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Haircare 101: Hairstyling Tricks for Both Men and Women

Haircare 101: Hairstyling Tricks for Both Men and Women

Do you have a hairstyle routine? How does it look like? How often do you go to get your hair done, and how much do you spend on it? For basic hair care, most people use shampoos and moisturizers. Yet, many would like to have the hair like those people in shampoo commercials. Is that only a production trick, or can it be achieved in real life?

Turns out that it can, and it includes a plethora of products and an intensive hair care routine. You can use a hair mask, wax, mousse, gel, spray, volumizer, misc, pomade. As you can guess, this is a neverending list, which costs a significant amount, and it takes a lot of hustle. And we can all agree that we’re too busy with our daily lives to concentrate on hair that much. Still, when you see a pretty guy or a girl, you can’t help yourself but look with your eyes wide open.

The goal is to achieve that look without going bonkers and spend a ton of money.

How to do it?

First of all, you need to know yourself and your style, and then to follow it. One of the fundamental mistakes people make regarding hairstyles is the wrong choice of hairstyle. You need to choose based on your head shape and your type of hair.

You simply can’t have a particular hairstyle if your head and hair aren’t compatible with it. Guys – check here. Girls – here. When you’ve picked the perfect one, you should get into the process of mastering it.  Ladies first.

Hair defines your femininity

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    Through the history, the hair was a symbol of femininity. The average woman, during her lifetime, spends approximately $50,000 on her hair and almost two hours a week, washing and styling it. It is believed that our hair represents our thoughts, personality, and beliefs.

    There are dozens and dozens of hairstyles available today. The most popular hairstyles for women for short, medium and long hair are curls, waves, and straight hairstyles. Let’s get into those styles in depth, so you can make them easier.

    Curls

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      Curls give you a bit of glamorous look ideal for every occasion. If you weren’t blessed with them naturally, there are easy ways to get them. The easiest way is to do it with a curling iron. The first and the most important step is to choose a high-quality curling iron. If you are going to use it on the daily or weekly basis, it is crucial to choose one that is not going to damage your hair.

      Using heat protection hairsprays before curling your hair is necessary. For short hair, it’s recommended to use a ¾ “barrel curling iron; for medium hair, the 1“barrel is recommended, and for long hair, you should use 1¼ “barrel curling iron. Then, it’s all about the usage of this product. It might make your hair stunning, or burn your hair. Here’s a detailed guide on how to do it.

      Waves

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        Wavy hair is perfect for the casual and romantic look. The process of making them is same as creating curls, but the secret is in curling iron size. For short hair, you should use 1“barrel, 1 ¼ “barrel for medium hair, and 1 ½ “barrel for long hair.

        If you want to have loose waves, after using a curling iron just brush out the lower half of your hair or shake your head until you get the look you want. To master the curling iron, check out the ultra-useful article from BuzzFeed.

        Straight

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          Straight hair gives you classic look and classic is always fashionable. Girls with natural curls or waves need to spend more time to get this look because they need to use a flat iron, but this process is very easy and quick. Straightening irons are very dangerous to your hair, and you should be careful while choosing the best straightening iron for yourself.

          Before using the iron, apply the heat protection hairspray and divide the hair into sections. The thickness of your hair determines the number of sections – more thick hair, more small sections. Wash, dry and brush your hair carefully before using a flat iron. Make sure to set your straightener to the lowest heat if your hair is particularly thin and brittle.

          With these styles covered, you are one step closer to getting a perfect hairstyle/haircut.

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          What about guys?

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            Since the beginning of time, it is well known that a good man takes care of himself. Remember, the single most important element of grooming, aside from basic washing and scrubbing, is your hairstyle.

            Besides making you look neat and handsome, your hairstyle tells a lot about you. Men’s grooming has reached a whole new level, and more and more people have been breaking out with their personal style. Here are some useful steps to get your personal hairstyle started:

            Everyday hair due on the go

            When it comes to choosing an everyday hairstyle, it is best to keep the details about your life in mind. Regardless of the style you want, it should work with your personality, and you’ll need to be comfortable with it. Consider all your needs, how much time you spend to style your hair, and how much effort you are willing to put in your daily look.

            First of all, decide how you want your hair to look. For the most part, you’ll want to keep it pretty much the same you usually wear. It all starts with the right tools.

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            hairstyle equipment

              Of course, you won’t get very far without a quality hair clipper with different guards and blades. Hair clippers are perfect for a casual maintaining at home. As a bonus, you can trim your beard and your intimate parts as well. You’ll be able to save a lot of money by trimming your hair yourself, so it might be a good idea to spend more upfront to get good and long-lasting equipment. Check out this hair clippers buying guide to get informed and buy the best one for yourself.

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                The purchase of the right model might seem pricey at the first glance, but think of it as an investment. Using the hair clipper on yourself might seem strange or uncomfortable, but you’ll get used to. Now you’re one step closer to a great haircut.

                Styling

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                  Styling your hair is the next important thing, especially if you go with the longer hair. Your hair might require styling every day, but when you get used to it, you won’t even notice the process. On the other hand, you’ll be rewarded with a perfect hairstyle every day. For that form and performance, you’ll need some products to help you out.

                  Products

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                    Select styling products that fit you and your hairstyle the most such as gel, pomade, hair wax or hair spray. Unfortunately, most of us will need more than water and a comb to get the desirable hairstyle.

                    Depending on the product and hairstyle, you’ll have several options to apply the styling product. Setting up your hair with the product before you comb your hair is a good practice, for most types of products, except spray.

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                    Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                    It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                    If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                    One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                    Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                    In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                    Why you can’t sleep through the night

                    The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                    Stress

                    If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                    Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                    We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                    While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                    Eating close to bedtime

                    Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                    Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                    Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                    Medical conditions

                    In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                    The vicious sleep cycle

                    The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                    Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                    You get a bad night’s sleep
                    –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                    –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                    –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                      You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                      How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                      To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                      1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                      What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                      Here are a few suggestions:

                      • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                      • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                      • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                      • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                      • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                      2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                      What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                      • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                      • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                      • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                      • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                      3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                      Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                      Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                      Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                      Sleep better form now on

                      Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                      I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                      As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                      Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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