11 tips for healthy shiny long hair
Wash with water close to your body temperature.
It’s not a good idea to wash hair and scalp with too hot or too cold water. Hot water will dry out your skin and make it oilier than usual; cold water can potentially make your scalp flaky which I’m pretty sure you don’t want.
Rinse ends with cold water.
It closes hair cuticle, what makes the hair shiny, prevents some potential damage and reduces tangling.
Never brush wet hair.
Even with tangle teezers. When wet, hair is very soft, stretchy and vulnerable. A hairbrush will inevitable pull it thus causing damage. It might go unnoticeable for a while, but in a long term those damaged hairs are doomed. Wait until hair is dry and then carefully detangle!
Put it up when doing something.
To reduce potential mechanical damage. Pretty self-explanatory 🙂 Besides, nobody wants their hair stuck in something and that totally happened to people before (there’s a woman, whose hair got trapped in a working engine of her car, oh my), so be careful.
Don’t heat style your hair.
Or do it not more than few times per month. The less – the better. And of course don’t forget to use heat protection.
Get a trim every 2-3 months.
(depends on damage and growth rate).
Getting rid of split ends is super important because even a smallest split can and will turn into a bigger one. Cutting off those little traitors will not only make your hair look a lot healthier – it will also keep the rest of the length safe.
Do oil treatments at least once a week.
I highly recommend jojoba and argan oil, they have lots of amazing nutrients. Some people like to use coconut and olive oil as well, but I didn’t notice that much of a result, especially with coconut. Maybe your hair will like it better than mine did, it’s worth a try.Oil traps moisture inside of your hair, so it makes sense to do some kind of moisturizing mask first.
Make sure to drink enough water.
Dehydrated body produces dehydrated weak hair, duh.
Don’t wash every day.
Try to do it at least every other day.Washing every single day dries out the skin, causing it to produce even more oil and it’s not very good for hair itself. I personally prefer going two days between washes and when my hair becomes greasy I simply put it up or use some dry shampoo. I’ve noticed that since I stopped washing daily, my hair gets way less oily what is great.
Don’t bleach your hair.
There’s no such thing as healthy bleached hair, unfortunately. It is usually very dry and easily breakable. If you still want to be blonde, use a good treatment, such as Olaplex which will put a bit of life back into your hair.
Don’t be scared to use silicone based masks, conditioners and leave-ins.
Silicone works in a very similar way to oil – keeps water in. But sometimes you need to give your hair some rest and get silicones out of your routine for a couple of washes, this way there’s not going to be any build-up and stickiness.
Try out different things to figure out what your hair likes the most!