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You’ve heard the phrase “long hair, don’t care,” but if you do have long locks, then it really is a good idea to make sure you’re taking proper care of your hair. But just because you have more hair to work with doesn’t mean your hair care routine has to be difficult. When it comes to caring for long hair, it’s all about using the right products and styling techniques to help keep your mane looking its best. Below, find out how to take care of long hair in six easy steps.
Showing your long hair the love it deserves starts in the shower. Reach for a moisturizing system of shampoo, conditioner, and mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Renourishing Butter. The EverCreme Deep Nourish system helps gently cleanse and condition dry hair without weighing it down. Once a week, swap out the conditioner for the mask, leaving it on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing out. For added detangling and extra conditioning, you can also use the mask before shampooing.
Do you grab your brush right after hopping out of the shower? Hold your horses! Your hair is more fragile when it’s wet, so it’s best to avoid brushing it then. 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.
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 BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray before blow-drying or the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray before flat ironing. When it comes to blow-drying, wait until your hair has almost fully dried before styling it to help cut down on the amount of time you expose your hair to heat. When it comes to flat ironing, use the lowest heat setting that you can while still only having to make one pass over a section of hair.
Are dry ends weighing your long hair down? Schedule regular appointments at the salon to help keep your long hair in tip-top condition. Getting layers is an easy way to help add movement to long hair while still keeping length. Bonus: Who doesn’t love the scalp massage and blow out that typically come along with a haircut? Sign us up!
Sure, you have a lot of hair to work with—but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a beautiful updo if you have long hair. Putting your hair into a stylish ponytail, braid, or bun can be a great way to keep your hair off your neck—you may find this especially useful during the summer months when it’s hot outside. Watch our video with step-by-step instructions for creating a folded ponytail for long hair. All you need to master this look is the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray and the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream. Apply the priming spray to wet hair before blow-drying and the thermal cream to almost-dry hair.
Take a break from the heat tools from time to time by embracing your long hair’s natural texture. Create beachy waves by spritzing the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto wet hair, creating a braid, then undoing the braid once your hair has dried.
For more hairstyle inspiration, check out our guide to wedding hairstyles for long hair.