4 Long-Hair Headaches and How to Fix Them


1. Tangles
Knots and snags in your luscious locks may be the worst part of the long-hair deal. But before you turn to the scissors, try loosening the tangle with spray-in conditioner or a conditioning mask. In the future, prevent them by brushing all the way through your hair, to the bottom and to the nape of your neck. Never tear through the tangles; instead, use a paddle brush or large comb and, starting from the tips, gingerly work through them. And don’t skip the conditioner—long-haired ladies need it more than anyone.

2. Shedding
With long hair comes long hair on the floor—it’s just part of the natural shedding process. As long as your scalp and strands are strong and healthy, there isn’t much to worry about. To help prevent it, though, keep your long hair up in a loose bun or pony when you’re around the house to prevent pieces from ending up on the hardware and carpets. Use no-crease hair-ties that won’t pull at your hair and cause even further breakage.

3. Drain Clogging
Shedding brings us to headache number three: clogging the drain with hair while showering. It’s inevitable to lose strands when you’re shampooing—the hair on the scalp is constantly turning over, so when you’re scrubbing it, dead pieces tend to fall. But when your locks are long, the shedding, and thus cloggage, is maximized. Liquid-Plumr® can help. The brand’s Hair Clog Eliminator is made just for instances like this. Its gel formula is made to coat pipe walls and destroy that Sasquatch-like hair clump that’s slowing the flow in your shower. Just pour, wait 15 minutes, and—voilà— flush that clog right out of your drain.

4. Split Ends
A lot of ladies think that when you have long hair or are in the process of taking your locks to greater lengths, you don’t need as many trips to the salon. But getting a trim every six to eight weeks will actually prevent split ends from forming and keep your strands strong and growing faster. We don’t mean a big chop—just an inch or so off the ends to maintain a healthy head of hair. Between visits, try to prevent split ends by steering clear of harsh chemical products and using protectants with your heated tools.