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Long Hair Maintenance
Long hair need extra maintenance time than short or normal length hair. Just washing and drying your long hair can be quite a task in itself. But its worth to get that beutiful look and complements. Below are some tips on managing long hair and keeping them healthy and in shape:
- It is quite common to braid long hair. Braids stress the hair causing breakage and hair loss. If it is unavoidable, keep it to the minimum. And try not to sleep with braided hair. Untie the braided hair before going to sleep. Also make sure braids are not too tight as the extra stress will result in breakage and poor health of hair.
- If you use bands to tie your hair try to use specially treated band that will prevent breakage of your hair. Also limit your use of accessories like clips, bows and untreated bands.
- Long hair are easy to get tangled. Try not to use a brush or comb to detangle your hair. These will cause more of your hair to get stretched and result in them breaking off. First use your fingures to get the tangles sorted. Once tangles become manageable you can use a wide toothed comb and at the end you can use your regular brush or comb.
- Also be gentle while detangling, pulling down on your hair too hard will cause breakage. Don't start detangling your hair from the roots. First detangle from the tips. If you start detangling from the roots all the tangles will mess up the tips and there is more chance of breaking and damaging the tips. So work on detangling the tips first. It will be easier if you detangle the hair in small sections in downward direction.
- If you detangle your hair before washing it, it'll be easier to dry and style as well as decrease the knots and tangles after you are done washing your hair.
- Don't rub your hair dry with a towell, instead blot the water out of your hair, when you rub, it'll cause your hair to tangle.
- Hair can get caught on cotton pillow cases and break when you are sleeping especially if you toss and turn a lot when you sleep. Using a satin or silk pillowcase where your hair will make it so that hair will slide across the pillowcase without getting caught. Another tactic to prevent breakage is to put your hair up in a ponytail on the top of your head with a scrunchie or specially treated band (that prevents breakage). An alternative to the silk pillowcase is to wear a satin or silk scarf over your hair before your sleep to prevent breakage.
- Brushing your hair is important because it spreads the the hair oils out across the length of your hair. Use long strokes starting from the roots of your hair when brushing and stroke your hand over your hair after you are done brushing to get rid of static.