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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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