Long hair brings with it a lot of problems like breakage, splits, tangles etc. Hence, long hair needs more intense care than short hair. Before moving on to long hair care, let’s understand the characteristics of healthy hair:
- Lustrous and Smooth texture
- Maximum hair loss is 75-100 strands/day
- Hair loss occurs in strands, no breakages
- Holds curl well
- Easy to comb while wet
- Hair strand stretches when pulled
- Healthy scalp
- Minimal split ends
Eating adequate amounts of protein and carbohydrates while controlling the dietary fats is a very good long hair care practice. The do’s and don’ts of diet for better hair growth are:
- Add variety to your diet
- Avoid junk foods
- Eat lightly processed foods
- Do not over cook.
Much can be done to improve the look of your hair, except for controlling the factors related to hereditary genetics. From inception our hair is predetermined – the size of hair follicles, number of roots, diameter of strands and all. This predetermined hair structure becomes affected by malnutrition and lifestyle. It leads to hair loss at a premature age.
Long hair stands for better hair health. The major problems affecting long hair are breakage, fly-away strands and split ends.
One of the most common causes of hair loss is poor maintenance like improper brushing, improper washing and infrequent trimming. Lifestyle factors, such as poor nutrition, stress and even restless sleeping also contribute to hair damage.
10 Tips on Long Hair Care
- Message your scalp weekly.
- Do hot oil treatments to protect the hair shaft.
- Avoid unnecessary brushing, combing and handling.
- Avoid foods that are high in fat and/or sugar.
- Avoid use of very hot water.
- Quit smoking, avoid caffeine and carbonated sodas.
- Trim regularly to eliminate split ends.
- Take adequate rest and sleep.
- Protect hair from sun, chlorine, salt water and use deep conditioners after exposure.
- Take care of hair even when you are asleep, make sure that your hair does not get tangled. Try a satin pillowcase.