Hair Skin Care Long Hair

Long hair can be beautiful on both men and women. However, if not properly cared for, long hair can turn into a messy and damaged disaster. In order to keep your long hair looking its best, you’ll need to provide it with the proper care. From washing and conditioning to styling, knowing how to provide your long hair with the proper care can bring the best out of your locks!

Long Hair Care Tips

Follow these hair care tips to keep your long hair healthy and beautiful:

  • Comb before Brushing: To remove tangles and facilitate brushing, you should always comb your long hair before you brush it. Always use a wide-toothed comb to prevent breakage.
  • Curling Long Hair: To prevent heat damage and breakage, you should curl your long hair with soft foam hair curlers. Curl your hair around the curlers when it is damp and allow your hair to dry. If you must use a curling iron or electric rollers, use them on their coolest settings.
  • Drying Long Hair: No matter what the length of your hair, to prevent damage, air drying is the preferred method of drying. If you need your hair to dry quickly, after washing, gently blot moisture from your hair with a towel. Never rub your hair with a towel, as doing so can cause damage.

    If you must use a hair dryer, apply a thermal protection spray to your hair and set your dryer on its lowest and coolest setting. Dry your hair 80 percent and then allow it to air dry.

  • Proper Brushing: Knowing how to properly brush your long hair can prevent damage, including breakage and split ends. Follow these steps to brush your long hair:
    • First, bend forward at your wait and allow your hair to fall. In this position, brush your hair from the nape of your neck to the tips of your hair.
    • Next, return to an upright standing position. In this position, again brush your hair from the nape of your neck to the tips.
    • Finally, use the brush to brush the top layers of your hair with long, even strokes.

    To avoid breakage, don’t over-brush your hair and never brush it while it is wet. Also, invest in a high-quality, natural-bristle hair brush.

  • Proper Nutrition: Healthy hair comes from a healthy diet. To ensure that your hair is getting the nutrients it needs, eat a diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins. You’ll want to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as lean sources of protein.

Long Hair Care: The Trim

Many people who have long hair or who are trying to grow their hair out avoid getting trims. However, regular trims are essential to long hair health and help prevent breakage and split ends.

It’s best to get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. However, you might need a trim more frequently if you hair is dry or damaged.

Shampooing and Conditioning Long Hair

When shampooing long hair, you’ll want to pick a shampoo that is appropriate for your hair type. For instance, if you have dry hair, pick a shampoo will add moisture.

Once you’ve chosen the appropriate shampoo, shampoo using these steps:

  1. Rinse your hair with warm water.
  2. Apply approximately one tablespoon of shampoo into the palm of your hand and add a splash of water.
  3. Rub your palms together and then spread the shampoo from your hairline to the ends of your hair.
  4. Use the pads of your fingers to work the shampoo into your scalp.
  5. Rinse with warm water, making sure to remove all of the shampoo.

You’ll need to follow your shampoo with a conditioner, unless your hair is excessively oily. Again, choose a conditioner that is appropriate for your hair type. In order to prevent oily hair, you’ll want to avoid getting the conditioner directly on your scalp. Instead, apply the conditioner only to your hair, paying special attention to the ends.

If your hair is fragile or damaged, you might want to try using a deep conditioner or a hot oil treatment once or twice a month.

Resource

Porter, Donna (n.d.). Long Hair Care. Retrieved November 6, 2007, from the lovetoknow Web site: http://hair.lovetoknow.com/Long_Hair_Care.