Long hair takes some extra TLC. The longer your hair is, the more prone it is to split ends, frayed hairs, and other damage that can destroy your gorgeous locks. Here are some things you can do to make sure that your long hair stays strong and healthy:
High heat is one of the main causes for long beautiful hair to snap off. One easy tip is that you use cooler settings on your hair devices when you are blow drying, straightening, or curling. If your hair devices currently do not have a temperature gauge, strongly consider buying ones that have this as it will help protect your hair in the long run such as a straightening brush, like on Monica’s blog. Monica claimed that it’s 100% safe and even cheaper than a regular flat iron. Choose to also use ceramic devices rather than the traditional metal ones.
Choose styling products that are also appropriate for your type of hair. You want to focus on products that will add moisture to your hair and keep it replenished. Flip over the bottle and check to make sure that there are no alcoholic products, as these will only further dry out and damage your hair.
Lastly, and most importantly, do not wash your hair every day. No product will beat what your natural oils can do to keep your hair happy and healthy. If you wash your hair every day, chances are that is what is causing our dry hair. Allow your hair to “just be” for at least 2 days, preferably 3, and you will notice a difference in the texture and quality of your locks.
Focus on Hair Strengthening Products
If you already have weak and brittle hair, or if you color or bleach your hair, it’s important to purchase shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products that are made specifically to help strengthen and fortify your hair. These types of products will safe guard your hair follicles without leaving your hair weak and dry.
TIP: You can buy “dry shampoos” that you can apply to your hair to whisk away any excess oils and help get rid of any of yesterday’s styling products that may still be in your hair from the day before.
For Those with Coarse Hair
Keeping coarse hair long and healthy is a unique challenge. The ends of coarse hair tend to split far more easily, become frizzy, and damage the overall appearance of one’s hair. The best thing to do to try and protect your hair is to protect your tips. Use styling products that will help moisturize and protect your tips on a daily basis.
TIP: Some women will apply a small amount of olive oil to the tips of their hair, and they say it works better than any styling product they ever snagged off of a store shelf!
How you wear your hair can also make a big difference on the quality of your tresses. Focus on wearing your hair in styles that will protect and hide the ends, such as a classic bun, a twist, or you can use head wraps, scarves and hats.