Your days are spent rushing to classes, keeping your grades high, and, hopefully, getting in some much-needed social time and rest. With all your daily responsibilities, you can get frazzled. But don't allow your hair to get frizzy or your nails to look frumpy. Keep up your appearance with just a little daily effort so that your grades and personality are not the only things that shine brightly. Allow your smooth, silky tresses and neat nails to get some attention, too.
Hail to the Hair
Comb your hair -- starting at the tips -- to remove knots. Work your way up to the roots and gently comb out all tangles. This loosens debris and product residue, and coats the hair with its natural oils to increase shine.
Wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner especially made for your hair type. Oily hair will benefit from coming in contact with ingredients such as tea tree and citrus extracts. Treat dandruff flakes with a shampoo featuring zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide. In addition, hydrate moisture-starved hair with ingredients such as avocado oil, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and grapeseed oil.
Dust a small amount of dry shampoo onto your part in between washings. Massage the shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips or brush it through. This will help to clean the hair near the scalp and it will also soak up excess oil.
Visit a hair stylist every six weeks to trim your hair. This helps you to maintain a hair style; it also rids your hair of dead ends, and it keeps hair looking healthy and feeling manageable.
Nailing Nail Care
Cut your fingernails straight across to a length that is manageable. A good length is just over the fingertip for gals and at the fingertip for guys.
Place a dollop of moisturizing soap on a soft-bristle nail brush. Scrub your nails gently using the brush and warm water. Make sure to get the bristles underneath the tips of your nails to dislodge dirt and grim.
Pat your hands and fingernails dry using a soft, clean towel. Make sure to dry underneath the nails, especially -- leftover water can lead to fungi and bacteria, and it can allow other organisms to grow in the moist environment.
File your nails slowly by starting at one end of your nail and guiding the file toward the nail center. Repeat on the other side of the nail and file in toward the middle. Your nails should have a natural, rounded shape.
Things You Will Need
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Dry shampoo
- Nail clippers
- Moisturizing soap
- Nail brush
- Fine-grit nail file
- Keep your cuticles soft and healthy by applying a nail oil or lotion every week.
- At the first sign of discoloration or nail problem, consult your doctor or dermatologist. This could be the sign of a more serious health problem.
- Wash your hands several times throughout the day.
- Refrain from biting fingernails, cutting your cuticles with a nail clipper or carelessly pulling off hangnails. These things make your nails look unsightly and can lead to infection.
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