The age of self-love is well and truly here. There are pages and pages of information out there about how to keep your mental health in tip-top shape, how to look after your particular skin type, how to dress to feel amazing and so much more. But what about those luscious locks? It is important to look after your hair properly if you want to avoid searching what causes hair loss and baldness, especially if you want to have long hair that glints in the sun just like in the adverts. Below are three important ways to keep your hair healthy and you looking great.

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Visit the salon

This may seem like the last place you want to visit if you’re trying to grow your hair out, but it’s actually the best place to go. Trimming your hair every other month to help prevent split ends is vital to maintaining growth and health in your hair, it also allows you to gain a bit of advice on what your hair may be lacking from a professional. If you color or bleach your hair, they will be able to use products that will not damage your hair or scalp in the process, helping you to keep it healthy.

Choose the right shampoo and conditioner

You would be amazed at how many people are using the completely wrong shampoo or conditioner for their hair. Some medicated shampoos can be hugely detrimental to your hair health when they aren’t required and should be avoided for prolonged use. You should also aim to use a shampoo and conditioner combination that meets your needs. If you have quite shiny hair that gets greasy easily, don’t use a moisturizing product as this will only exacerbate matters. There are plenty of well-known brands that offer products designed for all hair types. So whether you have curly or straight hair, dry hair or greasy hair, there’s something perfect for your needs just waiting to be discovered.

Consider other regular use products

Now that you’ve got the basics down and are taking care of your hair on a day to day basis, it’s time to up your game. Consider using a leave-in conditioner for hair that’s extra taken care of, or perhaps if you suffer from particularly dry hair and split ends you could search out a hair mask to keep your hair as nourished as possible. Aside from that, you should also invest on products that help protect your hair from damage. Using a comb or brush that gently untangles knots will prevent tearing out your hair at the root. You should also definitely use a heat protecting serum or spray every single time you blow dry straighten, or curl your hair. Failing to do so will undo all the hard work you put into nourishing and hydrating your hair in the first place.

There you have it, the three important steps to making sure that your hair is a well cared for as the rest of you is.

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January 10th is a hard day for myself and my family. We used to totally dread it, and I know, for me, it now sneaks up. January 10th, 2004, we lost my little sister.

I’m honestly not sure what all I’m allowed to put in print about the cause of her death, but I will say that it was unfair and never should have happened. I get so angry thinking about it. Angry because I couldn’t grow up with her. Angry she won’t be at or in my wedding. Angry that she never got to meet my Kendall.

But I have to remember to turn the angry off and stay positive because that’s what she would have wanted. Around the time she died, I heard a song that has stuck with me. Shine On by Jet was actually written for the death of a band member’s dad and there are these lyrics that just UGH hit me so perfectly:

And if the moon had to runaway
And all the stars didn’t wanna play
Don’t waste the sun on a rainy day
The wind will soon blow it all away

Those are truly my favorite lyrics of all time. I used it in my speech accepting my Citizens Commission on Human Rights Award after co-writing and narrating Prescription: Suicide? Those lyrics are literally a part of me and I consider them a message from my little sister.

I see experiencing her death as a test and task from God. Because of going through what I did, I am able to empathize with other left behind siblings who aren’t sure what’s normal or what do to. It took a long time to feel normal and I still go into absolute fits occasionally at the unfairness of it all. But I know that’s not how she would want me to live my life so after allowing myself to feel sad for a bit I take a deep breath, count my blessings, and remember that I’m still here, and with so many people I love and who love me.

Do me a favor today~ hug your siblings if you can, call them if you can’t, and love them unconditionally because you never know when you might lose them

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If you are planning a party, then you probably want to make sure that it is as memorable as possible. It can however be hard knowing what to do to really make a party that memorable, especially if you are keen not to lapse into cliché or older ideas. However, there are still plenty of things you can try in order to make your party much more interesting, and the kind of event that your friends are never going to forget. In this article, we are going to look at some of the touches that you can make to make your party a little bit more exciting and much more memorable.

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Original Food

Most parties are made or broken when it comes to the food. Choosing your food and ensuring it is prepared properly can be hard to get right, but if you want your party to be as successful as possible then you will need to make sure that you arrange some food which is likely to blow people away. The better the food, the better the event, so it’s worth spending some real time and energy on this part of your event. If you are struggling to come up with anything that original, then you might want to do some research by way of inspiration and to figure out what you can possibly do to keep the food as original as you would like it to be. Your guests will definitely remember a party where amazing, original food was provided.

Unique Decorations

It’s clear enough that you generally want to decorate a party, but the way that you decorate it is also hugely important. You need to make sure that it is unique if you want it to be genuinely memorable – something which many people completely fail to do most of the time. A good way to approach this is to think of what theme you want your party to have, and then simply create your own decorations based around that theme. By creating your own, you can be absolutely certain that nobody else is going to have the same, and that will mean that you are able to ensure the party will be as original as possible in this respect. You might even be able to keep those decorations as memorabilia, which can aid in the memory of the party as well.

Entertainment

All parties have some kind of entertainment, even if that’s just a little dancing. But if you are serious about wanting your party to stand out from the rest, then you will need to try and think of some entertainment which is going to be more memorable than most. There are many options available to you for this kind of thing. It might be that you have a photo booth frame set up so that people can take their own photos of the event, perhaps even with funny options on the photographs. Or you might have a mechanical bull in the corner of the room, or maybe even a temporary ice rink set up outside. It depends largely on the event itself, and also on what you think your guests will be likely to enjoy. If you manage to get the entertainment part of the event right, then you will find that it really does make for a much more memorable party on the whole. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination and go for something totally unique, as the more unique it is the better it will be on the whole.

Guest List

There is a certain art to being able to know how to invite the right people to your event as well, and this is something that is worth trying to get right if you want your party to be as memorable as possible. You need to try and get together a group of people who are likely to enjoy each other’s company, but who do not necessarily know each other too well, as you do want there to be the chance for people to meet new people as well. Figuring out this, as well as trying to avoid any instances of genuine dislike between party-goers, can be quite a puzzle. But if you get this puzzle right, you might find that it makes for a much more enjoyable party, and once which your guests will find to be much more memorable as well.

As long as you pay attention to the above, you should be able to make your party as memorable as you would hope it to be. Work on these and watch as your party guests are amazed.

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When you have left the hairdressers with a new hair color, you want to keep the color looking as good as it did on day one, right? But sometimes, even after one wash the color can fade and not look as good as before. So how can you keep that ‘just done’ look even after you’ve left the salon? Here are some tips to help you to care for your bleached or dyed hair.

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Use a Quality Color

The difference between going to a salon  or doing it yourself at home, can be that the quality of the product you’re using at home is likely to not be as good. When you use professional hair color, it is going to be well made, with conditioning properties that will carry on moisturizing your hair as time goes on.

If you’re going to do it yourself, then look for the colors that are labeled as ammonia-free or that use natural oils like avocado oils, for example. These are much more likely to make the color last. I’ve been known to use a box from time to time, and my other tip, and this only applies to blondes, is to go darker and cooler than you think. Bleachy and brassy is not a good look, but I love my most recent experience with a darker ash color.

And make sure you love your stylist. There are three people in the world I trust with my blonde: Sylvia & Jenn P. at Progressions (Sylvia did my highlights from when I was 12-18 and Jenn started doing them when I was in college) and Amanda at Illusions.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Daily

Of course, you need to hop in the bath or shower daily. But you don’t need to always wash your hair when you’re in there. Washing your hair every other day, or even longer perhaps, can help to make the color last longer. Plus, the things that you are washing your hair with can strip the natural oils from your hair. And when your hair is drier, it is going to absorb color less. So do think about how often you wash it.

Use a Shampoo For Your Color

If you want your hair color to last longer and keep looking as glossy as it did on day one, then using a shampoo and conditioner that are specific to your color is going to help. Not only will it help to keep the color to last longer, but it will be designed to treat drier hair, just as colored hair will be. You could look at a site like The Right Hairstyles, for example, as it has a review of shampoos for dyed hair if you needed to find one right for you. But speak to your hairdresser as to what they recommend too.

Choose a Toner

This can be specifically if you have blonde in your hair, but a toner works wonders to bring the color back to life. If you have some blonde in your hair, then it can fade with time and become a little yellow or brassy. Which is where a toner comes in as it adds in tones of blue or violet, to balance out the brassy yellow tones. This is good to do every couple of weeks, to keep your hair looking as good as new. It is especially important if you’re trying to achieve the silver or platinum blonde look.

BONUS: Play with color

When I was in college, this girl Missy dyed the underside of my hair hot pink for Halloween. A ton of fade, two bleachings, and seven months later, I was back to blonde. But gone are those days! There are shampoos and conditioner with fun colors abound, but my favorite is the Celeb Luxury brand shampoo. I’ve used their silver and lavender and I’m going to have a little pink somethin’ somethin’ for my bachelorette party but the best part is I can use it for a few days, and then it comes completely out in a couple washes once I’m sick of it!

Do you have experience of dying your hair different colors? Have you found anything that works for you? It would be great to hear what you think.

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My 2018 Personal Planner was given to me free of charge for a review. As always, opinions are my own.

If you’ve been following my blog or listening to me speak for the past couple of years, you’ll know that I had a total love affair with my Posypaper planner. This year, I got an itch to make my planner even more custom and went on a search for a company that could incorporate one of my designs from my Etsy shop into a planner, specifically, my Like A Boss design.

With Personal Planner, not only do you get to customize the cover, but this is your planner from soup to nuts. Let me walk you through it:


Size:I chose classic, because I wanted it to fit comfortably in most of my purses. I could see the Big being a perfect size for teachers!


Cover Picture:

This was obviously what I was the most excited about. I was able to upload my Like A Boss design to the front, and use one of their pretty marble designs for the back. I opted to not have my name on this one, but the year is on my back cover. I also chose the gold elastic enclosure, but I honestly after a couple of weeks of schlepping the thing to work, that is long gone- probably in one of my black hole purses. You can also choose your start month and year- either to order ahead or catch up if you’re tardy to the party!


From there it’s mostly functional- the layout of the pages (the combination of options is virtually limitless), picking out what you want your “extra” pages to look like (I opted for just extra note space), and even adding a note for daily workouts, if you desire. There’s even an option to start your planner with a little note with your contact info should you lose it.

And, guys, there is pocket.

I’m obviously just into the new year using my Personal Planner, but so far so good! I love the way it’s organized (because I designed it!) and it’s a great size. Because the planners are made in Sweden, definitely allow some time for it to come it, but shipping is included with the price! My only suggestion to Personal Planner (and all planner manufacturers) would be to create a planner that’s not wire bound as my wires tend to bend while bouncing around my work bag. I would love love love if all planners were more like hardcover books. I’m not even sure if this is possible, so until then, I am quite content with and proud of my new planner.

Design your own planner with Personal Planner here and don’t forget to like them on Facebook!

 

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