How to grow long, luscious locks
While pixie and bob haircuts are gaining momentum this season, long hair is a lasting trend that will never go out of style and can be worn in so many ways. From the middle part to tousled beach waves, longer hair is classically chic and is a good fit for every hair type and texture. When it comes to growing and maintaining your long, healthy hair there are three main things to keep in mind: salon maintenance, at-home hair-care products and summer weather conditions – something on all of our minds right now. Below we’ve included some simple tips and tricks specifically focused on keeping your hair from becoming dull and lackluster.
As a salon owner and stylist for the last two decades, Adam Federico often encounters women with long hair who avoid trims in order to keep their length intact. “Although it may seem counterintuitive,” says Federico, “you aren’t doing your long hair any favors by avoiding a cut. It’s pretty important that you make it into the salon every other month in order to keep the ends of your hair in good condition. Split ends travel up the shaft of the hair, forcing your stylist to cut more length off each time if you spread your visits out too much.”
And while most women love highlights for their transformational abilities, over-processing doesn’t facilitate healthy hair growth. To prevent breakage, slow and steady is the best approach when adding highlights to your hair. “While women want the dramatic effects of transitioning from brunette to blond overnight, your hair will thank you for taking it slow,” says Federico. To combat the dehydrating effects of hair color go for an infusion of oil such as jojoba like that contained in Goldwell’s Kerasilk Shampoo and Conditioner, to create silken locks.
At home hair-cair
Your daily shampoo and conditioner are crucial to your success in growing long, healthy hair. Color-treated hair should be washed with color-safe shampoo and conditioner, exclusively. For any hair type or texture, be sure to add a deep-conditioning treatment to your regimen once per week; consult your AJF stylist to find one that’s right for you.
To touch up your color in between visits, try Artease Color Refreshing Conditioner, which comes in a variety of shades to match any hue.
The combination of sun, salt and chlorine can be stressful for your tresses. Prep your hair before a day at the beach, pool or lazing around in the sunshine. Don’t let chlorine or salt water sit on your strands – while it may give hair a natural, beachy texture, it’s also sapping much needed moisture from your locks.
Before jumping into the pool, wet hair thoroughly and apply a heavy-duty conditioner. This will help it to absorb less chlorine, reducing damage. Also try spritzing in a UV shield. It protects your hair much in the same way that SPF protects your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. It will also stop color from fading, which will keep you from having to prematurely touch it up.
Keep these simple tips in mind and your mane will be healthy, long and glossy in no time!