What are some tips for keeping long hair healthy?


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Tips for keeping long hair healthy include washing it every other day, deep conditioning it weekly and protecting it from heat. Long hair requires trims to get rid of split ends, with healthy hair usually needing trims every couple months and brittle hair needing trims about once a month. A healthy diet, particularly one with sufficient protein and iron, improves hair health.

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Washing hair every day dries it out, so washes every other day keep hair healthier. If the hair gets oily between washes, a dry shampoo is one way to clean it. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners also help prevent dry hair.

A deep condition occurs after shampooing hair by adding a conditioned hair mask and putting a hot towel around the hair. The heat opens the hair follicles, which helps the hair absorb the moisturizing ingredients in the deep conditioner. The hot towel stays on about 10 minutes, followed by a rinse with cool water.

Heat damages hair by burning it. Steps to prevent this include applying a heat-protective spray before using any products that heat the hair, such as blow dryers or flat irons, and setting the product to its lowest temperature. Using a microfiber towel to dry hair is easier on the hair than a blow dryer. Blotting the hair with the towel is better than rubbing it.

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