10 Long hair tips and hacks every girl should know
Ah, long hair. How can we love you and hate you so much at the same time? A girl’s hair is her pride and joy, and the long hair look is an old classic. Well-styled long hair is the key to a polished, flirty and feminine look, but you have to treat it with care and compassion if you want it to work for you. If left uncared for, long hair can easily become lifeless and limp. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a styling rut and stop caring about your hair when you only have ten minutes to style it, before rushing out the door for work. Thankfully, we’re here with ten quick, long hair tips, guaranteed to shake up your hair-care routine, and have you excited about looking after your locks again.
Super quick curls
If, like me, you’re a fan of curly hair but not of the hours of precious time wasted on achieving them, then keep this tip close to your chest. Grab your hair in a high pony tail and tie it as normal, then divide into sections and curl one at a time (about 4-5 sections should do the trick). Once you take your hair down and shake it out, you’ll have perfect beach babe curls. Just make sure your bobble isn’t too tight, or you’ll end up with the dreaded hair-band hat look – not what you’re after.
Cut your ends, and the price tag
When you have long hair, split ends are inevitable. They’re the first tell-tale sign that your hair’s been neglected, and if you leave them untreated for too long, you could end up having to get more than a couple inches taken off at your next salon appointment. Ideally, you should be getting your hair cut at least every six weeks – more regularly if you live in a hot country where the sun promotes faster growth. A top tip for saving pennies when taking regular trips to the salon is to check what day they train new stylists. Most salons will have a day of the week set aside for new employees, and often they offer haircuts at half the price if you agree to be a model. There’ll always be a qualified, professional hair stylist watching over the newbie, so even though your chop costs less, you’ll still be in safe hands.
Keratin is your new best friend
If brushing your hair feels more like a tug of war than a walk in the park, then a keratin treatment could be just what the doctor ordered. Your hair is made up of a protein called keratin, which helps to keep your hair strong, shiny and healthy. If you treat your hair chemically, or often dye it, the keratin begins to break down and your hair becomes more porous. Overly-porous hair is the root cause of frizz, damage and breakage – a healthy head’s worst nightmare. Keratin treatments are best done in the salon, where a professional can assess exactly which formula is going to do the most for your hair. If your budget can’t quite stretch to an appointment though, try a good quality hair care range like Kérastase for an at-home protein boost.
Avoid brushing your hair when wet
Brushing your hair when wet is a bad idea in general, but especially for the long haired girls amongst us. When the hair is saturated with water, it’s more vulnerable to damage and breakage. Ever brushed your hair straight after the shower only to hear a strand snap? That’s because water weakens the bonds within your hair, making breakage inevitable. If you want to promote hair growth, brushing it is essential – so don’t avoid it altogether. If you must brush your hair when wet, make sure you use a wide-toothed comb, and start from the ends of the hair moving upwards, stopping and starting gently.
Dry shampoo the night before
If you know you’ve got an early morning ahead and are absolutely not going to be able to drag yourself out of bed to shower, spritz some dry shampoo on your roots as a preventative measure. The shampoo will soak into your roots overnight, and when you wake up you’ll have clean-looking, voluminous hair. Thank us later.
Try hair rings
Did you catch all the celebrities wearing hair rings at Coachella? We did! Hair rings come in silver and gold, and are little rings which clip into your hair. They’re the perfect way to make a look you’ve thrown together in minutes look like it’s a lot more complex than it really was, and are so inexpensive. Bonus! Try French plaiting the two front sections of your hair and tying together at the back of your head, before popping a few rings through each plait. Et voila – a style that’ll have you festival ready in no time!
Start from the inside
Healthy hair starts from the inside, and doesn’t just depend on the products you slap on. Remember those proteins we talked about earlier? A really easy way to ensure your hair stays happy and healthy is to try and incorporate more of them in your everyday diet. Fish, nuts, seeds and pulses all contain high levels of protein, and are your one way ticket to dreamy locks.
Put down the hot hair tool
The last thing you want to do when you’re rushing to get ready is start a complex braid or hair style. The easiest option is often to grab a hair straightener and go, but regular application of searing hot tools are guaranteed to make your hair lacklustre. Instead, try and use your heat tools sparingly, and allow your hair to rest for a few days in between. Laying off the heat will also promote faster hair growth and less protein loss – the benefits are endless.
Having greasy hair is a big no-no for girls who take pride in their hair, but over-shampooing is one of the worst things you could do if you want healthy, bouncy locks. Shampooing too regularly means that your hair’s natural oils are stripped away before they have a chance to nourish your scalp, and a dry flaky scalp is going to do you no favours. Instead, wash your hair every other day (maximum) and use a spritz of dry shampoo on your no-wash days if you really can’t stand the wait.
Spray hairbrush on a brush
Ever finish curling your hair perfectly only to ruin it when you over-do the hairspray? Prevent the dry, crispy look by spraying hairspray onto a brush rather than directly on your do, and gently running over the hair. You’ll find that you still get the staying-power from the product, without the nasty crunch that far too often comes with over-application of hairspray.
We hope you find these hair hacks useful, and we’d love to hear if you have any top long hair tips to share! Leave them in the comments below, and have fun styling!