Long, flowing hair can be beautiful, cool-looking and a striking part of your appearance. However, caring for long hair is a lot more involved than maintaining short hair. Whether you’re a man or a woman, here are some of the best tips for managing life with super long hair.
Wash It Right
Maintaining super long hair requires that you put thought into the products you use and how often you wash your hair. It is easy to over wash it, which strips important oils from your scalp and breaks the hair down faster. You should also not brush long hair when it is wet because wet hair is much more fragile. Long hair can cause shower drains to clog faster as well, so it’s important to use a hair guard. If drains become too clogged, you may have to secure the assistance of a drain cleaning service or a plumber.
Use the Right Products
For example, you will want to use wide-tooth combs. When brushing your hair with one, start from the bottom and work your way up to prevent breaks. Do not use a curling iron, straightener or any other product that uses heat. Heat will damage all hair, but it is much more of a problem with long hair. Dry shampoos are a good option for people with very long hair so you won’t have to wash it with water as often.
Get It Trimmed Occasionally
Even if you like your hair long and want it to stay that way, it’s still best to go in for regular trims. Regular trims get rid of frayed, split ends as well as any loose hair. You don’t have to take much off. Getting super long hair trimmed every once in a while will allow it to keep the shape and layers you want as well. You should generally trim super long hair four to five times a year.
Patience Is a Virtue
Super long hair requires a lot of time spent caring for it. For this reason, you will have to develop patience. If your hair is not already long, it will take time to grow out to the length you want. You will also need the patience to care for the hair properly so it does not get damaged and is otherwise kept in good shape. You will have to be gentle with it all the time.
Sporting super long hair can be a lot of fun. It also requires a lot of care. Following these tips will help you attain and keep the hair length you want.
Contributed by Hannah Whittenly