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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 September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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