Robin, 31, grows her hair so long sometimes that its weight strains her scalp! “When my friends refuse to talk to me because it’s inappropriately long, then I cut it,” she says, and that has meant donating it a couple of times. But she definitely prefers the long look. “I love the look and feel of mermaid hair, especially in the summer.”
Do you currently color your hair? I’ve never colored my hair. My mother strictly forbade me from coloring it as a teen. I resented her for it, but she always said I’d appreciate it down the road and, as always, she was right.
Do you get regular trims? Nope. I know I should but I don’t. Honestly, I cut my hair every 12 to 18 months.
What’s your typical hair care routine? Generally, I wash my hair three or four times per week—in the winter, only after a sweaty workout, and in the summer, after workouts or sweaty days. I condition my hair only every other wash. I use Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner; I love that they never feel heavy or greasy but leave my hair soft and hydrated. A quick towel dry, and then I’ll shake my hair out like wet dog (not kidding — I look), and I’ll run DermOrganic Pure Argan Oil from roots to end to make my hair dry softer and shinier. And I haven’t brushed my hair in years; I’ll just run my fingers through when it’s wet and call it a day.
What advice would you give to someone trying to grow her hair long? Leave it alone. Cut it when it starts to look ratty. Also, through most of my early and mid 20s, I ironed my hair religiously. Not anymore. But keep in mind, having beautiful mermaid hair isn’t always glamorous; it gets stuck in zippers, bag straps, hair ties, etc.