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5 Best Reasons To Wear Braids This Winter Season

5 Best Reasons To Wear Braids This Winter Season

Winter is fast approaching and while we do love our pumpkin spice lattes and fluffy scarves, there’s also much to be worried about as women, particularly in the beauty department. The extreme cold weather can be very harsh to our skin and hair, and it’s a total horror if we just let it be and don’t do something about it.

One of your best options when it comes to hair protection and maintenance during the winter season is to wear braids. And we don’t just mean braiding it for the day (although that’s okay too); what we’re after is the full-on commitment of wearing braids that hold for about 5 to 6 weeks. Doubtful? Here’s why you should do it.

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1. Low Maintenance

In six weeks of having your braids in, you won’t have to deal with shampooing it every single day. And you already know how much of an inconvenience that can be, especially come winter season. All you really need to do to ensure healthy hair throughout is to have a good conditioning moisturizer that you can apply to keep your hair healthy and soft.

Besides having less to think and worry about when it comes to hair maintenance, you also don’t have to deal with stressing about what to do with your hair every single day. You don’t have to wait for it to dry out anymore or decide whether you’ll blow dry it or not. There’s also no need for you to fuss about what hairstyle you’ll want to have as well. Of course, if you have longer braids in your hair, you can casually decide whether to keep it down or tie it up—nothing too complicated or complex.

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2. Protect Hair from Harsh Elements

Braids come as a highly recommended means for protecting hair during the winter season, especially for women who have textured hair. Cold temperatures and extreme weather situations can badly affect the delicate strands of our hair, and while there are tons of products out there that you can use to prevent hair damage, wearing it in a braid still remains one of the best protective measures.

Putting your hair in a braid creates some kind of hair helmet or barrier, in which you can safely lock your hair as it hibernates for the winter. If you naturally have sensitive and delicate hair, then you might want to try wearing braids for a change, especially in the peak of winter.

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3. Less Prone to Breakage

One of the key protective and preventive effects of wearing braids is that it makes hair less prone to breakage and split ends. The cold weather can easily dry out your hair, resulting in more breakage and having dry and split ends. Crotched braids especially can help lock in moisture because the hair is properly tucked in and less exposed.

If you opt to go with different hair treatments or products instead, you might also put your hair at risk for more damage given the amount of chemicals that you will use every single day. But by having it in braids, you can make sure that your hair is fully intact and you don’t even have to do that much to take care of it.

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4. Encourage Healthy Hair Growth

Wearing your hair in braids does not result in faster hair growth—but it does equate to having a healthier regrowth of hair. Again, since braids do serve as an effective means of protecting your hair, you can expect to have healthier hair as it grows out while you have your braids in.

Instead of having to deal with breaking and dry hair all winter long, you can wear it braided instead and just be surprised by how vibrant, strong, and healthy your hair will look and feel afterwards.

5. Carefree and Easy-Breezy Style

Just imagine six weeks of easy, breezy, and carefree hairstyling. Braids are so perfect to have, especially for women with textured and thick hair, because they are both stylish and utterly functional. You literally just have to wake up and wear it as it is, and without doing anything more in order to look fierce and fabulous for the day. And who says you can’t wear summer-inspired hairstyles in winter, right? You’ll have a more unique and original look that others would surely want to have and emulate.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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