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Go on. Admit it.

Most people just tend to stare at a women with long, luxurious hair. It's a women's true crowning glory! At one point or another, all women want to try the long hair look, at least once.

Managing long hair

Granted, it takes a little extra time to care for long hair, and so it's not an option for many women in this fast-paced modern world. But if you've decided that now is just the right time to try it, here are some expert tips for nurturing and caring for long, luxurious hair:

beautiful long blond hairWashing and conditioning: This applies to most women, but especially for long-haired women and that is...don't wash it everyday. Natural oils help keep hair strong and glistening, so wash your hair twice a week at most to keep your long hair shiny and manageable. Use a good conditioner, or try a high quality 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner made for your exact hair type: thick, dry, oily, curly or color treated.

Blow drying: Follow general tips for blow drying your hair, but if time permits begin by wrapping your wet hair in a towel to absorb most of the moisture. Then gently blow dry your hair on the lowest setting, holding the blow dryer about 6 inches away from your head.

Remember to begin at the top of your head and go down -- blowing up or around will only increase the chances of tangles and split ends. A final note: further avoid heat damage by leaving hair slightly moist and then let dry naturally.

Brushing: With two schools of thought on the matter, how often you brush your hair is up to you. The old adage is that long hair should be brushed frequently (to better distribute your hair's natural oils.) Today, this bit of advice usually applies to women with naturally strong, thick hair. For fine, wavy or curly hair, that advice just won't do, and the less brushing the better!

Styling long hair: Whatever you do, avoid rubber bands or metal clips to avoid breakage and split ends. Opt for "scrunchies" (or other soft fabric elastics), bobby pins that have substantial vinyl tips, and snap clips. Light braiding, or long hair styles that require less accessories, are always more preferred than complicated do's that may damage hair.

More about long hair around the Web:

On the Web, find more expert tips on caring for long hair, including advice on brushing combing, shampooing, conditioning, towel and blow drying, de-tangling and trimming.

Here, you'll find equally informative pictures and photo galleries on popular hair styles, including French twists, updos, and braided buns - for the the elegant long-haired beauty who isn't afraid to stand out in a crowd ...

Advice for Long Hair - Check out informational articles on the topic with how to's on the classic long hair look, the layered ponytail, curl fall & braided bun, plus tips on trimming, suggested books, and related resources

Long Hair Community - Join an active discussion forum to ask or give advice with tips & tricks, product reviews, facts on hair nutrition, visitor-submitted homemade cleaning & conditioning formulas.

Celebrity Hairstyle Tips for Long Hair - Here's the Redbook guide to looking like your favorite movie or TV star, including an extensive interactive slide show and dozens of related care and styling tips.

Wedding Hair Styles - Use the right-hand menu to check out a photo gallery of long and elegant updos, French twists and curls.

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