7 Easy Ways to Long, Healthy Hair

Long, healthy hair is the envy of many women. Never out of fashion and loved by celebrities. It’s so versatile, so it’s no wonder it’s a firm favourite with the girls here at the salon.
Sadly, long hair can become dull, lifeless and straggly all too often. Did you know that by the time hair gets to shoulder length, it is already about 3 years old? It will have been through at least 300 washes. And you can double that, at least for hair halfway down your back!

So if you have long hair make sure you give it the TLC it deserves by following our seven essential tips.

Tip 1 – Keep it trimmed

Please believe us when we say that a regular trim is essential if you want long, healthy hair. It’s not just something hairdressers make up to keep themselves busy! The further hair gets away from the scalp, the more prone it is to damage. Keeping your hair trimmed regularly will prevent damaged and split ends from moving up the hair shaft.
We’re sure you’ll agree it’s better to trim off a quarter of an inch every couple of months than to chop off six inches of damaged hair. Of course, you’ll need a hairdresser that listens to you and doesn’t turn a quarter of an inch into an inch and a quarter. Rest assured, Lifestyle stylists are specially trained to listen to exactly what you are asking for. Then they will check they have understood, so you really can trust us.

Tip 2 – Washing and conditioning

A good shampoo and conditioner are essential for long, healthy hair. They will help to replenish the goodness that can be stripped away by years of drying, styling, sunshine and pollution. There are plenty of good quality shampoos out there. And you’ll probably want to match it to your hair type – fine, thick, curly, coloured etc.
However, when it comes to conditioners, our advice would be to go for a moisturising product. Then, apply it to the mid-lengths and ends. Then, about every two weeks, use a hydrating hair mask to lock in moisture and nourishment. We particularly love the Kerastase hair masks.

Tip 3 – Drying long hair

Firstly, don’t underestimate the drying power of a fluffy towel! This can remove a lot of water without roughening the cuticle. This roughening of the outer layer of the hair causes frizz -the curse of long hair. The best way is to turn your head upside down and draw the towel down from roots to ends. This absorbs the water along the way.
Never brush wet hair, but use a wide-toothed comb instead. Wet hair is weaker than dry hair; pulling a brush through it can cause unnecessary damage. Also, comb your hair before washing, and you’ll reduce the tangles and knots created during shampooing.

Tip 4 – Minimise heat damage

Long, short, thick or fine, we all know that heat can damage our hair. But with long hair, the heat required to dry your hair increases. To ensure long, healthy hair, lay off the hairdryer wherever possible. Instead, allow your hair to dry naturally. You can always air dry until it’s about 80% there, and then use your hairdryer to finish off and style.  If you do this, use a heat protection product and don’t use the hairdryer’s hottest setting.

If time is tight and you need to use your hairdryer for all the drying, KMS Quick Blow-dry spray is an absolute must. It cuts drying time by up to 50% so that’s half the time to cause damage to your hair.

Tip 5 – Add colour

If kept all one colour, long hair can look heavy and solid – like a blanket! But clever and subtle use of highlights can easily avoid this.

Tip 6 – Give long hair a boost

The long (and the short) of it is, that long hair is heavy and heavy hair can go flat. So after washing, massage a blob of a lightweight volumising mousse into the roots. This will your hair volume and lift. You really will notice the difference.

Tip 7 -Let your hair down!

Of course, the great thing about long hair is its versatility. You can recreate many unique looks, from beachy waves to a ’60s bun and everything in between. But remember, over-styling can cause damage, so try to have some days when you keep your hair natural and free.

Even something as simple as an elastic hair tie can cause damage. It can rub the outer layer of your hair, making it brittle and causing breakage. Wherever possible, use a fabric-covered one.
Finally, if you’re using heat to style your hair, try not to use it daily. And always use a heat protection product.  Also, if you’re using several different styling products, it’s a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo. Use this once a week. This will deep cleanse and remove build-up.

You’ll have invested a lot of time and effort into growing your hair, so make sure you follow our tips. They will help ensure your long hair equals long, healthy hair.