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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 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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