How To: Get Long, Healthy Hair

You might be starting to read this blog expecting a list of products…however, I don’t believe that hair care is in itself down to the specific shampoo or conditioner you use. Hair care is about what you do with your hair, and the way in which you do it. And, equally importantly, what you don’t do.

Here is a snappy list of my top tips for keeping your hair healthy, which will help it to grow long and strong (I didn’t mean for that to sound dodgy, but alas..)

DO:

  • Take note of heat protection. I said I wasn’t going to list products and I’m not, but I can’t stress the importance of a heat protection product enough. Use it before blow drying hair, or using heated styling tools like straighteners or curlers.
  • Have small trims. If you’re trying to grow your hair, you might feel like this is step backwards, but it isn’t: split ends are going to keep on splitting, which isn’t good, and a fresh trim really makes your hair look healthier.
  • Keep your diet in mind. Drinking lots of water and eating good food really helps your skin and nails, but it also helps your hair!
  • Consult a professional. Hairdressers/stylists/colourists know what is best for your hair, and good ones will be reluctant to do things which will damage your hair, but that you might ordinarily do yourself.

DON’T:

  • Over-use the heated tools – using heat protetion sprays will help to some extent, but common sense says that using heated tools on your hair every day isn’t a smart move.
  • Go crazy on the colour if you want long and healthy-looking hair. Even when I had lots of pink in my hair, I still only had it done every 3 months.
  • Opt for hair bobbles/ties with metal fastenings – they can really damage your hair when it is tied up. Lots of brands now do ‘metal-free’ bands, which are much gentler.
  • Brush your hair when it is wet with a regular hairbrush. Combs are good, but my favourite thing to use, EVER, is the Tangle Teezer – if you google them, you can buy one online. Using a hairbrush can break your hair when it is wet and at its weakest.

I hope these tips are helpful – share any of your own in the comments below!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

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18 Comments

  1. May 22, 2011 / 6:15 pm

    Great Tips!
    But i have one question:

    How much glasses of water do you have to drink in 1 day?
    I hope u can help me πŸ˜€

    Thnx!

    • May 23, 2011 / 11:42 am

      It depends how much you feel your body needs – I probably drink the equivalent of around 7 glasses a day πŸ™‚ xx

  2. Sofie
    May 22, 2011 / 7:40 pm

    These tips are really helpfull! I was also wondering how you keep your hair so long, healthy and beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing, Chyaz πŸ™‚

    • Petra
      May 22, 2011 / 8:26 pm

      Get tips! So funny just yesterday I was trying to find tips on growing out your hair. Mine’s pretty short right now and though I want to grow it out I’m not sure I want to wait. What’s your thoughts on extensions or a weave? I don’t want to get them if they make it harder for my hair to grow out.

      • May 23, 2011 / 11:43 am

        I don’t think that they affect your hair growing πŸ™‚ extensions can look great! If it makes you feel better in the meantime go for it xx

    • Sofie
      May 22, 2011 / 9:37 pm

      Ugh, I meant helpful.

    • May 23, 2011 / 11:42 am

      Aww no worries, and thank you πŸ˜€ x

  3. May 23, 2011 / 4:49 pm

    oh gosh i’ve tried this but im married to my hair straightener and my volumemaster and i LOVE new hair colors. I’m not made to have long hair πŸ˜‰
    And when i have, i cut it off. Just below my shoulders is the perfect length for me, but i wish i could stand gorwing it really long!!

  4. May 23, 2011 / 11:57 pm

    Great tips, luckily I knew most of them πŸ˜€ Great article, thanks πŸ™‚

  5. samantha
    May 24, 2011 / 10:57 pm

    Thanks so much πŸ™‚
    I have pretty long hair but I want it to look as healthy as yours does :/ thi will help πŸ™‚
    thanks a bunch
    -sammy

  6. nica
    May 25, 2011 / 12:03 pm

    great, thanks a lot

  7. Lilu
    May 28, 2011 / 5:18 pm

    I just googled tangle teezer ! I had no idea that there is such a great thing! I have been struggling with my long curly hair for years !! Thanks for the great tip, I have already ordered it (: !

  8. BR3E89
    June 1, 2011 / 9:42 am

    the Tangle teezer sounds amazing but i live in Australia and i cant seem to order it. it would be perfect for my thick wavy hair.
    I hope it comes out here soon.
    Thanks for the great tips πŸ™‚

  9. Deanna
    June 1, 2011 / 5:37 pm

    great tips chyaz! I’m so bad about brushing my hair when it’s wet πŸ™

  10. Victoryisalways
    June 1, 2011 / 10:20 pm

    I seriously can’t get enough of your tips!
    I have super long hair, and it is super curly. When it’s wet it so long it reaches my waist, and when it’s dry it shrinks a bit but it’s still quite long. These tips are perfect! I NEED a tangle teezer, it sounds like heaven πŸ˜€
    I hope no one minds me saying this: I am going to cut my hair short sometime this month, and I am donating my hair to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients. I highly encourage anyone with long hair to do that, it is truly a beautiful thing and someone somewhere in the world will be very happy πŸ™‚

  11. Deanna
    June 2, 2011 / 12:18 am

    That is a truly AMAZING thing to do! I tried to do that once but something about if you had highlights in your hair it interacts with the shemicals they use on the hair or something…so they couldn’t use mine πŸ™ oh well… I think it’s great of you to do though! the world needs more good hearted people!

  12. June 4, 2011 / 1:02 pm

    wow, thanks for the tip! I really needed it.

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