One thing I have been doing for years is washing my hair everyday. My parents always taught me the importance of good hygiene and of course made me take showers daily. Daily showering is definitely important, but during my worst periods of anxiety, I would shower twice daily and wash my hair every time I showered. It’s funny that I couldn’t figure out why my hair was so brittle and dull. Of course it was because I was washing my hair, way, waaaaay too much! Currently, my hair is the longest it’s ever been and the healthiest it’s ever been. Why? Well, let me tell you how I’ve been caring for my long hair lately.
I found some long hair care ideas from Xojane, but have altered them to fit my needs and lifestyle. A little about my hair:
- It’s wavy
- It’s thin and delicate
- It is naturally a golden reddish/brownish/blondish color
- It hangs past my boob area.
Not all of these ideas are going to work for your hair. There are a lot of hairstyles that might not benefit from the things I do, but maybe you will find things that will just click for you and will work for your hair and lifestyle.
Alright, here are my tips for long, beautiful hair:
- Don’t Wash Your Long Hair Daily. By doing so, you risk stripping your hair of its natural, healthy oils and that will only serve to weaken the strands. I go at least 1, but have gone up to 3 days without washing my hair. It was so dry in the beginning that I could probably have gone a week and it would’ve been fine. Yes, your hair will get “greasy” and “oily,” but to keep it smelling and looking mostly fresh, use baby powder, corn starch, or a dry shampoo. I’ve been using Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo and it’s decent for the price, but there are tons more out there. Batiste Dry Shampoo is a popular one, but I’ve never tried it. When you do wash, use a sulfate-free shampoo and try to only wash your roots. After your hair dries, you will be amazed at how healthy and shiny it looks.
- Condition Every time you get your hair wet, condition it. I leave my daily conditioner in a few minutes before rinsing. I use a deep conditioner once a week and leave that on for five minutes before rinsing. I’m currently alternate between the Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask once a week and the Clairol Hair Food Moisturizing Mask once a week as well as the Regenepure Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner when I don’t feel like deep conditioning.
- Don’t Use Just Any Brush or Comb. Honestly, this was news to me. I had no idea that my plastic bristle comb was tearing my hair. Per this article in Xojane, that crackling sound you hear when you brush is the sound of your hair breaking. I used to hear that sound every time I ran my brush through my hair. I recommend instead using a boar bristle hair brush instead of a plastic bristle brush. I use this boar bristle brush by Bass and I really like it. Boar bristle brushes are supposed to distribute the oils in your hair naturally, without breaking or damaging your hair. The idea is that the boar hairs mimic your own hair. I use my boar bristle brush in the morning and at night. Use a wide tooth comb (I’m using this wide tooth comb from Sephora) to gently brush through tangles before using your boar bristle brush. I got the idea from Xojane. Not only are you helping your hair by distributing your oils naturally, but you are giving yourself a lovely scalp massage, which is supposed to help with circulation in the scalp.
- Be Gentle With Wet Hair. You can use a wide tooth comb, but never brush wet hair. Your hair is especially delicate when wet. When using a towel, gently squeeze the water out of your hair, don’t rub it aggressively or wring it.
- Try Oils. I use jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and coconut oil on my hair, all in different ways. I use the jojoba oil on my hair by mixing it with my regular conditioner and massaging it into my hair when it is hair washing night. I use rosehip oil in my hair by mixing it with Rosemary essential oil and heating it in the microwave for a few seconds before applying all over my hair, focusing on the roots. The coconut oil is good for deep conditioning. I only use it on the tips of my hair and will wrap it in plastic wrap and leave it in for a few hours before rinsing. They say you should leave it in for a day, but I haven’t got the time or patience for that and a few hours seems to work fine.
- Rinse with Cold Water. Believe me, this makes a huge difference. After I rinse my hair with cold water, it is soooo silky. This process seals up the hair and holds in the conditioner and oils that you just applied.
- Sleep in a Loose Braid. Again, I got this idea from Xojane and I love how it keeps tangling in the night. Plus, I wake up with fewer cowlicks and my natural waves are accentuated. I just GENTLY brush and go.
- Avoid Heat Styling. The only heat styling tool I use is Kiss InstaWave. I use it on the lowest setting and it still leaves my hair awesome. I only use it with the HSI Professionals Thermal Protector with Argan Oil. Other than that, I don’t even use a hair dryer. My hair dryer is for my cat, Chester, now 🙂
- Wear Ponytails in Different Spots. Use only metal-less elastics and don’t yank your hair tight when the ponytail is coming a little loose. Just redo it and remove the elastic gently. I actually prefer to use scrunchies, which is so coming back by the way 🙂 I love this adorable scrunchie made from a Kimono or if you are crafty, you can easily make your own scrunchie. Also, try to alternate where you put the elastic. Keeping it in the same spot every time you wear it will weaken that spot. I’ve been wearing my hair in pony tails less and less because I noticed my hair line was receding from pulling it too tightly. Yikes!
- Trim Regularly. You don’t have to go to a salon every 6 to 8 weeks or however long is recommended. I usually just trim my hair at home using this method. Most everyone will get split ends no matter what you do to prevent them, so trimming them off before they break the entire hair is important for maintaining a long mane.
- Nutrition. Good hair starts from within. Take a multivitamin or a biotin based vitamin. I’ve been taking this hair supplement by Hair Covet for a few weeks now and think it works fine. Don’t rely on vitamins/supplements though. Eat healthy, nutritious foods and drinks lots of water throughout the day.
Here is what my hair looks like today:
I’m very happy with how it looks at this point in time. It’s very healthy, shiny, and soft and my split ends are minimal.
Well, that is all I have in the way for hair care tips. If you have any tips, please let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂
Have a lovely day and thanks for reading!