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6 Brilliant Tips for Long, Astonishing Hair

6 Brilliant Tips for Long, Astonishing Hair

The appeal of long, flowing hair can be difficult to resist. Unfortunately, you might be stuck with hair that just seems to stop growing at a certain length or takes too long to grow out. Thankfully, there are a few tricks you can use to get your hair to grow longer in a short period of time. If you’re sick of dull hair that isn’t growing, check out these tips!

Get Ready For A Lifestyle Change

If you really want a good head of hair, the first thing you really need to do is commit to changing your lifestyle. Now, this decision isn’t as drastic as, say, becoming a vegetarian or deciding to move across the country, but it might be a bigger commitment than you realize. It’s one thing to look at pictures of people with long, natural hair and wish they were you, and it’s another thing to make the changes in your life that are necessary to achieving your goals. So, get ready to make some new, healthy habits and stick to them!

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Eat A Balanced, Healthy Diet

Another important thing for nurturing long, healthy hair is having a healthy diet. Rather than eating quick, carb-heavy meals — or worse, fast food — eat nutrient-rich whole foods. Ditch the pasta and instead go for fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. If you’re still not getting the vitamins you need out of your diet, consider taking multivitamins and essential oils every day. You’ll also want to make sure to stay hydrated during the day, drinking the recommended daily dosage for your body mass. As well as making your hair grow longer and at a faster rate, you’ll feel better and notice the effects on other parts of your body, such as your skin.

Brush Your Hair Regularly

You might already brush your hair to straighten it out, but you may not realize the additional benefits of brushing. Not only are you getting rid of those pesky tangles, you’re also distributing essential oils throughout your hair. This means that your hair will be more moisturized, leading to better circulation and a healthier scalp. A healthier scalp is the key to healthier hair. However, be sure not to over-brush – brush your hair only when it’s tangled or you really need it styled. Over-brushing, as you may know, can actually pull out your hair and damage your scalp.

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Be Careful With How You Treat Your Hair

In the rush of your day-to-day activities, you may pay some attention to your hair, but usually, it’s one of our lower priorities. Try being more conscious during the day about how you’re treating your hair. Are you putting it into a bun or ponytail? Or maybe you absent-mindedly play with your hair while you work. These habits may put stress on your scalp that causes your hair to grow slower. In addition, your healthy hair habits shouldn’t be limited to the daytime. Switch out your cotton pillowcase for one made of silk or another fine material. Your hair and scalp will thank you and reward you with better hair.

Try Natural Remedies

While natural products aren’t going to make your hair grow longer instantly, the vitamins found in some foods can introduce nutrients to your hair that will help you attain better results. Try using a mask made of egg whites to make your hair softer and give it some shine. While cracking some eggs might not sound that appealing to you, consider the benefits! Other masks you can use that will help your hair include potato water (the leftover water that results from boiling potatoes) or a hot grapeseed oil scalp massage.

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Use Hair-Lengthening Shampoos

You should always practice good hygiene, and that includes bathing regularly and using shampoos and conditioners. But, just simply doing all the above may not be enough. You need to be sure that the soaps you’re using in your hair are actually doing your hair good and not drying it out or otherwise damaging it. If it’s longer hair you’re looking for, there are some shampoos that are made specifically for this reason. By choosing the right shampoos and conditioners, you’ll be getting the vitamins, herbs, minerals, and other hair-happy products that will have the greatest effect on your hair and scalp.

Featured photo credit: Silky, Smooth Hair via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on August 6, 2018

10 Benefits of Deadlifts You Probably Never Knew

10 Benefits of Deadlifts You Probably Never Knew

The Deadlift. It is the quintessential weightlifting exercise. According to David Robson, a bodybuilder, personal trainer and contributor to Bodybuilding.com,

“In my experience as an athlete, and based on the results witnessed by many of my personal training clients, the deadlift, if performed correctly, will build unparalleled mass while strengthening all the major muscles groups.

Yes, many will argue that the squat is the King of Exercises, and will contribute to more strength and size gains than any other exercise.

While it is true that the squat does rank as one of the best size builders (and on this basis alone should be included in everyone’s program), the deadlift, in my opinion, builds the upper and lower body like no other movement.”

The deadlift is done by simply grasping your free-weight bar (with as many weights as you can feasibly – not comfortably – lift) and lifting up until your standing up with the bar hanging in front of you, arms extended.

1. Increased Fat Burning

Alwyn Cosgrove, a personal trainer and fitness author, recently wrote about a study where: “Overweight subjects were assigned to three groups: diet-only, diet plus aerobics, diet plus aerobics plus weights. The diet group lost 14.6 pounds of fat in 12 weeks. The aerobic group lost only one more pound (15.6 pounds) than the diet group (training was three times a week starting at 30 minutes and progressing to 50 minutes over the 12 weeks).

The weight training group lost 21.1 pounds of fat (44% and 35% more than diet and aerobic only groups respectively). Basically, the addition of aerobic training didn’t result in any real world significant fat loss over dieting alone.”

Lifting weights and resistance training will burn more fat than just dieting or dieting with cardio exercise alone.

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2. Better Posture

Deadlifting increases your core strength and adds to core stability, according to Robson. Deadlifting targets all of the muscles responsible for your posture and enables you to keep your back straighter during regular daily activities.

3. More Muscles Worked

The Deadlift works more muscles than any other exercise, including the squat. The lift engages all of the major muscle groups, according to exercise physiologist Kevin Farley. If you need to do one exercise, this is the one to do. The Deadlift works your lower and upper body, including your back muscles.

4. Increased Real Life Lift

When you do other lifting exercises, like a bench press, for example, you’re not doing anything you might really do in real life. When are you ever going to have the need to lay on your back and push something in the air — unless you’re giving your two-year-old “flying lessons.” The Deadlift develops the muscles you need to actually carry something, like a bucket of water, those heavy grocery bags or your neighbor’s dining room table.

5. It’s Safe

The Deadlift is one of the safest weightlifting exercises you can perform. You aren’t going to get pinned under the weight or have to worry about it pulling you over backwards. If you get into trouble, you can simply drop it…making for a loud bang, no doubt, but no damage. You also don’t have to have a spotter to perform this exercise.

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6. Improved Grip Strength

According to Outlaw Fitness:

“Deadlifts are renowned for their ability to build massive amounts of grip strength, and for good reason. Your fingers are literally the only things connecting you to the weight of the bar. Your forearms have to work incredibly hard as you progress in weight to keep the bar from falling out of your hands. Subsequently your grip strength grows by leaps and bounds.”

7. Increases Hormones

Now don’t worry, these aren’t the hormones that will make you more emotional! Instead, by doing at least 8 to 10 repetitions of Deadlifts with significant weight, you can increase the amount of testosterone and growth hormone produced by your body.

Testosterone increases muscle growth and improves muscle repair while growth hormone, which is produced by your pituitary gland, promotes tissue healing, bone strength, muscle growth and fat loss.

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8. Cheap and Easy

A lot of exercises require a lot of equipment, special shoes or whatever. Not the Deadlift. Just a bar with some weight. Pick it up. Simple. You can usually find freeweights and a bar at a thrift store – or being given away by a friend – making it even cheaper.

9. Increased Cardio

Believe it or not, doing 10 repetitions of Deadlifts will increase your cardiovascular ability. You might want to make sure you have somewhere to sit down when you’re done!

10. Prevents Injury

The Deadlift can help prevent injuries by increasing the strength of your muscles around critical tendons and ligaments. Supporting joints with strong muscles is crucial to preventing injury, especially in the hamstrings and lower back, according to Outlaw Fitness.

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