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If you have long hair, you may want to know how best to look after your crowning glory. These tips still apply to shorter haired girls too, so keep on reading to learn more!
And thanks to Luxy Hair for the great tips!
1. 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 fibre brush, like the boar bristle, helps to minimize friction when brushing. Therefore, the hair doesn’t get caught in 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.
2. Use a deeply hydrating treatment twice a week
If style your hair with heat, you will already know the benefits of using deep hydrating treatments to replenish any lost moisture. A favourite DIY of ours is the coconut honey mask for your hair. Learn how to do it in this video:
The same effect can also be achieved by using an oil high in vitamin E, such as olive or avocado oil. To get the best results, gently warm the oil in a pan on a low heat and apply to your hair. Wrap in a warm towel and wash out after fourth five minutes. The heated oil allows it to be more easily absorbed into the hair, boosting its effective qualities.
3. Use a heat protectant
It goes without saying – we all know we should use one, but it’s such an easy-to-forget step, that really makes a difference! A heat protectant wraps the hair shaft, forming a protective barrier, thus preventing damage and ensuring your style is sleek and frizz free.
4. Use hair bands that don’t pull at the root
The 80’s scrunchy is back and secretly your hair couldn’t be more happy about it! Using a band like a scrunchy, or the plastic coil type means your hair is not pulled at the root. This makes sure the hair isn’t under any unnecessary stress, keeping the strands strong and resilient.
5. Use a hair wrap or an old t-shirt instead of a towel to dry
It may seem slightly simplistic, but those with curly hair are already in the know when it comes to this well-tested trick. Rather than a waffle brushed cotton towel, use a smooth fabric, such as cotton or linen, to get rid of excess moisture before heat styling. This way the hair shaft is not caused to fray when you wrap it to dry. The strands are kept sleeker within the fabric, reducing the likelihood of frizz or damage.
6. Use a low-heat setting for hair drying and point the nozzle down, not sideways
As a general rule of thumb, one of the worst things you can do for your hair is overheated it with excessive blow-drying. If you want to avoid dry and damaged locks, you need to either rein in how often you use a hairdryer or pay attention to how you’re using it and make sure to apply heat protection products beforehand.
Try and keep the dryer at a distance from your hair, ideally keep the hairdryer nozzle two inches away from the strands. Drying your hair on the side makes the hair frizzy by pushing it all over the place. Therefore, the nozzle should be pointed straight down, about three inches away from the hair for best results.
7. Try not to over-wash your hair
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. Ideally, to keep your hair healthy, you only need to wash two to three times a week. Invest in a good natural dry shampoo to help tide you over until your next wash and add volume and texture.
8. Wash your hair the right way
Healthy, beautiful, shiny hair starts in the shower! Firstly: it’s important how you wash your hair. Do you reach for a large dollop of shampoo and scrunch it into the ends of your hair? If you answered yes (probably just like the majority of us would), then you should know shampooing the scalp ONLY is the right way to do it. 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. Giving your head an invigorating massage as you shampoo is a good way to encourage blood circulation and helps to detoxify the scalp. Then, use conditioner along the length of your hair to restore moisture.
Try and keep the water cool when rinsing, blasting your scalp with extremely hot water dries out your hair and create tangles that could result in breakage.
So there you have it, our long-haired beauties. Long, beautiful hair definitely takes dedication, patience, and care – but the results are oh so worth it!
La Biosthetique Cheveux Longs Silky Spa Shampoo – Shampoo for Hair in Need of Care – in salon size – cleanses and intensively conditions, particularly long hair. It also moisturises and gives it wonderful shine.
The Silky Spa Shampoo was especially created for long hair, provides gentle cleansing and repairs minor damage while you are washing your hair. The Silky Spa Shampoo enrobes every single hair with its innovative anti-ageing factor which protects long hair from aggressive environmental influences and thus from dehydration, particularly in the tips. The miracle for hair lengths magically gives you perfectly conditioned hair with liveliness and dreamy shine.
How to use:
Moisten hair, evenly distribute Silky Spa Shampoo from the scalp to the tips, gently lather up and thoroughly rinse.
- Lipo amino acids: rebuild stressed hair.
- Hyaluronic acid: binds moisture, deeply penetrates the hair and replenishes the hair’s moisture reservoirs.
- Wheat peptides: repair damaged structures in the hair lengths.
- Keratin from natural wool: strengthens and protects the hair.