The Hair You Have vs. The Hair You Want

When I was a kid, my Skipper doll had the hair I dreamed of... long, blonde, straight and completely the same from day to day. My hair is quite the opposite: fine, dark, and unpredictably wavy. It changes with the weather, literally. 

Like so many women, I've put energy and time and money into wishing my hair could take on characteristics opposite of those I was born with. I hear it all the time from my friends, too. So often, women blessed with curls wish for straight and relaxed. Those graced with pencil straight hair like I longed for spend time and money making waves or curls using a variety of old and new methods. I've dabbled into the world of blondes, cut it to all different lengths, and tried two perms: one successful, one very much not. 

So it goes, this cycle of hair and happiness! We're lucky to live at a time when we can choose to change our looks, drastically and temporarily. We're able to vacation into the realms of the hair we wish we were born with. Thousands of products exist to help us keep up a style all day long, or even for several days, as long as it doesn't get wet.

That's where Hood to Go can help, and how I originally conceived of the idea: if I can keep my hair from getting rained or misted on, I can keep it from getting too flat or frizzy. I feel more confident throughout my day and I save time styling and restyling--two benefits that are so valuable to me!

I've come around on my hair in the past few years, with the help of Hood to Go and some of the wisdom that time brings. It may be finicky and flat and frizzy and fine, but it is mine. Plus, I can change it up when I want to and it doesn't melt when I take a curling or flat iron to it the way Skipper's does (something I may or may not have learned the hard way!)

Take A Walk!

It’s SPRING! Never mind the occasional April flurries some folks are still getting (here’s looking at you, NYC)—the weather outside is getting generally more pleasant as we inch towards June.

With each new beginning comes the opportunity to start new habits, and one new habit that we all should start if we haven’t already, is taking a daily walk. Whether it’s a lunch-break lap around the block, walking somewhere you’d normally drive (post office, a nearby friend’s house, work if you’re lucky enough to live that close), or a leisurely stroll with a friend or your honey after dinner, taking a walk is REALLY good for you. Plus, it’s easy, you don’t need any special equipment, and you can do it anywhere! Here are some of the many mental benefits of a daily walk:

You’ll feel happier. Walking, even for as little as 12 minutes, will make you feel more joyful and excited. If you’re walking with someone, you’ll have the added benefit from feelings of connectedness and if you’re walking outside, you’ll benefit from sunshine and fresh air. But even if you’re walking on a treadmill facing a blank wall, you’ll experience the mood lifting benefits, according to a 2016 study!

You’ll be more creative. "Researchers administered creative-thinking tests to subjects while seated and while walking and found that the walkers thought more creatively than the sitters," says Melina B. Jampolis, MD, author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. Start going for lunchtime walks and you might find that you come up with solutions to problems you’ve been working on in the afternoons, when people typically start to lose interest or become distracted or tired!

You’ll feel calmer and ready-for-anything. According to a 2015 study, taking lunchtime walks left participants feeling “considerably more enthusiastic, less tense, and generally more relaxed and able to cope than on afternoons when they hadn’t walked and even compared with their own moods from a morning before a walk.” Who doesn’t want that?!

There are so many great reasons to take more walks! Keep your Hood to Go in your bag or at your desk at work and start a new walking routine, rain or shine. You, along with your family, friends, and colleagues may all benefit from a more creative, less stressed, and happier you!

P.S. Hood to Go is available on Amazon.com now, too! Use your Prime account and have one ready for your walking routine in just two days.

Sources:

The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk

Walking Can Lift Your Mood Even When You Don't Expect It

7 Incredible Results You'll Get From Walking 30 Minutes A Day