Bangs, fringe, breakage — whatever you call it, it'll fit in some butterfly clips.
Ever since my teens (save for one bob incident in college), I’ve sported very long, usually waist-length hair. Many people believe I keep my hair long because it’s feminine or because I plan to donate it (which I’ve done before), but most of the time, it’s because I’m reluctant to go to the hairstylist, pay a higher-than-usual rate, and then have my hair grow back super-fast anyway. Plus, I just never got used to the process of people fussing over me at salons, so long hair it is, forever.
If you’re planning on growing your hair out, here are some tips to make sure it stays in good condition.
Invest in a good comb or hairbrush.
Find one that gets through the knots and doesn’t pull at your hair to avoid causing breakage. Although it’s pricey, I recommend the Tangle Teezer because it’s the only brush I’ve ever used that significantly makes getting through my knotty hair faster and less painful. I also use it in the shower to gently comb in my conditioner.
Speaking of knots, I’ve also heard great things about the satin pillow case and the satin hair wrap techniques from lovely xoVain readers to prevent tangles while you’re sleeping.
Lay off the heating tools.
It really does make a difference in your hair health. Years ago, I’d curl my hair every few weeks (who knows why or how I had the time?!) and I ended up with a ton of split ends. But in the years I rarely used heating tools, I barely had any split ends.
Get regular trims if you need to.
It’ll leave the ends of your hair looking as healthy and as full as possible, and it’ll help you avoid that I-obviously-haven’t-cut-my-hair-in-a-long-time look. You can also try to DIY with this technique from Christina.
Dry shampoo is your friend.
The longer my hair gets, the less enthused I am about washing my hair since the process takes extra-long to wash and dry. In between washes, I use a dry shampoo to save time and cut down on grease.
Get used to putting your hair up—a lot.
Since having long hair invites certain kinds of accidents—like getting stuck in the car door or hair falling into your bowl of soup (both of which have happened to me)—be sure to have hair ties around at all times. Look for ones without metal since those can snag at hair and cause breakage, and always remember to be gentle when undoing your updos!
- What’s the longest your hair has ever been?
- Any tips for reducing knots?