damage your hair. Aim to shampoo your hair at most every other day or even only twice a week.
- A healthy head of hair is a hydrated head of hair, and one of the best ways to encourage hair growth is to drink a lot of water because if you’re dehydrated, your hair is less likely to grow. So drink more water. It’s good for you, and being a healthy human being will help encourage healthy hair growth.
- Condition your hair properly based on hair type:
- For fine hair: If you have very limp hair, try a botanical oil treatment before you shampoo. Use lavender or tea-tree oil, for example, and work it under your cuticles before shampooing. Wash shampoo away and apply conditioner from the mid-shaft down to the end. Leave in for a minute before washing.
- For medium to thick hair, use a moisturizer with natural hydrators. Keep your conditioner light. Apply conditioner all over your head and let stay for 2-3 minutes.
- A lot of damage can happen to your hair when you sleep, especially if you’re prone to tossing and turning at night. Some people sleep on silk pillowcases to prevent breakage, but you can also loosely braid your hair before going to sleep on your regular cotton pillowcase.
- Moisturize your hair. Use five oils: almond, castor, olive, coconut and lavender oils. Mix together equal proportions of each. Alternately, use egg oil. Apply to the hair and leave in for four hours prior to showering out. Repeat twice a week.
- Teasing or backcombing your hair looks great and can add some much-desired volume, but it’s one of the quickest ways to break your hair and get some killer split ends. If you’re really dedicated to growing your hair long, then stop teasing it.
- You should avoid all heat when styling your hair because heat causes damage. There are lots of ways to get the look you want without subjecting your hair to harm, like foam rollers if you want curly hair or a hair mask for straight hair without heat damage.
- If you are going to use a hair dryer, be sure to use it on the coolest setting. Let hair dry naturally. After you get out of the shower, wrap your hair in a cotton T-Shirt. Towels are made of fabric that is very rough and damaging to your hair, causing frizziness and split ends. Avoid brushing hair while wet, as it makes the hair brittle and weak. Only use a wide tooth comb to brush out tangles while hair is wet.
If you have long hair, you’re going to spend a lot of time caring for it, so just be patient.