Keep Your Long Hair Healthy and Beautiful

The Style Glossy: Hair Studio

Keep Your Long Hair Healthy and Beautiful

By Wendy Schmid for The Style Glossy

Keep Your Long Hair Healthy and Beautiful

Are you noticing split ends, frizz and a general lackluster lankness to your flowing tresses? That’s no surprise. “Long hair is often damaged simply because it’s been around longer and exposed to more daily wear and tear from styling and the environment,” says celeb stylist Corey Powell. After all, hair that tumbles to your shoulders and below may be at least five years old. These simple, no-fuss tips will help your long locks radiate youthful sheen with these simple, no-fuss tips.

Get Frequent Trims

The only successful treatment for repairing split ends is a sharp pair of scissors. While some hair care products may temporarily merge split ends together, this fix lasts only until your next shampoo. And left untreated, these tiny splits can splinter farther up the hair shaft. “Have your stylist take off half a centimetre or less every six to eight weeks,” suggests hairstylist Mario Russo, known for styling the locks of Natalie Portman. After trims, use a protecting leave-in cream to prevent split ends from recurring so frequently.

Beware of the Sun

Oxidative stress from the sun can fade your colour and leave hair dry and lackluster, warns Russo. Studies also show that hair is more vulnerable to sun damage in both very dry and very humid climates, particularly when it’s wet. “At home or on vacation, don’t let your hair bake dry in the sun after swimming,” says Powell, “and wear a stylish scarf or hat to protect it during any prolonged exposure.”

Invest in a Few Hair Tools
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When investing in hair products, these will help keep long locks strong:

 

  • A natural boar-bristle brush. Its fibers are best for distributing your hair’s natural conditioning oils down the shafts.
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  • A wide-tooth comb. It’s gentler than a brush when your hair is wet and weakest.
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  • A microfiber towel made for long hair. It wicks water out of your hair so you can air-dry faster and more easily.

Colour Correctly
Colouring makes long locks even more prone to breakage, and the damage is usually cumulative. To offset it, celebrity colourist Johnathan Gale, who has worked with Charlize Theron and Jennifer Garner, brushes organic neem oil throughout hair before painting on colour or highlighting solution. “It conditions the hair and buffers the chemicals so you minimise damage, but it won’t interfere with the colour process,” he says. After colouring, be sure to use a shampoo formulated for colour-treated hair during each hair wash.

Condition, Condition, Condition

Use instant conditioner after every shampoo. It will lessen friction between hairs so you have fewer tangles. Also try a weekly deep conditioning treatment to restore damaged hair. “Frayed and frizzy strands are like totally open flowers, so you want a penetrating conditioner that really gets into the inner shaft to smooth it down,” says Russo. Once a month, treat hair to a strengthening and smoothing mask. Hair masks are specifically designed to help stop breakage and create additional shine.

Styling 101

As often as possible, lay off the blow dryer, curling iron, hot rollers and flat iron. “Use these hot tools three times a week max if you must,” says Russo. “And always use a heat-protective product with them.” To prolong a blowout, sleep on a silk pillowcase: The slick fibers don’t rough up the hair’s cuticle. Also try this healthy hairstyle: “Smooth on some conditioning hair cream and create a single braid,” says Gale. “It’s a sexy look for long hair and good for it too.”

Wendy Schmid was a beauty editor at Vogue and writes for numerous magazines, including InStyle and Marie Claire.

 

 
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  • Wice says
    ... and the record goes to: T Xie Qiuping (China) at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) when measured on May 8, 2004. She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13.

    (http://sabinaaubg.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/worlds-longest-hair/)
    • Starlite5 says
      Oh my giddy aunt...that is one head of hair! I wonder how long it takes her to wash and dry her hair?
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        I used to get really bad migraines when I had my hair long past my bum and because it was so thick and curly it took ages to dry as I never used a hair dryer on it nor hair straighter ...now days it's short and do I miss my long hair...sometimes yes but most times nah...too much work to keep it healthy.
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          Great tips. This reminds me that i must get some heat treatment product
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              • Naomi says
                I love long curly hair it looks so lucious and feminine. I wish I had ringlets.
              • danielle216 says
                For some reason, I never really clicked until recently that the sun can not only damage your skin, but your hair as well. Ive started using a sun protectant spray on my hair and ive really noticed a difference.
              • weekiwi says
                Great article, I love long hair and mine is slowing growing back after a BIG chop last year to get rid of all the damaged hair (there was heaps!).
              • Mel80 says
                Thanks for this advise from me and my summer damaged hair.
              • prettyflower says
                I have found that my hair is getting thinner and it is slower to grow, any tips to get a better head of hair are greatly received :)
              • teabag says
                I had long lovely hair... Then when I was pregnant it got really thick and wiry, and became a law unto itself! (Bloody hormones!)
                So I chopped it all off. I am now in the painful process of growing it long again. I agree with the article in that frequent trims are a must!
              • Heather says
                Thanks for the article, I'm now going to be saving a lot of money on hair products, I've tried almost every product for my dry frizzy hair, now all I'm going to do is cut and condition more frequently, currently I cut my hair every 6 months, and it makes so much sense to do it more often, will how this goes for me

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