I have SUPER long hair. Not being dramatic, it is literally down to my ankles. I am Sikh, which means I have literally never cut my hair, not even a trim. I have grown up with really long hair and it pretty much continued to grow up until after college and now has stayed at its length right around my ankles. I have learned a lot about how to deal with long hair and to keep it healthy, so thought I would share some of my favorite tips and tricks!
Conditioning is key
I have found to manage my locks, conditioning is key. When in the shower, I leave my conditioner on for around 5 mins before rinsing. I just throw it in the bun while I do the rest of my showery things. I have found this has made a difference in conditioning for me and makes my hair more manageable.
Another thing I love to do every few weeks is leaving coconut oil in my hair for at least 30 mins before I shower and find my hair is silky smooth when I rinse it out. One pro tip here is to 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 my long locks. It gets out all the tangles or potential tangles. I usually will run a comb throw 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 for my long hair. It glides through any tangles so my post shower hair brushing is always quick and pain free.
Give it a break from heat
I love a good hairstyle and using my straightener and curling iron but try and take a break every other week and try to avoid styling two days in a row. I have found this is what is 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 - one thing I have learned is that straightening my hair before styling can really help make it manageable. I have pretty thick long hair and straightening it all before attempting to style really makes a difference for me. I recently just invested in a 2in 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 really 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.
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