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4 Common Hair Complaints and How to Handle Them

4 Common Hair Complaints and How to Handle Them

We all have bad hair days. Sometimes it can feel like you are having more bad days than good. When it feels like your hair is holding you back, it is time to take action. If you suffer from any of these common complaints, here is some advice to help you out

1. Heat and Styling Damage

Prolonged use of heat to style hair can leave your locks dry and damaged, especially the ends. If you are already getting regular trims to keep your hair healthy, then it is time to step up the moisture. One easy switch is to make sure you are using a moisturising shampoo, and that your styling products provide protection against the heat.

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    A weekly hair mask can also do wonders. If you don’t have a store-bought version, you can easily make one with some common kitchen items. Some people swear by a simple coconut oil mask, while others prefer olive oil. You can also combine an oil with an egg and some mayonnaise to create an ultra-hydrating mixture. After letting it sit for approximately 30 minutes, simply wash it away.

    2. Oily, Limp Hair

    Whether your hair tends to be oily naturally, or the use of hair products leave your hair lifeless, your first step should be to wash your hair. Looking for a clarifying shampoo for product build-up, or one designed for oily hair. If you don’t have the time to do an actual wash, grab a dry shampoo to help absorb oil at the root.

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      If you are looking for a natural alternative, consider white vinegar. Not only can it help rid hair of product build-up, it can also help each stand of hair expand. Thicker strands help your hair look more bountiful.

      3. Dandruff or Flaky Scalp

      While not technically a hair problem, dandruff and flakes can make a mess of any hairdo. While common dandruff can be handled with a variety of over the counter products, the tell-tale flakes may actually be a sign of a different issue. If you tend to wash your hair infrequently, if may simply be a build-up that would normally be washed away.

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        Sometimes, it is simply dry skin on the scalp, or it can be a negative reaction to particular products you have been using. For example, certain hair dyes are known to cause allergic contact dermatitis in some individuals, while others may be reacting to chemicals and fragrances in a shampoo or condition. Luckily, if an allergic reaction is to blame, simply switching products may allow the issue to resolve on its own.

        In some cases, intervention by a medical professional may be required. For example, psoriasis is a medical condition that may require prescription medication. Folliculitis is actual a bacterial infection that can cause symptoms similar to dandruff, while seborrheic dermatitis is believed to be caused by an overgrowth of the yeast called Malassezia.

        4. Hair Loss

        Hair loss is another symptom that can have a wide range of causes. In some cases, high levels of stress can cause hair to fall out. A number of nutritional deficiencies can also cause the same. Certain infections can also damage the hair follicles.

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          Thyroid issues, hormone changes, and autoimmune conditions may also be responsible. In some cases, alopecia can cause the loss of hair over the entire body, including eyebrows and eyelashes.

          If you are experiencing hair loss, it is often wise to consult with a medical professional to determine the cause. Some issues can be easily remedied once they are identified, while others may require a more significant treatment plan. Either way, it is better to be safe than ignore a symptom that could indicate a more serious condition.

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          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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