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Healthy, long hair is beautiful to look at and touch but caring for it can be a challenge. Long hair is prone towards split ends and breakage, especially if you color, perm, or straighten it. If you don’t care for it properly, you can end up with hair that’s frazzled and damaged beyond repair. Don’t let that happen to your hair. Here are some simple tips you can use to keep your long hair soft and healthy.

Treat Long Hair Kindly

It takes years to grow long hair. Of course, you already knew that! Don’t destroy years of growth by pulling your hair back tightly with a rubber band. The traction will lead to breakage and damage. Instead, pull your hair back with a coated band made specially designed for hair. You can find them at most drugstores in the hair care section.

Be gentle when combing or brushing. Never use a brush on wet hair. Keep a wide-toothed comb on hand to gently comb wet hair in small sections – starting from the ends and working up. Don’t brush your hair unless it’s completely dry. Use a natural bristle brush to reduce the risk of damage.

To Have Long, Healthy Hair, Here’s What to Avoid

The two biggest enemies of long, beautiful hair are heat and chemical treatments. It’s tempting to use a blow dryer to dry your hair fast, especially when you’re in a rush, but it’s healthier to let it dry naturally. An alternative is to let it dry naturally until it’s seventy percent dry and then finish it off with the blow dryer.

Use a heat activated condition to protect your hair when drying it and keep the hair dryer as far from your hair as possible. Keep the dryer moving so it doesn’t stay in one place too long. Stay away from curling iron, flat irons, hot rollers, and crimpers.

Thinking about perming or straightening your long hair? Don’t. Perms are usually too damaging. Hair coloring can also be damaging — especially if you lighten your hair too many shades. Never use bleach on long hair and let a professional do a coloring job — preferably with a low peroxide formulation or henna.

How to Care for Long Hair: Other Tips

Don’t shampoo too often and always use a conditioner — at least on the ends. Do a hot oil or deep conditioning treatment every two weeks, religiously. Conditioners don’t repair damage but they do help moisten and protect the hair shaft.

Trim your hair at least every two months. Many people neglect this step because they don’t want to lose the length. Don’t be shortsighted. Not doing regular trims will lead to split ends which can’t be repaired. Find a hairdresser who understands that a half-an-inch means just that and no more.

Caring for Long Hair: The Bottom Line?

Treat long hair with a little T.L.C. and enjoy the many benefits of having long, healthy hair that turns heads and raises eyebrows.

References:

LaFlash, Teri. 2010. Curly Like Me: How to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long, and Strong.

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Anti-Aging Tips: Want To Look Younger Longer? Treat Skin From The Inside And Out

Anti-Aging Tips for Youthful Skin

Just about all of us are looking for that illusive fountain of youth. While looking younger might not be as simple as taking a pill or using a cream, there are different techniques you can use to slow down how fast aging shows up on your skin. These various techniques are best used in conjunction, and keep in mind that genetics plays a role in how our skin looks and ages. Here are a couple anti-aging tips that you can try today to improve the look and feel of your skin.

Choose the Right Cosmetics

The key to great looking skin is using products that put a lot of lost moisture back into your complexion. Products like anti-aging serums and thick moisturizers are great to use at night. During the day, you should always apply sunscreen before you leave the house, even if it’s cloudy outside. Sunscreen should be applied each and every day of the year.

Anti-Aging Foods

You can slow signs of aging and look younger for longer based on what you consume. Don’t worry, it isn’t about eliminating foods you love because they’re bad for you. Rather, it’s about adding in foods that are good for you. You can still enjoy sweets and fatty food items in moderation.

When it comes to slowing down the aging of the face from the inside, look for whole, naturally occurring foods that are as raw and unprocessed as possible. Fruits and vegetables are very beneficial to the skin. However, many meats, grains and oils can also aid in preserving your complexion and helping you to look younger for longer.

When it comes to staying youthful, it’s all about treating the skin from the outside and the inside. When you consume healthy foods in conjunction with a stellar skincare regimen, you’ll love how young, supple and healthy your skin looks.


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