If we’re going to take advice from anyone about looking after long hair, it’s the expert team at Next International salons on the Gold Coast. They’ve been sharing with us plenty of golden nuggets of knowledge over the past year on how to maintain shining, gleaming, streaming hair!
We asked them all your burning questions about keeping your Rapunzel hair healthy while growing it.
Q: Why does it get harder to keep my hair healthy the longer it gets?
A: When hair doesn’t get the proper attention it needs when growing it out, the ends of your hair become weaker, thinner and more prone to splitting and breakage. Sadly, this means at some stage a substantial cut will be needed to restore the thickness of your hair. The trick is to maintain strong and moisturised hair by way of cutting-edge in-salon and at-home treatments to lessen the need for excessive trimming. I think you’ll agree, there’s little point in wearing your hair long if it isn’t in great and glowing shape. When your ends are thick and healthy, there’s more natural movement in your hair, and it appears thicker and shinier overall.
Q: What special care does long hair require?
A: The longer your hair is, the more care it needs to ensure it’s in great shape. For a start, make sure your hair isn’t over processed with colour treatments and protect it from heat tools. It’s essential to use the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and to give your hair regular treatments. You can also use an oil that will moisturise the ends of the hair as this is where dehydration strikes first.
Q: Does long hair suit certain textures more than others?
A: Provided you manage your hair and maintain its condition, long hair can be worn by anyone. Some hair types may benefit from a smoothing treatment to calm the hair and keep it manageable on a daily basis, whereas additional maintenance and nourishment may be required by those with thicker, more unruly hair.
Q: But seriously, how long is too long?
A: If your hair starts to thin too much on the ends or is damaged, that is a sign your hair is too long. As hair grows it becomes thinner. Combine that with the everyday damage and stress that hair is faced with and it can result in tired tresses that are unflattering and unhealthy. To prevent this from happening, have a little trim regularly to avoid having to have too much cut off later to keep a healthy hair of hair.
Q: So how fast exactly does my hair grow?
A: Depending on lifestyle, diet and genetics, some people’s hair grows more quickly than others. On average, however, most hair grows approximately 1.25 cm every month.
Q: What’s the perfect length for me?
A: Everyone can wear their hair long provided they look after it. However, you’ll want to check that the style you choose flatters your individual face shape. For those with elongated and oval-shaped faces, for example, layers can be added at the front for a look that’s more flattering than all over long length.
Q: I have long hair. How can I prevent split ends?
A: As the ends of your hair tend to be more dry and dehydrated, there’s more chance of splitting and breakage. Being the oldest part of your hair, it’s inevitable that it’s going to be the most damaged. An oil or split end serum can put back moisture and help to restore and nourish the hair. Take care too when using heat tools or blow drying your hair.
Grow it, show it! For many people, having long and flowing locks is the absolute dream. Next International is all about promoting long, healthy hair and can work with you to achieve the perfect cut and style to suit your individual face shape, skin tone and lifestyle.