If you have long hair, well hair that resides past your shoulders like mine, then you might understand the daily, hourly, even minute struggles. I like having long hair, because there are many different options available when it comes to styling. However, maintaining it – can sometimes increase my stress levels & no I am not exaggerating!
Drying it – Oh my Gosh ! – I feel as though, running 5K would be easier! Does anyone else dread the thought of drying their hair? Lucky for me, I don’t have to wash my hair a few times a week, but I still struggle with it. Sometimes, I even lay down on my bed while drying my hair and lift my head off the bed, so I can fling my hair in different directions with my hand while blasting the dryer on it, in hope to complete the process a lil quicker. Am I crazy? Yes!
After doing this a few times (laying on my bed while drying my hair), I soon discovered – I was, in turn working on my core muscles, as I could feel the effect the next day, which took me a while to figure out what that was actually from, let me add. I know this process may sound bizarre but this will explain how much I dislike drying my own hair.
Please note that I have not continued to work on my core muscles while drying my hair, I have since been able to afford a gym membership!!
So today I want to share with you some of the tips I use to make my life easier while maintaining long hair. Thanks to my mom, she has introduced me to a lot of these tips!
#1 – Clamps
Sectioning, curling or straighten your hair – oh my gosh, I find this so annoying too. For years, I used to section it as best I could, by gathering the top and middle section, wrap it around in a secure bun and tie it with a hair tie/bobble and begin to straighten or curl the under layer. This is something I refuse to do. I now use a clamp, instead of a bobble. It is SoOo much quicker and I find, with my hair, the clamp doesn’t grip the hair in one place as tight as a bobble would. Using a hair clamp is also handy for when you are jumping into the shower and you’re lucky enough to not have to wash your hair every day. I tie my hair into a ponytail (if it’s not already) and I quickly clamp it. You may recognise these clamps from a hair salon and just because you may see these being used by a hairdresser, why not get them for at home 🙂
If you haven’t already done so, I would consider getting a packet. I’m sure Penney’s/Primark stock these and pharmacies probably do too. If you can’t source them, let me know and trust me I will track them down for you.
#2 – Paddle Brush
Next up, is the paddle brush!
This one is by far my favorites, THE PADDLE BRUSH! Again, like my long thick hair – here is your answer my friend!!
If you disagree, that’s ok, because nothing will burst my bubble when it comes to this particular brush. Remember when the tangle teasers came out? At first, I thought they were the bee’s knees, until my mom introduced me to the GHD Paddle brush. As well as drying my hair, brushing it out was equally as stressful for me, until my mom discovered this little gem. It takes me under a minute to brush out the tangles now as opposed to around 5 minutes using a comb or tangle teaser. Now, I don’t know what’s right and wrong when it comes to combing your hair out but this works for me and I have not had any problems while doing this for many years. There are lots of different brands out there that have introduced the paddle brush but the GHD is the one for me.
#3 – Conditioner
Leave on conditioner, again – I cannot thank the paddle brush enough. But if I somehow couldn’t get my hands on the brush, I would use this specific leave on conditioner to help me get through the de-tangling, youcant beat this one.
#4 – Turban Towel
My hair takes so long to dry and if I didn’t use a hair dryer it would probably take a few days! In the recent years, I discovered how good the hair turban can be. I usually brush out my hair after washing it, wrap it up in the Turban and leave it for around a half an hour. This eliminates some of the blow drying. I mosturise, get my clothes ready, get dressed, tidy up etc. before drying my hair whilst the turban is soaking up some of the water.
#5 – Cold Water Rinse
After washing your hair, you should rinse it in cold water. Warm water opens a hairs cuticle in order to allow the shampoo and conditioner to do their thing. Cold water helps close the cuticle and seal in the moisture from the conditioner.
Gee, I never thought writing this blog post would be so easy – it’s flowing out of me, I have only realised tonight the extent of how passionate I am about hair products and tools.
Hope you guys enjoyed 🙂 x