Long hair has different needs
Lengthy locks need more care than shorter tresses. For starters, long hair is more prone to tangles—especially if it’s fine or color treated (here’s how you should take care of thin hair). It’s also more apt to get involved in daily wear and tear—from getting tangled in a scarf to needing to be tied up during workouts. And the longer it gets, the more fragile it can become, so you need to be extra gentle. “Hair grows about half an inch a month for most people, so if your hair is two feet long, or medium length, that means it took four years for you to achieve that growth,” says Adam Livermore, an international educator for Oribe Haircare and a celebrity stylist in New York, NY. “And it could take you four minutes to completely destroy it if you’re not careful. The longer the hair is, the more fragile it is.” Simply put: Long hair is special and needs to be treated as such.
Get regular trims
We get it, you have long hair and want to keep it that way. But snipping strands regularly can actually help. A trim gets rid of damage and split ends. Shelby Samaria, a stylist at Suite Caroline Salon in New York, NY, suggests booking salon appointments every 10 to 12 weeks if you tend to air-dry your hair (A.K.A. it’s not exposed to extreme amounts of heat), or six to eight weeks for colored and heat-styled tresses. Before you book your next appointment, these are the 15 hairstyle terms to know before your next salon visit.