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STYLE ADVICE

Five tips for longer hair

By Chris Sayer, 27 July 2016

This sticky-hot seasonal weather seems like the perfect excuse to run a Bic over your follicles and liberate your head – but hold fire with the razor for one moment. 

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Long hair is a big deal this season – with the current surf rat trend, heavy metal-inspired streetwear and catwalks filled with shaggy-haired male models all inescapable, it’s not hard to see why a little length on your lid will go a long way. Here are five minor grooming tweaks you need to tame a mane up top...

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Don’t delete your barber’s number just yet

Your hair grows faster on the sides than it does on top, meaning if you leave it to its own devices, you’ll end up with a pretty iffy shape. Stay in your barber’s good books and give yourself the best possible styling start by asking for a trim to sharpen things up. Oh, and getting a regular cut might seem like a step in the wrong direction, but aim to drop by his shop every two to three months to do away with your dry damaged ends. If needs be, ask him to take a couple of layers out if it’s thickening up, too. 

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Add some salt

All those hair products that fill your bathroom cabinet? Bad news – they’re not really up to the challenge of dealing with your new ‘do. You’ll need to make a couple of subs to your morning styling line-up. Grooming cream is specifically designed for longer locks, and sea salt spray is perfect for adding a bit of grungy texture to your lid, especially after conditioning in the shower. 

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Air-dry in warmer weather

Make use of the summer heat and let the sun do the job of your hairdryer. It'll help save your hair from the damaging heat of that electric blower. Sure, you’ll end up going to work with a slightly damp ‘do, but this, combined with some light towel action and a touch of product, is a small price to pay for epic Harry Styles-level waves. 

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Bring the shampooing down

A couple of times a week is all it takes – this is the perfect amount to hit peak grunginess without tripping into the greasy danger zone. Over-cleaning can damage your ends too – you don’t want this. Keep the collateral breakage to a minimum by working a high-quality shampoo into your scalp only, and no further.  

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Embrace the bandana

Much like supporting a football team, there are days you’re going to love your new locks and days they’ll do you head in. It gets in your eyes. It sticks out at right angles. It blows into your mouth. Bring down the blood pressure and tame it with a simple rockstar staple – the paisley bandana. The thickness needs to be kept to a minimum, though – you don’t want to walk around looking like an Axl Rose tribute act.

Need more inspiration? Check out our long-hair care tutorial.

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