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7 Ways To Fix Damaged Hair and Get Your Healthy Hair Back

7 Ways To Fix Damaged Hair and Get Your Healthy Hair Back

Having gorgeous locks is every woman’s dream. Sadly, not all of us are blessed with soft and silky hair. Much like the skin, the hair is a fragile part of our body. It’s prone to breakage and damage, which can cause dullness and dryness. Most hair damage today is a result of overusing harsh hair care products, exposure to heat and sunlight, and nutritional deficiencies, which strip hair of its needed proteins and minerals.

How can you fix your damaged hair? Before you go buy expensive hair repair products, try the following ways to get back your hair’s beautiful bounce.

1. Don’t Overwash Hair

Hair damage is often caused by over-washing hair. When you wash your hair every day, you lose most of its natural oils that actually help it shine and bounce. Shampoo also makes your hair look dry and more prone to breakage. So how often should you wash hair? It’s best to wash hair only once every other day.

2. Use The Right Brush / Comb for Your Hair Type

Using the right hairbrush can make a big difference to your hair health. Combs and brushes come in all kinds, shape, and sizes. Here are basic pointers to remember when choosing a brush for your hair:

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Brushes

Paddle brushes are best used for straight hair. These brushes massage the scalp and smooth out naturally straight hair. Soft bristle brushes are good for women with thin hairs. They help smooth out the finest hair cuticles and distribute the oils evenly on your head. You can also use this kind of brush to comb your wet hair. Styling brush with movable bristles is great for curly hair. This will help detangle wet locks and help curls clump together for a more defined wave pattern.

Combs

Wide tooth combs are used for detangling thick hair especially if it’s wet. While small tooth combs are used for styling and separating hair while ironing.

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3. Try Natural Home Ingredients To Treat Your Hair

Forget about expensive hair care products. Most of these treatments or shampoos use harsh chemicals that strip the hair of its natural oils removing its natural shine and bounce. Try these simple natural ingredients instead:

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Apple cider vinegar is great for removing chemical buildup from hair products. To use apple cider vinegar for hair, simply dilute a quarter cup of the vinegar with a cup of water and use it to rinse away hairspray and gel buildup.

Aloe Vera Serum

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Aloe vera can help condition locks to give it a fuller volume while maintaining its bounciness. To create an aloe vera serum, use a teaspoon of honey with olive oil. Apply it to your hair and let it sit for half an hour before washing.

Olive Oil Conditioner

Moisturize your dry hair by using olive oil as a conditioner. Olive oil encourages hair growth with its natural hair softening ingredients. Olive oil contains essential nutrients that help strengthen the hair from the roots to the tips of your hair.

4. Quit Using the Blow Dryer

Your hair is fragile especially to heat. This is why curling irons and blow dryers are strictly a no-no. If you want to have silky soft locks, simply let your hair air dry. Blow drying is only excusable during cold days when you simply can’t leave the house with wet hair. When you really need to use the blow dryer keep it to at least four to six inches away from your hair. Using the hair dryer too close and heating your hair in direct contact can damage hair strands giving it a brittle and dull texture.

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5. Trim Your Hair Regularly

Haircuts help you get rid of unsightly split ends; that’s why regular trims are important to keep damaged hair away. If your hair is severely damaged and has a straw-like texture, the easiest way to restore your locks is to get a trim. You can leave some length or chop it all off and try a cute pixie if you’re bold enough. You should probably get a trim every six to eight weeks.

6. Avoid Exposure From the Sun

Sun damage can cause dry brittle hair as well as color fade and thinning. When you’re out for a sun bathe, don’t forget to use your sombrero and cap to protect your hair from the heat. Use a little bit of sunscreen on your scalp line to avoid burning and damaging of hair roots.

7. Eat Hair Healthy Foods

And lastly, eat food rich in vitamins and minerals. A diet rich in proteins, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy can keep your hair healthy. Examples of food for healthy hair includes salmon, spinach, guava, sweet potatoes, and cinnamon.

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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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