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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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