Bobs and buzz cuts may be a major hair trend this season, but that doesn't mean we don't love long, luscious locks, too! And those who love their long hair couldn't imagine cutting it – not even a slight trim. Long hair evokes a sense of sensuality and femininity that some women just can't let go of. It also allows for endless hairstyling opportunities – whether it's boxer braids, twin top-knots or glamorous curls – because you can manipulate it however you'd like.
But while having long hair may seem like a dream come true, it requires twice as much attention and care to maintain. After enduring countless blow dries, shampoos, and style trends, the hair begins to weaken over time, as the tips of long hair are much more fragile than short hair. That's why Get The Look is helping you save your long locks with a few tips to maintain your well-deserved long locks.
HAIR CARE: HOW TO MAINTAIN LONG HAIR
Scissors may seem like a scary thought after you've spent years trying to grow out your hair, but believe it or not, frequent trims when you have long hair are a must. Although they won't make your hair actually grow faster, trims will keep tips looking healthy and prevent split ends from working their way up strands, requiring you to chop hair off more often. If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims.
Over time, long strands start to get thinner at the bottom as a result of colouring and heat styling. Conditioner helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, as well as seal the cuticle to help prevent more damage from happening so that you can get your hair to grow longer and look healthier. So make sure to condition your hair every time you step inside the shower!
SKIP THE SHAMPOO
Although conditioner is one product you should be using regularly in the shower, shampoo on the other hand, is not. Here's why: The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. When you really do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then simply letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away.
APPLY AN OIL OR MASK TREATMENT WEEKLY
Because hair that touches your shoulders or beyond can be several years old and most likely needs more than just normal conditioner. Try using a moisture-based mask or oil weekly to keep hair healthy and long. You can even apply products like coconut oil to the ends of your hair for your very own DIY hair treatment. When applying masks or treatments, apply them to damp hair, leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes, then shampoo and condition your hair like normal. This will help to seal the products inside of the hair for healthy results!
BE GENTLE WITH THE BRUSH
Constant brushing can cause physical harm to your hair, so when you detangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up – moving from the scalp down will bring small tangles into one large knot and can cause you to lose a lot of hair.
COLD WATER RINSES
Rinsing your hair with cold water at the end of each shower will help to grow hair and keep it healthy for longer. Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags and heat damage – you only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step over time can make a huge difference.
SWITCH UP YOUR HAIRSTYLE
Although ponytails are an easy way to get hair out of your face (not to mention a major hairstyle trend this season), tight elastics can cause a serious amount of breakage to your strands. Instead of a high, tight ponytail, opt for a loose, low pony that won't cause breakage.
SKIP THE HOT TOOLS
It's obvious that hot tools – blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons – aren't ideal if you're trying to keep your hair long and healthy. Luckily, natural looking locks is one of the major hair trends of the moment – so skip the hot tools and embrace your natural texture. Your hair will thank you for it!