You might have heard often that in order to grow long hair, you just stop cutting it. There is more to take care of than hair cut in order to maintain beautiful long hairs. Long hair care is vastly different than caring for short hair.
Like most anything, proper maintenance is critical to keeping your long hair in top condition. If you damage something like a fridge, it can generally be fixed. If you hurt your skin, it will heal. Hair, on the other hand, usually can’t be fixed—it’s just protein with no blood supply, so it has no way to heal itself once damaged.
In this article, we will share our top tips to care for your luscious long locks.. because we know how much care and love they need! With these tips, your hair is much more likely to be beautifully strong and healthy.
Wash and Dry Care
You’re also going to want to determine what the right shampoo and conditioner are for your hair type if you haven’t yet. Prior to shampooing, make sure your hair is free of tangles. Work the shampoo through your hair like you normally would, but keep in mind that it should take longer, reaching every strand.
A silk or satin pillowcase
A silk or satin pillowcase is a great investment for your locks. The material’s natural properties mean that it’s gentler on your hair, helps prevent split ends and reduces friction, so you’ll find fewer knots and tangles the next morning. Bed head hair will be a thing of the past.
Reduce Heat damage
Allow your hair to air-dry as often as possible, but don’t rub it if you’re toweling it dry. Instead, press a towel against the top of your hair and push it slowly toward the tips of your hair. This absorbs the water and maintains a smooth cuticle layer.
If you do have to use a hairdryer, select the cold setting. If you really can’t live without the hotter setting, keep the dryer at least 6 inches away from your scalp.
Use the right hair brush
A boar bristle brush or a wet brush should be your best friend! With long hair, It’s super important that your hair brush helps smooth the hair shaft, to minimize any breakage. A natural fiber brush, like the boar bristle, helps to minimize friction when brushing.
Therefore, the hair doesn’t get caught on any knots, leaving the hair smooth and silky without pulling out hair strands. The trusty wet brush also does a fantastic job as the bristles bend around any tangles putting less stress on the hair.
Oils & Treatments
Social media might led you to believe that coconut oil is a cure all hair treatment. I will tell you that after years of experience, coconut oil (virgin or otherwise) is my least favorite oil. Some people swear by it and that is great. But it’s always made my hair feel crunchy, regardless of if I was bleached blonde or all natural.
I’ve always been perplexed by this, as coconut oil is proven to actually penetrate the hair shaft. But you need to be flexible in your approach to oils. Avocado oil is another oil that is said to penetrate the hair shaft and I’ve found that I like that one much better.
Try to learn more about your scalp health and decide oil accordingly.
Schedule your hair trimming at correct intervals. Trimming is necessary for hair growth. The actual trim should only take 10 minutes, but the blow-dry after it can obviously use up more time. An actual haircut, where you may be changing the style will take longer, depending how much hair is needing to be cut off