freestocks-org-104616-unsplashLong hair can be stunning, and it can take a lot of effort to maintain. There are some simple tips you can apply to make sure your lengthy locks stay healthy. Even shorter styles can benefit from taking extra care, especially if you're trying to grow it out. Never brush long wet hair All hair is weaker when it is wet. Long hair is particularly vulnerable because the length allows for more tangles and areas where pulling can occur. If you need to wash and go, wrap a towel (preferably made from cotton or linen to reduce snagging) around your hair and squeeze the water out firmly. Don't pull on the hair. Start from the top and work your way down to the tips in sections. A loose braid will help to dry the hair while maintaining a neater look. Use a low heat setting on your hair dryer Long hair can get knotted, frizzy and dry quite easily. If you do want to use a hair dryer to style your hair, please use the lowest heat setting (some dryers have a fan setting which doesn't heat the air at all). This will reduce damage. You can also use a protectant to guard against heat damage. Point the nozzle downward to encourage the hair shafts to lay flat and hold it 2-3 inches away from your hair. Wash rarely and well Don't fall victim to the idea that long hair must be washed every day. It takes a long time to wash and dry, and it really isn't necessary for most people. Take a small amount of shampoo and gently massage the scalp. This is where most of the build up will occur. Let the suds wash down the length of your hair. Condition the hair, starting away from the roots and focussing on the ends. You can apply a deep moisturising treatment once or twice a week to help maintain its condition and shine. Try Neal and Wolf's Harmony!

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