Growing your hair long is a lengthy process (pun intended) and keeping your mane strong and healthy the whole time is really important for preventing damage and maintaining length. To minimize growing pains as well as split ends, we have a few hairstyle hacks to help you and your tresses achieve your desired length.
1. Get regular trims
This may seem counterintuitive, but getting regular trims is essential to keeping your strands strong and healthy as they grow. A split can rise up the hair shaft, which means more length will have to be removed in order to stop it. So, it's better to nip it in the bud and get your locks trimmed every 4-6 weeks.
If you're starting with an especially short or angular cut, keeping the ends in shape will also help to prevent any awkward silhouettes while your hair grows out.
2. Detangle gently
Instead of pulling a brush through your hair, try using a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair, starting at the bottom and working your way up. This will minimize your chances of accidental breakage, and your hair won't get pulled as much, or at all!
If you have some seriously stubborn knots, cover them in conditioner and work them out with your fingers and/or a comb in the shower.
3. Use dry shampoo
The longer your hair gets, the more effort required to wash and blow-dry it, so make dry shampoo your BFF for those in-between days! Simply spitz your roots with Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray and gently brush it through to absorb excess oil and freshen your locks.
4. Don't pull your updos out
Whatever your updo, take care when letting it down. If there are hair elastics involved, be really careful when removing them so you don't accidentally break off any strands.
5. Always use heat protection
Heat styling is one of the biggest causes of damaged hair, so make sure to always use a thermal protectant like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray before you even think about turning on your tool of choice. Also, you should only use the minimum temperature required to get the job done - just because your curling iron can go up to 450°, doesn't mean your hair needs it to.