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.
Long hair is more susceptible to tangles. Daily brushing helps remove snarls and will help thwart the formation of larger knots. The best type of brush? Matt Swinney, L’ANZA Global Creative Director suggests a half boar bristle/half nylon brush, like Mason Pearson, to distribute hair’s natural oils. Remember, brushes are not one-strand-fits all! Here’s how to find the best brush for your hair type.
Because long hair is more prone to tangles, those with lengthy locks need to be extra careful when combing, urges Simone Bailey, lead stylist at DreamDry in Scarsdale, NY. If you’re working with wet hair, gently towel dry and then spritz in a lightweight detangling spray, like Pantene Detangler or Not Your Mother’s Knotty to Nice Conditioning Detangler. Using a large, wide-tooth comb, start from the bottom and gradually—working in sections—make your way up to the roots. This way you can ease out knots as you go, resulting in less pulling, tugging, and damage.