Hair Routine for Long Hair: How to Wash, Dry and Style
It is well known that an in-depth hair care routine is needed, especially if you are lucky enough to have long hair. Yes, it’s true, as much as it is a blessing, it is also a nuisance – you have to pay extra attention to it and you’ve maybe tried a lot of products that didn’t seem to work for you as well as you expected.
This article will break down all the tips and tricks that we managed to think of, that will definitely make your hair look healthier and happier.
Take Your Time
In order to have a proper hair care routine, you need to have a little bit of time to take off from your daily chores – wash, condition, apply a treatment then dry it and of course style it.
First Things First
After you decided that you will invest a little part of your time in taking care of your hair, you need to find out what type of hair you have, in order to apply the needed products. For this, it is recommended to see how your hair will react if you don’t use any type of products or wash it. Your hair can be straight, curly or wavy. Furthermore, you must notice whether your hair is very dry or very oily and if it’s fine or thick.
So, for a more in-depth analysis of your hair, you should first find out what type of hair you have and then follow the next steps.
Start a Routine
Most specialists and websites recommend washing your hair when you really have to. It’s important to preserve your natural hair oils to nourish your hair. You do not need to wash your hair daily because that will make your hair drier and the oils won’t have time to restore your hair follicles – which can further lead to damaging them even more.
Furthermore, you need to find products that you love. Sometimes, you don’t need to spend a lot of money because there are products that can be found in your home (such as coconut oil that is well known for hydrating your hair). Try using products that are sulfate-free and silicon-free because these substances can cause more damage to your hair – at first, they give the impression that your hair is soft and shiny but after that, it becomes more and more damaged.
How to Wash Your Hair
After you’ve picked your desired products, it is important to know the best way to actually wash your hair. As we’ve stated before, it’s great to wash your hair once every two or three days, depending on your hair type. Moreover, it is vital to wash it gently. You should apply a small amount of shampoo and slowly lather your hair with warm water (not hot!).
The next step is to condition the ends of your hair. Try avoiding putting any product on your roots because it can really weigh your hair down. You should leave it for a few minutes and then rigorously wash it out.
Dry and Style your Hair
It is recommended to let your hair air dry and not use any sort of heat – this way, you will minimize the risk of getting split ends. Furthermore, you should avoid using a towel to dry your hair because your locks can break easily, especially when the hair is wet. Try using a cotton material because it is much softer than an actual towel.
When it comes to styling your hair, there are a lot of possibilities. If you have curly hair, you can just leave it like that and use a little bit of mousse for your curls. If your hair is straight, you can use heat-free methods of making it wavy or curly.
Taking care of your hair will definitely pay off in the future. If you try to follow these steps, your hair will look healthier and shiny, just like it is in those commercials we all love.