4 Tips for Healthy Long Hair

Perfection: “freedom from fault or defect” or “an exemplification of supreme excellence.” However you define it (we pulled those from definition queen bee, Merriam-Webster), it’s something most of us strive for in various facets of our lives. And though perfectly healthy hair that is strong and shiny is an attribute we can’t completely control, it doesn’t necessarily stop us from aiming for perfection in this area. Due to the fact that while hair type and texture is a “no return policy” women that do possess perfect hair, must follow certain routines and practice healthy hair habits, don’t you think?

 

  1. Use the right hair brush:

 

A boar bristle brush or a wet brush should be your best friend! With long hair, its super important that your hair brush helps smooth the hair shaft, to minimise any breakage. A natural fiber brush, like the boar bristle, contributes to minimise friction when brushing. Thus, the hair doesn’t get tangled up in knots, resulting in silky and smooth hair without pulling out any strands. The trusty wet brush also does a fantastic job as the bristles bend around any tangles putting less stress on the hair.

 

Start at the ends of the hair and work your way up rather than top down. This ensures no pressure is put on the roots, minimising damage. Make sure you only ever use a wide-tooth comb when the hair is wet. Brushing your hair when its damp can create more harm than good because it stretches the strands instead of separating them.

 

  1. Use hair bands that don’t pull at the root:

 

The 80’s scrunchy is back, and secretly your hair couldn’t be more happy about it! Using a band like a scrunchy, or the plastic coil type means your hair is not pulled at the root. This makes sure the hair isn’t under any unnecessary stress, keeping the strands strong and resilient. Cue the Madonna music if you choose to rock the scrunchy!

 

  1. Use a low-heat setting for hair drying and point the nozzle down, not sideways:

 

As a general rule of thumb, one of the worst things you can do for your hair is overheat it with excessive blow-drying. If you want to prevent damaged and dry hair, you need to either keep track of how often you use a hairdryer or pay attention to how you’re using it and make sure to apply heat protection products before blow drying.

 

  1. Try not to over-wash your hair:

 

The natural oils of your hair are designed to protect and condition your hair, so when you shampoo daily, it strips these essential oils away.  It creates a vicious cycle of overproduction of oils and a need to shampoo very often. Ideally, to keep your hair healthy, visit EH Hair & Extensions and only wash your hair two to three times a week. Spend money on a good natural dry shampoo to help tide you over until your next wash and add volume and texture.

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