By Divia Singh
I have super long hair. I'm not being dramatic—it is literally down to my ankles. I am Sikh, which means I have never cut my hair, not even a trim.
I grew up with really long hair and it pretty much continued to grow until after college. Now, it stays at its current length, right around my ankles. I have learned a lot about how to deal with long hair to keep it healthy. Here are some of my best tips and tricks:
Conditioning is key
I have found that, to manage my locks, conditioning is crucial. When in the shower, I leave my conditioner on for around five minutes before rinsing. I just throw it in the bun while I do the rest of my showery things. This made a huge difference in conditioning for me and makes my hair more manageable.
Every few weeks, I'll also leave coconut oil in my hair for at least 30 minutes before I shower. I find that my hair is silky smooth when I rinse it out. One pro tip here: shampoo twice to ensure all the oil residue is gone.
Keep the tangles away
One of the most important things about keeping my long hair manageable is keeping the tangles far, far away. I keep my hair tangle-free with a few things.
Make sure it is always conditioned and if it is not feeling up to my normal standard, I’ll add a serum or leave in conditioner.
I love my tangle teezer. I use it daily and it has been a life-changer for long locks. It gets out all the tangles or potential tangles. I usually will run a comb through it after to make sure I have gotten all of them.
I typically brush my hair for a few mins morning and night to catch any tangles that may have come up during the day.
Before I rinse out my conditioner in the shower, I brush my hair with my Wet Brush. The Wet Brush is another life-changer fo long hair. It glides through any tangles so my post-shower hair brushing is always quick and pain-free.
Give your hair a break from heat
I love a good hairstyle and using my straightener and curling iron but I try to take a break every other week and avoid styling two days in a row. I have found this is what works best to keep my hair healthy in between styling times. I also make sure to always use a heat protectant. On weeks when I am using heat tools, I make sure to use extra conditioning products (like serum and coconut oil) to give my hair some healthy love.
Speaking of styling and heat—I've learned that straightening my hair before styling can really help make it more manageable. Straightening my thick hair before attempting to style really makes a difference for me. I recently just invested in a 2-inch straightener to help with this process!
Having long hair can make me super hesitant to splurge on hair products. It takes so much product to manage my hair so it ends up being a waste. However, that hasn’t stopped me from splurging.
My favorite hair care splurges are:
Sol di Janiero’s shampoo and conditioner, I LOVE the smell and my hair never felt softer
It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin is a great serum to keep your ends hydrated (which is so critical when you don’t cut your ends)
Here are some more budget faves that I've found really work for me!
Garnier Fructis Grow Strong shampoo and conditioner have help me keep my hair strong and always smells great
The TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioners keep my hair healthy, soft and really help with that frizzy-ness that happens post conditioning
Garner Sleek and Shine Hair Serum is one of my favs. It is lightweight but really hydrating for my hair. I always put it on my ends or will take a little to help with flyaways.