Walk around with super long hair and you WILL get tons of questions about your haircare regimen! How do I keep it healthy? How do I style it? How do I make it look shiny? How is it so thick? Etc.
I’ve had long, thick hair for as long as I can remember, and I have followed five simple hair “rules” as long as I can remember, too. I can only assume that, in addition to lucky genes, following these rules has helped me to keep my hair healthy and thick.
Rule 1: Be kind.
I cannot even list all the times I’ve seen ladies brushing or styling their hair in such a rough and careless way that I literally wanted to cringe. Like, ouch.
I have always thought of my hair as a long-term commitment, so I make sure to take the best possible care of it. I take my time when combing and brushing it out and if I know I don’t have enough time to do it right, I won’t do it! Literally, I will throw on a hat or headband and forget about it until I can squeeze in a proper session.
When you’re detangling, start from the tips and work your way up in 2-inch increments until eventually your whole head is tangle free. If you just can’t seem to get through this without tearing your hair or getting frustrated, buy some detangler! No need to stress yourself out.
Rule 2: Eat right.
It’s a common known fact these days that your diet has a huge impact on almost every aspect of your well being. I’ve always been focused on eating a healthy, balanced diet with lots of fruit and veggies (and protein, too!) and I believe this has had an impact on my hair’s health. If you have any doubts about whether you’re getting enough of the good stuff from your diet, look into a good, raw multivitamin or biotin supplement.
Rule 3: Beauty sleep for healthy hair.
Although letting your hair go free and wild might feel like the obvious way to sleep, don’t do it! Especially if you have a cotton pillow case, or super long hair, you really shouldn’t sleep with your hair down. Because my hair is so heavy, I sleep with it in a braid (or two), but if you have less hair than I do, a loose bun on top of your head will probably work too. Not only will keeping your hair contained while you sleep help prevent breakage, it will also limit frizz!
Rule 4: Limit heat (duh)
If you haven’t already heard this, WHERE have you been?! Seriously though, I do blow dry my hair pretty regularly, but only for a minute or two, and only after applying a heat protectant (THIS ONE is my favorite, and it’s just a few dollars).
Rule 5: Don’t wash daily.
This is kind of controversial, and some people probably think not washing your hair every day is disgusting, but I only wash it every other day, unless I have a sweaty workout two days in a row. By not washing your hair daily, you will allow it to maintain more of its natural oil. Natural oil = shine (no straw hair here!).
I hope at least one of these tips helps you to take better care of your hair! I’d love to hear about any tips you guys have for haircare that maybe aren’t so obvious! I’ll also link to some of my current favorite hair products below.