How to look after long hair during lock down

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

For those of you with long hair, not being able to get a regular trim during lock down might mean that your hair is starting to feel less than glossy. Some of you may have been trying to grow your hair before lock down and now it's starting to look a little bit wild and untamed. Here are some suggestions to keep hair looking as healthy as possible until you can see a hairdresser again.

Minimise washing and use shampoo in the right way

Growing up we may have been told to wash our hair everyday but this is definitely not necessary and if you have long hair or are trying to grow your hair you only need to shampoo your hair once every 3 days or so. Our bodies produce natural oils so it's important to give them a chance to do their job. When you wash your hair focus the shampoo on the scalp as this is where sweat and dirt accumulates. Leave the ends pretty free of shampoo (particularly if they are dry) and focus conditioner here.

Use a hair mask at least once a week

It's pretty commonplace for people to use a face mask or get a facial regularly, but how often do we pamper our hair? Using a hair mask once or twice a week can really help to repair damaged ends and nourish your hair. We really love Coco and Eve

Hold off from using and bleach or lightening hair dyes

I think we all know now that lightening products which include peroxide do damage the hair over time. During lock down definitely do not use at home lightening kits as these may prevent your hairdresser from colouring your hair when lock down is over. Also if you already have coloured hair you are much better off getting advice from a colourist as it's difficult to predict how colours will react. Remember, you're in lock down so you don't have to venture into the real world if you don't want to!

Use a silk or satin pillowcase to minimise restyling

Using a silk pillowcase is such a great little secret that so many people have never heard of. It really does look after your hair so that when you wake in the morning it isn't a tangled fuzz ball! This means that you wont need to wash a restyle your hair everyday, massively reducing the damage to your hair.

Use soft hair ties

I am definitely guilty of this - when I exercise I shove my hair up in a tight bun to keep it out of my eyes. But this is really bad for your hair, so whenever possible put your hair in a loose style that doesn't tear when you take the band out.

Use the right kind of brush for your hair type

If you have long straight hair there's no doubt that a paddle brush is your friend. For curly locks try to avoid brushing your hair at all but if you so a nylon smaller brush is the way to go. If you're blow drying your hair and want to create bounce or curls then a round hair brush is the way forward, but remember a lot of heat styling will cause damage so we would recommend keeping this to an absolute minimum. If you do need to blow dry your hair, try using a vented hair brush which allows the heat through and will dry hair more quickly. Traditional bristle brushes are great for thinner hair so if you're worried about your hair thinning this is definitely the way to go.

Dry your hair carefully

Yes, that's right we can damage our hair by drying it too roughly with a towel. Rubbing your hair when it's wet can cause damage to the hair cuticles so avoid rubbing it as much as possible. Pat and squeeze your hair dry with a towel, and remember the drier you can get it with a towel / or letting it dry naturally the better as this will minimise your need to blow dry. If you haven't got time for a natural dry you could also try a turban like this one - they really are brilliant for absorbing water from your hair with no need for rubbing or patting.

Minimise heat styling

I am certain that everyone knows that heat causes our hair damage so the less heat the better condition our hair will be in. It's tempting when you haven't had your hair cut for a loooong time during lock down to reach for the straighteners but resist if you can. If you do feel the need to use heat products use a conditioning or protective treatment first to protect the hair as much as possible. And remember, you don't need to wash your hair everyday - your natural oils will also help condition your hair.

Condition, condition, condition

I love conditioner. When you wash your hair ALWAYS use conditioner. Focus it at the tips of your hair and don't apply to the roots (unless you have particularly dry hair) as this can make your hair look a little bit greasy. A good conditioner that helps reduce tangling in long hair is absolutely essential as tangled hair will lead to one thing - pulling with a hairbrush or comb and that will lead to more damage. I always leave my conditioner on for a few minutes in the shower or bath - the longer the better in my experience! For a reasonably priced conditioner you can't beat Aussie Miracle Shine - it leaves hair conditioned and beautifully shiny.

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