Having lengthy locks may make you feel more confident with the way you look, but if you think that maintaining your thick mane is easier than having short hair, you might be surprised to find that the hair care routine that you’ll have to do is completely different. Not only is there a huge possibility of your hair getting tangled in your earrings or your scarf, but it will be more exposed the usual wear and tear too. Add to this the fact that the longer your hair is, the more fragile it becomes, should be something to take into account as well.
The good news is that you will be able to care for your long hair using these few tips:
Choose the right hair brush
If you have long hair, your best bet would be to go for a wet brush or a boar bristle brush instead since you will need a hair brush that can help you maintain smooth hair shaft to reduce breakage. The boar brush bristle is useful in reducing friction when you brush your hair, so you won’t end up with knots that you’ll have to pull our cut. A wet brush is also a good option to consider since it doesn’t add stress to your hair.
Make use of heat protectant
Styling your hair using hot styling tools is all well and good, but you have to use a heat protectant on your hair first before anything else. What the heat protectant does is that it covers the hair shaft thus creating a protective barrier, which means that even when you use a styling tool, the hair shaft will remain sleek and even frizz free. This will help your long hair look better regardless of how you style it.
Get your hair trimmed
It’s understandable that you don’t want your hair cut because you want to keep your hair long, but if you really want to maintain long, beautiful hair, you will need to get your hair trimmed from time to time. Trimming an inch or two from the ends reduce the appearance of split ends. If you are the type of person who air dries her hair, set an appointment every 10 to 12 weeks. On the other hand, if you have colored your hair, trimming your hair every 6 to 8 weeks is recommended.
After taking a shower, your hair may have some tangles on it, but rather than working on it furiously with your comb, make sure that you detangle gently to avoid breaking or damaging your hair strands. Spray some detangling spray on your locks then use a wide-toothed comb starting from the bottom all the way up. This way, you will be able to detangle your hair without pulling or tugging at your hair too much.
Don’t forget the conditioner
Ever wonder how some people manage to keep their long hair looking shiny and smooth? Well, it’s because they are using conditioner, that’s what. Conditioning your hair helps to soften, smooth, hydrate, and repair the damage as soon as possible, so you won’t have to deal with frizz and pesky flyaway. When applying conditioner, focus on the middle and bottom of your hair rather than the roots because when you place some on the latter, your hair will look weighed down.
Taking care of your long hair doesn’t have to be next to impossible, or even take up much of your time, because these tips are enough to keep those frizz from your mane away.