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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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                    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.

                        apply hairspray

                          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 March 30, 2020

                              Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

                              Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

                              Feeling tired all the time?

                              Have you ever caught yourself nodding off when you’re watching TV, listening to someone drone on during a meeting or even driving a car?

                              I know I have, especially when I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive.

                              Feeling tired all the time may be more widespread than you think. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                              If you’re tired of feeling tired, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                              In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re feeling tired all the time and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                              What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                              If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                              Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                              • You may have trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired within your brain.
                              • You may experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not because your brain’s neurotransmitters are misfiring.
                              • You may get dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                              • You may find it more difficult to exercise or to perform any type of athletic activity.
                              • Your immune system may weaken causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                              • You may overeat because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids even when you’re not hungry.
                              • Your metabolism slows down so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                              Are you saying that feeling tired can make me overweight?

                              Unfortunately, yes!

                              Feeling tired all the time can cause you to put on the pounds especially around your waist. But it is a classic chicken and egg situation, too.

                              Heavier people are more likely to feel fatigued during the day than lighter ones. And that’s even true for overweight people who don’t have sleep apnea (source: National Institutes of Health).

                              Speaking of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if that or something else is causing you to feel tired all the time.

                              Why Are you Feeling Tired All the Time?

                              Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                              Here’s a quick overview of each root cause of feeling tired all of the time:

                              1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep restorative sleep.
                              2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness which could be triggered by numerous issues such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                              3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                              The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance or emotional trauma.

                              It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                              Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                              Feeling Tired vs Being Fatigued

                              If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

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                              Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

                              Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep.

                              But fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive (source: Science Direct).

                              Symptoms of fatigue include:

                              • Difficulty concentrating
                              • Low stamina
                              • Difficulty sleeping
                              • Anxiety
                              • Low motivation

                              These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                              Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. But there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                              How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                              The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                              Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                              So, quantity and quality do matter when it comes to sleep.

                              The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                              Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                              Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[5] So, you should definitely plan on getting seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night.

                              If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is most likely reason you feel tired all the time.

                              And that is good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                              It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

                              4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                              Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                              1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                              2. Exercising regularly
                              3. Using stressbusters
                              4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                              So, I know it is possible to change your lifestyle even when you’re working crazy hours and have lots of family responsibilities.

                              After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                              In addition, I lost two inches off my waist and looked and felt better than ever.

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                              I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                              Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                              • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy including getting enough sleep.
                              • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day ideally for six days a week.
                              • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                              • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                              The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight and to achieve overall wellness.[6]

                              And yes, there does seem to be an important correlation between being lean and feeling rested.

                              But overall based on my personal experience and Dr. Sear’s scientific proof, the key to not feeling tired all of the time does seem to be 4 simple changes to your lifestyle.

                              L — Living Healthy

                              Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested and better overall.

                              So, whether you’re sleep deprived or potentially suffering from fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you probably want to find a way to sleep better.

                              In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger.

                              As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                              Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                              1. Unplug

                              Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. But tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

                              So turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                              2. Unwind

                              Do something to relax.

                              Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or taking an Epsom salt bath.

                              3. Get Comfortable

                              Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                              Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep.

                              Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                              Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed.

                              If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[7]

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                              Above all, be gentle with yourself and count your blessings, some sheep or whatever helps.

                              This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                              E — Exercise

                              Many people know that exercise is good for them, but just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                              That’s what happened in my case.

                              But when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my lifestyle.

                              As part of my lifestyle upgrade, I knew I needed to move more.

                              My friends who exercise all gave me the same advice: find an exercise you like to do and find a specific time in your schedule when you can consistently do it.

                              That made sense to me.

                              So, I decided to swim.

                              I used to love to swim when I was young, but I hadn’t done it for years. The best time for me to do it was immediately after work, since I could easily get an open swim lane at my local fitness club then.

                              Also, swimming became a nice reason for me to leave work on time. And I got to enjoy a nice workout before eating dinner.

                              Swimming is a good way to get your cardio or endurance training. But, walking, running and dancing are nice alternatives.

                              So find an exercise you love and stick to it. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training and flexibility training in during your daily 20-minute workout.

                              If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try because you will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                              A — Attitude

                              Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                              When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted. But there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued.

                              Do you want to know what that master stress-busting technique was?

                              Breathing.

                              But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

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                              Here’s how you do “Long-Exhale Breathing”:

                              1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy (so you know you are breathing deeply from your diaphragm and not shallowly from your chest)
                              2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air)
                              3. Hold your breath while you count to 7 mentally and enjoy the stillness
                              4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it)
                              5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep, long exhale breath
                              6. Repeat 3 times ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system

                              This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                              When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[8]

                              Plus, this is a great technique for helping you get to sleep, too.

                              N — Nutrition

                              Diet is vital for beating fatigue – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                              If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels.

                              Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming though.

                              For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                              Unless your current diet is solely made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.

                              Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                              1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                              2. Add a healthy fat or protein to your any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed. Please note that carb-only snacks lead to blood-sugar crashes that can make you eat more and they can keep you from sleeping.
                              3. Fill up with fiber especially green leafy vegetables. Strive to get at least 25g per day with at least 5 servings (a serving is the size of your fist) of green vegetables.
                              4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice and corn.
                              5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                              6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives such as So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.
                              7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive and nut oils.
                              8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts such as Kite Hill Plain Yoghurt with 1g sugar or Lifeway Farmer Cheese with 0g sugar.
                              9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice

                              Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                              That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                              Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multi-vitamin or specific supplement.

                              The Bottom Line

                              If you are tired of feeling tired, then there is tremendous hope.

                              If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices.

                              If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes including:

                              • Enough High-Quality Sleep with Bedtime Routine
                              • Regular Exercise You Love
                              • Stress Reduction with Long-Exhale Breathing
                              • Fatigue-Reducing Diet

                              Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle Is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

                              More Tips to Help You Rest Better

                              Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                              Reference

                              [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                              [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                              [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                              [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                              [5] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                              [6] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                              [7] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                              [8] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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