Long hair, while glorious in theory, can be a pain in reality. With that lengthy mane comes a lot of trials, tribulations, and tangles. If you've ever had long hair, you know that it can easily add a half an hour to any morning routine, and an hour if you're branching out into new-do territory. But fret not, my fellow long-haired friends. There are plenty of hair products for long hair that should simplify getting ready and seriously change your life.
My hair seems to grow at an exponential rate. The more I cut it, the faster it grows. (My stylist says this is because healthy hair grows faster, and keeping your hair trimmed keeps it healthier,.) So rather than trying to fight it, I'm embracing my luscious mane of long locks and turning to products that'll help tame them, rather than throwing it all up in a top knot every day and hoping for the best. Because as my fellow long-haired ladies know, when you've got a lot of hair, sometimes all you can handle is throwing it in a bun and keeping it there until you get through your day. If you're looking for products to help you not only manage your long hair, but simplify and speed up your daily routine? Look no further. With recommendations from some of today's top stylists, this list is sure to have your long hair ready for action without having to wrangle with it every day.
1A Satin Pillowcase
I never believed in the wonders of a satin pillowcase ($9) until I was gifted one from a friend last year. The smooth material of the pillowcase helps create less friction than your run-of-the-mill cotton pillowcase, which means your hair is less likely to tangle and break during the night while you're tossing and turning. Kristen Lantz, owner of Morning Glamour, told InStyle that a satin pillowcase not only works wonders for your hair, it'll help reduce sleep wrinkles and help both your hair and skin retain moisture. Waking up with less tangles means you'll spend less time trying to comb through your bird's nest and more time enjoying your silky smooth mane.
According to an Allure interview with hairstylist Serge Normant, dry shampoo is an enormous help for long hair. It's much easier on your hair than using real shampoo every day, and it can pump up your locks. "Long hair is so heavy that it gets weighed down easily," Serge said. "The dry shampoo will also add volume." Mist your dry shampoo ($5) into your roots and massage it gently into your hair, doing the same on any pieces of hair that frame your face and are prone to attracting oil throughout the day.
Although dry shampoo might be a household name, dry conditioner hasn't quite hit the big leagues yet. But dry conditioner ($12) can be just as much of a lifesaver as your favorite dry shampoo. The ends of your hair start getting a little crispy and dry around the same time your roots get oily, according to Normant. The key? Spritzing a dry conditioner over the ends to make the shiny and soft, while staying away from your roots. It'll balance out your hair and keep your mane looking fresh, even on the fourth day of your blow out.
When you've got a lot of hair, things get heavy. Keeping a root volumizer like Kenra root lifting spray ($12) on hand in your arsenal will help keep your roots from falling flat, as hairstylist Matt Fugate told Allure. Fugate added that you should stick with a lightweight mousse to ensure that you're getting the biggest lift with your volumizer. "Strong-hold styling products actually weight down long hair," Fugate said. Plus, using a lightweight mousse will also prevent your hair from getting crunchy.
5A Quality Blowdryer
A quality blowdryer can make a huge difference in your routine. Celebrity hairstylist David Babaii told Total Beauty that "a well-made, powerful dryer cuts drying time in half." Although most experts have their salon-quality favorites that'll cost you a pretty penny (but are well worth it), I stumbled across the best mid-priced powerful blow dryer I've ever laid my hands on with the Conair Infiniti Dryer ($35). Even my girlfriends who favor pricier models were impressed with the bang I got for my buck. If you're ready to make the investment, celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa recommended the H2Pro Ultra Light Nano Hi-Tech 2500 ($120) to Total Beauty as her favorite dryer.
If you're still struggling with the amount of time it takes to fully dry your hair, there are products like this Sally Hershberger texturizing spray ($10) that'll help make your locks look amazing without having to spend hours on it. Potempa told Total Beauty that by misting the ends of your hair with texturizing spray, you can help achieve a natural texture that'll give your hair some oomph, rather than letting it air dry to a flat mess.
In an Allure interview, dermatologist Fredric Brandt said biotin really does promote hair growth. "Studies have shown that biotin elongates the hair follicle," Brandt said. "It also stimulates the cells that cause your hair to grow." If your hair is long but needs a little work on the luscious factor, try adding a biotin supplement ($15) into your routine for shinier and thicker hair.
Flat irons aren't just for straightening anymore. With a one inch flat iron ($90), you can curl, wave, smooth, and even add volume to your hair. A flat iron is one product you won't regret spending the extra money on. With cheaper flat irons, you often have to pull hair through the iron several times to achieve your desired result. With a tourmaline ceramic flat iron ($90), your routine will be faster, more efficient, and easier on your hair.
Celebrity hairstylist Richard Richman told Harper's Bazaar that a flexible-hold hairspray was key when it came to styling long hair. His favorite? Bumble and Bumble's Spray de Mode ($30). In fact, he said "If I could only have one product in my kit, this would be it."
If you're using hot tools, you need to be using a heat protectant spray. "With the power in modern blow dryers and the high heat of flat irons, we need to make sure our hair stays healthy to look its best," Potempa told Total Beauty. Though it might seem like a hassle to add in an extra step to your routine, by using a heat protectant spray before you use your hot tools, you'll be doing yourself a favor. Healthier hair is much easier to work with, and much easier to style.
Though leave-in conditioner ($26) might seem a little extra to you, multiple experts told Total Beauty that it's a crucial hair care step that you're probably missing. Salon owner Marco Pelusi pointed out that leave-in conditioner helps you detangle your hair more easily, and if you've got long hair, you're familiar with tangles. Any product that makes your hair less tangled is a product that's going to streamline your routine.
Though the first thing you think of when you're trying out new products to speed up and simplify your hair routine probably isn't shampoo, you might want to rethink that. Starting with a clean foundation is the key to almost any beauty routine, and it's the key to good hair, too. According to Stylecaster, a detoxifying shampoo can really be a game changer for product junkies. By finding a detoxifying shampoo ($26) to add into your routine that deep cleans your roots to eliminate build up, you'll be making your scalp a much happier place, and doing your locks a favor in the long run. Hair that's happier at the root is happier at the ends, too. By giving your scalp a clean and healthy working surface, you're setting your long hair up for an easier and simpler routine further on down the road.