12 Top-Notch Tips For Long Hair – A Definitive Guide

Here are the simplest of ways to achieve and maintain hair that falls below your shoulder level.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS
By Arshiya Syeda

Is getting Rapunzel-like healthy and luscious tresses on your bucket list? If yes, we are sure you will appreciate some tips for long hair based on scientific studies. Many of us love to adorn a long hair look, but the trouble of maintaining them pushes us back from doing it. Long hair is prone to more damage in comparison to shorter tresses. It also needs more care and nourishment. To help you realize your dream of sporting long and healthy hair, we have provided some amazing tips to maintain your mane without the trouble of damage. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dig in.

12 Tips For Long Hair

1. Focus On Scalp Care

It all starts with your scalp. A healthy scalp creates the environment for healthy hair – it impacts the hair growth rate and hair health. Taking good care of your scalp helps blood and nutrients reach the hair follicles, resulting in stronger hair and lesser hair loss.

Wash your scalp with gentle shampoos to get rid of the oil, dirt, and product buildup. Make sure you massage the scalp while shampooing to increase blood flow and stimulate the hair follicles. You can also go for scalp massages for a rejuvenating experience.

2. Oil Your Hair Twice A Week

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A hot oil head massage is one of the best home remedies for long hair. It not only offers relaxation but also enhances hair thickness (1). Oiling the roots provides nutrition and helps your hair grow long and strong. It also helps rejuvenate dead hair shafts.

Use coconut, lavender, or almond oils to massage your scalp and promote hair growth. Here’s what you can do:

  • Apply hot (warm) oil to the scalp and massage gently with your fingertips.
  • Oil your hair and let it soak.
  • Wrap a hot towel around the head for 10 minutes for better absorption of the oil into the hair. Leave it on for 1-2 hours.
  • Wash your hair with cold water and mild shampoo.

3. Cut Down The Frequency Of Shampooing

The purpose of shampoo is to eliminate dirt and product buildup from the hair and scalp. But using it daily can make your hair dry, frizzy, brittle, and prone to breakage. Certain shampoos contain sulfates, and their excessive use might damage your hair. Hence, choose a sulfate-free shampoo based on your hair needs and type. Make sure it is mild to avoid stripping hair’s natural oils.

Be gentle while shampooing – lather at the scalp and let the suds slide down the hair. Your hair becomes softer while wet, and rubbing the shampoo harshly on soft hair can lead to breakage.

Note: Do not skip the conditioner. Conditioning is key to maintain healthy hair. It locks moisture in the hair, prevents dryness, and protects the strands from dirt and pollution.

4. Dry Your Hair Gently

Drying your hair roughly with a towel increases the chances of breakage. Use a soft towel or an old T-shirt to pat your hair and air dry it.

Do not use bath towels to dry your hair as they make your hair rough and create tangles, frizz, and flyaways. Instead, use microfiber towels that are thin and have high water-absorbing power. They also reduce the drying time of your hair.

Note: Air dry your hair to avoid heat damage caused by blow dryers and limit the use of heat or thermal styling tools like flat irons. The hot air from blow dryers evaporates the hair’s moisture, causing split ends.

5. Use A Wide-Toothed Comb

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Long hair is susceptible to tangles, but brushing it daily helps remove snarls and large knots. Use a wide-toothed comb for your hair. When your hair is dry, start combing it from the bottom and then work up gradually. This detangles the knots and prevents pulling, damage, and hair fall.

Boar bristle brushes are suitable for distributing the scalp’s natural oils throughout the hair. Brush your hair before bedtime for better blood circulation to the scalp while sleeping.

Wet hair tends to stretch more than dry hair and breaks easily. Thus, avoid brushing your hair while it is wet. If you want to detangle it, work through the knots gently with your fingers.

6. Trim Your Hair Regularly

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While it might seem counterintuitive, trimming your hair and regular intervals can help you get rid of split ends and breakage that make your hair look dull, rough, and thin. Trim your hair every six to eight weeks to ensure minimum damage and promote healthy hair growth.

7. Ditch Your Cotton Pillowcase

Cotton pillowcases are one of the reasons for messy and tangled hair in the morning. Instead, use satin and silk fabrics as they are soft and cause lesser friction than cotton. These materials prevent split ends and tangled hair. Also, cotton is more porous than silk, and it absorbs moisture from your hair, leaving you with dry strands or flaky scalp. Silk pillowcases ensure your hair moisture is intact and help preserve your hairstyles for a longer time.

8. Cut Back On Heat Styling Tools

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Overuse of heat styling tools like straighteners and curling wands can damage your hair. These tools reduce the thickness and shine of the hair, making it dull and dry. Hence, cut down on the use of these tools. Instead, twist your wet hair with a towel to curl it without using any heat.

If you cannot avoid heat styling altogether, make sure to use a heat protectant. This product forms a protective barrier on the hair shafts, preventing damage and ensuring a sleek and frizz-free hairstyle.

9. Change Up Your Hairstyle

Ponytails and similar hairdos look awesome, but tight hairstyles create stress on the roots and lead to hair breakage. Try loose hairstyles to avoid tension on the cuticles. A loose top knot or braids are amazing to showcase long hair. Also, use hair bands that do not pull at the roots.

StyleCraze Says
It is recommended to use different varieties of hair bands such as silk scrunchies, spirals, knotted ribbon ties, and snapees to prevent hair breakage.

10. Choose Nourishing Hair Products

Long hair needs special nourishment. Shampoos, conditioners, and styling products with chemicals can have adverse effects on the hair in the long run. Prolonged exposure to chemicals and their buildup is detrimental to your hair health. To avoid this, use mild, lightweight shampoos and conditioners to hydrate the hair. Also, use a heat protectant spray before blow drying or styling to create a barrier between the hair and heat styling tool.

11. Maintain Proper Diet

Maintaining long hair requires more than just using the right products. You also need to feed your hair with the right nutrients. Consume foods that are rich in the following nutrients:

  • Protein: The hair follicles are made of protein, the lack of which can lead to hair loss (2). Hence, consume protein-rich foods, such as eggs, legumes, yogurt, and fish, to maintain long hair.
  • Vitamins: Vitamins B, C, D, and E help prevent hair loss and premature graying of the hair (2). Hence, include green leafy vegetables, avocados, sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, liver, egg yolk, citrus fruits, and tomatoes in your diet.
  • Omega-3: Omega-3 fatty acids promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. They provide essential nutrients to your hair and hydrate your scalp and hair (3). Fatty fish (like salmon, mackerel, herring, and trout), flaxseeds, chia seeds, oats, avocado, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

12. Stay Hydrated

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Dehydration can lead to skin and scalp dryness and make your hair brittle, frizzy, and limp. Drinking water contains trace elements like zinc, copper, iron, and calcium that affect hair health. It also strengthens the roots and prevents breakage.

StyleCraze Says
Drinking at least two liters of water everyday will keep hair roots hydrated and promote hair growth.

Long hair demands extra attention to seem healthy and shiny. Maintaining your long hair can be as simple as taking care of your scalp, using the appropriate hair products, and eating a balanced diet. Follow the tips for long hair listed above to maintain your lustrous and silky locks. If you believe your hair is severely damaged and the condition of your hair does not improve after following the measures mentioned above, you should consult a doctor. Excessive hair loss or damage can sometimes result from underlying health problems. Only a medical professional can give an accurate diagnosis and assist you in overcoming the issue.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I sleep with long hair?

Brush your hair and wrap a silk scarf around your head to protect the hair. You can also tie it with a silk or satin scrunchie. Avoid letting your hair down as it may tangle while you sleep, and the friction may lead to breakage during the night.

Does long hair cause hair loss?

No. Keeping your hair long won’t cause hair loss. However, improper hair care may damage your long hair, affect the roots, and lead to hair fall.

Is long hair healthy?

Hair health has nothing to do with its length. Both long and short hair is healthy when appropriately maintained.

Does long hair cause pimples?

No. Long hair is not a direct cause of pimples. However, if you use hair styling products and sweat profusely, the natural oils and product buildup may clog the pores and cause pimples along the hairline and scalp.

Key Takeaways

  • Long hair is more prone to damage and hair fall.
  • Maintaining long hair needs a sound hair care routine, including oiling, maintaining a proper diet, and hydrating.
  • In addition, you should reduce the usage of heat styling tools, chemical-laden products, and frequency of shampooing.

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor at StyleCraze. Prior to that, she was a content writer and combined her writing and... more

Dr. Shruti Chavan

(MBBS)
Dr. Shruti Chavan is a consulting dermatologist at Dr.Sheth's Skin and Hair Clinic since 6 years. She is a co-committee... more

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