Whether you favor short hair or long hair, go gray confidently or be bold with colors, have straight slick strands or curly textured tresses, hair loss is an unavoidable common problem. But fret not! There are remedies for every kind of hair problem, which don’t need much.
The Problem of Hair Loss
While shedding a few hair strands here and there is quite natural, the hair loss problem can increase due to stress, sickness, or aging. Distressed, many of us submit to market-promised cures like fancy shampoos, collagen powders, scalp massages, and so on. While some can work better than others, all these methods will surely leave a heavy mark on your pocket. But why break the bank when you can get a more effective result with mundane home treatments? All it needs is a combination of three essential oils mixed in a second ‘conductor oil’ or your regular shampoo. Here’s how.
Cedarwood Oil to Thwart Hair Shedding
Take a dollop of your regular shampoo and add three full drops of cedarwood essential oil to it. Massage it onto your scalp and let it sit for at least five minutes. Then rinse it off. Scientific studies show that the antiseptic compound of cedarwood effectively dissolves dead skin cells, which generally clog the hair follicles leading to hair loss. Also, its antifungal components kill the dandruff-causing fungus, giving you strong and healthy hair.
Peppermint Oil to Fill in Sparse Spots
Combine two teaspoons of coconut oil and six drops of peppermint oil and massage it onto your scalp for one minute. Let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse it off. The menthol in mint boosts blood circulation in the scalp, kicking off an active growth phase for the hair follicles with new sprouted strands. A 2014 study supports the hair loss-fighting and hair-growing superpowers of peppermint oil. The research shows that regular topical application of peppermint oil can elongate the hair follicles within just one month, resulting in exceptional hair growth and healthy hair thickening, masking those sparse spots on your scalp.
Rosehip Oil to Beat Hair Breakage
Take two tablespoons of olive oil and stir in 10 drops of rosehip essential oil. Apply the mixture smoothly over damp hair and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off. The emollient properties of rosehip effectively lock in moisture to your hair, fortifying hair strands, thus thwarting the brittleness and eventual breakage of hair. Rosehip oil is also believed to enhance your scalp health which is essential to fighting hair loss and achieving healthier hair.
Being invested in your children, and especially in their early educational experience, is the rite of passage to parenthood. But it’s not easy to be involved in your kid’s school community if you’re socially awkward, introverted and easily overwhelmed by social demands. Here we’ve rounded up a few strategies from experienced parents to help you out in such situations.
Avoidance is indeed the path of least resistance. But, when it comes to your child, that’s not always an option. No matter how introverted you are, it’s necessary to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Think about all the happy memories your kids will have if you attend that evening meeting or volunteer at the school event.
Always remember that getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t entail biting more than you can chew. Know yourself and don’t pressure yourself to go to extremes at first. There’s no need to run for the executive board of the parent-teacher association immediately. Focus on doing as much or as little as you can.
Fake it Till You Make It
Constantly fighting the urge of staying hidden and not being noticed takes a huge amount of willpower, and yes, acting skills. You may feel like you’re acting while attending social events at your kid’s school because that’s what you’re doing! So, keep pretending. Make yourself look comfortable, start a conversation, and gradually you’ll learn the rest.
Inviting Others Into the Circle
When you’re at a parent gathering at school and notice someone who might feel introverted just like you, don’t hesitate to reach out. Introduce yourself, invite that person to join your table, and make conversation. This gesture will help that person as much as it’ll help you, if not more. It’s a baby step toward broadening yourself.
Being Honest About Your Feeling
Don’t hold yourself back from sharing your feelings of discomfort and awkwardness with others. You’ll be surprised to learn how many people actually feel the same way, even the seemingly put-together parents. Also, sharing your feelings with your children will help them understand you and the reasons behind your actions.
Taking Time to Recover Afterwards
It’s normal for any introverted person to feel physically and emotionally drained after an episode of not-so-willing socializing. In such a case, you need time to recharge before tackling the next challenge. Spend some time with yourself, alone, or in a comfortable setting, doing only those activities you enjoy. It’s helpful to make you ready for the next one.