A How To Guide for Healthy Long Hair

September 9, 2014 9:15 pm - Published by Kim Cohen

A-How-To-Guide-for-Healthy-Long-HairPixies, bobs, and other mega short hairstyles have made a comeback, but if you love your long locks, don’t worry. Long hair isn’t trendy, it’s timeless, and when it is well maintained and healthy, it never goes out of style. This guide removes the mystery and shows you how to keep your tresses growing and looking gorgeous.

There are three key areas you need to zero in on when it comes to caring for your long hair. Home care of your hair is at the top of the list, because it is the one area that affects your hair every single day, all year long. The next consideration is how often you go to the salon, and what you have done to your hair while you’re there. Then, there are seasonal concerns. Summer is fabulous, but unless you take special precautions, it isn’t all fun and games for your hair. Let’s break it down into a simple care plan that will make keeping your long hair in excellent condition a breeze.

Long Hair Home Care

Consider your hair type and texture, as well as any processing you’ve had done, when you choose your shampoo and conditioning regime. If your hair is normal to oily, a daily scrub is a good thing. However, those with very dry hair should give their hair a break and wash it every other day, and always make sure you’re using a moisture-rich fortification formula. Your dry hair will also appreciate some extra TLC in the form of a once a week hair mask. If your hair is color treated, make sure you’re only using color-safe products to prevent fading and damage. To strengthen hair, look for a shampoo that lists keratin as one of the main ingredients. This powerful protein is what your hair is made of, so keratin shampoos will give it a powerful boost against breakage.

Head to the Salon

Another important component to caring for your long hair is making regular trips to the salon. There’s an unfortunate myth that if you’re growing your hair, trims will slow down the process. In truth, getting a trim every six to eight weeks will get rid of split ends that lead to breakage, so your hair will not only look healthier, it will get longer faster. Waiting too long in between trims could result in your stylist needing to cut your hair much shorter in order to get rid of damage and keep it looking healthy.

Another thing to consider when trying to keep your long hair looking its best is whether or not to color your hair, and if you do, deciding which types to use. The least damaging hair colors are semi-permanents that wash out in about four to six weeks, and permanent process coloring that uses a single color. Highlights are the most damaging, because your hair has to go through a multi-step process that involves stripping your hair of its color and then putting blonde highlights back in.


Seeing Your Long Hair Safely Through the Summer

Summer fun typically means lots of time outside in the sun, trips to the pool, and if you’re lucky, playing in the ocean. All of this sun, chlorine, and salt exposure can destroy long hair in a hurry if you don’t take the appropriate measures to protect it. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to minimize the damage without missing out on the fun and staying inside all season. First of all, if you’re going to spend any amount of time in the sun, protect your hair in the same manner you protect your skin. UV rays fade hair of its color, as well as drying out your hair and causing frizz and breakage. Spray it with a hair specific UV shield, and your hair will thank you. Before heading to the beach or pool, give hair a protective boost by using a hair mask like Oribe’s Signature Moisture mask. To protect your hair from the perils of swimming, always wet your hair with fresh tap water or bottled water before you dive in. Your pre-saturated hair won’t be able to absorb nearly as much of the damaging chlorinated water. Whether you’re exposed to chlorine or salt, always wash or rinse your hair as soon as possible after swimming to minimize exposure and subsequent damage.

With regular maintenance, you can enjoy long, luscious locks all year ‘round. The keys to ensuring that your long hair looks like a million bucks are using the right products to help strengthen and protect your hair, avoiding damaging substances as much as possible, and making regular trips to the salon for trims. If you’re having trouble with your hair despite your best efforts, ask your stylist for advice. Oftentimes, it’s the products you’re using, or improper use of styling tools. With professional advice, you’ll be able to reverse the trend and get your hair on track for fabulous growth.

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