Long locks looks fabulous but everyone with long hair knows that it requires very high maintenance and they bring along their unique problems. However it will need to be cared for if one wants to keep their hair looking beautiful. Here are few tips that every girl who has long hairs should know about:
1. Keep it trimmed
Hair grows at an average rate of about 1.25 cm every month, so that means that, if you have very long hair, the ends of your hair have been around for some time and will have been styled, coloured and treated with products many, many times, so they are quite likely to develop split ends. If you have your hair trimmed every other month, it will keep the split ends away, but it won’t reduce the overall length of your hair.
2. Long hair tips – shampooing
To make shampooing your long hair a little bit easier, thoroughly dampen your hair first and then use just enough shampoo to get a good lather. Avoid using too much shampoo, or it will take forever to rinse it out. Then gently massage your scalp to remove dirt and excess oil and thoroughly rinse your hair before you use conditioner. You will probably only need to shampoo your hair every two or three days. Any more than that and you will dry your hair out.
3. Conditioning tips for long hair
Make it a rule that you always condition your hair after every shampoo. Even the gentlest of shampoos takes some moisture out of your hair, so use a conditioner designed for your hair type and that will put the moisture back and keep your hair soft and bouncy. Remember that conditioner should not be used on the roots, or it will make your hair look oily, and condition all the way down the full length of your hair, right to the tips, where it will need it the most.
4. Massage your scalp
Massaging your scalp promotes a good blood supply to the follicles and that will help keep your hair in good condition. You can massage your scalp when you are shampooing or you could use a scalp serum, which usually contain things like avocado oil and coconut oil. Remember; keeping your scalp healthy is just as important as caring for your hair.
5. Use a hot oil treatment
Massaging warm oil into your hair and scalp will condition your hair and look after the health of your scalp. You can choose the type of oil based on your own particular needs. If you have dandruff, coconut oil would be the best choice, olive oil is great for deep conditioning, avocado oil will moisturise hair and make it shine, and almond oil does a wonderful job of smoothing hair.
6. Be gentle with your hair
Being gentle with hair is the number one tip that applies to all types of hair, not just long hair. Don’t tug out tangles, don’t style your hair when it is wet, and don’t rigorously rub hair dry with a towel, pat it dry with T-shirt.