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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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