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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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