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The Best Hair Beauty Habits You Need To Embrace To Wake Up With Perfect Hair

The Best Hair Beauty Habits You Need To Embrace To Wake Up With Perfect Hair

What makes you leave your home late every day? Your long makeup routine, your endless trial-and-error outfit search, or your daunting hair styling routine? If your answer is the latter, this article is for you!

If your hair needs extensive styling in the morning, you need to review your bedtime routine, which is probably the reason you wake up with frizzy, hard-to-tame hair in the morning. Despite general misconceptions, the evening is the perfect time to soak in conditioner on your hair and leave all the vitamins to act until the morning. There is a lot to hair care in the evening, so ditch the morning styling and change the way your hair looks. Here is how to get your hair to look perfect from the first minute you wake up, by embracing before-bed hair beauty routines.

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1. Apply your hair treatment in the evening

The best way to moisturize your hair and avoid a bad hair day is to condition it and apply hair treatments on a regular basis. Apply your favorite hair oil or mask on your damaged hair before going to bed. Then, tie your hair in a braid and wrap it in a scarf and go to sleep. In the morning, avoid your regular hair care shower mistakes and apply the shampoo on your dry, oily hair first, then jump in the shower.

2. Silky sleeping habits

If you want to have beautiful, healthy hair, you need to switch your pillowcase with a silk pillowcase. This is because hair becomes trapped in other materials, making it prone to breakage as you turn around in your sleep. Silk, on the other hand, allows your hair to slide over it. If you are not comfortable with the thought of sleeping on silk, just wrap your hair in a silk scarf, which will protect it and will keep any vitamin masks on the hair, preventing them from soaking into your pillowcase.

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3. No metal on your hair

Most people with long hair tie it for the night to avoid dealing with knots in the morning. This is a good practice, but make sure you don’t use a hair tie with metal, as it can break your strands. Instead, use a fabric tie and make a loose bun or a loose braid for the night to protect your hair.

4. Tight is not right

While securing your hair somehow is a good idea, you need to make sure you’re not tying it up too tight. The old saying that a tight ponytail will make you lose hair by thinning and will make your hairline move backward is true, so each time you prepare for sleep, tie your hair loosely. If it can stay put and it’s comfortable enough to sleep with, you’ve got it right.

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5. Showering in the evening and wet hair

The best time to wash your hair is the evening, when you can allow it to dry naturally without using heat. However, make sure you don’t go to bed with wet hair, as this is a major mistake. Wet hair is prone to overstretching and breaking, which is also why you should never brush your hair when it’s still wet. Speaking of wet hair, the common towel wrap is also a huge mistake, as it leads to the same unfortunate event: breakage! To dry your hair with a towel, just blot out the water from your hair, then leave nature to do the rest.

6. Don’t sleep with the AC on

Sleeping in a dry room is going to dry your skin as well as your hair, so it’s better to turn off the air conditioner before you go to sleep. This will allow your hair to look shiny in the morning. If needed, you can use a humidifier to provide your mane with the moisture it needs to look good the next day.

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Featured photo credit: Michael Fertig via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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