Take care of long hair

It’s been nearly three long months since we last got ourselves into the salon for a cut and so undoubtedly there are many of our clients who have longer hair than they are used to.

While we are working hard to see everyone as quickly as we can, it is still going some time for us to get round to seeing everyone and so we want to make sure that you are all taking good care of that lovely long hair.

Long hairstyles require more attention than short hair and much of that comes down to the fact that by the time your hair has reached your shoulders, it is around 3 years old. When you consider that after that amount of time your hair has been through roughly 300 washes, it certainly deserves to be looked after.

If you’ve had long hair for a while now you may have come across the dreaded split end. Sadly, once you have split ends the only way to get rid of them is to get them cut. Now, as this may take a little while longer to schedule, we want to give you some advice on how you can avoid unnecessary damage.

Our 10 pieces of advice for long hair care.

1. You need to know that just washing your hair is NOT enough. If your hair is long then you must use a quality conditioner after every shampoo.

2. Use a specialist hair treatment once a week.

3. Give your hair a brush before you wash it to avoid knotting or tangles when you shampoo.

4. Don’t put your hair into a ponytail when it is wet. Hair is more susceptible to damage when it is wet so let it dry while hanging loosely.

5. When drying, use the pat and dab method rather than rubbing your hair with the towel. This will not only absorb the water better but will maintain a health scalp.

6. Make sure you aren’t using metal hair slides or elasticated rings without a covering. Although this may not cause immediate damage, over time they will cause damage to your scalp and may cause weak and brittle hair.

7. When you’re at home, you can let your hair down. We mean this literally and not figuratively. Be gentle with your hair. If you need to keep It out of your face try to use an Alice band and avoid styles that bunch your hair.

8. Free-range drying is the best method. Where ever possible you should always let your hair dry naturally.

9. If you do use a hairdryer, use the cold setting. If you really must use the hot air, keep the nozzle at least 6 inches away from your scalp.

10. When brushing your hair, use a brush with natural bristles and if you can, use a brush with the most natural bristles you can!

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