Long Hair Secrets: Staffer Edition

Sure, Mean Girls character Gretchen Wieners may have long voluminous hair because it’s full of high school secrets, but IRL, maintaining lengthy strands requires dutiful maintenance and a selection of targeted products. Here, three Birchbox staffers spill their secrets to enviable Rapunzel-length hair. As Wieners would say, these tips are so fetch.

Staffer: Meredith Stebbins, Editor & Senior Manager, Special Projects
Her Secret: Get targeted. Once upon a time, Meredith slathered on any old drugstore-brand shampoo and conditioner. But after realizing that these so-so products striped her ends of moisture and caused her hair to become dry and tangle easily, she wised up. Now, she keeps her mane sleek and healthy with Kérastase’s Cristalliste collection. Specifically designed to boost the vibrancy and health of longer locks, the Cristalliste trio of next-generation, high-foaming cleansers whisks away junky product buildup without deyhadrating your ‘do.
Maintenance Guide: A longtime Kérastase fan girl, Meredith says, “using high-quality products in the shower is the real key to keeping hair healthy.” To that end, she relies on Kérastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Thick Cleanse shampoo. Even though it’s specifically formulated for thick hair, this shampoo is lightweight and adds plenty of bounce and shine. Better yet, it’s made with a unique oil solubization system that removes impurities from the root, while conditioning agents work to smooth and polish. Following the gentle-yet-effective shampoo, she uses Kérastase’s shine-enhancing Lait Cristal Conditioner Treat. The ace formula utilizes liquid light reflectors to deliver megawatt shine and eco-friendly polymers to revive brittle follicles. Plus, the formula is rich in aloe vera to hydrate long hair without weighing it down. She rounds our her routine with a dose of Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide Prime. This luxe serum smoothes away frizz and imparts hair with generous amount of restorative amino acids and vitamins. Buh-bye, split ends!

Staffer: Gina Quartarolo, Discovery Specialist
Her Secret: It takes two to make a thing go right. The secret sauce behind Gina’s gleaming long locks is a hydrating routine that includes weekly deep conditioning sessions and a daily dose of moisturizing leave-in conditioner. Read on for her path to hair glory.
Maintenance Guide: After using her go-to shampoo and conditioner, Gina applies a moisture-infusing hair mask once a week. The hair whiz credits Ojon damage reverse™ Restorative Hair Treatment Plus with keeping her superlong hair vibrant and frizz-free. The shine-enhancing cream revives damaged locks with host of exotic ingredients like African shea, Brazilian muru muru, and Indian kokum butters. Post-shower, she spritzes on Beauty Protector’s Protect & Detangle. Developed by a seasoned stylist, this paraben- and sulfate-free leave-in conditioner seals in moisture, safeguards color, and adds major shine. Plus, the lightweight mist also provides protection against UV rays and heat. If the shiny, healthy state of her enviably long tresses are any indication, this hydrating routine really works.

Staffer: Lily Ling, Associate Supply Chain Planner
Her Secret: More trim time, less tool time. Split ends are the ultimate enemy of long. To keep the hair-wreaking suckers at bay, Lily trims her long, billowing hair every six to eight weeks and avoids heat styling tools.
Maintenance Guide: Snipping off a half an inch of hair every six to eight weeks, instantly nixes frizz-producing frayed ends. To keep her maintenance costs low, Lily advises scoping out discounts on apps like Beautified or requesting a junior stylist . “Since you’re only chopping off a teeny, tiny amount, you don’t really need to schedule an appointment with the best of the best.” She also recommends minimizing your time with heat styling tools. If you simply can’t live with out your clipless curling wand (we totally feel you on that), make sure to use a heat protectant or serum before plugging in. We’re loving Macadamia Natural Oil’s Healing Oil Spray which absorbs quickly and restores moisture to dry or damaged hair with its combination of macadamia and argan oils.

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