Secrets of Stunning Long Hairstyles

If you have been blessed with long hair, consider yourself lucky: your hair can look great either up or down. However, whenever you need to wear a formal hairstyle or updo, it is important to take proper care of your hair well in advance of the event in order to get the best possible results. You'll also want to make sure you style your hair properly to avoid some of the more common pitfalls associated with long hair. As such, the purpose of this article is to provide a compilation of expert tips and best practices for long hair.

You are what You Eat

First and foremost, always keep in mind that a balance of the right minerals and vitamins is essential for healthy strong hair. The best foods for your hair are those with lots of proteins, Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, and vitamins such as A, B, C, E, B6, B12 and zinc.

In terms of protein, fish and seafood always make good choices, especially salmon, tuna, anchovies, herring, sardines, mackerel, and oysters. Chicken (no skin), eggs, beans, pork, and certain beef products also contain good amounts of protein. Dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese are also excellent sources of protein. The vitamins needed to nurture your hair can be found in a wide variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, oranges, broccoli, spinach, and asparagus.

Hair Care Best Practices for Long Hair

In terms of your day-to-day regimen, there are some things that you ought to put into practice if you want the most stunning long hair possible. Avoid washing your hair every day; in fact 2-3 times a week is plenty. And remember to condition your hair every time you use shampoo. Also, occasional deep conditioning treatments will be rewarded by keeping your locks glowing and shiny. And if you're going to be wearing a formal hairstyle in the near future, ensure that your hair is in tip top condition by taking time out to give it a deep conditioning treatment a few days before the big event.

Additionally, make sure you follow all the hair care best practices that you learned as a kid: do not vigorously rub your wet hair dry with a towel, do not brush your hair while it's wet, and go easy on the heat generating hair tools like the flat iron and blow dryer. Finally, in addition to eating right, try to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, adequate sleep, and an avoidance of bad habits like smoking.

Hair Styling Tips for Long Hair

The good news is that you have many options for styling long hair. For a formal event, some variety of a bun is always appropriate. This could be a messy bun, or a tightly pulled back one. Another great look that is quite easy to create is a swept side bun, which can be accessorized with a ribbon that matches the color of your dress, or a cute clip to match your earrings.

Here's my favorite "recipe" for a beautiful bun hairstyle. First, apply hair spray and then tease your hair on the top gently with a comb. Then sweep your hair around to the lower left hand side of your head, so that it lies smoothly against your head. Put this into a ponytail that is close to your neck, and twist it into a bun. Secure with a hair band and grips. Finish the look by adding some gorgeous accessories and then setting with hairspray.

Another fabulous look is to incorporate curls into your hairstyle. Creating curly long hair styles takes a little effort, but the rewards are well worth it - women with curls can look very sexy, feminine and attractive. This is probably the best and most often seen look on the red carpet. To create some great curls get your flat iron or curling tongs. You can experiment with these, and try creating different sized curls. Just twist and pull down, but don't be too harsh.

Of course, curly hairstyles can be tricky so you should try this look out before the night of the event so you can be sure of how tight the curls should be and how tightly you want to grip the bun. It is also a sensible idea to keep the 'testing' the look for at least 1 hour so that you can tell if you have gripped everything sufficiently.

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