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I have pretty long hair myself and wondered multiples times in my life how to take care of long hair in the best possible way. I want my hair to be healthy and in perfect condition, and so do you. In today’s blog post I’m sharing my tips and tricks on how to take care of long hair so you’ll never have unhealthy hair again!
A lot of women (and some men too) will recognize the struggle: how to properly take care of your long hair? I’ve been at this point that I just didn’t know what to do to keep it healthy, so I just let it go and didn’t take care of it at all. I can tell you, that’s not the right way. It made my hair look unhealthy, I had split ends, and my hair was tangled all the fricking time!
But… What’s the healthiest, best way to take care of your long hair?
Through the years, I gathered some very nice tips from hairdressers and I found out some things myself which work very well for my hair. I have thick, heavy hair, and slightly wavy hair. To describe the length of my hair, I would say it falls over my boobs. As you can tell, it’s pretty long. I feel like, how longer the hair gets the more you need to take care of it. Alright, let me share my favorite tips!
How to take care of long hair
1. Use the right hairbrush
This one is really important! A wrong hairbrush can really damage your hair. A natural fiber brush, such as a boar bristle brush or a synthetic/nylon bristle brush are the best. These brushes make sure to minimize any breakage and friction. I use a paddle brush myself, this one has nylon bristles and this works very well with my hair structure.
Don’t brush your hair with these types of brushes when it’s wet! The best way to brush your hair when it’s wet is a wide-tooth comb. Brushing your hair when it’s wet can cost a lot of damage, especially when using the wrong brush. It stretches the strands rather than separating them.
2. Heat protection
As you might know, using tools to curl, blow dry or straighten your hair aren’t that good for your hair. If you don’t want to give up on that, I would definitely recommend using a heat protectant. A heat protectant wraps the hair shaft, forming a protective barrier, thus preventing damage and ensuring you’re frizz-free.
3. Use the right hair bands
This one changed the game for me! I was always using these normal hair bands with the little metal. This damaged my hair so bad, I was always pulling out all my hear when I tried to get the hairband out. Then a friend of mine wanted to try a plastic coil type of hair band together and this saved my hair a lot! No more hairs stuck between that metal thingy. Also, scrunchies are super fashionable right now and are way better for your hair, that’s a win-win!
4. Don’t overwash your hair
Throw your hand in the air if you’re guilty of overwashing your hair. I think most of us can relate to this lol. A couple of years ago, I washed my hair EVERY. DAY. Your hair’s natural oils are designed to condition and protect your tresses, so when you shampoo daily, it strips these vital oils away. It creates a vicious cycle of over-production of oils and a need to shampoo very often. Besides that this isn’t so good for your hair, it’s also not eco-friendly.
5. Hydrate your hair with hydrating treatments
Hydrating your hair once in a while is important, especially when you’re using heat often. I would recommend a hydrating treatment 1-2 times a week. A couple of my favorite products are OUAI Conditioner, IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm, Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, and Briogeo Curl Charisma Hydrating Shampoo.
6. Wash & dry your hair the right way
I’m pretty sure most of us do this wrong. I did so too. Once I heard this tip from my hairdressers, I was shocked. She told me that the right way to wash my hair is to ONLY wash my scalp with shampoo. Wait, what?! Yes, only your scalp! That’s where most of the oil buildup happens, and it’s important to massage the shampoo into the scalp gently with your fingers (not nails!) to get rid of it. Then put conditioner in the lenght of your hair to hydrate.
After I shower, I always put my hair in a towel. This is not good. Rather than a towel, use a smooth fabric, such as cotton or linen, to get rid of frizz and damage.
I hope these tips answered your questions on how to take care of long hair! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments!
Did some of my tips surprise you? Let me know!
See you next time loves,