Long hair isn’t for everyone. Short on patience in the morning? If you are not up for spending extra time washing, conditioning, blow-drying and styling your hair, like me, then stick with above-the-shoulder locks. While ponytails are always an adorable option, long hair can also be a drag for girls who play lots of sports. According to a particular fashion magazine, long hair looks best on girls with oval faces. Square and round face shapes can also pull off long hair, just be sure to add layers to break up the lines. Girls with long and heart-shaped faces look best with shoulder-length hair.
Below are some guides to a healthy hair. Remember, this doesn’t only pertain to ladies with short long hair cuts, but to men as well.
Cut your hair. The secret to long hair? Strong hair. And that means getting rid of all damaged ends. So, believe it or not, your first step is to suck it up and head to the salon for a good snip. How much is enough? Unless your hair is very thick or very curly, have the stylist trim until your hair is all one length, as short as the shortest layer in your hair. All-one-length hair stays healthier and that means you can grow it without having as many trims from here on out. Thick- or curly-haired ladies will want to keep a few long layers to help weigh hair down. You don’t want to look like a mushroom-head as your hair grows out. Of course, for men, it is also, but, necessary to have your hairs cut, primarily to prevent from getting dandruffs.
Eat right. You know that expression “You are what you eat”? Well, it happens to be true. It seems very unbelievable and odd but really true. Hair can only stay long and healthy if you eat well-balanced meals. Foods rich in vitamin A (dairy products, fish, squash), vitamin B (meat, fish, bananas), vitamin C (citrus, melon, tomatoes and potatoes) and vitamin E (nuts, whole grains, broccoli) are essential for truly healthy hair. Feel like eating a steak tonight? Perfect. Red meat is rich in iron and zinc, two nutrients proven to help your hair grow fastest.
Stress less. Studies show that hair actually grows slower when you are stressed to the max. Your hair also needs a good night’s sleep. So, chill out, and get some shut-eye already. Not only good for your body, but unconsciously, for keeping a nice hair to add up to your charms.
Keep your hair clean. Oily roots and product build-up can clog follicles and prevent your hair from growing as quickly as possible – the maximum is about a half-inch per month. So be sure to shampoo daily and give your hairbrush a weekly cleansing so you don’t rebrush in old dirt and oil.
Be kind to your hair. The longer your hair is, the older it is. So treat it with the respect it deserves. When you lather up, use gentle shampoos formulated for your hair type. Conditioners will also help, of course. For men you are into rasta fashion, treat your locks once a week to a leave-on conditioner or hair mask. And try to lay off your blow-dryer, hot curlers and flat iron as much as possible. For ladies, throwing your hair up in a ponytail to disguise growing-out layers? Be careful not to pull too tight – you’ll risk breaking your hair. Yikes!
Get your regular trims. After eight weeks, your hair could be up to an inch longer. The tendency is your hair may result to a type which you really don’t want. So please your hair, treat it the way you treat yourself. We should keep in mind that a healthy hair is also a clear manifestation of a healthy lifestyle; thus, a healthy personality.