How I care for my long hair

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I have had very long hair for around 7 years and here are my top tips and products for keeping it healthy and looking nice. I have very fine, straight, quite porous,  hair, so these tips will be most helpful for people with a similar hair types.

1. For shampoo and conditioner, I switch it up and find that it doesn’t matter too much what I use, but I am partial to Trichomania solid shampoo and American Cream conditioner from Lush (these smell amazing btw). I also like Pantene Pro-V if I’m on a bit of a budget or want something a bit more clarifying.

2. I think the actual steps are more important than the products here. This is the routine that works best for me: Shampoo and condition every other day and put a leave in conditioner in when hair is still damp from the shower. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle when wet. I like this wooden one from The Body Shop.

3. Try to avoid heat. I pretty much never blow dry my hair in the summer when it’s warm, except sometimes the roots if I’m going for a certain style. I never use heat to curl or straighten – this damages hair a lot.

4. Deep condition. I deep condition my hair once or twice a month. My favourite one is Jasmine and Henna fluff ease from Lush, but most often I just use my regular conditioner and leave it in for a few hours with a shower cap on.

5. Try to avoid harsh chemical dyes. These can really damage your hair, especially when applied at home or just incorrectly applied. Also, bleaching or “lifting” hair colour tends to be more damaging. The only dye I ever use on my hair is the henna hair dyes from Lush . They give beautiful colour and leave my hair feeling softer, healthier and shinier than before.

6. This is super important: Put your hair “away” when you’re not “using” it. That is, braid or put up in a top knot at night, and wear in a bun (less of a pressure point that a pony tail = less chance of breakage) when you don’t have to have it down. This prevents tangles and snags and the resulting breakage. Also if you braid your hair at night, you can wear it in pretty, soft, heatless waves the next day.

7. My favourite finishing products: Got2b Smooth Operator Lustre Lotion and Smoothing Hairspray. Also the Dove Style+Care Dry Shampoo is great for second day hair and giving a bit of volume and texture.

8. The best tip I have for growing your hair long in the first place is simply – Don’t cut it. It may seem obvious, but a lot of people are impatient and end up cutting of all the hair they’ve been growing out. The trick is to take good care of it, so your ends stay healthy and you don’t have to trim it very often. I get my hair cut only once or twice a year.

Do you have any different long hair-care tips or do you prefer having shorter hair? I have been toying with the idea of cutting mine off to just below the shoulders, but I’m not sure I can part with it! What do you think?

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  1. These are great tips! It sounds like my hair is very similar to yours. My roots tend to get greasy quickly, so I don’t deep condition as frequently. I wash my hair every other day, slathering the bottom half with conditioner and pinning it up during the rest of the shower before rinsing it off. On the off days, I use dry shampoo on my roots to help rid the greasiness.
    What I also do the night before washing my hair – I will put a conditioning oil (either Moroccan Oil or BioSilk) on the bottom half of my hair before braiding it. Keeps the ends nice and soft!

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