Most girls dream of having hair as long as Rapunzel’s when they’re little. I know I did and for a while, my hair was pretty long and reached my waist. These days I wear it in a bob because it is easier to manage but I still love long hair. It is high maintenance and prone to dryness, breakage and unruliness but also very versatile (you can just style your hair however you like it) and, if you take proper care of it, looks healthy, luscious and elegant. Here are a few tips to keep your long strands in perfect condition:
1. Trim your hair regularly
Don’t think that only because you have long hair you don’t need to go to the salon anymore. You may not want to cut it short, but you certainly need to have it trimmed at least every 3 months to avoid and get rid of split ends. Other people may not notice that you just trimmed your hair, but they will remark on how neat and healthy it looks if you take care of it.
2. Comb hair before brushing
One of the main problems of long hair is their tendency to get so tangled up! And detangling it can be quite painful and cause some damage too. So we need to be gentle and avoid breakage while trying not to get too many knots in the first place. Always remember to comb hair with a wide-toothed comb before brushing. This will help detangle hair making it easier to manage afterwards. In addition, detangle hair with the same wide-toothed comb before washing your hair and if yours is particularly prone to tangles and knots, use the comb on your hair after you’ve applied conditioner. Once your hair is tangle-free, rinse it all off.
3. Condition, condition and deep-condition
Although everyone should use a good conditioner whenever they wash their hair, it is even more important to do so if your hair is very long. That’s because long hair are more prone to tangling and a good conditioner will not all add that much needed moisture to it but help detangle and prevent knots. If your hair is particularly dry or tangle-prone, then it is also a good idea to use a deep-conditioning treatment once or twice a week. Avoid applying it on the scalp though!
4. Let hair air-dry whenever possible
I know, I know. We don’t always have the time to let hair air dry, and when hair is long it takes ages to dry completely that way. But the heat from the blowdryer can really damage hair causing it to become dry, brittle and prone to breakage. And when hair is in such awful condition, it’ll just make you look unkempt and even older. This is especially true if your hair is very long. If you really need to use a blowdryer, apply a leave-in conditioner or heat-protecting treatment on your strands and set the blowdryer on low heat. And take every chance you get to let it air dry!
Do you have or used to have long hair? Share your tips for taking care of them in the comments!