Tips To Get Long Healthy Hair

       Now that it's summer I crave for long wavy hair that reaches my lower back. Having long healthy hair is something that I feel like a lot of people strive for but don't realize how much work it can actually be. In order to keep my hair from looking dead and limp I have a routine that I feel like has been working really well. Naturally my hair grows pretty fast and I have a lot of it so I find the best way to grow it out is to just let it be! Patience is everything in life and that rule definitely applies to the hair. But besides the super boring advice of "be patient" I listed below 5 different tips that I recommend if you want long healthy hair. Enjoy!

Avoid heat
This one is probably the most obvious one and it's something that we hear constantly. Give your hair a break from the blow dryer and styling tools and let it be in it's natural state. I love to let my hair semi-air dry and then braid it before bed. I wake up and I have perfect beach waves without the damage. You can try out different braiding styles to achieve different types of waves which I think is really fun!

Use a weekly hair mask
Hair masks feel so luxurious and you really don't need to spend a million dollars to use one. I use drugstore hair masks all the time and there is really nothing better than putting in a mask after a long day, making a cup of tea, and chilling in the tub.Amirite?

Use a leave in conditioner or oil 
After I wash my hair I like to add in extra moisture to keep my ends from getting dry and breaking off. Again, you can find super affordable hair oils and leave in conditioners at the drugstore. When it comes to moisture you really cannot go overboard!

Use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush
I have really thick hair, and quite a bit of it too, so I find that when I use a paddle brush it really yanks on my hair causing it to break. A wide tooth comb is a super gentle way to get rid of tangles and I find it a lot less painful than a regular ol brush.

Brush your hair before you wash it
This is probably my number one trick to having really silky smooth hair. Brushing your hair before you wash it really allows your conditioner to penetrate your hair and do its job. When I wash my hair and it's full of knots and tangles I find that the products I use really don't have the best chance at getting in there and doing what they need to.

Find a balance between washing and ponytails 
Does anyone else find it frustrating that both washing your hair and putting it into a ponytail is bad? I don't think it's practical to go 4-5 days without washing your hair and also not putting it up and away from your face. I don't know about you but I would look like a hot mess real quick! I try to wash my hair every 2-3 days and then I'll wear my hair in low ponytails on the last couple of days. Basically, I try to find a good balance of giving my hair a break from washes and super tight ponytails that can be damaging.

I hope you found these tips helpful and remember everyone's hair is different so always do what feels the best for you. What are some of your tips for taking care of long hair?

xo Sara


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