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Tips for Men and Women to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Tips for Men and Women to Keep Your Hair Healthy

We all want shiny healthy hair and have tried a lot of products in the past. Women believe having shiny hair will make others envious, and men believe it will reduce the likelihood of them going bald. The discussion on how certain products affect your hair has been up for debate for several years. For example, doing a quick search on Google for “effect of styling products on hair” will bring up a lot of information. I invite you to do your own research and come up with your own conclusion on how certain factors affect your hair.

Today, I’ll be going through some basic tips on how to keep your hair healthy. If you find your hair is dry and need some advice on what you can do, then follow these simple but effective tips. Let’s get started.

Washing Your Hair

When washing your hair, it’s important to only do it 2-3 times per week maximum. Your hair produces its own vital oils which protect it. Shampooing too many times will remove your hair’s natural oils drying it out. Not to mention, depending on the type of shampoo you’re using, washing with it too many times can have the opposite effect causing it to dry out the fallout.

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“Your hair’s natural oils are designed to condition and protect your tresses, so when you shampoo daily, it strips these vital oils away,” explains New York-based hair stylist Dan Sharp.”

Invest in High-Quality Shampoo

There are hundreds of shampoos in the market, and if you don’t believe me, then head over to Amazon.com. Once there, type in “hair shampoo” and see how many results pop up.

I recommend investing in shampoo with proven results, and finding the right shampoo is not difficult. You can search online, or even ask someone working at a salon for tips before buying a quality shampoo. Recently, there has been a huge shift in shampoo product moving from unnatural ingredients to more organic. If I have a choice, I’ll always choose organic ingredients since they are natural, and haven’t been remanufactured.

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Here’s a great website which compares organic and regular shampoos. You’ll learn about the pros and cons of both.

Natural Styling Products

Just like shampoo products which are unnatural, the same applies to styling products too. First, I recommend not using styling products in your hair, and if you need to then use natural products. If for any reason, you can’t afford natural styling products because they are expensive, then limit how often you put styling products in your hair.

I decided to do some research on organic styling products and found you can make natural hair gel at home. The fact here is that you have complete control when making it and this will ensure you add only the best ingredients. Making your own hair styling products does require experience, but for many this is the only route since purchasing them can be very pricey.

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Don’t Blow Dry with Heat

It’s no secret that over heating your hair can damage the roots. Blow drying is known as “flash drying” because it’s artificial heat and this can remove the moisture from your from the surface of your scalp. I recommend not blow drying your hair, but if you need to then use the low heat option to minimize the damage to the root.

I don’t use blow dryers, but for those that do, it’s important you know how to use them correctly. For example, other than using low heat, it’s important to make sure your hair isn’t super wet. Dry it as much as you can using a towel, and use the right type of brush too.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed these quick tips on how to keep your hair healthy. If you’re used to doing things a certain way when shampooing and drying, then making these adjustments will take time. However, if you decide to make these changes, long-term you’ll see the positive results.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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