You've finally managed to grow your hair to the length you have always wanted - what comes next is maintenance. You might want to stick with some of the treatments you have been using that have encouraged hair growth, but you're likely going to need to switch to an intense moisture routine.
For those who find that their hair hasn't responded to hair growth serums and treatments or that it won't grow beyond a certain length, then hair extensions from The London Hair Lab can help (you'll need to follow their instructions).
So how do you take care of long hair?
Not all brushes are going to work for your hair type. Thinner hair or hair prone to snapping is going to need a natural bristle brush as it reduces friction. You'll be looking for brushes that don't pull at knots as this will leave you with breakages. It's worth paying a little extra for good quality.
Regularly using heat like tongs, straighteners, and even hot brushes can do a little bit of damage. A weekly treatment can help to infuse your hair with moisture. It is good to keep in mind that hair needs different things; some hair needs protein, while others don't. It might take trial and error to get it right.
When you are using oil, warm it up a little before you use it so it really soaks into the hair.
Note: make sure that you use heat-protecting formulations before you add heat to your hair - no matter how little time you have, it will help you keep the length.
One of the fastest ways to get hair breakages is by using cheap hair ties. They pull at the root of the hair, as well as break the lengths. If you sleep with your hair tied up, swap to start using silk hair ties and keep it loose. For those who have curly hair, a sleep wrap will prevent breakages and knots, and everyone should use a silk pillow.
Ditch towels and start using t-shirts or hair wraps. Towels are rough and can do more damage in a few seconds then you might think. This is even more important for those who have waves or curly hair - it can help soak up some of the moisture without leaving you with tangles. Any fabrics that reduce frizz are ideal.
Overwashing your hair or not making sure to remove extra residue from your hair is going to cause problems. Shampooing only your scalp is the best way to wash your hair (rather than scrunching it into the lengths and ends).
Oil and dirt build up on the scalp, and while rinsing, you'll remove the rest from the lengths. Conditioner is best used in the lengths and the ends and avoids the roots. When rinsing, turn the temperature down because the hotter the water, the more moisture your hair will lose as heat dries out the hair.
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