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How To Cut Your Own Hair: Step-By-Step Guide

How To Cut Your Own Hair: Step-By-Step Guide

You’re probably wondering why on earth you would cut your own hair. Saving money is one reason, but it’s not like getting a haircut every three months is particularly bank breaking. The truth is, you simply don’t need to visit a salon whenever you want a quick trim. Besides, nobody knows your hair as well as you do: you know the random natural curls that you just can’t seem to control; the birthmark on your head that you want to cover up; the products that actually do what they say on the tin – why trust somebody less knowledgeable?

As How To Hair Girl recommends, if you’re a beginner it’s probably best to start with a basic ponytail cut. While you may need a qualified hairdresser to give you a brand new style, this simple technique is perfect if you just want to keep your long hair under control.

Step One: Get your tools together

You need professional standard scissors, mirrors, clips and combs. Note the word professional! Old, blunt scissors won’t cut the mustard. You need a pair that are easy to handle and will deliver nice, clean cuts. Think of it as an investment. You’ll save a lot of money on haircuts in the future and this is virtually a one-time expense.

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Step Two: Prepare yourself…

Before you begin, make sure your hair is washed, conditioned and untangled. If you choose to cut your hair while it’s wet, that’s fine. But… don’t go too crazy! Combed wet hair is deceivingly long, so make sure you accommodate for a little shrinkage. If you choose to cut dry hair, straighten it beforehand to make it easier to handle.

Step Three: Section off your hair

Starting at the back, split your hair into sections. Clip two thirds of your hair on the top, leaving the remaining third free. Bring your hair to the front so you can see what you’re doing in the mirror.

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    Step Four: Start chopping!

    The longer your hair, the safer you are. Make small cuts first – you can always go shorter later. Cut as straight as possible. When you move on to the adjacent section, compare the length to ensure you’re making an even cut.

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      Step Five: Make a reverse ponytail and continue

      Brush forward the remaining two thirds of your hair into a reverse ponytail and cut your hair straight across. The more you cut off, the more extreme your layers will be. Once again, start small, cutting one inch at a time.

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        Step Six: Inspect and repeat (if necessary!)

        Use mirrors to check the front and back of your hair. Look out for any uneven cuts, and then trim down the excess accordingly. If you want to go shorter, repeat the entire process starting from step three.

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          Cutting your own hair takes practice. You must be willing to make mistakes – and pay the price with your self confidence! But, with enough determination, eventually you’ll get it exactly how you want it.

          Hairdressing is an art. It would be insulting to disrespect the profession by saying, “anyone can do it.” But it is a trainable skill. If you enjoy cutting your own hair, perhaps you’d enjoy cutting someone else’s. If you want to become a hairdresser, most apprenticeship programs take around 18 months to complete and will leave you fully qualified to pursue a new career.

          Cutting your own hair will help you develop confidence and manual dexterity; and best of all, you won’t have to worry about unhappy customers while you’re training! By learning how to cut hair, it’s a financially beneficial as you can work as a mobile hairdresser and build a strong word of mouth presence as well!

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          Last Updated on November 11, 2019

          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

          Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

          To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

          Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

          1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

          Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

          Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

          To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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          2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

          Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

          If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

          Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

          3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

          Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

          Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

          4. Feed Your Brain

          Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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          This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

          Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

          Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

          5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

          According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

          Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

          Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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          6. Write it Down

          If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

          It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

          You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

          7. Listen to Music

          Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

          8. Visual Concepts

          In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

          Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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          Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

          9. Teach Someone Else

          Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

          Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

          10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

          Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

          So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

          Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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