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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 June 19, 2019

How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

1. Relax as You Meditate

A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!

2. Practice Daily Affirmations

Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

  1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
  2. Use present tense (I have)
  3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
  4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.

You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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