Shiny and healthy hair is every girl’s dream. But if your hair is super long, then achieving this dream can be quite a task. Long-haired girls know all about struggle with tangles, breakage and split ends. Amirite? Well, if you’ve been tempted to go chop-chop simply because your hair has become unmanageable, I have good news for you. All you need is a little extra maintenance.

Don’t know where to begin? Simply follow the five tips mentioned below for long, strong, healthy hair.

 

01. Use hair ties that are not too tight

01. Use hair ties that are not too tight

Okay, I get it; you need to keep your long hair tied most of the time. Just make sure though to avoid hair ties that are too tight. It will pull at the root and make your hair vulnerable to breakage. Invest in spiral hair ties as they put less pressure on the scalp and also keep your ponytail in place.

 

02. Apply hair mask once a week

02. Apply hair mask once a week

A hydrating hair mask is a must for everyone, but especially for girls with long hair. The natural oils from your scalp may not distribute well into the hair and reach the tips thanks to the length. That’s why using a deep conditioning hair mask or applying hair oil from the mid-lengths to tips of your hair can really make a difference. Let’s just say that this is one of simplest ways to achieve the hair of your dreams.

 

03. Use a hair wrap or old t-shirt to dry hair

03. Use a hair wrap or old t-shirt to dry hair

Towels can be pretty harsh, and rubbing your wet hair against them will only cause a lot of friction and frizz. To avoid this, use a hair wrap or an old t-shirt to soak up excess water from your hair before allowing it to air dry. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to apply a little serum to damp hair to seal in the moisture.

 

04. Brush your hair the right way

04. Brush your hair the right way

Yes, there is a right way to brush your hair and it makes a lot of difference. Never brush your hair when it’s wet as this can lead to breakage. While removing tangles and knots, start from the tip and slowly move upwards towards the scalp — this puts less pressure on the root and prevents problems like frizziness, hair fall and dryness.

 

05. Get some expert advice

05. Get some expert advice

Last but not the least, when it comes to taking care of long hair, it is important to find the right hair stylist who understands your hair goals and offers the right advice in helping you achieve long and healthy hair. You might also want to talk to your dermatologist about prescribing a supplement for maintaining your locks in a healthy manner.