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Top 3 Tips for Maintaining Long Hair Growth

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With warmer temps just around the corner, some ladies opt for shorter hair-dos as a means of not only keeping it cool but also a way to cut down on maintenance requirements and time. Still, there are those who can’t stand the thought of parting with their tresses and choose instead to continue growing their hair throughout the warmer months. If you are part of the latter group, we have put together some considerations to keep in mind while maintaining long locks.

#1

Give a Little, Get a Little

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Like the rest of your body, your hair is alive and thriving, so it is imperative to keep the health of your mane the top priority. Sacrificing health for length is really counterintuitive and will actually cost you in the long run. That’s why most hair professionals recommend having your ends trimmed once you hit the six week mark. Regular trims will better ensure hair health from root to tip, which ultimately supports more hair growth. Once you get rid of split ends, you will notice less shedding and overall better hair appearance.

#2

Eat Your Way Healthy
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And speaking of health, it is important to note that your hair is an outside reflection of what’s going on inside your body. I know you’ve heard it before, but maintaining healthy hair is yet another reason to opt for a balanced diet of vitamin and protein rich foods and to drink lots of water to hydrate strands from the inside out. Biotin and Vitamin E are great for hair, and foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like fish and walnuts, will add to your hair’s health too, according Web MD.

#3

Love, Rinse & Repeat

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As far as taking care of the outside of your long locks, remember less is typically more. Select hair care products that are simple, as in free of harmful synthetic chemicals and rich in natural oils and moisturizers like shea butter and olive oil. These products typically cost a little more, but the results will be worth it. And because shampooing strips the naturally occurring oils from your hair, shampoo in moderation (1-3 times a week usually does the trick) based on your personal needs and NEVER skip the conditioner. If time permits, select a denser reconstructive conditioner and allow it to sit on the hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing. Rinse first with warm water and then cold to close the cuticles and seal in the added moisture. When styling, consider air-drying your hair overnight instead of blow-drying when time permits and use a quality ceramic flat iron sparingly.

Think of your hair like a plant: the part seen by you and others is connected to what’s going on below the surface. And like flowers, hair requires moisture, nutrients and limited heat. When you love and care for your long hair first, healthy and luscious length will surely follow. If you found this information helpful or have more tips on caring for long hair, drop us a line in our comments box.

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