Looking after long hair
ConditioningWe all know the benefits of conditioner and how it makes you hair super soft and protected for the environment and heat damage, but did you know it also strengthens and smooths each hair shaft, keeping longer styles in better condition for longer? Not to mention that smoother hair makes it easier to comb or brush, with less pulling and breaking.
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Stay trimmedIt may feel counter-intuitive to keep cutting your hair if you're trying to grow it out, but keeping split ends at bay by getting a trim every 6-8 weeks can help your hair grow much faster, while keeping your hairstyle working for you at every in-between stage.
Use the right equipmentBrushes with fine bristles can damage your hair by creating too much friction, with more breakage and pulling. Boar bristle brushes or wide tooth combs are best for this job. Try and avoid too much brushing when hair is wet as long hair is much easier to damage when wet.
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Tie it back rightDon't even think about using elastic bands! The looser the hold the better is the general rule here, as these won't pull at the root or press the hair too tightly, putting it under more stress. Coil style ponytail holders are best, or 80s style scrunchies, for the nostalgic amongst us.
Put the towel down!Those with curly hair know the t-shirt trick. Smooth fabrics like cotton or linen are better than a towel for taking out the moisture before you heat dry, as the hair strands are kept sleeker, reducing damage and frizz.
Turn down the heatHeat drying as we all know can damage all hair types, but there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the damage.
- Invest in heat protection products
- Keep the dryer at a distance - around 10cm from the hair, while directing the heat down the shaft reduces damage and frizz.
- Let your hair dry naturally from time to time when you're having a night off. This can give your hair a break from the heat.