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10 Everyday Products That Will Make Your Hair Healthier…Instantly

10 Everyday Products That Will Make Your Hair Healthier…Instantly

Every day, our hair takes a real beating. We subject it to all kinds of styling products and tools, and then there is pollution in the air, which wreaks havoc on our hair. When our hair becomes damaged, we use more and more products to try and make it healthy and shiny again. Unfortunately, this often backfires, because we are just putting more chemicals on our hair, causing even more damage. Instead of trying different products and not getting good results, it is best to stick with a few products that you know are going to work. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Milder Hair Color

Problem: Coloring your hair causes damage: ammonia and peroxide strip your hair of moisture. But there are products that are less damaging than others.

Solution: An Excellent product to try is L’Oreal Professionnel’s INOA, which doesn’t use ammonia or peroxide.

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    2. Hair Repair System

    Problem: Damage from from hair products and the environment.

    Solution: Pro Naturals is a line of hair care products that use natural ingredients, and are designed to repair damage to hair and bring hair back to its natural state. It is not a quick, temporary fix for dry hair. ProNaturals will protect the cuticle layer (outer protective layer of the hair), giving it more elasticity and making it stronger.

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      3. Superabsorbent Towel

      Problem: When you rub the towel all over your hair, this can lead to breakage and make it dry and frizzy looking.

      Solution: Use a microfiber hair towel that is designed to soak up a lot of water. Try using the Sephora Aquis Microfiber Hair Turban.

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        4. Heat-Protecting Spray

        Problem: Sometimes flatiron can heat up to 410 degrees. Heat-protecting spray will help protect your hair from the heat of styling tools.

        Solution: Try spritzing some Tresseme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray before styling. You can use it on damp or dry hair.

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          5. Deep Conditioner

          Problem: Hair isn’t soft and shiny looking.

          Solution: Deep condition your hair with a product such as Shu Uemura Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment for Dry Hair. It only takes a few seconds to use. A deep conditioner should be used once a week for the best results.

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            6. Restorative Shampoo

            Problem: Traditional shampoos strip natural oils from the hair.

            Solution: Try to become shampoo free person. If you think it’s impossible a thing for you to do, look for products that have the words, “anti-breakage”, “strengthening”, “restorative”, or “renewal”. These are products that have ingredients that help to seal split ends and make hair thicker. A good one to try is L’Oreal Paris EverStrong Reconstruct Shampoo.

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              7. Ionic Hair Dryer

              Problem: It is a well known fact that hair dryers damage hair: you’re getting split ends and hair with no life.

              Solution: Instead of a traditional hair dryer, it is better to use one that emits charged particles instead of heat. Check out the T3 Featherweight Professional Hair Dryer.

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                8. Silicone-Emitting Flatiron

                Problem: A regular flat iron makes hair look shiny, but leaves it dried out.

                Solution: One that emits silicone, such as the Remington Style Therapy Frizz Therapy Flatiron is good for your hair, and it helps to keep hair from getting frizzy.

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                  9. At-Home Gloss

                  Problem: Dull and unhealthy hair.

                  Solution: John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze Clear Shine will make dull, unhealthy hair look shiny in less than half an hour. It makes hair look healthy for a week or longer.

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                    10. Good, Gentle Brush

                    Problem: Your hair nearly as unique as your fingerprints, so it is extremely important to use the brush that doesn’t damage your hair. Metal can heat up when using styling tools and burn the hair at the cuticle.

                    Solution: Use a brush that has a rubber paddle and synthetic bristles, preferably with balls at the ends. Try the Goody Start Style Finish Frizz-Free Finish Brush.

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                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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