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10 Ways To Add Volume & Body To Fine Hair

10 Ways To Add Volume & Body To Fine Hair

Want the appearance of fuller and thicker hair? Most of us want luscious locks but unfortunately, hair can thin over time due to numerous reasons. Here are a few tips to help you achieve thicker and more luscious looking hair.

1. Use A Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a product used to keep hair smelling fresh and minimize oiliness between shampoos. It can also be used to create the illusion of thicker hair because the product coats the hair shaft creating more volume. Concentrate the product at your roots and massage it into your hair for a fuller look.

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2. Create Volume With Waves

One way to create the illusion of more volume is by creating loose waves. Use a 2″ barrel curling iron and wrap large sections of hair around the iron and away from your face. Once the curls have set, run your fingers through your hair to loosen them up. Flip your hair over and apply texturizing spray throughout for instant volume.

3. Load Up On Iron

A deficiency in iron can be a cause of thinning hair in many women. Studies show that women are most at risk for anemia, also known as iron deficiency. A lack of iron means that you won’t have enough hemoglobin to carry oxygen to your cells resulting in more fragile and thinner hair. A blood test at the doctor’s office can determine your iron levels. The solution is as easy as taking an iron supplement daily or altering your diet by adding iron rich foods to your meals such a steak, kale, and spinach.

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4. Get More Protein

Protein is a building block of hair and essential for hair growth. The protein that builds hair is called keratin. Consume foods that are high in protein such as chicken, steak, beans and eggs. For an extra boost, try drinking a protein shake.

5. Massage Your Scalp

Massaging your scalp is a relaxing way to increase blood circulation which is essential for hair growth. Rub a few drops of argan oil onto your fingertips and gently massage your scalp. The best time to give yourself a scalp oil massage is right before you shampoo because you can rinse it out when you’re finished.

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6. Get Long Layers

A blunt cut gives the appearance of hair that is sleeker and flatter. Ask for a cut with long layers. Your stylist may also be able to create more texture by using specialized cutting techniques. Layers should be placed throughout your hair for best results.

7. Pick A Ceramic Blow Dryer

Ionic blow dryers are great for creating shine but they can actually make fine hair look even flatter by smoothing the hair’s cuticle. If you have to have an ionic dryer, pick one that gives you the option of turning the ionic setting off. Ceramic dryers don’t excessively smooth the hair and are more suitable for fine hair.

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8. Dry The Roots First

Aim the blow dryer directly at your roots before moving on to the rest of your hair. Drying the roots first will create more texture and give the illusion of thicker hair. You can also flip your hair upside down while blow drying in order to create more volume. It’s important to keep blow drying until your hair is completely dry in order to achieve the most volume.

9. Get Balayage Highlights

Highlights can be used to create a multi-dimensional look and give the appearance of more volume. With the balayage technique, your stylist will apply color freehand without using foils for a more natural appearance.

10. Use Volumizing Hair Products

Volumizing hair products include mousse, lotions, and gels which work by coating your hair for a thicker look. You’ll want to concentrate these products on your roots for best results. Applying an excessive amount of product along the entire shaft of your hair won’t bring the best results because it will weigh your hair down.

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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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