You can grow your hair extra long if you want, but growing it extra healthy can be a challenge.
It’s always easy to maintain short hair, but having long locks requires more effort and yes… patience.
However, you can get that lustrous shine back into your hair with a few tips to protect your hair from damage that comes with getting your hair long.
We’ve gathered 20 of those tips so you can have beautiful and healthy long hair in no time!
1. Let your hair get dirty.
A bit of natural oil is good for your hair and scalp. Even if you have really oily hair, try and stretch your wash out to three, four or even five days. Greasy hair can be worn up in a ponytail or bun. If it is truly driving you mental – try dry shampoo!
2. Only use lukewarm or cold water on your hair.
Your hair is like your skin, if you have a scalding hot shower, it will damage your hair. Keep it to cool water.
3. Dry shampoo is the bom-diggity!
Oh yeah baby. I love this stuff. You can even get coloured dry shampoo – so if you have dark hair – get the dark brown version – it doesn’t make your hair appear grey. Dry shampoo mops up all the excess oil on your scalp – and you can go longer without washing! Keep one in your bag, one at home and one at work. Once you start using it, you will never be without it.
4. Stop using shampoo!
Yes shampoo is the devil! It dries out your hair so much, especially if you are using it more than twice a week. Instead, use conditioner to ‘wash’ your hair. Apply a good amount of conditioner to your scalp, and gently massage it through your hair (without tangling it – gently gently!). Rinse – and your hair will be clean as a whistle – and soft!
5. Don’t use towels to dry your hair.
Towels are great for drying your body, but please please please don’t use them to dry your hair! It is easy for your hair to get caught up in the fibres of the towel and break – especially as wet hair is the most vulnerable. Instead, invest in some of those microfibre hair towels – they are gentle and remove a lot of the water from your hair without damaging it. Another alternative it to use a soft cotton t-shirt.