Long Hair, Don't Care
I'm no Rapunzel, but I sure would say that I'm pretty close! My hair is now up to my hips and is all real (no extensions). It's completely virgin apart from the times I soaked it in Sun In which I seize to accept is anywhere near to a dye (I've heard counter claims though, especially from my hairdresser, yikes!).
My hair, well...it's weird. It's a complete birds nest once I'm out of the shower and haven't given it a good blow out. Or it can be absolute silk if I straighten it. Basically, it's on either side of the spectrum, which means curls are way out of the question. They stay, but temporarily which usually doesn't suffice.
And volume? Uhm...what's that, because my hair literally sits on the very end of my head. It's something that bothers me a lot but I have minimal control over. But then again, no one's perfect!
A few tactics that I have noticed which help with maintaining my locks are:
- Shower according to your scalp type. This one is super important because too frequent showers can be just as damaging as infrequent showers.
- Use whatever works for you. Shampoos, conditioners, oils, you name it! It's a trial and error process, darling. But once you've found the right combination, it'll be well worth it.
- Don't forget heat protectant. If you're going to use the same amount of heat as the sun on your hair then make sure you seal it. Burning your hair is easier than you think.
- Snip it often. Yes, we all want long hair and dread going to the salon as frequent as a dental checkup. I totally get it. But, chopping off those 2 cm dead ends will pay off in the long run.
- Dry shampoo is dry shampoo. It's honestly my best friend. But, we mustn't forget that like any good friend, overdoing it can lead to more damage than good. Just be sure to wash it all out so it doesn't accumulate.
- Finally, give it a break. That weekend in which you'll be studying at home and hibernating in your bedroom is perfect for giving your locks a break. Shower and let mother nature do its thing by releasing its own oils and texture in your hair. Gives you more time to "study" anyways 😉.
Also, last word of advice, long hair is pretty and all but very time-consuming. On average, it takes me around 2 hours to shower, blow dry and style my hair. So be ready for a commitment if you decide to grow out your locks!