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25 Hairstyling Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

25 Hairstyling Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

We all have days where the last thing we want to do is spent 30 minutes messing around with our hair trying to get it to look decent. Worse still are the mornings, when we don’t have time to wash our hair but it’s looking a little greasy. Well worry no longer! Here are 25 hairstyling hacks you can use to make sure you never have to have a bad hair day ever again!

1. If You’re In A Rush Or Your Hair Takes Ages To Dry, Give It A Half Wash.

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    Most of the oil that we refer to as grease in our hair is in the ends, but oils that make our hair look voluminous and lustrous is at the roots. So instead of washing all of your hair, focus on the ends to create a clean but natural looking style.

    2. Next Time You’re In The Sauna, Make Sure You Have A Hair Mask On.

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      The heat created in the sauna will help nutrients sink into your hair and give it a thorough conditioning. You could even try one of these great homemade masks by peekandponder!

      3. Unwashed Hair? Try This Braid.

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        If you want to look like you’ve put in some effort but you don’t have the time to wash your hair then this is a perfect style to try out. All you need to do is spray a little hairspray on the braid and you’re good to go.

        4. The Messy Knot.

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          After splitting and knotting the hair, simply secure it with bobby pins! This is a pretty hairstyle that only takes minutes.

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          5. The Half Tuck And Cover.

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            Not only have you gone to the effort of putting in a headband, you’ve combined it with an up-do. Genius!

            6. Get The Rollers Out!

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              Never have flat hair again! All you need is some time and some rollers and you’ll have lovely, lustrous hair!

              7. How To Keep Your Fringe In Check.

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                This trick is not only easy to do, but also espeacially great if you’re growing our your fringe.

                8. If All Else Fails, Try A Turban.

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                  It may look difficult but it’s actually not that hard! And no one will even notice that your hair is not combed.

                  9. Did You Know A Hands-Free Hairdryer Exists?

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                    This creativ hairdryer may look like a reversed vacuum cleaner but it’s great for when you’re really running out of time.

                    10. Use A Butterfly Clip To Create A Fuller Ponytail.

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                      Your ponytail will never look flat and thin again! Get the full how-to here!

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                      11. Instant Up-Do.

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                        All you need is an elastic headband! Get the full instructions on this easy trick here.

                        12. Use This Stuff!

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                          Avaliable from Sephora, Living Proof is a styling agent, conditioner, heat buffer and UV protector.

                          13. Quick Curls.

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                            I know, this looks like a dream come true. But really, it’s that easy!

                            14. The Twisty Bun.

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                              For hair that is easy to control and manage, this is as easy as it gets! You will never look cuter!

                              15. Boar Bristle Brushes.

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                                Forget expensive and time consuming air treatments, these brushes will pull oils from your scalp into your hair and create instant shine.

                                16. Use Two Hair Bands To Create A Bouncier Pony Tail.

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                                  There’s a whole video tutorial that’ll teach you how to do this and you’ll need nothing but two simple hairbands and a comb.

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                                  17. The Perfect Messy Bun.

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                                    Messy Buns are in vogue right now. If you want to make yours perfect, follow these three steps here.

                                    18. Spin Pins.

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                                      Spin Pins will keep any bun in place when used properly. Get the know how!

                                      19. Professional-Looking Hair In Minutes.

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                                        I know, this hairstyle looks like it took hours, but it’s actually really easy. You don’t even need bobby pins!

                                        20. No More Fly Aways.

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                                          Never look all frizzy again with this simple trick.Obviously, don’t use your toothbrush.

                                          21. 20 Second Transformation.

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                                            With this hairstyle you will look chic in a minute. Half, knot, twist, pin!

                                            22. Put Dry Shampoo On The Night Before.

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                                              This gives the dry shampoo time to work it’s way into the hair instead of just sitting on top.

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                                              23. No Bands, Pins Or Clips Needed.

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                                                All you need to do is twist! Here’s a tutorial.

                                                24. Use Pins To Pop Your Pony Tail.

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                                                  Just two bobby pins and bam! You have a huge pony tail!

                                                  25. Hot Air Brush.

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                                                    This is a 2-in-1 hairdryer and curler which makes life so much easier! Available here.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Not Stock | Death To The Stock Photo via deathtothestockphoto.com

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                                                    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                    Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                                    Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                                    This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                                    One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                                    Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                                    Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                                    1. Gratitude

                                                    Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                                    The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                                    Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                                    So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                                      2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                                      This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                                      For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                                      What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                                      Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                                      3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                                      This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                                      Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                                      An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                                      Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                                        4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                                        According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                                        There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                                        5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                                        Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                                        Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                                        6. Rise Earlier

                                                        The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                                        For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                                        So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                                        Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                                        7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                                        Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                                        Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                                        It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                                        Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                                        Reference

                                                        [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                                        [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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