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Caring For Long Hair

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Long hair can easily get split ends and look dull if it is not taken care of properly. To keep your long hair beautiful take a look at these tips. This is a guide about caring for long hair.


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By 19 found this helpful
October 3, 2011

My hair is extremely long, below my waist, and naturally very curly. Due to the length of my hair, it pulls much of my curl out. I've learned many things about dealing with long hair. I didn't realize it until recently.

My brother kept cutting my niece's very long hair, complaining about how knotted it got. Recently, when Lena spent the night, I was putting her in the bath tub and began to brush her hair first. She stopped me and said " Mimi, you're so silly! You don't brush your hair before you wash it. You brush it after!" Without thinking, I responded, " Yes, baby normally that's what people do, but when you have really long hair like you and me, it's easier to brush it first. That way the knots are already out and it combs out easier when it is wet."

Later, I realized that was the problem that my brother had been having. No one brushed the baby's hair first, therefore it only got more knotted after having been washed. I told him as soon as he picked her up and it has helped a lot.

When you brush your hair first, you use less conditioner, because there are fewer knots. It is much easier to comb out because you haven't created more knots while washing it thus compounding the problem. A step in time saves nine, in other words.

I only get my hair trimmed twice a year. I don't have to cut it more often because of these few simple things I do.

  1. I don't brush it actually, I comb it with a wide tooth comb. Brushing your hair puts stress on your hair creating more dead ends. Dead ends cause more tangles.
  2. I very seldom blow dry my hair. Maybe 5 or so times a year. The heat of blowing it dry also causes breakage. This contributes to unhealthy, frizzy hair.
  3. When I wash my hair, it's usually every other day. By doing this, I am not washing out the oils my hair needs to keep it healthy. Dry hair is more brittle and more prone to breakage. Also the more you wash your hair, the more you have to because your scalp is being trained to produce more oil. Another fact many don't know is that lice love clean hair. Washing it daily increases the likelyhood of getting lice and dandruff.
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  5. After washing my hair, I squeeze out the excess water, first with my hand, then with a towel. I do not flip my head over and do the oh so familiar turban with the towel. Twisting your hair up in a towel also causes breakage.
  6. I don't use rubber bands in my hair. I use barrettes or scrunchies. The rubber in a band pulls and breaks hair.

This may sound like an awful lot just to keep healthy hair, but I promise I spend less time having to fix my hair and less products to tame it. These few simple things will keep your hair healthy and looking better therefore saving you time in the long run.

I was in cosmetology school years ago before having children, I didn't graduate, but I picked up a thing or two. Whether it's for you or that little girl in your life, healthy hair is more manageable and less time consuming.

By Mistie from Baton Rouge, LA

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful

I don't use shampoo on my hair anymore and my hair is past my waist. I use Wen by Chaz Dean. Best thing I ever did. Using shampoo is soap, Wen, cleans my hair and leaves it soft and so manageable without soap or cream rinse on it.

I get it from QVC. Just watch one of Chaz's shows and you will never use anything else. Call QVC and find out when he will be on again and he will show you all the girls who use it. I love, love love it. Call QVC at 1 800 367 9444 and then punch 0 for customer service

Linda in Texas

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful

It is so easy to comb or even brush hair after a shampoo if you just rub a little coconut oil through it. I do it when it is wet. Not enough to make it greasy looking. treat ends first, then the rest. Amazing product. After the coconut oil, comb the ends first then a little more till you reach the scalp.

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October 11, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks you! I've never heard of using coconut oil. I have heard of Wen. I will say though on a budget Ive been advised to use Tresemme'. I'd heard it in beauty school and have also had several hairdressers tell me it is the best thing to buy if you must go cheap. Ill have to give both of these a try!

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October 13, 20110 found this helpful

I just got shampoo because I want so bad to use Wen (cant afford it) when I got my hair done, she had shampoo with Tea Tree oil based. I know it's used for many things.This shampoo is great.I would try adding some to Tresemme and get benefits of both (what you are use to with not spending tons of money). I'm doing it when this is gone. It smells wonderful, plus you can use it for cleaning, someone posted they use it on acne. For cents on the dollar instead of Wen which is very pricey. Coconut oil I use in so many other ways I would think it would make hair really oily? Let me know.

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August 6, 20120 found this helpful

I had waist/hip length hair for many many years (didn't everyone growing up in the 60-70's? With child # 2 coming I decided hair or children? The cut came. BUT I had the healthiest hair all those years, still do.

My stylist trimmed my hair every month. Same amount. My hair grows 1-2 inches in 6 weeks. But the deal with anyone who touches my hair is it must be done with a razor. We are talking old strap razor that used to be a speciality class in cosmotology classes but now a mainstay (at local college they are 15 months long). Never a split end or challenged do. And mine so so very naturally curly. Find a good brush and the old adage 100 strokes a day helps keep tangles gone as well as your hair oil well distributed.

I won't have a hair dryer or hot hair tool in the house. Scrunchies were the normal tie backs or just wrap strips of fabric is many fashion sensed ways.

Now, I wear a shortie do, and my hair has no issues yet.....cuts of 1-2 inches every 6 weeks with the razor, keeps it healthy. I am a swimmer and so it is not unusual to have 3 shampoos a day. Just know your products, protect it from the sun and other harmful chemicals that hair care seem to be full of. If your hair has issues, get your thyroid checked. First clue IS the hair. Take Omega fish oil and Vitamin E, don't wear it on the hair when the hair is dead cells pushed out. Take care of the body inside makes the hair better outside.

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October 10, 20120 found this helpful

I also have very long hair, originally light brown, turned gray, now i highlight it myself every month. I have a tip for tangles. This works, and I have not had any dryness or split ends in many many many years. After I wash my hair, usually every other day because even the best shampoos can dry out my hair, I use a cream rinse and still sometimes have to deal with tangles, unless I spray apple cider vinegar on the tangle, wait 30 seconds or so, and it literally "dissolves" the tangle. I comb through and its perfect. It may smell like vinegar for a few hours, but not for long.

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October 10, 20120 found this helpful

I also have very long hair. I have had long hair most of my adult life. I have found a tip for tangles which works extremely well. After washing my hair, I apply conditioner, then rinse etc. Then while combing out my hair, i inevitably still get a big tangle or two.

So, now, I spray the tangle with apple cider vinegar and let it set for about 30 seconds or so, then comb again, and the tangle almost always, just "dissolves". If it doesn't, do it again. I doubt you will need a third time, I haven't. DO NOT use white vinegar! It doesn't work the same!

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March 26, 20050 found this helpful

Tips for caring for long hair. Post your ideas.

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March 26, 20050 found this helpful

Don't brush wet hair. Comb with a wide-tooth comb instead.

Only condition the ends of your hair.

By suebowman

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March 26, 20050 found this helpful

Only put the conditioner on from half way down to the ends of your hair if you have oily long hair. Untangle snarls starting at the ends. suebowman is right. Use a wide tooth comb, preferably heavy duty. Tame conditioner was the best I ever used.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 12, 20050 found this helpful

By accident I used my husband's Head and Shoulders and have used it ever since. My hair is in the best condition it's ever been in and it also keeps the summer frizzies away!!!

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August 14, 20050 found this helpful

Before bed braid your hair so that you won't have many knots to brush out in the morning.

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March 1, 20070 found this helpful

comb from the bottom up with a wide toothed comb.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 7, 20080 found this helpful

Tame "conditioner" is the best I've ever used, too, but I believe it is no longer available. It was also the best detangler and did not weigh down my hair. If I could find out who made it I would write to them. Anyone know?

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December 11, 20140 found this helpful

I am 14 and have hair to my waist. I love it, but it can be really hard sometimes. I am trying to keep it long so when I cut my hair, I can donate it. I try to keep it heathly and beautiful. I have read a lot of articles on keeping my hair good. My only concern is how many times I should wash my hair each week?

By Karla G.

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December 16, 20140 found this helpful

I have never had hair this long, but when I did have long hair below my shoulders, I would wash it and set it in rollers every 3rd day. I thought that it got too greasy if I left it longer.

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January 8, 20150 found this helpful

I used to have hair as long as yours! But it's only 1/2 down my back because of maintenance. I too donated my hair to "Locks of Love" but the rumors of money being used wrongly has kept me from doing it again. I keep to twice a week if I can manage it with the products I use.

There is the "Dry Shampoo" out now that is super helpful too, there are affordable brands like Suave out there. If you style it with blow dryers, flat irons etc. use a protectant! You are sweet to do this, someone is going to get their confidence back if they get your hair!

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By 0 found this helpful
February 8, 2013

My daughter is almost 12 and has super long hair down to the middle of her back. Should I cut her hair short or keep it? It's a lot of work when I comb it she always screams about the knots. Any opinions?

By emmayou

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February 11, 20130 found this helpful

I have long, long, baby fine hair (to my waist) and I have found it easiest to let it nearly air dry and then gently brush it with a soft natural bristle brush. This removes tangles and smooths the hair so it does not tangle easily. It is important to keep the ends trimmed of any splits. She is old enough to do this for herself if she wants to keep it long. With my hair, I can't give a fair opinion on whether to cut it or not.

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May 11, 20130 found this helpful

No don't cut it. Put leave in conditioner in her hair after she towel drys her hair after getting out the shower ... makes it easier to brush. You can buy some at Walmart for around $4.

Start at the bottom of the hair and work your way up when brushing.

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