Long hair, DO care

“Long hair, don’t care” might make a cute hashtag, but let me tell you: split ends and a dry scalp are not.

Don’t let your tresses be a victim of social media lingo, and take the initiative to treat them well. Here are five easy tips to keep your hair healthy:

1. Bottoms up

Okay, not that kind of bottoms up. But, for real – break this rule, and break your strands. To keep your hair healthy, work from the end up when brushing or combing your hair. This’ll prevent breakage and pulling as you work out any knots. Also, be sure to use a wide tooth comb on wet hair instead of a flat or round brush. This, again, will help prevent breakage.

2. Not so fresh and so clean (clean)

The trick to keeping hair shiny is to let the natural oils do their job. Go without washing your hair for as many days in a row as possible. This might take some time as your hair will overcompensate and overproduce oils at first. In the meantime, use baby powder or dry shampoo to soak up the excess.

PS. Hats, ballerina or messy buns and braids will be your best friend during this time.

3. Moist… urize

Dry hair is more prone to split ends, breakage and overall damage. You can prevent this by taking multiple measures.

First, try making an at-home mask by mixing together avocado, honey and lemon. Start with half an avocado and a tablespoon of honey and lemon each. Then, add ingredients until you get the desired texture. (It’ll be gross, mushy and a little drippy. But, the mess is worth it!) Leave in for 15-30 minutes and rinse.

Second, before putting conditioner in your hair, make sure to wring out as much water as possible. Even go as far as towel drying your ends while in the shower, if you want the full benefits. This’ll help the shaft absorb more moisture.

4. Knock it out, and cut it off

I know, I know. When it comes to a trim, the salon is scarier than the dentist. But, in order for your hair to grow, you’ve got to trim it regularly. This means going in about every three months. When you go, ask your stylist to show you how much they think should be cut off to keep your hair strong. Then, use your discretion and decide how much you want trimmed.

5. Au naturale

Allow your hair’s natural beauty to shine through and avoid using hot tools on it! No amount of heat protectant will save your strands in the ends. If you absolutely despise your natural look, braid it or put it up. There are plenty of ways to style your hair that’ll ultimately be better than burning it off.