Any tips for long healthy hair?


MizzRobin
on Jan 15, 2007 @ 08:46 am

I have been trying to grow out my hair for 6 months but the ends always get dry requiring me to cut off about an inch and it has been a slow slow process. I have heard that Biotin is a good supplement to keep hair healthy and soft. Do any of you have any tips or tricks for growing out your hair and keeping the ends from splitting?
 

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artist
reply on Jan 15, 2007 @ 10:05 am

It takes a while, but I think the best thing to do is just to keep trimming it every 3 months to keep it healthy.

I used to have long hair, but after I cut it and kept it medium long I can see that hair is a lot healthier when it is shorter.

Long hair in general is difficult to maintain.
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MizzRobin
Frequent trims on Jan 15, 2007 @ 10:45 am

Yep I know what you mean. I do trim it (not as often as I should...maybe once every 4-5 months). I have seen people with long and healthy looking hair but just don't know how they do it...
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artist
V05 Hot Oil on Jan 15, 2007 @ 05:36 pm

One thing that I noticed when I had long hair was that I always had to maintain it through conditioning, because it would get so dry! One thing that I like was V05 Hot Oil treatment, it made my hair softer and more shiny, but only temporarily.

I have heard of putting hot olive oil on the hair (like a hair mask), and another one is mayonnaise (sounds really gross - I dont know if you want to smell like eggs!) I haven't tried any of them, so I'm not sure if it works!
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MizzRobin
Hot Oil on Jan 16, 2007 @ 09:53 am

Thanks for the tip, I had heard awhile ago that hot oils were not the best for your hair long term so I was confused as to whether I should use them or not. I asked around but no one had tried them but now I know someone has and it has worked for them if only in the short term! I heard the olive oil and mayo thing but yeah I just think of the smell and not being able to get rid of it and that is enough to make me avoid it for now! I have heard satin pillow cases stop hair from breaking (read it in a magazine) but once again I don't know anyone who has tried it...
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Ali de Bold
Olive Oil, frequent trims and healthy diet on Jan 16, 2007 @ 11:14 am

I get my hair cut about every 2months because it grows quickly and I despise split ends. Even if you just get 1/4 of an inch off, it still makes a difference in the healthy appearance of your hair.

When I was blonde, I did the olive oil trick all the time because my hair was very dry. I'd apply it to the lower half of my hair first, then work up to the scalp because I have very dry scalp. Do it on a day where you don't plan on going anywhere because it looks very greasy. Try to leave it on all day, then wash your hair at the end of the day. You'll probably have to use a little extra shampoo to get it off. I found it made big improvements in my hair.

Now that my hair is brown again it is soft and shiny so I don't have this problem (except dry scalp). There is no bad smell with olive oil.

i've heard the same about satin pillowcases but never tried it. Eating a lot of fruit, vegetables and fish should help as well. Hair and skin suffer when our diets do and it's amazing the difference with my hair when I'm eating well vs. always eating on the run.
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artist
Satin Pillowcases on Jan 16, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

My only issue with satin pillowcases is that they are so cold when you put your head on them, lol. Yes, but if they help with breakage, then by all means.
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MizzRobin
Olive oil and Satin Pillowcases on Jan 17, 2007 @ 08:26 am

Good to know someone has tried the olive oil thing, I will try it one day when I am spending the evening at home and see how it turns out. As for the pillowcases I guess it is worth a shot as well!
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andreyaa_
what i do is on Oct 08, 2007 @ 07:23 pm

lots of hair brushing is actually really good for your hair. you're distributing your natural hair oils throughout the ends.
what i do about once every 2 weeks, (you could do it once a week if your hair is really damaged) is i tie my hair up into a high ponytail and COVER the ponytail in a heavy conditioner. After i figure every hair is coated, and roll it into a bun and cover it with saran wrap, then go to bed. you can use a hair-tie to keep the saran wrap in place. when you wake up in the morning, shower and your hair will feel lovely.
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Aussiegirl
aussiegirl on Oct 12, 2007 @ 06:20 am

Using a satin pillow case is absoloutely fantastic. Not only do they reduce breakage but they also extend the life of your blow dry. As for keeping long hair in good condition, redken all soft treatment is great.
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Feisty Redhead
moisturize! on Oct 12, 2007 @ 08:22 am

Keep your hair, especially the ends, well moisturized. I recently discovered my hair does so much better without silicones, so I avoid anything with them.

I'm not privy on commercial hot oil treatments so I can't say anything about them. But I do oil my length and ends with sweet almond oil every night. Not too much; just two drops in the palm of my hand and I rub my hands together then run my hands over my hair from the ear lobes down. I prefer to oil dry hair at night, that way my hair has the whole night while I'm sleeping to grab the moisture. I know of others who prefer to oil damp/wet hair and don't mind doing it in the mornings though. I know that jojoba and coconut oils also work well for this but they're too heavy for me. I don't really like evoo on my hair; but I've used it when there's nothing else and while it's a little difficult (for me) to wash out it does work well. A little honey mixed with your conditioner will also work wonders for your hair.

I use satin pillow cases, I gently comb with a wide tooth comb or finger comb if there aren't many tangles. I use a natural shampoo bar on my scalp only once a week, the rest of the week I do a conditioner only method of washing my hair. The length doesn't need to be washed with shampoo every time you wash; unless you've used product in it or it's otherwise gotten very dirty, the shampoo that runs down the length when rinsing it off your scalp will get it clean.

Just a few thoughts off the top of my head. lol
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