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How To Take Care Of Long Hair: The Complete Guide

19 March 2018
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Jessie Amato

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For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire Hair.com readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

Achieving mermaid-length locks is every woman’s dream. Maintaining lengthy strands is no easy feat and requires a lot of attention and maintenance such as regular trips to the salon and a consistent hair care regimen. Without proper care, long hair can go from luscious to lackluster instantly.

If you’re stumped about long hair care, don’t panic. We’re giving you the ultimate guide including styling tips, techniques and the best products to add to your hair care arsenal.

Brush the right way.

If you’re working with length, brushing with the correct technique is essential to maintaining a healthy look and feel. Since long hair can be more prone to tangles, be sure to brush starting from the ends and slowly work your way up to the scalp to avoid forming more knots.

Looking for the best hair brush for long hair? We recommend trying a boar bristle brush. Boar bristle brushes help detangle hair while distributing natural hair oils and , keep your hair tangle-tree. Pro tip: If you know your hair snarls easily, always apply a detangling spray before running a brush through your strands.

Avoid brushing when your hair is wet.

We all have the urge to grab a brush the minute we step out of the shower, but this habit can lead to major breakage. Wet hair can be more fragile than dry hair, so any unnecessary styling should be avoided.

If you insist on brushing before your hair is completely dry, wait until the hair is slightly damp and use a tool specially designed for damp hair. Instead using a regular paddle brush, use a wide tooth comb. Gently brush through the hair in small sections from ends to scalp.

Keep your hair hydrated.

Just as our bodies need hydration to stay healthy, so does our hair. Maintaining a nutritious diet, managing stress, and exercising regularly will help you maintain a healthy body and beautiful hair.

If your hair is feeling extra dry, invest in a shampoo and conditioner system specifically designed to boost the look of moisture. From the L'Oréal portfolio of products, we recommend Matrix Moisture Me Rich Shampoo and Conditioner.

Shampoo less often.

Washing your hair everyday may seem natural, but going a day or two between shampoos can do wonders for your strands. Washing your hair less often will also give your hair and your arms a break. If your hair becomes too oily in between washes, a dry shampoo could be your new Holy Grail product. Use it to refresh your hair and give it a great scent between washes.

Keep heat styling to a minimum.

We all know the dangers of heat styling, but those with long hair should be extra wary of breaking out the hot tools too much. If you aren’t ready to totally give up heat styling just yet, opt for hot tools with lower temperature settings. Be sure to always use a quality heat protectant before applying any type of heat to your hair.

Protect your hair while you sleep.

If you’re wondering how catching some z’s could be harmful, there are many ways to damage hair while you sleep, from wearing it incorrectly to the type of pillowcase you use. To help protect your strands when you’re tossing and turning, sleep with your hair up in a loose bun or claw clip.

Cotton pillow cases can be rough on your mane, so switch them out for a material that causes less friction such as satin or silk.

Maintain regular salon appointments.

One of the biggest misconceptions in the beauty world is that maintaining regular trims will stunt your hair growth. In fact, regular trims are essential to keep your hair healthy and maintain your length. We recommend a visit to the salon every six to eight weeks to rid your mane of pesky damaged or split ends. If you don’t want a full trim, ask your stylist for a dusting to remove split ends without losing length.

Be cautious of certain hairstyles.

We admit to loving a top knot or high ponytail from time to time. However, these hairstyles require a decent amount of pulling and friction on your strands, which could leave you with damage. For long hair, we recommend avoiding wearing tight hairstyles too often.

Be gentle with your strands.

Hair of any length should always be treated with the utmost care. Know what kind of care your hair needs, and be as gentle with it as possible. Your stylist (and your scalp) will thank you.

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