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    I never knew that there were so many websites dedicated to growing your hair long. I never knew there were so many things to help with that either!

    Anyone else have long hair and, if so, how do you care for it? What I have learned in my reading the last couple of days...

    Using water only to wash your hair.
    Using a boar bristle brush.
    Massaging your scalp and working the oils down the hair.
    Using henna and indigo mixed with various herbs (sandalwood sounds lovely) for hair dye instead of chemicals.
    Always wearing your hair in an updo to protect it from wind and sun and breakage.
    Using silk pillow cases.

    So... In an effort to grow my hair to sitting-on-length I'm going to try water only, wearing it up (or braided), use henna for the red, got a boar brush, etc.

    I wore my hair in a bun to work today and I felt EXPOSED!! :lol:
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    if you never use shampoo; keep spreading the oil through your hair by massaging and brushing it with pig bristles; and you'll need to wear it always in a bun ... to keep the gloppy strings out of your face so they don't make you break out in rashy zits.

    you're gonna end up lookin' like one greasy-headed little old lady! :lol:

    keep it clean. alternate between a "treatment" shampoo (i need the ones that add volume and body) and a clarifying shampoo. use a wide-toothed comb or one of those brushes with big spaces between the bristles. have the ends professionally trimmed when they start to look scraggly.

    despite the trims, your hair will grow, shine and be healthy. and you won't have flies circling your head. :wink:

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    That's what I thought, that it would be really greasy, but the people who do it say that isn't so. It seems that for a month it will be but then your scalp and oil production adjusts. I guess it makes sense that if we are constantly washing away the natural conditioning oils, and then replacing them with conditioner, our scalp makes more, and more. Maybe what it does is adjust when it's not being constantly washed away.

    Also using henna/indigo and powdered herbs cleans the hair.

    I also read that many use a very, very small amount of shampoo, like a tablespoon, mixed with all water in a shampoo bottle, and use it to wash the scalp. I've done that a time or two when I forgot to get shampoo, just a little bit left in the bottle, so I add water and shake it up to pour over my head. :D

    A Black woman at work asked me how often I wash it. I said I usually wash it every other day, at the most I can go 3 days before it's oily. She said that she washes hers every 2 or 3 weeks and she likes the oils in her hair. She always wears it in a pony tail. Certainly a different type and texture of hair but I can see how it would be beneficial in conditioning.

    I took this picture a couple of days ago. The ends don't look the best here, not usually that poofy. I got it cut not long ago at a salon, first time in 10 years. I trim a little myself whenever the ends get ragged.
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    I wash my hair only when it looks greasy about 3 or 4 days apart and with not alot of shampoo, and then I keep it in a towel, and let it air dry before I brush it.

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    I rarely blow dry my hair, it takes way too long and it makes it flyaway. I haven't blow dried it in months and months and it is in much better condition. I wrap it in a towel, don't rub it, and I also don't brush it out until it's dry.

    I either leave it loose or I twist it into one long rope and let it dry like that.

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    Now that is funny we do our hair the same.

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    use baking soda and water to wash it and apple cider vinegar to condition it. That's what we've been doing for several months now. It really works great. Even my 13yo dd has started doing hers that way. we wash about 1x a week. I will wet it with water and fix it if I need to though.

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    A friend of mine with long hair would wash it with shampoo once a week and wash it with conditioner the other 6 days. Seemed to work well.

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    My hair doesn't get greasy, really, my skin and hair is not oily at all. I wash my hair every second day just because I feel dirty. I shower every day, obviously, but I try to avoid wetting my hair every other day, because if I wash it too often it totally dries out my hair. My hair is probably about half-way down my back now, shortest it's been in many years. I've always worn it very long, it's sort of wavy and I don't like that it get's frizzy sometimes, so I do flat iron, sometimes, but I rarely blow dry. I've never put dye in my hair, I'm afraid of the damage, and if I ruin the colour, I can never get my natural colour back. Plus, I know people pay a lot of money to dye their hair my colour... don't want to mess it up.
    I know a few black people who tell me they only wash their hair every couple of week or so, and I'm guessing because of they type and texture of the hair, it requires a different treatment and routine than ours... I can't imagine waiting more than a few days to wash my hair, I would feel disgusting. Even though it doesn't look dirty, I woud feel dirty. I can't really see how washing hair with just water would do any good at all, why bother.

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    My hair is long-ish. Middle of my back. It is very thick and has a tendency to frizz like crazy. I use Aussie shampoo and conditioner. Lots and lots of conditioner! I never blow dry but that's just because I look like Don King if I do. It is generally in a single French braid to keep it out of my way. I HATE to fix hair. I'm terrible at it so long hair works for me. I wash it and slap it in a braid. End of hair maintenance.


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    Mine is long, too - not sitting on it yet, but close to it. It seems like as soon as I fall in love with a conditioner, they "new & improve" it so it doesn't work any more. This Florida heat is tying my hair into knots, to the point where I am thinking of cutting it shoulder-length. I've been using a children's conditioner since it does a better job with tangles.

    About the only rule I try to follow is never combing or brushing my hair when it is wet - all it does is create breakage. I've tried boars hair brushes, and they helped with winter static buildup. So dank in Florida, it's not an issue any more.

    Stress from being out of work has led to me losing a lot of hair in the last few months. Any suggestions for that?

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    Make sure you eat properly, for sure, Moonpi. My best friend was in the hospital for severe eating disorder, that combined with the stress of being in the hospital for 3 months intensive, made her hair fall out like crazy! It's grown back, now that he's healthy and eating properly.

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    I'm not thin and so long hair emphasizes my weight and generally makes me look sloppy. I think hair smells after 3 days of not being cleaned. It's like a big air filter, it catches dust, germs and odors plus neck and scalp perspiration.
    I use no soap shampoo and that makes my hair shinny and gives it a lot of body. The best place to buy 100% no soap shampoo is at a dog salon! The high dollar show breeds can't tolerate soap on their skin.

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    My hair grows like weeds. Last time I it was long I donated 15" to Locks for Love, where they make wigs for children with cancer. There is some little "mini-me" running around. I wash every other day, and just water in the meantime for styling. I'm blessed with curly hair, so it isn't much work. I agree that keeping it in a braid keeps the ends from splitting. It's down past my shoulders again from having it cut, in only about 18 months. The photo of your hair is beautiful!

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    I have read about using vinegar but I haven't tried it yet. I think I will use the very light shampoo. I haven't washed my hair since Monday and last night I brushed it for a long time, working all the oil down the shaft. It does feel very sleek and smooth, which is perceived as oily I suppose. :lol: I have it in a braid today.

    I remembered that when I was in the hospital and unable to wash my hair the nurse used baby powder on it, sprinkled it on the scalp, rub it in, then brush it out. It takes the oil and dirt with it. I guess that using herbs on the hair does much the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saravincent
    My hair grows like weeds. Last time I it was long I donated 15" to Locks for Love, where they make wigs for children with cancer. There is some little "mini-me" running around. I wash every other day, and just water in the meantime for styling. I'm blessed with curly hair, so it isn't much work. I agree that keeping it in a braid keeps the ends from splitting. It's down past my shoulders again from having it cut, in only about 18 months. The photo of your hair is beautiful!

    I've always wanted to donate my hair, but in Quebec, they won't take it unless it's at least 12" of cut hair. Even when my hair is really long, cutting 12" off would leave me with really short hair, and I do not look good with short hair, at all. It's thick and tends to want to curl up more if it's short, so it looks like I have a bushy triangle on my head. No thanks!!
    The way I see it, they should be happy with any amount of hair to make wigs for people who have none... I mean anything over 6" should be workable... I cut off 7" about 3 months ago.
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    It is so nice to see other people with hair that long. Mine is down to my tailbone now.

    This person has LOTS of wonderful styles and tips for long hair:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/torrinpaige

    I found out that silk drops really work for my hair. I need to get it trimmed though - it's starting to split really badly. :(


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    I had hair to my waist 2 years ago. I used nothing but panteene shampoo and panteene conditioner (every 3-4 days). I use a wide tooth comb, never brush wet hair, it causes breakage and that looks bad on long hair. I would braid my hair for bed every night, because you will roll over on it and that hurts. My husband got on mine one night, and I cryed for days when I had to comb it, my scalp hurt every time I touched it. I used 3 times the conditioner as shampoo, to make sure I had all the hair coated good, let it set in while I showered, and only air dryed it. Blow dryer caused frizzies. Good luck with yours!!!!

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    Mine is middle of my back and I wash it every 4 days or so with a very tiny amount of shampoo then I use a royal jelly conditioner - it's a product that comes from bees and is supposed to be very nourishing. I never blow dry and use a special brushy thing for wet hair, with little rubber nodules on the bristles. I have to dye with a product because otherwise I'd be completely grey and I'm not ready for that yet. :shock:

    The person talking about hair loss - I had that really bad last fall and my hairdresser recommended a 3 month course of B vitamins - within a few weeks I noticed a difference but I completed the course and now my hair is back to full thickness. She also told me that it's fairly normal to lose a bit more hair in spring and fall - like a dog moulting! :shock: :lol: I also should have the ends trimmed more often - they're a bit straggly at the moment, but I mostly keep it up in a scrunchy, especially when gardening. When on holiday in the Mediterranean recently, I used to wet my hair and put some conditioner in it before going on the beach - it protects against sun and salt. Then just wash it out in the evening. My hair stayed relatively frizz free although my grey roots came through because the sea water and sun stripped all the dye out! :D

    I love your hair Pam - I have a plan that when I'm an old lady, I want a great, long grey plait. One of my friend's Mum's has one and she looks really cool! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    use baking soda and water to wash it and apple cider vinegar to condition it.
    How do you keep from smelling like a salad? :twisted:

    I don't have the head for really long hair - short either, so now I keep it at "just this side of ratty"

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    Wow... lots of people have really long hair here. :D Very pretty too!

    I too want a long white braid when I'm old. I hope my grey hair looks as nice as my eldest sister's.

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    Wow is that natural Pam? It looks more blond than grey... My grey ahs a more blueish tinge to it - not so nice! :shock: :D

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    Yes, that's natural. She's always had thick, beautiful hair. Her daughter had hair to her thighs until she recently cut it after having two babies that grab at it. :lol:

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    I had hair down to my knees and donated 24" to locks of love last year. I have grown it out again. It is now about down to my butt again. I usually wear it in a pony tail or in a bun. I never wear it down because it just gets in my way. I wash mine every other day. It is very fine, but I have alot of it. It is very shiny and in overall good health for a 40 yo. I keep it trimmed to keep the ends from looking split. It is all one length.

    I will say that most men love long hair.

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    I quit coloring mine and it is a pretty cool mix of salt and pepper,I wash it maybe every 3-4 days,I feel that it is healthier feels thicker and softer.but i keep it short.cuz i hate messing with hair,never ever blow dry it ,use only a wide tooth comb when it was long,now just run my hands thru it,after i was and im good to go

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