How to Care for Long Hair
How To Care For Long Hair
Going to Great Lengths
Long hair can become unruly if you don’t offer up some crucial follicle T.L.C. The north east’s Hairdresser of the Year, Rob Eaton, reveals the secrets to growing long hair fast – and keeping it in tip-top condition…
(Step 1) Cut Your Hair!
The secret to having long hair is a simple one – strong hair. And that means getting rid of all those damaged ends. So your first step is to head to the salon for a good snip. How much is enough? Unless your hair is very thick or very curly, have the stylist trim your hair until it is more of a one-length shape. One-length hair stays healthier, and that means from hereon you can grow it without having as many cuts.
“Nutrients help your hair grow”
- Do more exercise so your heart is pumping.
- Flip your head upside-down once a day, brushing your hair from roots to ends (use a natural boar bristle brush to prevent breakage).
- Massage your scalp daily using your fingertips – you can do this while you are shampooing.
(Step 3) Eat Right.
You are what you eat. Hair can only stay long and healthy if you eat well-balanced meals. Foods rich in vitamin A (dairy products, fish, spinach, apricots), vitamin B (meat, fish, bananas, leafy green vegatables), vitamin C (citrus, melon, tomatoes and potatoes) and vitamin E (nuts, broccoli, whole grains) are essential for truly healthy hair. Red meat is rich in iron and zinc, two nutrients proven to help your hair grow fast.
“Clean your brushes”
(Step 4) Stress Less.
Studies show that hair actually grows slower when you are stressed. Your hair also needs a good night’s sleep as rest recharges your body.
(Step 5) Keep it Clean.
Oily roots and product build-up can clog follicles and prevent your hair from growing as quickly as possible. Hair grows on average about a half-inch per month, so be sure to shampoo daily (or even more often if you work out) and give your hairbrush a weekly cleansing so you don’t re-brush in old dirt and oil.
“Remove split ends”
(Step 6) Love Your Hair.
The longer your hair is, the older it is. So treat it well! Use shampoos for your hair type and treat your hair once a week to a hair mask. If you go into your salon for an insulin treatment once a month your hair will feel amazing and your stylist will be able to give you inspiration on ways different ways to style your hair and prevent you from becoming bored with it. Avoid using heated appliances as much as possible. Be careful when tying your hair up not to pull too tight – you’re running the risk of damaging the hair.
(Step 7) Get Regular Trims.
After eight weeks, your hair could be up to an inch longer. So don’t leave all that hard-earned length on the salon floor. Ask your stylist to snip no more than an eighth of an inch, just to get rid of any split ends and end your above-the-shoulders hair rut forever.