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You likely spend most of your summer work days wearing a hat to shield yourself from the sun. Hats are important, but what about your poor hair?! Wearing hats can completely rob your hair of volume, moisture and style, resulting in the dreaded “hat hair.” If you plan to go anywhere without a hat afterward, you have to style your whole head of hair again.

Luckily, there are a few ways to combat this pesky problem – without giving up any of your hats.

Dry your hair first.

If you put on a hat while your hair is still wet, it’ll dry in the shape of the hat. Not what you’re aiming for, probably. Instead, wait until your hair is completely dry before putting on a hat.

Prepare your hair.

If you have straight or wavy hair, prep your hair with some texturizing spray to avoid flattened hat hair. If your hair does end up a bit flat, bring it back to life with a quick spritz of hairspray or salt spray.

If you have curly hair, put your hair into a protective style such as braids, twists, or a low bun. Moisturize your hair with a leave-in conditioner, then apply a mousse or gel to hold it in place. If you wind up with flat hair, spray it with some water and a bit of conditioner and fluff away.

Use a satin-lined hat or wear a scarf underneath.

Look for hats that are lined with satin, which will prevent your hair from getting dried out and frizzy. Grace Eleyae is the pioneering brand of satin-lined hats. If you’re crafty, you could even make your own!

Otherwise, you can simply wrap a loose scarf around your hair before you put a hat on. It’s a little extra effort, but it’ll save you from having to fix your hair after the hat comes off.

Wear a looser-fitting cap.

Your hat doesn’t need to squeeze your head to effectively shield you from the sun. The looser the cap, the less wild your hat hair will look. Simple!

If worst comes to worst and you do end up with hat hair? Keep a fashionable scarf or hat on-hand, like a boater, bucket hat, or fedora. That way, you can look put-together in public without having to fix your hair at all. Voila!

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Fixes: Solve Waterlogging and Flooding Problems

If you’ve suffered from the problem of flooded soil before then you know the pain of a lost harvest that was so close to ripening. Luckily, there are ways that you can prevent it from happening again.

Even if you don’t have a big enough garden to create a drain or run-off areas, you can still implement small solutions that will work as long as you make sure to act at the right time. First and foremost, you should be mindful of the weather forecast and whether it calls for rain.

A few days ahead of the rain spell, you should begin by picking up fallen leaves or pebbles that may block the drains, leading the soil to absorb all the moisture. Remember to have a look at the drain as well and pick up any leaves that surround it because these can get carried into the drain and allow a blockage. If you don’t have the time to pick leaves yourself, you can purchase a garden vacuum to do it for you.

You can optimize your soil to have the best drainage possible by adding organic matter like peat mulch or compost. While this will increase your soil’s absorbency, you can add heavy topsoil like bark or fresh mulch to protect your crops’ roots. If there are parts of your garden where the soil tends to get flooded often, add adequate topsoil that’s mixed with some sand.

Leaf mold is made from leaves that have decayed and serves as an excellent conditioner for your soil. Whether you’re getting rain or not, it’s always a good idea to add some to your soil every year; it can increase the soil’s ability to retain more water, which is excellent in the case when you’re expecting heavy rainfall.

Since leaf mold generally doesn’t need to be used more than once a year, you’ll have plenty of it as long as you’re adding to the pile. It takes around two years to finely decay and turn into compost that’s much more refined.
Another factor you need to make sure of is that your soil isn’t compacted i.e. has few air pockets and isn’t well-aerated. This is actually a fairly common problem that leads to waterlogged soil and it highlights the importance of tilling your soil often. If the soil is compacted, it keeps water from passing through the top layer of the soil, therefore allowing water to collect and subsequently drowning the crops.

By aerating your soil regularly, you can create more air pockets in it which lets roots have better access to oxygen and other nutrients. In this case, aerating it gives water a way to pass through the top layer and increases the soil’s absorbency. You can use a number of tools, such as a garden fork, to aerate your soil.

These are some of the preventative measures you can take a few days before a heavy rain spell to help reduce the chances of waterlogging and flooding in your garden. Make sure that you don’t waste any time after learning that a heavy downpour is on its way because carrying out the above-mentioned measures takes time. Happy Farming!

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