Long Hair Care Basics for Beautiful, Long, Healthy Hair
"About Long Hair Care
It’s pretty common to hear that in order to grow long hair, you just stop cutting it. That’s a pretty basic, obvious answer, but come on guys, we all know there’s more to it than that. Long hair care is vastly different than caring for short hair. People with short styles don’t need to worry about what the tips of their hair will look like in a year. Or two. Or five. It all gets trimmed off! And, we’ve all seen ratty-looking long hair that screams neglect. If that’s what you want, great, it’s your hair, but it’s not what I want (or you, most likely, or you wouldn’t be here). What if you already have long hair but it does look a bit rough and damaged? Chop it off and start fresh? Nope, there’s no need. We have some hair care basics to get you started on your way to healthier-looking, long hair and that includes smoothing out some of the damage you may already have. If you’re here looking for long hair care advice because you’re teetering on the edge of just shaving it all off and starting fresh (no joke, we have members who have done that), I encourage you to keep reading, give these basics a try for a month, and then reevaluate. Even the most damaged, knotty long hair can make a huge comeback in such a short time. It’s all about proper handling and care.
The first question on everybody’s mind when they arrive here is “what can I do to make my hair grow faster.” Hair grows an average of half an inch per month, so six inches in a year is what you can safely expect. Some people get more, some people get less. The only way you can make your hair grow faster (or thicker) is to make sure you’re eating well, staying hydrated, and getting enough circulation (yep, exercise). When we’re not healthy, our hair, skin, and nails tend to show it first. Sorry guys, there isn’t just one pill that will fix it all. I do have some supplement suggestions, but there really isn’t any point in taking supplements until you’ve got the rest of these suggestions taken care of (there will be an article devoted to this shortly, however). There are also topical solutions that work well to grow, regrow, or increase the growth rate you’re accustomed to, but these usually function by solving an underlying problem with the scalp. A healthy scalp in addition to a healthy body is exceedingly important for healthy hair of any length. If you have sores, “scalp acne,” dandruff, rapidly thinning hair, or anything similar, get it checked out by a doctor, do your due diligence and research it, and start by fixing your scalp.
How well a conditioner works in your hair will have a lot to do with the water coming out of your tap. Those with hard water will have completely different results than those with soft water. The longer your hair, the more you will notice this. Again, I suggest a water softener The best conditioners are those that give you hydration and plenty of slip to prevent friction. Slip is especially important if you have damaged hair that tends to stick to itself. I personally love silicones and don’t believe that they’re damaging if used properly, but many people prefer to avoid them and there are plenty of products available without silicone that provides a good amount of slip, as well. There are so many conditioners available, that really, user reviews are your friend. Look for people with similar hair type and history when reading product reviews and remember, “your mileage may vary.”
Oils & Treatments
Pinterest would have you believe that coconut oil is a cure-all hair treatment. I will tell you that after years of experience, coconut oil (virgin or otherwise) is my least favourite oil. Some people swear by it and that’s great, but it’s always made my hair feel crunchy, regardless of if I was bleached blonde or all-natural. I’ve always been perplexed by this, as coconut oil is proven to actually penetrate the hair shaft, but hey…I’ve learned to be flexible. Avocado oil is another oil that is said to penetrate the hair shaft and I’ve found that I like that one much better. In general, though, as I can get more personalized treatment for my hair. Lately, the hair at the nape of my neck has become coarser and I’ve found that a small amount of shea butter as a leave-in works wonders! on my fine, thin, easily greasy-looking hair. You just never know what’s going to work for you until you try it. There are also plenty of products out there, ready-made, and ready for you to use to deep condition, smooth, strengthen, etc. We’ve discussed some of our favourite deep conditioners and if that isn’t enough for you, check out our forums for more ideas and reviews than you can shake a stick at."
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