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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 September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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