Conditioning Best Practices
One of the most important things you can do is to properly condition your hair. Buying a good conditioner for your hair is essential if you're going to keep that healthy shine and avoid split ends.
Whilst you're probably regularly using a shampoo and conditioner, the occasional deep conditioning treatment will work wonders for keeping your longer hair looking great. You can get this done at your local salon, or simply by purchasing a deep conditioning kit at your local supermarket or drug store. Or why not try using your normal conditioner, and then wrapping your hair in cling film (which creates a warming effect that will help the conditioner to sink in).
Investing in a deep conditioning hair care product also gives you an opportunity for some "me" time - take some time out, wash your hair, apply the conditioning treatment, wrap it n a towel (or as per instructions) and put your feet up and read or watch the tube for twenty minutes. Relax and enjoy!
Other Best Practices for Long Hair
Of course, keep in mind that hair care is not simply conditioning. The condition of your hair is also dependent on your diet, exercise and overall general health. To make sure that your hair is not dull and lifeless, keep it cut regularly. This helps the hair to rebalance itself and will also prevent split ends.
It is also important to make sure that you do not cause your hair too much stress – this can simply be if you shampoo every day, or blow dry and straighten every day. Your hair is being put through a lot, so you must think about what you can do to minimize this.
Why not try seeing how your long hair will look after a second day? Many models find their hair looks best after a day, and that it stays put easier. Also, a lot of the natural oils and goodness is being stripped from your hair whenever you wash it, so be more careful about how frequently you do this. Washing no more than 2-3 times a week is recommended.
Tangled Hair Solutions
Some cheap and effective ways of untangling your hair are actually the easiest. The first is to start at the bottom of your hair with a wide toothed comb and just start pulling through, being gentle at the same time. Do NOT pull on your hair so it is painful at the roots.
Another idea if you are really having problems is to cover your hair in conditioner (but not water), as this will make it more slippery (like running your finger under water to get a ring off!). Make sure that you don't start at the top of your head when combing as this will only push the knots closer together.
Also it is important to focus on one section at a time, rather than panic at the state of your entire head of hair. There are many detangling products you can buy at the moment which will help you with your situation.
A very good solution is to keep your hair well groomed, and this way it is less likely to get severely tangled. Make sure you comb your hair once a day to keep it in order.
As you can see, it's really not that difficult to keep your long hair looking great. Just condition it properly, avoid shampooing every day, eat a nutritious diet, get plenty of sleep and exercise, get it trimmed regularly, avoid blasting your hair with lots of heat day in and day out, and detangle regularly. Do these things and your hair will retain its vibrancy for years to come.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed these long hair beauty tips.