How to Manage and Care for Your Long Hair
Anyone that has long hair will know that it can be very difficult to care for and manage. It can be difficult to find the right products to use, removing tangles, sleep comfortably, and the list goes on. These steps will help you to manage your long hair better and care for it properly.
For the purpose of this article, long hair will be defined as any hair that is shoulder length or longer. These procedures will work for all (or most) hair types and just about any length.
Brushing Long Hair
You may already know this, or have heard it before. Brushing your hair should be done gently, with a proper brush or comb, and starting from the bottom of your strands.
Make sure you have a good brush. This does not mean an expensive on, just one that brushes your hair without stripping it or damaging it further. Brushes with medium to large sized plastic bristles are typically best. It is easier, particularily when your hair is wet, to brush your hair with these types of brushes.
Start brushing from the bottom of your strands and work your way up to your scalp as your hair become detanlged. Brush gently and try not to pull too much.
Using Hair Care Products on Long Hair
There are so many products available for all types of hair that is can be seriously difficult to decide what to purchase. If you are unhappy with your hair, one of the main reasons could be that you are not using the proper products.
You have to first know your hair type. Is it oily, normal, brittle, frizzy, damaged, colored, curly, thick, thin, etc. Make sure that the products your are buying suit your hair type. If you are unsure of your hair type just visit a salon or store that specializes in selling hair care products and get their opinion.
Try to use both shampoo and conditioner, not just one or the other or a 2-in-1. Conditioner can make a world of a difference for your hair quality but does not work as well alone as it does after washing your hair with shampoo.
If it's possible, opt for salon products. They usually are better than regular store bought products. You can purchase large, bulk sized bottles from some salons. When you compare the price for the amount that you get to regular store brands, it is not that much more expensive. If you can afford it, it is worth the investment. There are some chains, as well as private stores, that sell discounted salon products. You can also look online for some great deals for products you can have shipped right to your house.
If you care about fragrance, be sure to smell each shampoo and conditioner before you purchase it. Just remember that the best smelling stuff is not always the best for your hair. You might have to try several brand before you find your perfect match.
As well, if possible, invest in a leave in treatment. This will help to restore damaged hair as well as protect it from furture damage.
Sleeping With Long Hair
If you have long hair, particularly longer than shoulder length, it can sometimes be difficult to sleep comfortably or to wake up without your hair being in a complete mess.
It is usually best to tie your hair back, preferably with a soft elastic or scrunchy that will not pull your hair too much as you move. If you can, braid your hair. This will lead to less pulling and stretching or your hair as you sleep and will be easier to brush out in the morning.
Maintaining Long Hair
There are a lot of things that can damage your hair. Everything from heat, to brushing, to sleeping, to swimming. You cannot avoid many of these. Here are some brief tips for maintaining your long hair and minimizing damage:
Trim your hair frequently to avoid split ends. This should probably be every couple of weeks but you should monitor your ends to determine if you need to trim sooner or if you can wait a bit longer.
Brush your hair to keep it tangle free but do not brush it too often. brushing your hair stimulates the oil glands in your scalp which, in turn, can trigger greasy hair.
Try to wash your hair in lukewarm water because heat can damage your hair.
If you go swimming in a pool or subject your hair to chlorine or other chemicals, be sure to wash it as soon as possible because chemicals can be very damaging. Some people say to soak your hair in clean water prior to go swimming in order to prevent too much absorption of chemicals.