Let’s be honest. It’s great having long hair. It’s much easier to style, with more possibilities of up do’s, pony tails, etc. But as much as some of us prefer, and really like having their hair longer, well I surely do, it requires a lot of maintenance to keep it strong, healthy and shiny whatever style we choose. I am the first one to put my hand up and admit that, as much as I like my hair longer, I don’t always treat it the right way. There is many simple things that we can all do, and that with time, will make a massive difference to the overall appearance of our mane. Today on MagsfactorBeauty I welcome Amy Mia Goldsmith, who very kindly offered to do a guest post and tell you all about some tips and tricks on how to keep you long hair healthy. Amy, thank you ever so kindly for your contribution and over to you.
Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of having long, healthy hair and wearing it in intricate braids and elegant buns. Sadly, my hair wouldn’t grow as fast as I wanted it to, and just when I thought I was getting somewhere, I would notice my split ends and had to cut off a part of it again. It seemed like I would never fulfill my childhood dream, but I decided to give it one more try before I quit growing it forever. Miraculously, I noticed positive changes after only a couple of weeks.
#1 – Apply oil or mask treatment weekly
It seemed like a nuisance in the beginning, but once I gave it a try I cannot live without my hair masks and oils. I use and recommend the amazing Amika hair products, especially the Amika nourishing hair mask with the power of the Sea Buckthorn Berry, also known as obliphica. It has turned my hair into silk and I apply it at least three times a month. In addition, I like putting coconut oil, egg yolks, and avocado mask from time to time, mostly on weekends, and I leave it overnight. Now my hair is healthy and silky.
#2 – Avoid ponytails
Because I like sports and all kinds of activity, I would usually wear my hair in a ponytail to keep it away from my face. Sadly, it turned out that my hair shouldn’t be firmly tied in the back for many long hours, and I noticed it is becoming damaged and dry. I swapped rubber bands for elegant hairpins, clasps, and buckles except when I go to the gym, and even then I try to change position of my ponytail so that my hair doesn’t get damaged and break at the same place all the time.
#3 – Don’t wrap your hair in a towel after washing it
I would always wrap my hair in a towel after a shower because it was convenient and it dried much more quickly. However, when wet, hairs are more prone to breaking and stretch easily. I would always end up picking the hair that fell off after I dry it and thought it was normal. Today, I divide my hair in sections after I wash it, and gently squeeze out the excess water, blot it with a towel, and afterwards I wrap my hair in a cotton T-shirt instead of a towel.
#4 – Lead a healthy lifestyle
Your hair is a part of your body, and if you lead a healthy lifestyle you will feel and look so much better. Workouts and proper diet nurture your body and make your hair and nails grow faster and be stronger. I recommend diet rich in protein and vitamins, but also foods rich in zinc and copper, meaning plenty of nuts, fruit, berries, milk, and cheese. I feel my body losing toxins and this means my hair looks as good as I feel.
#5 – Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower
This was a tiny problem for me because I really, really love long, hot showers. They help me relax and warm me up during cold winter days. But hot water combined with blow-dryer will dry out your hair, and cold water rinse will prevent moisture loss and further heat damage. What s more, you will notice your hair is smoother and more healthy after a few weeks.
Every day I fall in love with my hair a bit more, and even though it is longer than it was since I was a little girl, I can’t wait for it to grow a bit more. It is healthy, shiny, split ends are not an issue anymore, and I am much more careful about products I use and the way I treat my hair every day.
About the Author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne who loves to write short stories and reviews. Amy is a regular contributor at High Style Life. Her passion is beauty and makeup and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course – make up shopping! You can contact Amy on her Facebook page and Twitter.