Ultra-long hair requires special attention in order to look flawless from root to tip. Here's five ways to maintain happy and healthy XXL locks.
Thought growing your hair XXL length was the tricky part? Then think again! Once your hair has reached its desired length the battle begins to maintain the appearance of your ultra-long locks. Damage and breakages are your enemy – and your hair care routine and styling choices need to be geared towards minimising this from occurring. So consider the following...
1. Avoid Overwashing
More hair doesn't mean more washing! In order to maintain a healthy scalp and not strip your locks of natural oils, you need to extend your time between washes. If your roots are looking greasy, a dry shampoo like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Morning After Dust can tide you over.
2. Brush Smart
Brush selection and technique are crucial for preventing damage to your long locks. A wide tooth comb or small detangling brush are perfect – use them from the bottom of the hair and work upwards, paying particular attention to carefully loosen any knots. As for brushing no-no's? Avois brushing wet hair or simply ripping your brush through from top to bottom as this is a surefire recipe for breakage!
3. Limit Heat Styling
If you plan on having XXL hair on a long term basis, it's preferable that you nix heat styling all together. The reality is, heat causes damage - and this is precisely what you're trying to avoid. If you really want to style your hair, try no-heat options like foam rollers or braids. If you really must use a hair dryer, always adjust it to the lowest temperature setting.
4. Don't Tease
Teased and backcombed hairstyles should also be stricken from your styling routine. This volumising technique may not require heat, but it's almost certain to cause damage. If you're craving a little lift, try working a volumising product like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Super Dust in at the roots.
5. Sleep Sound
Damage to your XXL locks can happen even while you sleep! Invest in a silk pillowcase if you're prone to tossing and turning - otherwise the friction of your hair against the pillowcase may cause damage. Also to prevent waking up to a head full of tangles, always loosely braid your locks before bedtime.