Are your long locks your most prized possession? If you've waited years to see your pretty tresses grow down past your shoulders, then taking a trip to the salon to get your hair cut is probably the farthest thing from your mind. Still, long hair requires some special maintenance.
First and foremost, it's important to make sure your tresses don't get tangled or broken, but that doesn't mean you should reach for the comb just yet. Actually, brushing your hair while it's dry can lead to damage and split ends. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb in the shower while your hair is wet, preferably after apply a generous amount of conditioner.
Speaking of conditioner, be sure to let it sit in your hair for a few minutes before you rinse it. If your hair is extra-long, the tips are pretty far away from the roots – which means they need a little more attention to ensure they get plenty of moisture.
And last but not least, long hair actually does require – gasp! – some cutting. Every few months, head to the hair salon to get any split ends trimmed. Take a deep breath and let the stylist work her magic – it's going to be okay!