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Stop Doing These 6 Things! These Are Making Your Hair Thinner

Stop Doing These 6 Things! These Are Making Your Hair Thinner

Thinning hair can be the cause of a lot of worry and embarrassment. Even if people around you insist it looks fine, knowing that you have thinner hair than you used to is stressful, leaving you wondering what will happen if the situation keeps getting worse.

The first step you should take is to make sure there aren’t any underlying medical problems by going to your doctor with your concerns. However, people often find that there’s no obvious reason for hair thinning, and doctors might not even recognize that there’s a problem at all. The good news is, there are a lot of common causes for mild hair loss that are easy to fix. Get out of these bad hair habits and quickly see the difference.

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1. Eating badly

This can be a particular problem when dieting, but also among people who are stressed or feel like they don’t have time to eat properly. Hair is formed from keratin, which is a protein, so it’s important to include plenty of protein sources in your diet to keep it growing healthily. You might not be getting enough folic acid, so make sure you eat things like spinach, asparagus and strawberries to up your intake, and include enough iron to keep anemia at bay. A healthy balanced diet is key, but supplements may be an alternative if you struggle to get everything you need.

2. Washing your hair every day

Washing your hair regularly is a good thing, right? Well, yes, but doing it too often leaves the hair dry and stripped of its oils, which means it breaks more easily and leads to it thinning. If you normally wash your hair daily, try doing it every other day instead, or less often if you can. If this makes you feel like you’re not clean enough, you could always use a dry shampoo on your off days. Be careful not to let dry shampoo build up on your hair, though, as it can irritate the scalp and block hair follicles, increasing shedding and reducing growth.

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3. Using damaging hair products

A major cause of thinning hair is drying it out so that it becomes brittle and prone to breaking, and one of the common reasons for this happening is the products we use. Silicones are used in many shampoos, but they form a layer over hair, stopping it absorbing moisture, which makes it dry and fragile. Alcohol and sulfates actively dry out the hair and are found in many hairsprays and similar styling products. Check the ingredients of the products you use, and look for natural alternatives without all the nasty additives. Products with coconut, olive, or argan oils will help to reverse the damage and improve your hair’s strength and thickness.

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Excessive hair dryer use

    4. Using hot tools too often

    Straighteners, curlers, hair dryers and other hot styling tools are used daily by many people, but they can be extremely damaging to your hair, making it brittle and prone to breaking faster than it can grow. Try and limit how often you get out the hot tools, and maybe use it as an excuse to experiment with different styles that don’t need them. If you must use heat, let your hair dry naturally first, and use protective products to minimize the damage.

    5. Spending too much time in the sun

    Like hot styling tools, the heat from the sun can cause significant damage to hair. On top of the heat effects, ultraviolet rays are also a cause of thinner hair, since they can actually cause premature aging of hair, making it fragile, so you should definitely spend less time in the sun if you’re concerned. When you are out in the sunshine, consider wearing a hat to cover up your hair, or use one of the products available for protecting your follicles against harmful rays.

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    6. Letting it all get on top of you

    We all experience stress to some degree, but when it gets out of hand it can lead to problems, and hair loss is one of them. Because thinning hair itself is a stressful problem, this means it can actually make itself worse. Try and manage your stress levels to keep them at a minimum and you can improve hair growth stop loss.

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    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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