Looking after your hair and making sure it is in the best possible condition is an all year-round process. The warm weather in summer throws up certain challenges as do the colder months of the year. Here is some handy advice on how to keep your hair in great shape through the winter months.

Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair

A healthy and well-balanced diet can make all the difference when it comes to the condition of your hair and scalp. Try to make sure that you are eating protein rich foods such as eggs, along plenty of fruit and vegetables that contain vitamins and minerals. Spinach and broccoli, for example, contain iron which helps maintain the flow of oxygen to all parts of the body – citrus fruits will help absorb the iron and give you a Vitamin C boost.

Other foods that will help include nuts and seeds for Omega-3 and wholegrains as a source of biotin. For great looking hair during the winter months, eat well.

Hair Care Products

The sheer range of hair care products can be overwhelming, but choosing the right products plays an important role in helping you look great in winter. To save time and confusion try looking to Capital Hair & Beauty, where you will find everything you need all in one place.

A gentle shampoo used alongside oil treatments, that contain macadamia, will act as a great foundation that will help give your hair body and vitality. Depending on the type of hair you have, you may also look to a detangling spray or conditioning mist to increase manageability and reduce frizz.

Using three or four good quality products is all that it takes and anymore could lead to your hair looking overworked – it’s about choosing the best products for you, your lifestyle and hair type.

Show me the Honey

To lock in extra moisture, a weekly treatment using raw honey will give your hair that extra boost it needs through the cold months and beyond. Start by brushing your hair to stimulate the scalp and eliminate and tangles, then apply honey, tips to roots. Then leave for around half an hour before rinsing with warm water.

Head Massage

The ultimate way to pamper yourself through the winter and to revitalise your hair and scalp is to book yourself in for a head massage. This helps with blood circulation and foods the hair with nutrients, leaving you feeling great and your hair looking fantastic.

Bring on Spring!

Cuddle Fairy

Stress most likely isn’t an uncommon word if you’re an adult who is trying to juggle work and life and find some equilibrium. The number of tasks, activities, and demands that fill your daily life can often be the very source of your stress. Learning how to take the time out to do things that make you feel good and relaxed, however, is a way to balance out that stress. It can seem difficult to find the time in your busy schedule to look after yourself, but it’s necessary to do so for your well-being. Here are four relaxing things that you can do to help you achieve a better work-life balance.

 

Music

Listening to music is a great way to relax, especially if you listen to a song or genre that you love. Research has shown that music can prevent anxiety-induced increases in the heart rate and systolic blood pressure, which happen to be markers of stress. Seeing as music is proven to be effective in helping people relax, why not put together a playlist and create a serene environment where you can unwind regularly. On the other hand, if watching music performed live makes you feel relaxed, try going to a bar where there’s music or visit ticket sales to see if any of your favourite artists will be in concert soon. It is a great way to get positive vibrations pulsating through your body and give you the much-needed relaxation you need.

 

Massage

If you enjoy physical touch, then receiving a massage may be an ideal form of relaxation. Studies have discovered that people who get regular massages are more likely to spend more time in deep sleep, which is the restorative stage of the sleep cycle. If you’re struggling with insomnia or find it difficult to fall asleep, then receiving a massage may be the solution to your problem. Aside from helping with sleep, massages also have the capability of helping to boost your productivity, relieve pain, reduce stress and boost your immune system.

 

Exercise

It probably isn’t news to you that exercise can be a great way to unwind, relieve stress and feel good generally. If you already do so, you’ve probably experienced the positive benefits. Whether you enjoy fitness or not, there are several types of workouts you can choose from that are suitable for your needs. For instance, you can try yoga if you want to clear your mind through meditation or try kickboxing, dancing or martial arts if you want something more upbeat.

 

Pick up a Hobby

Find something you enjoy doing just for the fun of it, and do it during your free time. It could be anything from painting to fishing or knitting. The primary objective should be to look for something that you derive pleasure from and makes you happy. This way, when you’re not dealing with the stress that often accompanies work, you’re doing something that truly brings you a sense of joy.

 

Often we know what makes us feel relaxed, but sometimes we’re not sure exactly what we enjoy doing. If you happen to be one of those people, explore different things and try engaging in different activities. What you discover just might be the missing puzzle in your work-life balance.

 

Cutting down on coffee is on my agenda as I put my Best Boot Forward to improve my physical health.

My coffee addiction

I was brought up a house where coffee was drunk in copious amounts by my late Mum and I an just the same. I actually have no idea how many mugs of coffee I drink a day. That in itself suggests I am drinking way too much. I drink it when I am bored, in need of comfort and don’t like to get out of bed until the first coffee of the day is delivered by my very obliging husband.

Cutting down on coffee

I am encouraging my children to drink more healthy options than they sometimes so and it is only fair to lead the way a bit by showing change is possible.

I have found an alternative that I actually like thanks to Ricola.

Ricola

They don’t just blend their herbs into drops but also make them into herbal teas that are brilliantly warming and comforting for long, cold and damp days. Let’s fact it – we are getting plenty of those at the moment.

My husband does not like the tea or rather he says there is nothing wrong with it but he is happier to stick with coffee. He does not like change and never makes improvements for the sake of his health so this was no surprise. A girl has to try!

However, I really like the taste and particularly the Goodnight Tea. In fact and I cannot believe I am saying this, I much prefer it to coffee which means I can aim to cut out coffee as the weeks tick by.

Where to by Ricola Herb Teas

Ricola Herb Tea (£5.99, 200g – makes approx. 20 cups) contains our 13 herb blend, with peppermint as the dominant flavour note. It makes a refreshing alternative to regular tea.

Available from Holland & Barrett

Ricola Goodnight Tea (£5.99, 200g – makes approx.. 20 cups) contains a blend of orange blossom, rose, lemon balm, linden blossom, hops, red poppy and lavender, with a hint of honey for a relaxing and comforting evening brew. Available from Holland & Barrett

Do you have any great tips on cutting down on coffee?

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For women who don’t want to have babies, knowing he perfect birth control to use is necessary to ensure that goes smoothly to plan. Ut it is often said as though it is entirely down to the woman. In fact, it is all about both of you in your relationship, and what you both think you should be doing to reduce your chances of having a child. There are many reasons you might not want to have a child – overpopulation, careerism – and the days are long gone when you would be shamed for such a decision. Now, the important thing is how to ensure that you get it right. In this post, we are going to look at some of the best birth control options available to you and your partner, and which you might want to go for yourself.

 

Birth Control

 

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The Pill

 

Many people see the invention of the pill in the 60’s as a defining moment in female emancipation. The pill gives us more than the ability to control the likelihood of birth. It also means the ability to control periods a little more accurately, and for many it is also a symbol of sexual freedom. Whatever you opinion, you have to admit that it is one of the most powerful contraceptive options – and not for no reason at all. In fact, it remains one of the most trusted contraceptives in the world, and for many women it is still the go-to when they are looking for a permanent solution – rather than, say, condoms.

 

But the pill is not for everyone. It is full of hormones, and you will find that – depending on the brand – it is likely to have certain effects on your body which you might not like. You might also be surprised by just how much it can affect your mood – something which a lot of women are not prepared for, and as such it can come as a huge surprise. If you are going to take the pill, look at the packaging to see the side effects of that specific brand, because they all differ slightly. You might be beginning a process of going back and forth from one pill to another for years and years, trying out and trading off different side effects. Be sure that you are genuinely ready for the one that you are going to take, and make sure that your doctor agrees it is the right choice as well.

 

As long as you can manage to find a pill you are happy with, it might well be the perfect contraceptive for you. The main failings of the pill are that it can be easy to forget to take it, and missing even one reduces the effectiveness greatly – and that some of the rarer side effects can actually be pretty extreme. But for the majority of women, this is still the go-to option for a reason. These days, you can order your contraceptive pill online and make it even easier to have it on time, so there is no excuse not to take it every day once you do start taking it.

Birth Control

 

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The Coil

 

The coil provides a more permanent – if a little more frightening – solution than the pill, and in fact it also happens to be the single most effective contraception that there is on planet earth. It is a small T-shaped device which releases copper, which in turn kills sperm, and more and more women are turning to the coil as their main form of contraception.

 

The main advantage of this method is its permanence; once it has been installed, you don’t need to do anything, it will just protect you for up to five years, over 99.99% of the time in over a hundred thousand cases. This reliance is what causes many medical professionals to say that it is the single best contraception out there. But the question is: is it the right one for you?

 

One major disadvantage is just how invasive it can feel to have the coil inserted. You will need to have it inserted by a doctor, and many women complain of pain during this procedure. After insertion, you might also have to worry about cramps, nausea and even blood for a time, and your periods might feel more painful or seem a little heavier for about six months. All that being said, it remains popular for the very good reason that it is the most effective contraception there is. If you are really concerned with not getting pregnant, it might be the best option, as there is no pill to take – or to forget to take.

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The App

 

You might have heard in the news recently about an app which has been said to be one of the most effective contraceptives going. Natural Cycles is an app for your phone which has been certified by a number of global medicine industries to be an effective contraception, and more and more women are trying it out as we speak. So how does this work, and how can you possibly avoid getting pregnant using an app?

Basically, it uses your temperature to tell you whether or not you are currently in your fertile phase – and based on that information, you can then know whether or not it is safe to have sex. This might sound over-simplistic, but the fact is that hundreds of thousands of women around the world are using it, and it has been proven to work very reliably in many cases. Basically, it is an app which helps you with the process of natural planning. An obvious disadvantage of this is that it does not mean you can have sex at any time, whereas other contraceptives will allow you to do just that. It is also likely that many users will fail to record their temperature properly, or forget to do it for days in a row, and this will make it less reliable. You need to make sure you are genuinely ready to use it otherwise it might not work at all. But as long as you use it properly, it could be a non-invasive contraception which really works.

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Have you heard of the Aussie flu? This outbreak has hit the UK as many readers will already know.

It’s a timely reminder that prevention is better than cure and looking after yourself and your family is so important.

Are you sure your bodies are getting the right nutrients?

How you can protect yourself against Aussie flu?

Babi Chana, Nutritionist and Biochemist for Wiley’s Finest, has explained why Omega-3 is the essential nutrient to help our immunue system.

“Omega-3 fatty acids help our immune system and fight infections such as colds and flu. They build healthy mucous membranes – the delicate skin that lines the airways and digestive systems, which act as a first line barrier, guarding against entry of germs into the body.”

“Omega-3 EPA produces ‘eicosanoids’ that produce beneficial effects in the regulation of inflammation, immunity and blood clotting.”

Wiley’s Finest Giveaway

I have an exciting giveaway where 1 winner will win a 4 months supply of Wiley’s Finest for themselves and their child consisting of 2 bottles of the Orange Burst Liquid and 2 bottles of the Beginners DHA Liquid.

The Orange Liquid is great as you can incorporate it into juices.

The Beginners DHA is great for toddlers. It can easily be incorporated into yoghurt, smoothies and baby food. It also comes with a little syringe so you can easily put it into your child’s mouth (and adorable little stickers).

Each of these bottles contains 50 servings. The total prize value is £95.56 and I am appreciative to Wiley’s Finest for their generosity.

How to enter

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Not all entry requirements are mandatory but of course the more you do, the higher your chances of winning.  It’s a high value prize that just might save you from the Aussie flu so remember you have got to be in it to win it and try your luck today.

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