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How to Restore Your Hair in Under Five Minutes

How to Restore Your Hair in Under Five Minutes

It’s been a long holiday season and your hair might be feeling a little bit tired by now. For party after party, it had to be styled and treated. Come January it just wants to wave a white flag and give up, leaving you looking rather dowdy just as a sparkly new year stretches out before you. Obviously, this isn’t ideal, as we all want to look our best on the first week back at work. Shiny, full hair can really brighten your day and bring out your confidence.

If you are experiencing this problem the first thing you’ll likely do is rummage through the stores to try and find a product that will give your hair some pep. But what you need to know is, usually shop bought products that contain chemicals won’t do the trick. If you really want something from the store, always go for a natural product.

The best thing, by far, is to go for plain old homemade. It’s natural, safe, and totally lacking in any nasty chemicals. The only snag, we are always led to believe that anything homemade is messy to make and time-consuming.

It doesn’t have to be that way. A lot of hair care recipes are very easy to make and can last for up to two weeks. Here is a sure fire treatment to ‘pep up’ and revive your style back to its full, shiny self. It only takes five minutes to make as well!

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The most important thing you need is a kitchen and a well-stocked spice rack.

Ingredients

  • Amla
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Castor Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Ginger
  • You’ll also need some Tea!

Don’t just use any old tea. Getting the right tea to match your hair tint is crucial. This is about enhancing your natural hair color. For red heads add a red colored tea, for darker hairstyles use black tea, and blondes should use chamomile tea.

Here is how each of the herbs can benefit your hair:

Amla: Strengthens the hair and brings out its natural waviness. It also helps to speed up hair growth.

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Rosemary: Makes hair healthier and adds shine.

Thyme: Helps bring out the hair’s natural color and is another health booster.

Cayenne pepper: Accelerates growth, and improves the fullness of damaged or thinning hair.

Castor oil: This is pure magic. It carries ricinoleic acid and also omega- 6 essential fatty acids. It accelerates blood circulation to the scalp and helps create length, thickness, and vitality.

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Apple cider vinegar: relaxes and cleanses hair and scalp while also bringing strengthening properties.

Ginger: Another growth booster that helps to make hair glossy and soft while also working on reducing hair loss.

The tea is there to bring out your natural hair color a little more, as stated earlier. They also help to bond and strengthen the entire mixture.

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So how do we create a hair mask out of these ingredients? Well, it’s simple, really.

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Start by boiling some water. Then get out a reasonable sized bowl and pour in a small layer of the apple cider vinegar. Add a few pinches of all the other ingredients. When the water boils, pour it over the other ingredients and stir for a few minutes. Put a lid on the steaming mixture, or cover the bowl somehow. Leave it to brew for at least a few hours, preferably 24, then pour the mixture through a sieve into a sprayer or bottle. Apply it to your hair and scalp every night before bedtime, and before you wash it. Make a new mixture every two weeks to avoid it going sour.

It really is that simple!

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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