How to Care for Long Hair.
Updated: Jul 16, 2019
My hair reacts quite quickly to stress and dry weather - both of which I've been combatting a lot lately - so I thought today I'd fill you in on what I do on a regular basis to attempt to counteract that.
When I was younger, my mom used to oil our hair every month or so. She would use olive oil and massage our scalp, but coconut oil and avocado oil work great as well. This is a very common thing in Indian culture, and in many other areas of the world - I believe it works as a natural conditioner. Just make sure you don't use too much and wash your hair thoroughly afterwards, otherwise you'll be left with greasy-feeling hair.
I'm very guilty of avoiding the barber for months on end, but getting a good trim at least once every six months is a good idea - and getting a deep condition while you're there is smart as well.
Also, for at-home use, there are a ton of extremely affordable deep conditioners - Aussie 3-Minute Miracle is a favorite of mine. It's time efficient and smells delicious. Hair masks are a relaxing option as well: some good ones are St Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil and Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Re-Hab Clay.
Protect your hair from heat.
I try to avoid blow-drying my hair when possible, but when I'm under a time crunch in the morning, I try to use a hair protecting spray or shampoo, such as Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray or CHI Styling Iron Guard 44 Thermal Protecting Shampoo.
Avoid over-washing your hair.
I'm someone who really enjoys the feeling of a fresh shampoo and condition, but it's rough on your hair to endure this routine every day. In this case, dry shampoo is a great option, and I have also found that your hair adapts to how much you wash it - i.e. if you wash it every day, it needs to be washed every day or it feels greasy quickly - but if you don't, it stays fresher longer. Some excellent dry shampoo options are L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, Aveda shampure Dry Shampoo and Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo Original Fresh.
As always, no product will help you in a sustainable matter if you don't care for the health of your hair from the inside-out. Meditation and a calm environment can help assuage the stress that affects your body - hair included, and drinking a lot of water is vital to keep up the moisture of your hair, particularly in the winter months.