How-to: Get gorgeous long hair

BRONWYN WILLIAM
Last updated 05:00 09/10/2012

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Despite the ever-evolving trends for short and sculptural styles, you can't deny the loveliness of a full head of gorgeous locks.

But with great hair comes great responsibility - and long hair takes work. Here's how to get yours looking worthy of a red carpet moment.

DEEP MOISTURE

"Wash out hair masks are great for healthy hair, but regular applications of leave-in treatments are vital," says Rebecca Brent of L'Oreal and Willis York salon.

Hot sun, wind, air conditioning and heated tools all dry out our hair, so it's important to moisturise it just like we do our skin. Pump hydration back in with regular applications of leave-in treatments.

TRY: Sebastian Potion 9 Lite, $51.50; Kerastase Le Grand Crus (there are three different oils in this collection, each for different hair needs so you can mix and match), $49 each; Moroccan Oil, $62.50; Matrix Biolage Colour Care Shine Shake, $30.

DETANGLE

Combing your hair when dry creates static, and can tug and break the hair. Instead, detangle in the shower with a slathering of conditioner and a wide toothed comb.

DON'T OVERWASH

Over-washing strips the natural protective oils from your hair and can lead to dryness and frizz. Only wash your hair every few days, and use dry shampoo in between washes.

TRY: Redken Powder Refresh, $36; Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, $14.99; or Baptiste Dry Shampoo, $9.99.

SNIP IT

It's hard to cut your hair when you're trying to grow it, but regular trims will remove split ends and keep your hair looking fresh.

YOUR SCALP COUNTS

When thinking about hair care we often overlook the scalp, even though it's the factory that proudces our healthy hair. A healthy scalp means healthy hair, and if you're scalp is unhappy it'll show. Regular head massages (you can do it yourself or ask your hairdresser) promote blood flow and circulation. Give your head a bit of loving care with some of these soothing and rejuvenating products.

TRY: Kiehl's Magic Elixir, $70; Aurora Spa Ritual Intensive Hair and Scalp Mask, $52 from Mecca Cosmetica; or you can make your own treatment at home. Mix four tablespoons of softened coconut oil with three drops of tea tree oil and three drops of rosemary oil. Remove dead skin from your scalp first by working a brush in small circular motions on dry hair around your head. Now apply the treatment and massage it into your head. Leave about 20 minutes and wash off with shampoo and conditioner.

PROTECT

Protect your hair from burns and drying with heat protectant products. Read all about heat protection here.

SHINE

Give your locks a winning finishing touch with products that will enhance their shine.

TRY: Matrix Surround Shine, $21; Sebastian Shine Crafter, $39; Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, $32.

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