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30 Hairstyling Hacks Every Girl Needs To Know

30 Hairstyling Hacks Every Girl Needs To Know

Sometimes the stars align and you have a good hair day without having to do much at all, but most of the time good hair takes some maintenance. Fortunately, you can keep that maintenance relatively minimal with these hairstyling hacks. Streamline your hair routine with the 30 tips below.

1. Tame frizz with a toothbrush and hairspray.

Using hairspray to control frizz is a delicate balancing act: use too little and it doesn’t make much difference, but spray too generously and you’ll end up with unpleasantly stiff hair. In order to make sure you have just the right amount to tame frizz, spray an old toothbrush with hairspray and run it over those pesky flyaway strands. It’ll hold your hair in place without turning it into a helmet.

Tame frizz

    2. Braid wet hair for curls in the morning.

    If you want to avoid using a hair dryer or curlers, try braiding your hair after your shower at night (either a series of small braids or one French braid, depending on your hair type and desired style) and leave the braids in while you sleep. In the morning, undo the braids, spritz the resulting waves with a little texturizing spray, and scrunch with your hands to get bouncy waves.

    3. Volumize your hair with the two ponytail trick.

    To make your hair look longer and fuller, pull the top half back and put it in a ponytail. Then gather the remaining hair into a lower ponytail. The top ponytail will hide the lower hair tie, making it look like you have one long, high ponytail.

    4. Use a boar bristle brush for shine.

    According to Charles Baker Strahan, the celebrity hair stylist for Herbal Essence, running a boar bristle brush through your hair while you blow dry will help move natural oil from your scalp to your ends. That means that you’re naturally taming your hair and giving it more shine.

    boar bristle brush

      5. Use dry shampoo before you go to bed.

      If your hair needs a wash but you know you won’t have time to do that before work or school in the morning, apply dry shampoo before your head hits the pillow at night. The shampoo will work itself into your strands overnight, resulting in clean, healthy-looking hair in the morning.

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        6. Try hair extensions for temporary added length and color.

        If you’ve got mid-length hair and want to add length and color for a special occasion, try clip-on hair extensions (ombre is a good color choice if you’re a brunette). They’re not ideal for long-term use, but they’re an inexpensive and convenient option if you want longer hair every so often.

        hair extensions

          7. When curling, start with the middle of your hair.

          To get full, long-lasting waves using a curling iron, start from the middle instead of the end of your hair. This helps your hair stay wavy for longer.

          When curling

            8. Keep your bobby pins in place with hairspray. 

            If you have sleek, straight hair that bobby pins usually slide right through, spread out your bobby pins on a towel and spray them with either hairspray or dry shampoo. Carefully pick up the towel by the corners and shake it a bit in order to evenly distribute the hairspray or dry shampoo on your bobby pins, then style your hair and rest easy knowing the bobby pins won’t slip out.

            bobby pins

              9. Use aluminum foil to help curl straight hair.

              For anyone whose hair has trouble holding a curl, try dividing your hair into segments, curling each segment around your finger, and folding it up into aluminum foil squares (the size of the squares will depend on the size of the waves you want). Heat each piece of foil for about 20–45 seconds, wait for the foil to cool, and remove. Use hairspray to hold hair in place if necessary, but in many cases, you’ll find that the curls hold all day.

              10. Get your hair style to stay using cool air.

              When you’re styling your hair, don’t just rely on warm air from your blow dryer. Set that blow dryer to cool and alternate between warm and cold air in order to best set your style.

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                11. Pat moisture out of wet hair with a towel.

                When you get out of the shower, gently pat your hair with your towel to get out extra moisture. Don’t rub your hair with the towel—this leads to frizz.

                12. Leave the last half inch of hair unwrapped when curling.

                If you’re curling straight hair, leave the last half inch of hair out of your curling iron to get a more natural-looking, modern look.

                last half inch

                  13. Create the illusion of bangs.

                  You can create the look of bangs without the permanency of cutting your hair simply by splaying your ponytail on top of your head (watch this video tutorial to learn how).

                  14. Get volume overnight.

                  Wash your hair the night before you want to get a voluminous look, add a little volumizing gel, and twist it up into a bun on top of your head before you go to bed (wear a beanie over your hair if you’re worried about frizziness). The next morning, blow dry your hair while still in the bun for a couple minutes, then let your now-bouncy hair down.

                  15. Use the ponytail trick for quick curls.

                  If you want curls but don’t have a lot of time, put your hair into a ponytail and curl it by dividing your hair into just two or three sections and wrapping them around your curling iron. When you’re done, just let your hair out of the ponytail.

                  16. Prop your ponytail up with bobby pins.

                  If you really want to make your ponytail pop, just place two bobby pins so that they start above and go through your hair tie, pointing towards the nape of your neck.

                  17. Another trick to getting a fuller ponytail: Use a butterfly clip.

                  Just place a medium-sized butterfly clip underneath your ponytail and over your hair tie in order to instantly get a fuller look.

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                  butterfly clip

                    18. Create the perfect twisty bun.

                    Create a twisted bun quickly by simply dividing your hair into two low pigtails, braiding those pigtails, then wrapping those braids together and securing them with bobby pins at the back of your head.

                    twisty bun

                      19. Keep your hair out of your face with a partial braid.

                      Take a small section of hair starting at your forehead, braid it, and tuck it behind your ear. Bonus: If you haven’t shampooed your hair in a couple days, it’ll be even easier to get the braid to hold without a bobby pin.

                      hair out of your face

                        20. Create a bobby pin triangle.

                        If you’re partially pulling your hair back with bobby pins, choose pins that contrast with your hair color and pin them into a triangle to give yourself an instant hair ornament.

                        21. Flat iron your braids to get curls.

                        If you don’t have time to intricately curl straight hair, separate your hair into six or so braids and then heat the braids with a flat iron. Undo the braids, and you’ll now have curly hair.

                        22. Use your hands to apply hairspray.

                        Instead of just spraying around your head with reckless abandon, spray a bit of hairspray on your hands and run them through your hair to fight flyaways without getting an overly stiff look.

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                          23. Boost your roots.

                          If you have thin, straight hair, give yourself more volume by flipping your hair upside down and blow drying from the roots while wet.

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                          24. Get bangs out of the way with a French braid.

                          Growing out your bangs? French braid them to get them out of your face.

                          French braid

                            25. Use the half-up hairstyle for any hair type.

                            Whether your hair is straight or curly, thick or thin, you can get a quick elegant look by pulling the front part back for a half-up hairstyle.

                            26. Make creaseless hair ties.

                            Make your own creaseless hair ties so that you can wear your hair up during the workday, then take it down without having any awkward hair tie lines.

                            27. Curl with a headband.

                            Get curls without using heat by wrapping long, wet hair in a headband overnight, then simply taking down in the morning.

                            28. Or curl with socks!

                            No curling iron? No problem. You can wrap your hair up in socks to get the same wavy look.

                            29. Create the illusion of a bob.

                            If you have long hair that you don’t want to part with, you can still create a faux bob by doing a low, loose braid at the nape of your neck and securing the braid at the back of your neck (if you have straight hair, you may need to loosely curl the rest of your hair to make this look work).

                            30. Know your brushes.

                            Last but not least, understand the purpose of different brushes. Large round brushes are for straightening, small round brushes are for adding curl and volume, and paddle brushes are for smoothing.

                            Well that should be enough hairbrushes...

                              Featured photo credit: Rachel A.K. via flickr.com

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                              Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                              12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

                              12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

                              Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                              But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                              I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                              Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                              1. Nuts

                              The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                              Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                              Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                              Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                              2. Blueberries

                              Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                              When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                              3. Tomatoes

                              Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                              4. Broccoli

                              While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                              Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                              Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                              5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                              Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                              The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                              Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                              6. Soy

                              Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                              Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                              Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                              7. Dark chocolate

                              When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                              Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                              15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                              8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                              Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                              B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                              Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                              Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                              To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                              9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                              Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                              Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                              Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                              10. Gingko biloba

                              This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                              It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                              However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                              11. Green and black tea

                              Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                              Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                              Find out more about green tea here:

                              11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                              12. Sage and Rosemary

                              Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                              Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                              When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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