Long hair seems to be a bit of a rarity these days, with more and more women choosing a sleek bob or cute crop over a flowing mane. Along with this trend follows a draught of advice about caring for long hair. So, whether you are growing your tresses or just want to spruce up your long mop, here are some of my pointers for taking care of long hair.
Without a doubt, the biggest problem for ladies with long tresses is split ends. The longer your hair is, the more prone you are to splitting and breakage. Split ends ruin the appearance of your hair, making it tangle more easily and feel dry and dead. There are plenty of things that you can do to nix split ends.
The best way to tackle split ends is to prevent them. Once you have them, the only way to get rid of them is to snip them off, so it’s far better to take a proactive approach. Here is a basic split-end prevention plan:
– Avoid blow drying your hair as often as possible. Instead, let your hair air-dry. When you get out of the shower, use a towel to firmly blot the excess water from your hair. Don’t rub with the towel, as this can cause breakage.
– Never brush your hair when it is wet. Use a wide-toothed comb to gently loosen tangles.
– Use a split end serum daily to smooth and strengthen the hair. My favourite is the Split end lotion from Garnier Fructus.
– Use a treatment on your hair once a fortnight to strengthen the ends. I love Marilyn by Lush, which is intended for blonde hair, but Lush have a huge range of treats for all hair types. VO5 also have a brilliant hot oil treatment that will leave your hair superbly strong and glossy.
– Have regular trims every six to eight weeks. If you get just a centimetre taken off at a time, it will reduce the split ends and leave your hair looking silky smooth.
– When heat styling your hair, use a protective product especially designed for your hair type. I use Wella’s Heat balm, which doubles as a smoothing pomade.
– If you do want to dye your hair, choose a product that conditions while you colour, to reduce damage. Even better, go for natural henna, which will leave your hair stronger than you will believe. The downside to this is that henna has a very limited colour range.
Another problem that often arises with long hair is combination hair. Many women find that the roots of their hair get oily, while the ends are as dry as the Sahara Desert. This is because the natural oils in your hair have a long, long way to travel before they get to then ends, and often they don’t make it by the time you next wash. There are several things that you can do to prevent this combination hair:
– Use a shampoo for oily hair, but lather it only at the roots. When you rinse, it will clean the ends without stripping the oils.
– Use a rich conditioner from the mid-lengths to the tips of your hair. Don’t apply it to the scalp, or your hair will become an oil slick. For best results, use a towel to absorb any excess water from the ends before you apply, to increase the concentration. Allow it to sit in your hair for a few minutes before rinsing out.
– Only wash your hair every three days or so. If you find your roots are a little oily, try a dry shampoo or a little talcum powder on them to mop up the extra oil.
Long hair is fantastic when you have it under control. It is really versatile and you can wear it in so many ways.
Please feel free to email me with any hair care tips that you have!