I used to cut my hair short and honestly, I’m never doing it again. I just always end up with that remorseful feeling shortly after each hair cut. Why why did I even bother to get them cut? Having short hair means less maintenance, but that was before I knew these tips and tricks for long hair.
I believe hair is every girl’s crowning glory. I personally feel like something’s missing whenever my hair’s a mess regardless of how hot my outfit looks. That’s because hair completes any outfit.
Since I’ve decided to never cut my hair short again, I had to commit to myself. Hair maintenance needs to be consistent and it needs time. However, it doesn’t need to be all stressful. Keep reading for my top tips and hacks for taking care of long hair.
Cute, quick, and curly
If you like fixing your hair in a curly style but doesn’t want to go through hours and hours of manually styling, this trick just might work well for you as it did me. Hold your hair in a high ponytail and tie as normal. Divide the hair into sections and curl them manually one at a time for four to five seconds. You can leave your hair like this overnight. When you take your hair down, you’re supposed to have bouncy, big curls. Just make your scrunchie isn’t too tight or you’ll get a very visible hair-band hat look.
Split ends are meant to be cut
Health over length, ladies! Split ends are inevitable when you have long hair and the longer you keep them, the more your hair is damaged. Visit your salon regularly to get one or two inches of your hair trimmed.
Your friend, Keratin
If your hair starts to get more tug and it feels like a tug of war when you’re brushing your hair, it might be time to invest in kerating hair products or a trip to the salon to receive a keratin treatment. There’s more on this topic on my other post, here: What is Keratin Treatment?
Don’t brush your hair when wet
Brushing the hair when it’s wet is damaging because hair is more prone to breakage when it’s saturated with water. Water weakens your hair bonds. If you really must sort your hair out while it’s wet, use a wide-toothed comb instead. Start from the bottom of your hair and work your way to roots. If you encounter tangles, take it easy and don’t pull too hard.
Dry shampoo is an option
If you have an early morning and you don’t think you have enough time to get ready, spray dry shampoo in your hair the night before. The shampoo will soak into the hair and the roots overnight. You’ll have cleaner looking hair in the morning, ready to be styled.
Beauty comes from within
And I’m not just talking metaphorically. You are what you eat, and what you eat shows up in your hair. Make sure to include protein in your diet, such as fish, nuts, and seeds.
Give the hot hair tools a rest
Regularly using flat or curling irons and a hair blower set on high temp does great damage to the hair. Try to use these tools sparingly, leaving a few days in between for your hair to take a break. Having smooth-looking hair for a day is cute, but fried hair for the long haul? Not so much.
Use shampoo depending on the weather
If you’re living in humid conditions that make you sweat for the most part, it’s still advisable to wash and shampoo your hair everyday for good hygiene. However, living in colder climates where you don’t sweat as much demands less use of shampoo. Shampoo, when used too frequently, can strip off your hair’s natural oils and will lead to hair damage.
Hairspray goes on the brush
You read it right – hairspray goes on the brush before gently brushing your hair in place. This technique will prevent dry and crispy looking hair.
Hope you find these ideas useful. Happy styling!
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