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Good News for Hair Color Aficionados: 9 Tips to Save Your Hair

Good News for Hair Color Aficionados: 9 Tips to Save Your Hair

We all Strive for that perfect hairstyle—flawless, shiny, and healthy. Unfortunately, sometimes saying, “I woke up like this” relates to a disastrously damaged hair and definitely not that messy, cute, and sexy hairstyle we often see on Pinterest, accompanied by a cup of coffee and an inspirational quote.

I’ve dyed my hair numerous times. I’ve been raven black, hot red, pale golden blonde, and everything in between. In my teenage years, my hair has been in pretty much every color that there’s in the rainbow palette. And despite my enthusiasm, I had to take the consequences of that hair-dyeing journey.

After many years of dyeing my hair, I can now share how I managed to bring it back to life again.

The dyed and damaged hair is frizzy, dry, and hardly has a beautiful shape. Often worsened by the extensive use of heat, it loses its natural moisture and is hard to recover. Here are some tips that will help you get back that healthy hair glam we all strive to achieve.

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1. Moisture, moisture, moisture

The healthy hair strand is built of three separate layers. The outer one, which holds the cuticle, is the one that suffers the most when you choose to dye your hair. Be sure to use natural oils a few days prior to the dyeing process. This will strengthen your hair and will help you attain the shiny effect right after. You can go for either high-quality oil hair treatment products, or a super cheap, but yet effective enough alternative, which you probably have in your kitchen already—extra virgin olive oil. It also has a great effect when treating dandruff. More hair mask ideas here.

2. Trim the edges.

It might seem obvious, but sometimes the hair looks and feels damaged due to its length and fuzzy ends. Trimming the ends will give your scalp a break, taking off some of the excess weight. You will be able to see the result almost immediately. The natural oils will spread even on the remaining strands, which will bring back the essential shine.

3. Choose a proper hair treatment.

Determining which products are effective on your hair, depending on its texture, length and color, will most certainly boost the repairing process. To keep the dye looking fresh for as long as possible, look around the shampoo and conditioner aisle for a product that corresponds well with your current hair’s condition.

Is it thin? Is it dry? Does it have dandruff? Most cosmetic companies have already come up with a series of products that naturally complement each other. These include a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, oils, hair sprays, and more.

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Look around for products that include argan oil. Don’t wash your hair with shampoo too frequently, as it strips away the natural oils from your scalp. If you feel you need to freshen up, there are plenty of dry shampoo alternatives. Ask your stylist for a good quality product line or go more budget-friendly and ask your friends. Either way, the best recommendation is the one that comes from a personal experience.

4. Change your hair dye.

Each time you dye your hair, you cause it either major or minor damage. That’s just the way hair dye works. Choose a brand that works less aggressively towards achieving the final result, or one that works with a bond builder. If you’re striving for a lighter color, like silver or platinum blonde, choose the longer, but safer step-by-step approach. This way you will let your hair and scalp adjust to the changes.

Bonus tip: look for hair dye and hair treatment products that do not include silicone dimethicone. Despite its broad use, this ingredient is likely to attract dirt, which brings the feeling of heaviness on your scalp.

5. Detangle carefully.

Due to its destroyed healthy layering, the damaged dyed hair is often fuzzy and dry. This may lead to extreme cases of tangling. Be sure to take your time and use a proper product to help detangle any thatched hair strands. You can either go for a specialized product for untangling, or use the good old extra virgin olive oil. Either way, make sure you avoid rending.

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Bonus tip: if your hair is curly or easy to tangle, try the dry finger technique. That way you can easily locate any knots before brushing your hair with a comb, while it’s being conditioned.

6. Clean the air.

The smoke particles, dust, dirt and other air contaminants around you will inevitably end up in your hair. It is probably impossible to avoid going outdoors altogether, but you can at least purify your indoor environment with an air purifier for dust. Your lungs and body will thank you for it too.

7. Rinse with cold water.

Try to rinse your hair with cooler water. This helps to seal the moisture and gives a natural shine. The only con (probably other than the feeling of discomfort if you don’t like cold showers) is that it flattens the hair a little.

8. Bring in the brushes!

Sometimes the small change makes a big difference. When choosing a proper hairbrush, go for one that has a combination of 50% synthetic and 50% boar bristles. This hairbrush type will easily spread the oils and naturally soften the hair.

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You can also go with 100% boar bristles. Give it a try on a small section on your hair beforehand. The final effect depends on the spacing between the bristles. Used incorrectly, that type of hairbrush can cause more damage to the already tainted hair.

A great way to determine which is the perfect brush for you, is to ask your hairstylist. As a professional, each stylist uses expensive and fine quality tools, but will sure give you directions when choosing a less expensive alternative.

9. Give it a break.

Hair dye, drying, straightening, curling, styling products—all these factors often aid for additional hair damage. Give both your hair and your scalp a good break. Try avoiding any heat and go for a simple hairstyle, that does not require a lot of styling products. Leave your hair to dry out naturally and don’t forget your hat while it’s summer outside!

Hope these tips will help you save your hair. Looking forward to that glossy Pinterest hair photo.

Featured photo credit: goMainstream via imcreator.com

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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