Long hair never seems to go out of style (on women, that is), but this hair style requires healthy hair.
Long healthy hair, is definitely not maintenance free but if you use the right tips, you can have long, strong and healthy locks, before you know it.
- Shampoo the scalp well and the ends lightly. The scalp gets more oil, and the ends dry easily.
- Shampooing 2 or 3 times a week should be sufficient. This will keep from stripping your hair's natural oils.
- If you feel that you need to wash every day; co-wash instead (wash your scalp and hair with conditioner only, skip the shampoo.)
- Use lots of conditioner, especially on the ends. For extra benefit, let set for a few minutes before rinsing.
- Deep condition occasionally with a hair mask or by putting a thick layer of conditioner on hair then covering with a thermal shower cap.
- Avoid washing hair in hot water. Wash with lukewarm water and always rinse with cool water.
- Always use a wide tooth comb to comb out wet hair, which is hair's most fragile state.
- Do not rub a towel on wet hair. This will damage the outer surface of the hair.
- Use a leave-in conditioner and/or a hair serum. Both products leave the hair feeling soft and tangle free. Some products also claim to repair damaged ends.
- Stay away from heat styling products, as much as possible. Always use a good thermal protectant if you really must heat style your hair.
- Trim your hair regularly, preferably once every two to three months. Trimming off dead ends is essential to keeping your hair healthy. Also, trimming dead ends helps your hair grow faster.
- Don’t pull back your hair too tightly. Tight hair styles can add stress to hair follicles, causing breakage.
- Stay away from chemical products and permanents. Perms may look good but they leave the hair dry and damaged.
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