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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 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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