Getting long and healthy hair is a simple matter of treating it well and eating healthy.
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish. Good food is good for your hair. Diet may seem unrelated to your hair, but it actually makes a huge difference. Since hair is made of protein, make sure you’re getting plenty of protein in your diet.
- Cut it more often. Ask your stylist to snip less than a half inch every other month (since your hair grows faster than that, you won’t lose any real length). If you wait too much longer between cuts, split ends could resplit, which means you’ll have to trim away more later on.
- Stay away from heat. One thing I have noticed after moving from Europe to America, is how much American women style and mess with their hair. While occasional flat iron and curling iron use is usually fine (as long as the heat isn’t too high), you should minimize heat styling as much as possible. Choose hairstyles that don’t rely on so much heat, as well as gentle styling methods like wraps, wet sets and twists.
- Condition, condition, condition. Besides the right shampoo and conditioner, use leave-in conditioners as well. I also sleep with hair masks from Kérastase Paris and L’Oréal Professional 1-2 nights per week (wash it out in the morning when you wake up).
- Don’t blow dry your hair except for special occasions. Blow drying often really does cause damage in the form of breakage, frizz and split ends, and it’s not easy to repair; you just have to wait for fresh hair to grow out.