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Gentle Care for Long Hair

Filed under: Long Hair Care — Stephanie at 10:33 pm on Friday, May 4, 2007

When you decide to grow your hair out long, one of the things you have to be most careful about is how much you damage it. You probably know that most dyes and perms are hard on your hair, just as heat is, but the things you do to it every day without even thinking can do quite a bit of damage as well.

When you wash your hair, you may be in the habit of washing the entire length. But really the part that needs it is the roots. So shampoo only that part. The rest will generally be adequately cleaned by the shampoo running down it and by the conditioner you use.

If you think about that, you may quickly realize that this means you should not be piling your hair on top of your head to wash it. Piling it up like that is more likely to damage your hair than just letting it hang down your back as you wash the part that really needs it.

Make sure you use a conditioner every time you wash your hair, and use a good one. This will help you when you are combing your hair, as tangles will come out more easily.

Towel dry your hair gently too. Don’t scrub your scalp, as this damages and knots the hair. You can use a towel turban or just have a towel across your back for your hair to dry on. This is far gentler on your hair.

Obviously, don’t use a hot blow dryer either. Use a cool one if you must, but letting your hair air dry on its own is best.

Use a good quality comb to remove tangles from your hair when it is dry. Avoid doing this to wet hair, as it is more easily damaged when wet. A good comb is cut from a single piece of plastic, not one that is cast from a mold. If your comb has rough spots it can do tremendous damage to the length of your hair.

Comb by starting with the first few inches, and working your way up. You do not want to be tugging knots down the entire length of your hair, catching more knots as you go. You’ll do better to get the knots lower down first.

If you come to a difficult knot, start working at it from the bottom, smoothing that out, and working your way up through it gently. Try not to tug a lot.

Many people with long hair like to give it a little oil to keep the length of it in excellent condition. You can use extra virgin olive oil, but my personal preference is for jojoba oil. Just take a small drop of your preferred oil, rub it between your hands and stroke your hands down the ends of your hair. You do not have to do the entire length, and too much oil will of course make your hair appear oily.

But good care is about more than washing and combing. You also need to think about what you’re doing to your hair. You don’t want it to get caught by your purse strap, laptop carrying case strap or any other strap. You don’t want it caught by your coat collar. Move your hair as necessary to keep these away.

A lot of people with long hair wear it up regularly because it’s just better for it. This is especially true if you’re going to be out on a windy day. A simple bun or braid can protect your hair. It’s also fun having your hair up most of the time, then surprising the people who thought they knew you when they find out how much hair you really have!

Despite what some people think or what this may sound like, having long hair doesn’t have to be a ton of work. Many attractive hair styles take less time than curling a shorter head of hair would, and you don’t have to go to the salon nearly as often. Just take good care of your long hair for the maximum benefit and pleasure.

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19 Comments »

Comment by Paula

January 29, 2008 @ 9:52 am

When using the oil on your hair, it is best to do this when it is damp or dry?

Comment by Stephanie

January 29, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

Dry is when I do it.

Comment by Viki

March 31, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

Yes, I agree, it’s best to put oil when hair is dry – if it’s wet, it’s difficult to determine how much you need, because oily hair and wet hair look very much the same.

Comment by Oneya

May 4, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

The purpose of oil is to lock in moisture..now if your are using oil on dry hair what moisture does it have to lock in. Putting oil on dry hair causes you to lock out moisture..instead put the oil on damp hair

Comment by Stephanie

May 5, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

The trouble I’ve heard of with that theory is that wet hair can’t absorb anything more. So perhaps mostly dry but slightly damp makes the most sense.

Comment by laty

June 19, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

Does anyone know of any shampoos that are good for your hair if you are trying to grow it out?

Comment by sarah

June 29, 2008 @ 11:12 am

Phewww!

i have finally found the right website which i was looking for all that time, it took me weeks and months just to look for like this dramatic website,

Howeever i think this website really help me a lot, some great tips and advices, but i am just wondering that if i use ‘baby oil’ would it affect my hair in any ways, my fiend have been using it a long time but nothing wrong has happened, i am just now wondering if it would affect my hair since the fact i want it to grow longer and fuller.

p.s would you be able to reply back please…would be an honour.

xxx

Comment by Stephanie

June 30, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

I haven’t heard of using baby oil, but I would recommend using either jojoba or coconut oil if you can find them (try a health food store), or olive oil if you cannot. I know these are good choices.

Comment by mary

July 31, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

hi i need some help im 17 an iv had rearly long hair all my life im 5ft1 an it comes to my knees but its very very thin iv bin beggin my mum to let me have it cut an now she said yes im not shure weather to or not i need it cut to about da middel of my back coz its very thin an iv allways got it up coz it looks horibell down do any body no what i can do with it to make it look good its to long to put up or curl an i cant have it down or in a ponytail coz its to thin its constanly in a bun

Comment by Stephanie

August 2, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

Making hair look less thin is a challenge, so I can see why you’d always want it in a bun.

One of the challenges to thin hair is that it takes so long to see if what you’re doing is having any effect. If you try things that say they grow more hair for you, you’d have to go at it for months to really see what was happening.

Not to mention how often chemicals are actually bad for your hair.

Have you ever had the chance to consult with a stylist? If you still want long hair make that part clear or too many will suggest a very short haircut. If you can get the money together it might be a help. Just talk to the person before you trust him or her with your hair.

But even just a plain cut to the middle of your back may change your opinion of your hair a lot.

Comment by Lena

July 26, 2009 @ 11:43 am

I am 5ft 1 1/2 and my hair is down pass my knees. It is rather thick but probably not half as thick as it use to be when I was young. I am now 54 years old. I have used olive oil in the past on dry hair with much success.I would really like more tips on hair styles and hair holdres, clips,barretts etc. that will hold thick hair. I have a terrible time trying to find things that will hold and look nice. Any advice would be apprecited.

Comment by Sunita

September 24, 2009 @ 5:05 am

Good reading Thank you, my hair is quite long and it did become quite difficult managing sometime, your tips look real impressing and i will surely try out.

Comment by Mara

October 3, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

I use a hair oil called “Doo Gro” that I found at Walgreens in the ethnic hair section. I have thick, coarse hair, and it works wonders for helping with dryness. It also has a pleasant smell. You can also use it as a hot oil treatment.

Comment by Melissa

November 6, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

When putting the olive oilin ur hair, do u leave it in for lik the whole day or do u wash it out? And can u use a plasic brush lik the onesbu can buy at lik target or walmart or do u prefer tht bristle brush?

Comment by Stephanie

November 9, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

Olive oil is heavy enough that I leave it in for an hour or even overnight, then wash it out.

You can use plastic brushes, but they generally have very slight sharp edges that are bad for your hair on the bristles. That’s why the boar bristle brushes are so much better for your hair… plus the boar’s bristle really helps to move your hair’s natural oils along the length of your hair, which plastic does not do well.

Comment by Bonnie

February 1, 2010 @ 9:06 am

How about VO five for hair Oil?

Comment by Pat

November 24, 2010 @ 3:02 am

What to do with the top and front? I look better without bangs but it seems like a flat head look. Help!

Comment by Annie

May 8, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

Hi, I have really thick hair, and i am growing it out at the moment, but I have this problem where it always falls out. I am forever hoovering up and picking up hairs on my clothes. I don’t know if this is because it is damaged, because I do straighten it a lot. please help!

Comment by Anna

August 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

Is a messy bun OK for your hair? That is the only bun I know how to do, I can’t do much with my hair, just put it in a ponytail or braid, or a messy bun.

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