My Secrets for Maintaining Long Hair

I’ve always had shoulder length or longer hair (like since I was a child!). I love being able to do all sorts of styles with my hair, and I feel like long hair just looks better on me. There is a lot of maintenance for long hair, but the right products make all the difference. Here are some of my favorites that I use to maintain my long hair:

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Keeping your hair balanced is really difficult, and I am definitely guilty of washing my hair too much. Instead of always using conditioner, which tends to weigh down my hair, about once a week, I use this leave in hair oil instead. It doesn’t leave a ton of residue, and makes my hair so soft and shiny.  The same brand makes a deep conditioning treatment that I do every once in a while to try to save my hair a little time before getting a haircut.

I wish that I could go longer without washing my hair, but with my running schedule, I end up having to wash it almost daily. On any days that I don’t get super sweaty, I mist with a dry shampoo before bed and it helps make my hair look fresh the next day.  Dry shampoo is also an easy way to add volume to your hair if it’s feeling flat!

For my daily shampoo and conditioner, I use Nexxus products. I don’t have any particular favorites, but of all the brands that I’ve tried, they work best to keep my hair healthy without getting too filled with product. The biggest problem with my hair is that it gets buildup from certain shampoos and conditioners and starts to get really flat and greasy looking. To help avoid this,  I discovered this amazing cleansing shampoo that I use every other week. It strips your hair of all the product buildup and leaves it really shiny!

My hair is naturally wavy, so to style it, I just wrap sections around a curling iron without the clamp and hold for a few seconds. I let my hair dry naturally instead of blow drying which helps keep heat damage as minimal as possible! To set my style, I use an anti-humidity hairspray from the same brand as my hair oil. I mist my hair, concentrating on the curled ends, and then lightly brush it out after it dries to soften the look.

I’m also a strong believer in eating well and taking vitamins to keep your body healthy from within. Since I’m a vegetarian, I take quite a few vitamins to make sure that I am getting enough Iron, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B. I also try to eat a lot of leafy greens and other vegetables to get these nutrients through my food as well! I know a lot of people recommend taking Biotin supplements, but they tend to make my hair too greasy and cause me to break out. If you think you are low on nutrients, I would recommend talking to your doctor and having blood work done to identify what supplements you should be taking because taking too much of some (like iron) can be dangerous!

I get my hair cut about 3-4 times a year. I try to go as long in between cuts as possible to let it grow longer, but despite my best efforts, I end up with split ends and usually need around a 2″ trim to freshen it up! About once a year, I have my stylist cut a little more off to really refresh it.

I’m always on the hunt for new products and I love buying samples or beauty boxes to try them out. Do you have any must-have hair products that I should try? Share in the comments below!

 

 

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