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Long Hair Tips

I love having long hair, but it takes some work.

  • co-wash only. Try dry shampoo to maximize time between washes and to freshen up. Depending on the color of your hair, you can make a DIY dry shampoo that smells nice or even odorless- I use a bit of cornstarch, as my hair is very light blond.
  • boar bristle brush (mine is an old Goody brush), you can find a decent one at Sally's for a reasonable price. Also, brush using the right technique- gentle de tangle first, start at the ends, slowly move up the lengths until you get to the roots
  • satin pillowcases and satin sleep cap for nighttime. This reduces tangles, breakage and friction
  • wear your hair in a protective styling when possible- ie braids and buns. Secure them gently, with metal-free elastics and scrunchies, pins and hair sticks
  • use a balm or leave in conditioner for the ends. Jojoba oil is great for my dry ends. You can use a bit of your regular conditioner as a leave in.

Your hair might need some time to get accustomed to co-washing.

Or it just might not work for you. You could also do a modified version, where you put conditioner on the ends, shampoo the roots, rinse and condition all over. It will protect the drier ends while still washing the roots.

Batiste makes nice dry shampoos. I believe they have a line called Hint of Color in addition to their regular ones. The one I have is great. You could probably pick up travel sizes to try them out before buying the regular container. Here's a DIY recipe.

As far as boar bristle brushes: mason and Pearson, bass, and Kent are the go-to brands for quality.

They're expensive though. Scunci makes a cheapie one I believe. Check out Sally's online, and the ethnic beauty sections at your local stores- you're looking for 100% boar bristle or pure boar bristle. Nylon spikes aren't bad, but you want it to be a high concentration of boar, not nylon.

Boar Bristle Hair Brushes

I've found that brushes in particular are so personal.

I hate boar bristle hair brushes. They are either too weak (bend too easily) for my hair or so firm that they scratch my scalp. I've also yet to find one that will make my hair behave, if you know what I mean.

I much prefer a wide paddle brush, a good one with the ball capped bristles. If the balls start falling off or they snag my hair, into the trash they go. When I find a good one, I'll keep it forever. I have one right now that I love but the handle broke off. I'm still using it, haha.

The type of brush you should use depends on the type of hair you have and the result you want to achieve.

Boar bristle brushes are usually great for medium hair density. It works well on most hair, but it tends to take a long time. It is not a great tools for finer hair textures, especially those prone to breakage. The tend to pull a little too much for fine hair. it causes damage. Boar bristle brushes are best utilized in situation where hair is being pulled straighter. The large amount of tension it uses is perfect for smoothing hair out.

I love my board bristle brush, but know when and how to use them is important.

To Use Different Shampoos Or Not

I also had super oily hair too, but I still was flaky.

I realized my scalp was dehydrated (just like my face!) so I found a conditioner I liked that I could rub into my scalp and not have it weigh down my hair. I forced myself to not wash on the 2nd day(I was an every day washer back then) and to use dry shampoo. It took my about a year of doing that, I can't remember exactly, about a year though is when I really looked at my hair and realized I didn't need dry shampoo any more on that second day.

I have anywhere from 2-7 shampoos that I use on a regular basis. I pick what my hair and scalp needs when I wash my hair that time.

It was the same with my face too, super oily, starting using good moisturizers that work well(usually gel instead of cream) and using a ton of moisturizers. Now my face isn't an oil slick when I wake up in the morning!

I don't trust any shampoo that is clear; its always too drying. What type of conditioner do you use? Do you ever deep condition?

I'm Not Natural

You might not know it when you look at me but my color is enhanced.

Sulfate-free shampoos are best for color-treated hair.

I'm going to have to say that I don't know a ton about hair products, but I'll try to share what I do know. The best sulfate-free shampoo that I've found for my oily scalp is L'oreal Oleotherapy (in the sunshine colored tubes!). As far as this goes, I've been using a couple of deep scalp cleansing shampoos and they haven't been stripping my hair color too much.

Since this is your first time (I'm assuming?) with hair dye, it's important to note that you'll definitely need to condition your hair regularly now. Only use conditioner on the hair that's not touching your scalp. Like, just the mid-shaft and ends.

As for your scalp in general being oily, you might want to look into a scalp scaling treatment like this Lador one. Product buildup from shampoo, conditioner and any other things you might use can clog up the follicle and also leave a kind of waxy coating on the hair itself, which makes your hair look and feel greasy. Scalp scalers and buildup-removing shampoos can help eliminate that problem.

They're not great for colored hair, but I do them occasionally anyways because washing my hair every day is much worse for my colored hair.

Also make sure you're not washing your hair with super hot water for the same reasons ABers recommend not washing your face with hot water. Remember, your scalp is basically just an extension of your face covered with a mane.

If you need something on greasy roots, use a little dry shampoo or baby powder to mop up the oil.

Once your scalp gets used to not being scrubbed every day that should slow down the oil production a bit. Also, spearmint and evening primrose supplements are good for managing oil on the face, so maybe worth a shot for the scalp?

I always rinse the conditioner out last to give it a little more time to do its magical conditioning goodness.

He Knows His Curls

I searched for him forever, the elusive curly-knowledgable hair stylist.

I recently had my hair cut by a guy who really knew his stuff and he mentioned that curly hair naturally has more protein and lacks moisture. This combo of too much protein and too little moisture is what will cause it to become brittle and snap off. So, get some moisture in there! Honestly, regular conditioner probably won't cut it- what I've been doing is using a moisturizing leave in treatment whenever I wash my hair (which is once or twice a week- its winter at the moment).

I'm getting less frizz and my curls will form back together far nicer after being tied up instead of quickly becoming a hot mess.

It'll gently wash away the sweat and oil after working out, and add moisture to your curls to prevent breakage.

I have pretty thin wavy/curly hair and I had tons of breakage and frizz from putting my hair up in a messy bun at night because I hated hair touching my face while I was sleeping, but avoid washing in the morning and only using shampoo a couple of times a week helped sooo much, and the amount of breakage is definitely down because my hair is starting to get annoyingly thick like it used to be before I started putting my hair up at night.

Baby Girl!

This is going to be a little general. Without knowing more about your hair type and the shape it's in, it's hard to give specific advice but I will just give some tips that I have learned from experience.

Use a good quality shampoo. Do not use something from the supermarket, or one with a conditioner mixed in. Use a separate conditioner, which will probably be a leave in conditioner.

Don't over wash your hair - about once every three or four days to once a week is fine.

Look up 'how to towel dry your hair' - basically you want to squeeze the water out instead of rubbing your hair/head with a towel.

You can look closely at the ends - if they're split or splitting, they'll look just like it sounds like. You'll want to get your hair trimmed and the damaged ends cut off if you have a lot of them.

Really, the less you do to your hair, especially when it comes to coloring and heat - curling/straightening irons but also blow dryers - and the more gentle you are with it, in general, but especially when combing it and things (use a comb with big/widely spaced teeth made for detangling), the better shape it'll be in.

Most of this advice applies to relatively thin shaft, straight or wavy hair- if your hair is very thick and/or super curly:

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