5 Ways to Keep Your Long Hair Healthy

Follow these simple tips from dermatologists to maintain healthy hair.
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Last Updated: Apr 21, 2022

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You may think that maintaining long hair is as simple as throwing it up into a bun or wearing it down in a low ponytail. While having long hair certainly gifts you with endless style possibilities, it requires specialized care to keep it looking healthy and luxurious.

Short hair care and long hair care could not be more different. Short styles are more suitable for heat, brushing, and the use of multiple products. When you have longer hair, you will need to take special care to keep it looking and feeling healthy.

Talking to your favorite stylist at Lux Hair Lounge can help you to learn the right techniques that can help you style your long hair the right way. Let’s take a closer look at a few ways to keep your long hair healthy.

#1 Use the Right Tools

The combs and brushes that you would normally use on shorter hairstyles can damage your long locks. Longer hair tends to be brittle, and dryer than shorter hair and will need to be treated with extra care.

Brushes and combs with tightly spaced bristles can strip long hair and cause frizzy broken ends and damage to the hair follicles.

To keep your long hair looking healthy, you should be using a wide-toothed comb or brush, especially when your hair is wet. Wet hair is especially delicate and should be treated with care.

#2 Moisturize

As your hair continues to grow, the ends will get progressively dryer. The longer the length of your hair, the drier it is likely to be. It takes more work to get the natural moisturizing oils from your scalp all the way to the ends of your long hair. It is important to the look and feel of your hair to make sure that you moisturize your longer locks.

A healing and hydrating hair mask used once a month can help to lock in moisture. You can also add a deep conditioning treatment to your regular hair routine once a week to help keep your long hair nourished and manageable.

#3 Styling Tools

Most men and women with long hair like to keep it out of their faces up in a bun or a ponytail. The problem with putting long hair up is that it becomes vulnerable to breakage. When you use the wrong ponytail holders or styling tools, you can cause damage to your long hair.

Choose looser ponytail scrunchies that have a silky or satin finish to be kind to your long hair. You can also use the plastic coil type of holder that won’t tangle your hair and cause breakage.

#4 No Towel Drying

People with shorter hair can often get away with drying with a towel. If you have longer hair, towel drying is not going to do the trick.

Use a drying wrap or old t-shirt to wrap your hair and absorb excess moisture. Or, you can gently comb out your hair with a wide bristle brush or comb and allow your hair to air dry.

#5 Trimming

Getting regular trims may seem counterproductive if you are trying to grow out your hair. However, keeping your hair neatly trimmed can help you to revitalize your look and keep your split ends under control. Get your hair cut at the ends at least once a month.

If you are lucky enough to have long, luxurious hair, it’s essential to take proper care of your locks. Follow these tips to keep your long hair healthy and looking great.

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