6 ways to get healthy-looking long hair

Get great lengths without going to great lengths

November 18 2020

Unless you're genetically blessed, growing your hair long and strong can sometimes seem like an impossible task.

With split ends, breakage and dullness to contend with, the key to reaching your long hair goals lies within maintaining good hair health. Especially if you want to wear it out in all its glory and not in a topknot 24/7.

The good news is, keeping your hair healthy is actually pretty easy. All it takes is a few developmental habits to become mainstays in your routine and you'll soon begin to notice the difference in every wash, dry and brush.

Not sure where to start? Here are six healthy hair tips that can make all the difference.

1

Try a scalp scrub

Good hair health starts at the root. A scalp scrub gently exfoliates to maintain balance and remove product build-up, with recommended use just once or twice a week. Try: Sukin Naturals Balance Scalp Scrub. Big fan of natural ingredients? Complete the routine with Sukin Naturals Natural Balance Shampoo and Conditioner.

2

Give your hair a break from heat

Ask any hairdresser the solution to damaged hair and they're likely to tell you to lay off the heat. Not sure how to style your hair without your beloved hot tools? Try braiding it before bed for loose waves in the morning, or start playing around with accessories. Word on the street is claw clips are back and Scunci's jumbo leopard print design will only set you back $7.

3

Use shine-enhancing hair colour

If you colour your hair at home, it's worth paying attention to the ingredients in your box dye and what they mean for your hair health. Clairol Natural Instincts is a great guilt-free option, with no ammonia and a shine-boosting formula. However, if you prefer a permanent colour, Clairol Nice'n Easy Repair features REPAIRPLEX technology to strengthen and restructure the hair while colouring.

4

Sleep on silk

Not only will the feel of silk send you off into a boujee slumber, but the gentle material also provides more slip than cotton, resulting in less breakage. 

5

Get a haircut

It can often seem counterintuitive when growing your hair long, but regular trims are a must. It won't make your hair grow faster (total myth), however, it will help to keep split ends at bay so that the length you do grow is healthy and strong. If split ends always seem to find you no matter what, perhaps try a specific treatment like ghd Avanced Split End Therapy between salon visits, too.

6

Treat and strengthen

If you're not already, a once-weekly treatment mask would make an excellent addition to your hair-growing routine. Not much beats Olaplex, which works by repairing the bonds of the hair shaft. It's ideal for those who've indulged in chemical treatments in the past, to give your hair a big dose of TLC.

Can't decide whether to cut your hair or grow it long? Perhaps the predicted hair trends for 2021 will sway you...

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