Long hair is always in style. If you’re growing it out or you love your signature long hair, regular maintenance and healthy routines are absolutely essential. Whether you keep your hair shoulder-length, down the middle of your back, or even longer, healthy hair is easier to manage. Maintaining healthy long hair can be simple with the right tools and habits. The best things you can do to maintain your locks is to keep damage at bay and trim split ends. Follow these three sets of ‘do’s and don’t’s’ for a lifetime of healthy long hair.
1. Don’t Overuse Shampoo…
You might be washing your hair more than you should. The conventional wisdom used to be that you should shampoo your hair every day. But that can break fine hair and stress thicker, curly hair. Shampooing your hair too often can strip your scalp of naturally protective oils.
If your hair appears a dull and dingy between washings, try using a dry shampoo. Oribe’s Gold Lust Dry Shampoo soothes your scalp without drying it, and it won’t weigh down your hair. That gentle treatment and a boar bristle brush will freshen your locks until it’s time to wash them again. Boar bristles will help distribute oils along the length of the hair which will lessen the appearance of buildup on the scalp. When it is time to shampoo your hair, use a specialized shampoo and conditioner to prevent breakage and encourage healthy growth.
…Hydrate and Eat Healthy.
Healthy hair starts from the inside. Unfortunately, when the body doesn’t get enough nutrients, body systems such as hair and nail production are usually the first to be visibly affected. Make sure you eat well, exercise, and drink plenty of water. Illnesses and stress can also weaken your hair, but staying hydrated can help you keep healthy long hair even during seasonal changes. A healthy scalp leads to healthy hair that’s easier to clean and style. Don’t use a daily shampoo routine which strips the natural oils out of your hair and weakens the long strands.
2. Don’t Tease…
Teasing hair, which is also known as backcombing, is an easy way to add volume. But it is also one of the quickest ways to damage your hair. This volumizing cheat can cause breaks and split ends. It tears your hair’s protective cuticle cells away from the fibers, and that leaves your hair vulnerable to more damage. Instead of teasing your hair, add volume by using volumizing products, like Kérastase’s V.I.P. Volume in Powder dry hairspray for a reshapable hold.
Being rough with your hair causes breakage, even if your hair is healthy. So use metal-free elastics when tying hair in a ponytail, and carefully unwind an up-do instead of yanking out the tie.
Also, replace any old combs or brushes that have a history of snagging in your hair. Combs and brushes should gently untangle hair, not rip or break the strands. Also, set aside enough time in your morning to brush your hair gently and slowly. This will keep your hair soft and strong. Using brushes with soft bristles will also help prevent unnecessary hair breakage.
3. Don’t Use Excessive Heat…
It’s okay to use a bit of heat to style your hair. But using excessive amounts of heat on your locks will lead to damage and will inhibit growth. If you’re trying to achieve curls, use foam rollers overnight instead of using a curling iron every day. For straighter hair, use a hair mask. If you do need to use a hairdryer, use it on the cool setting. It will take longer to dry, but this switch will minimize damage. When you do heat your hair, use a protective serum like Oribe’s Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil to nourish and strengthen each fiber.
… Schedule Regular Salon Trips.
If you want stronger, healthier hair, go to a professional salon to get started. Your trained stylist can recommend the best changes to your routine and trim your hair for healthier growth. It might seem counterproductive to trim your hair if you’re trying to grow it long. But regular trims is one of the best things you can do if you’re establishing length to your locks. Trimming split ends will make hair healthier, appear thicker and fuller. This will make hair grow faster as damage will be kept at bay and grow longer in a shorter amount of time.
A professional salon can also recommend the best products to both nourish your hair and make it easy to style. Long hair can be a handful, especially when it won’t cooperate. So talk to a stylist about how to incorporate good tools, natural products, and nourishing hair care routines. Regular salon trips aren’t just an opportunity to trim and re-style your hair. They’re the perfect opportunity to ask detailed questions and get expert answers.
If you want to have healthy long hair, our trained stylists at Deseo Salon & BlowDry can help. We can also help you nurture and maintain your hair during the swimming season. Contact us today to book your appointment.