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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.

Procedure

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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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