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Fuller Looking Hair is Easy With These Eight Hacks

If you're worried about turning grey, it's sadly not the only change that happens as the years tick by. Our hair can also lose volume and thickness. Luckily, with the following 8 tips that you can try to enjoy fuller looking hair.


Cut your hair often

Ideally, you should schedule a haircut every two months (even better if you can do it every six weeks). Trimming your hair regularly doesn't only ensure that it stays healthy, but it can also improve its fullness. For example, if you have lots of layers, your hair can start to lose its volume when the layers grow out.

Opt for a bob (or something mid-length)

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A shorter haircut style, such as a short bob, helps your hair to look fuller. And, when your hair grows longer, your shoulders can also help to give it a much needed lift (literally).

A mid-length haircut is also one of the shorter haircut styles that can work. Though, just make sure that you keep the bottom blunt. This haircut can be a win-win. It will not be as heavy as a longer haircut, yet not too short.

Layers

If the bob doesn't get your nod of approval and you want to have long hair, it's key that you add layers. By going with a cut that has a couple of layers, your hair will look slightly thicker. Though, it should only be a few layers. If you add too many layers, you will most likely find that your hair will fall flat as it can't maintain that shape.

Make sure your hair is always clean

So, while this sounds like obvious advice for anyone, it's even more important if you struggle to add volume to your hair as oily hair will let your hair look limp and thin.

Though, don't just grab the first bottle of shampoo. Read the ingredient list and try to avoid parabens and sulfates. You can also add dry shampoo to your shopping list. The beauty of dry shampoo is that it can eliminate extra oiliness that can weigh down your hair.

Still on the topic of hair products, if you're going to apply product, avoid using too much. Just like with excess oil, too much product will only weigh down your hair.

Take care (and the time) to dry your hair completely

If your hair looks wet, it will look thin too. This also means that you will get better results by avoiding styling products that have a glossy sheen. Instead, opt for a product that has a matte finish.

For even extra volume, blow dry your hair while your head is upside down. You can also try to pull gently on the roots.

Use curling irons

Soft waves can also add loads of volume to long, fine hair. There are many styling tools available for curling your hair, but if using one of these tools sounds like too much work for a few soft waves, you can also create the look by fastening your hair in loose braids before you go to bed. Then, in the morning you simply unfasten the braid, shake it out and use sea salt spray to add more texture.

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Add height to your crown

This is one of the easiest hacks for giving your hair that extra volume. Simply brush your damp hair with a round brush by applying an upward movement when brushing the root area while blow-drying your hair.

Use clip-ins, wigs or extensions

While all these tips are "natural" solutions for volume, there's nothing wrong with trying extensions, wigs or clip-ins. Not only will they add volume, but they can also add length too.


How to Learn Much More From the Books You Read

It is one thing to read and another thing to understand what you are reading. Not only do you want to understand, but also remember what you've read. Otherwise, we can safely say that if we're not gaining anything from what we read, then it's a big waste of time.

Whatever you read, there are ways to do so in a more effective manner to help you understand better. Whether you are reading by choice, for an upcoming test, or work-related material, here are a few ways to help you improve your reading skills and retain that information.

Read with a Purpose

Never has there been a shortage of great books. So, someone recommended a great cookbook for you. You start going through it, but your mind is wandering. This doesn't mean the cookbook was an awful recommendation, but it does mean it doesn't suit nor fulfill your current needs or curiosity.

Maybe your purpose is more about launching a business. Maybe you're a busy mom and can't keep office hours, but there's something you can do from home to help bring in more money, so you want information about that. At that point, you won't benefit from a cookbook, but you could gain a lot of insight and find details here on how-to books about working from home. During this unprecedented year, millions have had to make the transition to work from home, and millions more are deciding to do that. Either way, it's not a transition that comes automatically or easily, but reading about it will inform you about what working from home entails.

Pre-Read

When you pre-read it primes your brain when it's time to go over the full text. We pre-read by going over the subheadings, for instance, the table of contents, and skimming through some pages. This is especially useful when you have formal types of academic books. Pre-reading is a sort of warm-up exercise for your brain. It prepares your brain for the rest of the information that will come about and allows your brain to be better able to pick the most essential pieces of information you need from your chosen text.

Highlight

Highlighting essential sentences or paragraphs is extremely helpful for retaining information. The problem, however, with highlighting is that we wind up highlighting way too much. This happens because we tend to highlight before we begin to understand. Before your pages become a neon of colored highlights, make sure that you only highlight what is essential to improve your understanding and not highlight the whole page.

Speed Read

You might think there have been no new ways to read, but even the ancient skill of reading comes up with innovative ways; enter speed reading. The standard slow process shouldn't affect your understanding, but it does kill your enthusiasm. The average adult goes through around 200 to 250 words per minute. A college student can read around 450 words, while a professor averages about 650 words per minute, to mention a few examples. The average speed reader can manage 1,500 words; quite a difference! Of course, the argument arises between quality and quantity. For avid readers, they want both quantity and quality, which leads us to the next point.

Quality Reading

Life is too short to expect to gain knowledge from just one type of genre. Some basic outcomes of reading are to expand your mind, perceive situations and events differently, expose yourself to other viewpoints, and more. If you only stick to one author and one type of material, you are missing out on a great opportunity to learn new things.

Having said that, if there's a book you are simply not enjoying, remember that life is also too short to continue reading it. Simply, close it, put it away and maybe give it another go later on, or give it away. There is no shame or guilt in not liking a book; even if it's from a favorite author. It's pretty much clear that you won't gain anything from a book that you don't even enjoy, let alone expect to learn something from it.

Summarize

If you're able to summarize what you have read, then you have understood. When you summarize, you are bringing up all the major points that enhance your understanding. You can easily do so chapter by chapter.

Take a good look at your life and what's going on in it. Accordingly, you'll choose the material that is much more suitable for your situation and circumstances. When you read a piece of information that you find beneficial, look for a way to apply it to your life. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge isn't all that beneficial. But the application of knowledge from a helpful book is what will help you and make your life more interesting and more meaningful.