1. Be nice to your scalp.
A healthy scalp = healthy hair. When you do shampoo your hair make sure you really scrub your scalp. Be mindful to get all excess skin and product off! Many product companies have specific products for “scalp detox” or even “scalp exfoliants”. If you help to create a healthy base environment, you ensure your hair can grow freely and strong.
2. Brush your hair.
I mean really get in there! Brush your scalp! Use a soft tip bristle brush to remove loose skin residue, product, debris from your scalp. Brush your hair multiple times a week to remove all the hair you are shedding (you lose approx 100 hairs per day) so that new hair has room to grow in!
3. Treatments galore!
You already know I’m a treatment junkie, but there are specific treatments for long hair. Length primers, split end mending, end bonding (whatever you want to call it) are specialized products that seal the oldest and weakest lengths of the hair so that they can hold on and stay long!
4. Just a “dusting.”
Just because you have long hair does not, I repeat, DOES NOT, mean you shouldn’t have some type of cut maintenance routine. This doesn’t mean you have to cut the end length of your hair BUT have your stylist make sure the split ends are removed from your hair.
If you don’t cut off your split ends your hair WILL continue to split up itself. Even if this means you need to just “dust” the ends from time to time. I promise you will be happier with thick, full long hair over “witchy,” scraggly ends.
5. Less ponies, more braids.
Goodbye pony tail! Ever notice all the breakage around your ponytail line? That’s because we have a tendency to consistently pull our hair up at the same spot causing breakage! So here are some solutions: try a gentle loose braid, a soft bun (break out those 90s scrunchies) or even a claw clip. The harsh tension of an elastic can you sabotaging your length.