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You’ve heard the phrase “long hair, don’t care,” but that shouldn't apply to your hair care routine. If you do have long locks, it really is a good idea to make sure you’re taking proper care of your hair. Of course, just because you have more hair to work with than those with short strands doesn’t mean your hair care routine has to be more difficult. When it comes to caring for long hair, it’s all about using the right techniques and hair care and hair styling products to help keep your mane looking its best. Below, find out how to take care of long hair with seven easy tips.
LONG HAIR CARE TIP #1: USE A RESTORING HAIR CARE SYSTEM
Showing your long hair the love it deserves starts in the shower. Since hair tends to form split ends that can require making the chop, long-haired ladies require extra help to keep their length. To keep your locks strong and healthy, reach for a restoring system of shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Restoring Shampoo for Long, Damaged Hair and the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Conditioner for Long, Damaged Hair.
Once or twice a week, swap out your regular conditioner for a deep conditioning treatment, such as the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner.
LONG HAIR CARE TIP #2: USE A HAIR TREATMENT, TOO
Another option to help keep your lengths and ends healthy is to add a hair treatment into your regular routine. Daily or as needed, apply the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave In Conditioner onto damp hair after hopping out of the shower. Leave in and style as usual.
LONG HAIR CARE TIP #3: SKIP BRUSHING STRANDS WHEN THEY’RE WET
Do you grab your brush right after hopping out of the shower? Hold your horses! Your hair is actually more fragile when it’s wet, so it’s best to avoid brushing it right when you get out. If you must, run a wide-tooth comb through your long hair to help gently work through any tangles. If you’d like to brush your hair when it’s dry, consider using a boar bristle brush.
Editor’s note: Another tip? When you do comb or brush your hair, work from the ends up! This will put the least stress on your strands.
LONG HAIR CARE TIP #4: USE A HEAT PROTECTANT BEFORE STYLING
Long hair certainly looks gorgeous when you blow it out or straighten it with a flat iron. That being said, make sure to apply a heat protectant before picking up any of your styling tools. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, giving your hair a few spritzes prior to styling. Besides using the heat protectant, when it comes to blow-drying, it’s a good idea to wait until your hair has almost fully dried before turning on your dryer to help cut down on the amount of time you expose your hair to heat. As for flat ironing, your hair should be completely dry before you start, and you’ll want to use the lowest heat setting that you can while still only having to make one pass over each section of hair.
LONG HAIR CARE TIP #5: GET REGULAR TRIMS
Are dry ends weighing your long hair down? Schedule regular appointments at the salon to help keep your long hair in tip-top condition. As a general rule of thumb, get a trim every four to six weeks. Getting a new haircut also happens to be a way to add body and volume to your long hair, so you may want to consider slightly more than a trim. Layers are a universally flattering way to add movement to long hair while still keeping your length. Bonus: Who doesn’t love the scalp massage and blow out that typically come along a haircut? Sign us up!
LONG HAIR CARE TIP #6: USE A LEAVE-IN STYLING PRODUCT
Sure, you have a lot of hair to work with—which is why it’s important for you to keep the lengths and ends as healthy and hydrated as possible. One of the best ways to do this outside of your shower routine is with a leave-in styling product or hair treatment, which you can apply onto damp, clean hair before air-drying or styling, or onto dry hair to touch up your look. The important part here is to look for a leave-in product that helps treat your hair while also taming frizz, such as the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil-In-Cream.
LONG HAIR CARE TIP #7: AIR DRY OFTEN
Take a break from the heat tools from time to time by embracing your long hair’s natural texture. Create messy texture by working the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Thickening Medium Hold Cream Paste into dry hair, scrunching to define your hair’s shape.
Need more styling ideas for your long locks? Here are 30 Pretty Hairstyles and Haircuts for Long Hair.
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