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Heat damage can leave your hair brittle, dry and unmanageable. Heated styling appliances, blow dryers and strong sunshine can all damage your hair. Taking steps to protect against heat damage is important for keeping your hair healthy. Follow these five steps to protect your hair from heat damage.

Dry Your Hair Before Styling

Heated styling appliances, such as straighteners and curling tongs, are extremely hot and, when used on wet hair, the sudden change in moisture and heat can cause severe damage to the hair follicle. Blow dryers use warm air that is far less damaging to your hair, especially if you use the coolest setting.

Blow drying your hair or allowing it to dry naturally before using your heated styling appliances significantly reduces the risk of damaging your hair. In addition, you should avoid towel drying or rubbing your hair while it’s wet, as this can damage the cuticles. Instead, wrap your hair in a towel and allow it to soak up the moisture.

Apply Heat Protection Products

Heat protection products coat the hair follicle and help to prevent damage, including split ends. Heat protection serum, cream and spray can all be used before styling your hair. Heat protection spray is ideal for use on sunny days, as you can reapply it at regular intervals to protect your hair from the sun. Some styling products now contain added heat protection, so it’s worth checking the labels before buying new products.

Choose the Coolest Settings

The higher the heat setting on your appliance, the more damage it can do to your hair. Always use the lowest heat setting possible to achieve your desired hairstyle. The length of time the heat is in contact with your hair is also an important factor for preventing damage. Try to avoid using your appliance on the same section of hair for long periods of time.

Use Hair Masks Regularly

Hair masks help to nourish and repair your hair. Using a hair mask at least once or twice a week helps to moisturize the cuticles and prevent your hair from drying out. Look for hair masks that contain vitamin E, keratin or egg albumen, as these can all help to repair damaged hair.

Take Care of Your Scalp

Excessive heat can damage your scalp and lead to skin irritation, dandruff and even fungal infections, all of which affect the health of your hair. Applying a natural oil such as coconut or olive oil to your scalp at least once a month helps to keep your scalp healthy. Leave the oil on for at least an hour, or preferably overnight, before washing out thoroughly.

Heat damage can make your hair brittle, dry and difficult to manage. Drying your hair before styling, applying heat protection products, choosing the coolest settings on your styling appliances, using hair masks regularly and taking care of your scalp will all help to protect your hair from heat damage.

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Take Care Of You

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. It is easy to neglect yourself when taking care of others. Sometimes we are so incredibly occupied taking care of other folks that we just ignore ourselves. Like everyone else, we have our own special needs, and we have to guarantee that these are addressed. Taking care of yourself or self-nurturing is an essential ingredient to self-respect and your own inner and outer beauty. It’s so easy sometimes to talk about these things, and difficult to implement them on a regular basis, and not let them fall by the wayside. As women, mothers, farmers, nurses, teachers, spouses, and a plethora of other professional care-giving titles…we’ve learned to be great caretakers…of others! Learning to care for oneself is an ongoing experience. It starts today and continues throughout our lives. Here are some ways you can get that much needed “me time”.

Body Care

Start with your body, make sure you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Eating a balanced diet does not just mean high protein and less carbohydrates. It also means making the right choices and smarter decisions with the food you eat and drink. Exercise regularly. If you are not physically fit, then you may not have enough energy to build up reserves to deal with everyday life and be happy. Find a fitness program that fits you. That includes a daily walk around your property, in a park or around your neighborhood, going to a gym, swimming, biking, playing sports and so forth.

Skincare

Having healthy-looking skin is critical to feeling good about your appearance. Your skin is the largest organ on the body, so its beauty is not only important – but its health is too. If you have problems with your skin, then do whatever it takes to find resolve. And for some reason, skincare is usually overlooked by many women farmers who work under the sun everyday. You should change your routine to include a soak in that fragrant bubble bath you love so much every week, or mix up that sugar scrub recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Because when it comes right down to it, you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.

Hair Care

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. A change of hairstyle can spell a huge difference on how she looks and how she feels about herself. Like our skin, our hair is often a neglected part of our bodies that we either forget about, not even bothering to do anything with it. Your hair can be either a pleasant addition to your overall appearance or it can be a distraction from your overall appearance. By taking care of your hair (regular maintenance and styling) your hair will look healthier and shinier creating a simple yet flawless look. And by all means go ahead, take that much-deserved occasional trip to the salon.

Leisure Time

Spending some of your free time in such activities that help you relax and reset is one way to stay happy and feel better. In day-to-day life there is (and should be) room for fun stuff. So learn how to balance the work with restful/recreational activities. Spend time with your family, play with children, go for hangouts with friends, or you plan for a fantastic vacation. Find a time when you can get away and recharge. Take up a hobby that you abandoned a long time ago, but would still enjoy doing.

Yes, women who take care of other people have the best jobs – doing for others is an unselfish and truly rewarding way to live. But again, you cannot keep doing all the wonderful things you do for others if you fail to recognize the importance of taking care of you. Implement a little me time in your daily life, it’ll help you to reset and make your life more balanced.


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