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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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18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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