Managing really long hair can sometimes appear to be a daunting task. Plenty of women and men alike opt for shorter hair, not necessarily because they want short hair, but because maintaining long hair is “too much work”. Long hair doesn’t have to be a lot of work. It’s just a matter of knowing how to achieve healthy long hair in the first place.
The number one mistake people make when “growing out” their hair is not trimming it. A typical excuse for not trimming hair is: “My hair grows too slowly so I don’t want to trim it because I’ll lose everything I’ve gained.” It doesn’t matter how slowly your hair grows, but what you want is a nice, even-looking bottom of the hair, once it does grow out. People who do not trim their long hair end up having very stringy, uneven ends, which make the hair appear unhealthy and thin. Hair also tends to break just above its end, so by trimming off the broken end, the affected strand of hair can once again grow evenly alongside all the other trimmed strands. So, even if hair grows very slowly (which sometimes can be improved with eating certain proteins), it is better to be patient and to lose a little bit of growth by trimming your hair, than to end up with stringy, unhealthy ends.
When it comes to styling long hair, one must be wary of using too many synthetic styling products, curling irons, and blow dryers. These three things will fry hair, and should be avoided. People with short hair can get away with heat-styling and chemicals because they are constantly renewing their hairstyles and chopping off the used-up hair. Consider towel-drying over blow drying, and also consider the medieval method of creating curls and waves in the hair by simply braiding it for the day or several hours! The unbraided hair will have a beautiful curl, and you can even top it off with some natural hairspray to help keep those curls in.
There are so many natural cosmetics brands out there now, trying to change the course of cosmetic history, and presenting consumers with natural alternatives to some of the big brand-name hair styling and conditioning products that are filled with toxic chemicals. All-natural, toxin-free shampoo, conditioner, leave-in-conditioner, hair creams and hairspray are all available, and there are very effective brands out there, such as Acure, Honeybee Gardens, Jason, Aubrey and many others.
Eating healthy foods can also be linked to healthy-looking hair. Foods such as salmon, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, will actually make hair naturally shiny. Foods rich in Vitamin C (orange, mango) can help protect against hair follicle breakage. Protein-rich foods, such as chicken, eggs and yogurt, can help hair grow faster. In general, healthy-looking hair and nails suggest a good diet. If someone’s hair is limp, falling out too much, and lacks in shine, there may be something missing from their diet.
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