Long hair can be something of a demanding luxury. It requires some extra care and gentle handling on your part, but often the effort is worth the benefit of flowing mermaid-like locks. And while a pixie cut, for instance, can stand up to frequent color changes and aggressive styling techniques, there are a few things you shouldn’t do to long hair to keep it looking and feeling great. The ends of those strands have had to battle the elements for a long time, so it makes sense to baby them when caring for your hair. You can think of your long locks like fine old lace that must be handled with care.
In general, keeping your long hair away from too much heat or product and using a light touch when styling it, can keep your strands happy and split-free. But the benefits of long hair are usually worth it: you can play around with fun braided styles, elegant updos, and other styles that can’t be managed with shorter strands. (And there’s always the option of a messy bun when you just want to get it off your neck and out of your face.) Just a little TLC can keep your long hair healthy for years to come.