Having long, shiny, bouncy and beautiful hair is a great sight to behold, and something to be proud of, but most people don’t know the amount of work and time that goes into maintaining and styling long hair.
If the topic of this article seemed interesting to you and you’re reading these words, then you probably know or have an idea how on some days you wish you didn’t have to go through the lengthy process of taking care of your long hair.
Any length of hair needs consistent care and maintenance, but the longer your hair gets the more effort and time it takes. And some days, or weeks, you just don’t have the time. On days and weeks like this, do you let your hair be and settle for a bad hair day or week?
Definitely not. And if that’s what you’ve been going through, we’re here to help. You don’t have to compromise quality for speed, you can save time and at the same time take proper care of your hair.
The purpose of this article is to give you actionable tips that can help you save time and simultaneously give your hair all the care it needs so you can look your best and keep getting compliments on how beautiful and well-kept your long hair is.
Dry Your Hair With a Microfiber Towel
Drying your hair after shampooing can take a lot of time. If you opt for air drying, which sometimes is the best way to go, you have to sit around waiting for your hair to lose the excess moisture to the atmosphere.
And by now you already know tugging at your hair with a terry cloth towel in an attempt to quickly dry it can lead to frizz and breakage.
Using a microfiber towel can help you in two ways. First, it’s better at absorbing moisture so you can dry your hair faster.
Second, you can get away with a bit of rubbing and tugging as microfiber towels are designed in such a way that there is no friction when they come in contact with your hair, so there is a highly reduced risk of it causing breakage and frizz that can lead to hair damage.
Use a Blow Dryer (With a Diffuser or Heat Protectant)
Blow drying is controversial when it comes to drying your hair because of the heat involved. It is true that too much blow drying can lead to frizzing, split ends, and breakage. But on days when you need to get going fast, blow drying can come to the rescue, you just need to be mindful of how you use it.
A good way to protect your hair from heat damage when blow drying your hair is to use a heat protectant spray. This spray will protect your cuticle from the heat and prevent moisture loss.
You should also use a diffuser with your blow dryer for the same reason, to protect your hair from the heat. Another tip is to start with cold air until your hair is semi-dry and then switch to hot air on low setting to finish the drying process.
Incorporating all the aforementioned tips when using a blow dryer will help you dry your hair faster while also protecting it from heat damage.
Wear Protective Styles
This one requires a bit of foresight and forward planning. If you know you have busy days or weeks ahead where you won’t have as much time to take care of your long hair, you can wear your hair in protective styles throughout this period so you won’t have to do too much to take care of your long hair.
There are lots of protective styles you can use to protect your hair and reduce the amount of daily care and maintenance it will need. You can talk to your stylist or do some research on your own to know which protective style will work best for you.
Trim Your Hair Regularly
Trimming your hair might sound counterproductive to keeping and styling long hair, but you need regular trims to keep your hair healthy so it’ll be easy to style. Schedule regular trimmings with your stylist at least once every six weeks to prevent split ends.
Seeing your stylist this way will also make it easy for them to examine your hair and recommend products and practices that’ll keep your hair in good shape.
Use a Silk Pillowcase
Using a silk pillowcase is a great way to reduce friction that can lead to tangles when you sleep. When your hair is less tangled, you won’t have to do too much to try and detangle it when you’re styling, thus reducing the amount of time you’ll need.
Sleep With Your Hair In A Braid
Wearing your hair in a low braid when you sleep limits how much your hair can move, thus reducing the chances of you waking up with a tangle that’ll be difficult to deal with.
Wearing your hair in a braid will keep your hair in place while you roll around trying to find a comfortable sleep position. Couple this with a silk pillowcase and you greatly reduce the chances of getting tangles that could lead to breakage down the line.
When you wake up in the morning, you can easily take out the braid, brush your hair, and then get ready for your day, again, without having to spend too much time brushing and detangling your hair.