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5 Hair Care Tips To Get You Through The Winter

5 Hair Care Tips To Get You Through The Winter

Winter can be brutal. The windy, chilly weather takes a toll on your body throughout the winter season, and your hair gets no reprieve. Cold weather can suck the moisture out of your hair, leaving it dry, brittle and prone to split ends.

Rather than allow your hair to get dry, frizzy and damaged from the cold weather, however, you can be proactive and protect your locks this winter. A good moisturizing routine and preventative measures can keep your hair shiny, moisturized and luscious all winter, so you have no bad hair days to worry about. Here are five hair care tips to get through the winter weather.

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1. Moisturize your scalp

Hair health begins at the roots, and that means taking care of the skin of your scalp. Winter air can dry out your scalp, creating flakes that settle in your hair and can make for a nasty appearance. Additionally, a dry scalp can be itchy and uncomfortable. A dry scalp is different from dandruff, which is a fungal infection. You don’t want to treat flakey skin with dandruff medication, as it will only exacerbate the dryness.

Rather than sporting flakey hair all winter, use any natural oil in your home, heated briefly in the microwave. Rubbing oils, such as olive oil or coconut oil, into your scalp can bring moisture back to your dry skin and prevent flaking. Be sure to massage oil in and then leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing with shampoo. Your flakes will be heavily remedied after one round, but you can repeat it weekly to maintain healthy, moisturized skin.

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2. Get regular trims

Since most of winter will be spent battling dryness, your hair is typically more prone to split ends and breakage around time time. You can cut down on the damage by making sure you trim your ends regularly. Getting a small cut every six to eight weeks is typically recommended, based on how quickly your hair grows. This can keep your hair from terrible splitting, which leads to frizz and easy breakage.

3. Wash your hair minimally

Overwashing your hair, particularly when you use shampoo, can dry your hair out and encourage it to overproduce oils at the same time. According to the science of shine, this creates a difficult cycle that can be hard to come out of. Additionally, wet hair and cold weather are a bad combination, usually resulting in brittle and dry hair that is prone to breakage.

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Keeping your hair washing to once or twice a week can allow your hair to stay moisturized from its natural oils without overproducing and without drying your hair out.

4. Use deep conditioner

A deep conditioning treatment can provide intense moisture for your hair that regular conditioner cannot. Consider a weekly deep conditioner or hot oil treatment to moisturize. Like the oil treatment, you’ll want to massage a deep conditioning treatment and leave it on for 20 minutes or so, depending on the product. However, you do not want to put this on your scalp; get it on your hair, from root to tip, in order to protect and moisturize it. Be sure to coat your ends carefully so they can be moisturized and prevent splitting.

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5. Protect your hair with silk scarves

Bad hair days are common in winter, as are chilly ears, which means hats and beanies tend to make a comeback around this season. However, dry hair and hats frequently result in static and breakage, and can leave you with unflattering hat hair.

Use a silk scarf to wrap your hair before putting on a hat to protect it. The silk is gentle and won’t cause breakage, static or damage. Silk wraps can be used at night as well, to protect damage from the dry air as you sleep.

As you go through the cold winter season, take some extra time to care for your hair. Keep it moisturized and healthy, and you’ll have the relief of knowing your hair won’t fall victim to unmanageable splits and breaks.

Featured photo credit: Evil Erin via flickr.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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