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Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Healthy and Happy Long Hair

Maintaining healthy and happy long hair is easier than you think!


My hair and I have trust issues...

Girl with long brown wavy hair in yoga set stretching with arms above head

My hair and I have been through some stuff and we don’t allow just anyone to touch it or cut it. For the majority of my life, my hair has always been long and my natural colour. I went through the phase of cutting it shoulder length (and still get the itch to do it again sometimes!), I’ve highlighted it and permed it (that was a fun phase, eh Mom?!), but I’ve always come back to my natural, long, straight and fine hair.

I get commented on my hair a lot. From women asking me what hairstylist I go to so they can get “my colour” to being amazed at how long and healthy it is.

When I dove deep into all things health and wellness, I started my love affair with Ayurveda. Ayurveda, the science of life, is the balance and harmony with Nature, your true Self. It’s understanding your intuition and listening to your body.  It is very common sense, to turn inward, and listen to understand what your body is saying.

I learned that the health of your hair and its lustre and length are indicators of your overall tissue health because healthy hair rarely grows on an unhealthy body. This is where healing yourself from the inside out (my tagline 😉) comes into action. I started on the journey of switching out my hair care and body care products for cleaner, greener and natural items. Along with these switches, I also found that these 5 things have helped tremendously.

Here are the Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Healthy and Happy Long Hair

1.      Stop with the heat!

Using hot tools on your hair can cause dryness, damage and split ends – oh my! I let my hair dry naturally and let it do its thing. I know this isn’t ideal for everyone or will work for everyone, but for me, it works. I do blow dry or use hot tools on my hair for photoshoots or when it's needed, but overall – I say no to the heat!


2.      Sleep on Satin pillowcases

Did you know that your cotton and synthetic fabric pillowcases are sucking the moisture from your hair and skin while you sleep? I switched to satin pillowcases over a year ago and I will not go back! Here are my favourite ones off at the moment: Bedsure Satin Pillowcase. They come in so many different colours and wash really well.


3.      Only wash your hair once a week


This didn’t happen overnight. It took a few months to ease my scalp and hair into this transition. I went from washing it daily, to washing it every other day. Slowly moving to 3 days between washes to finally being able to go a full week. Let’s discuss why you would want to do this! Over-washing strips your hair from its natural oils, which actually makes your hair over produce oil and the cycle continues. Is my hair picture perfect on days 3-5? Hell no! You will find me in a French braid or crazy-wild top knot, but it’s made a huge difference when I do leave it down or need to look presentable. 


4.      Oil your hair

My all-time favourite hair treatment! We talked about the importance of oil on the scalp already, but let’s dive a little further in, shall we? Applying oil to your scalp and hair is an Ayurveda practice that has been used for centuries. It helps to maintain the health of the hair and scalp by providing deep conditioning, nourishment and overall calmness to the mind.

I love to use my own blend of oil and essential oils and I use this same oil combo in my Indie Head Massage treatments, which everyone loves and always comments on the scent. You can find out more about oiling your hair here.


5.      French Braid/Satin hair ties


Normal hair ties tug and tend to pull and break the hair. I was finding that the combination of pulling my hair up in a ponytail to work out, go about my life and sleep was causing breakage and damage – big time! My hairstylist suggested I learn how to French Braid my hair (which I did, but I can only do it on myself LOL) and use Satin Scrunchies for the days when my high-to-the-sky top knot is rocking! I have seen a huge difference.


Maintaining healthy and happy long hair is easier than you think!

Implementing something new into your dinacharya (A daily routine; an important part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle) can be overwhelming if you add too many at once. I started small and then continued to add over time.

I'd love to know if you try one, some or all of these tips!

Love & Light,

Tal xo

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Namaste and enjoy the practice.


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