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How To Achieve and Maintain Long, Healthy Hair
Written by Keri Lynne Hendry   

woman with long hair sitting with back to cameraFor years, I thought my hair would never grow past my shoulders. When I was younger I had such long healthy hair. What was the problem?

It had everything to do with my hair routine and not having a plan. If you are stuck growing out your hair and cannot get it long, then here are 10 tips just for you!

VISION Find a hairdresser that gets your vision. Whether it is colour or length, there has to be a plan that both of you agree on and work towards each visit.

PATIENCE Nothing happens over night. While I was growing my hair out, I used high quality clip-in extensions. Honestly, the clip-ins got hot and were time consuming. I did not wear them everyday, but it got me excited to grow out my hair and have naturally long hair myself! It takes months, not weeks.

CONDITION Deep condition at least once a week. I have been using Olaplex treatment at home in between colours. Ask your hairdresser if they carry Olaplex—it’s a game changer and can help repair damaged hair.

GET CREATIVE Avoid using heat everyday. This one is important. If you blow-dry and use either a curling iron or flat iron every single day, then you need to change up your routine. I get creative with buns, braids and ponytails. I will blow-dry and straighten or curl my hair twice a week, then alternate with different styles that do not include heat.

BE REALISTIC Be realistic with what you can achieve with your hair type. Talk to your hairdresser about what might not be attainable to avoid disappointment.

BAD HAIR DAYS Avoid any last minute hair decisions when you are having a bad hair day. Save pictures of what you want your hair to look like and share them with your hairdresser. That way, when you go and ask to chop it all off, your hairdresser will easily talk you out of it.

COLOUR If you colour your hair like me, it’s important to avoid dying over your length every time you go for a root touch up in order to prevent breakage.

TRIMS Getting too many trims, too often? Before I found a consistent hairdresser, every time I went to get roots done, they would “trim” my hair, which left it the same length! Now, I trim my hair every third visit.

DRY SHAMPOO This is a lifesaver and hair saver! I never wash my hair everyday to prevent breakage. The natural oils from your own hair can contribute to keeping it healthy! The healthier your hair, the less breakage and the longer it will be. So, feel free to add a little dry shampoo into your life. You will thank me!

CONSISTENCY If you stick with your plan, you are going to see your hair respond in a positive way. You can have long hair that is coloured and healthy.

Overall, it’s all about having a plan, sticking with it and being patient! If you need more hair inspiration please come visit me at KeriLynne.com or follow me and connect on Instagram @klynne_love. Every Monday, I post a new hair video with fun styles and ideas to help you get through the week! Have questions or want to see a certain style? I would love to hear from you!

Lots of Love,
Keri Lynne