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How to Rock Your Ringlets, the Healthy Way
Beauty
Published Wednesday Jul 18, 2018 by Jessica Katz

How to Rock Your Ringlets, the Healthy Way

Beauty
Salon

Do you spend hours attempting to straighten your hair, only to have it curl right back up the second you hit a hot yoga class? I remember years of No More Tangles, trying out tons of brush styles, and horrible haircuts. 

Having curly hair can be a challenge, but if you have a little bit of patience and stick through that awkward, everyone-is-straightening-their-hair phase, it can become part of your identity.

If you want a cute hairstyle, but you’re short on time, check out these easy tips on rocking your curls with minimal effort! 



More product isn’t always the answer.



Your hair doesn’t always need product. Let it be free! Own what your hair looks like, and own who you are. Give your natural hair permission to stand out rather than weighing it down with mousse, gel, and spray. After conditioning your hair in the shower, leave a little on the ends, squeeze out the excess water and just let your hair dry naturally. I’ve fallen in love with using a camp towel (instead of a regular bath towel) to dry my hair. See what happens. It might surprise you. 


Try sleeping with wet hair.



To be honest, some of my best curls happen after sleeping with wet hair. I don’t know the science behind it, but the combination of a hot shower before bed plus a towel on your pillow, and catching some serious Zzzz’s creates some beautiful, bouncy curl magic. 

 
Be prepared.  

It’s been my experience that you never know what type of curl you might get. You think it’s going to be a normal day, then suddenly it’s humid, your hair frizzes out, and three strands are straight. Stop pulling your hair, and figure out your go-to remedy. 

For me, it’s Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream. I use it on wet hair, or when my hair is dry and needs a pick-me-up. I love that it doesn’t make it feel stiff, sticky, crunchy, or like it’s glued to my head. If you are on vacation with curly-haired friends, try out some of their goop. You don’t have spend major money to get good curls.


Sweaty hair, don’t care.

We’ve all learned it’s healthy not to wash your hair every day. For those extra sweaty workouts (hot yoga, cycling, or a summer run) there is no getting out of showering. My trick is simple—I put my hair in a bun and avoid the shower head. I still wash the base of my neckline and put a dab of conditioner through the ends of my hair. It’s a quick refresh, cleans the sweat and also makes your locks smell fresh!




Have confidence in your curls. 


At a restaurant in my neighborhood, a waitress stopped and told me my hair looked great. It was not what I saw when I looked in the mirror that morning. My hair hadn’t been washed in days (which included a yoga class). It reminded me that we are our own worst critics. Having a “curly hair” conversation with her made me realize we are all looking for ways to fight and conquer our curls, but a bad hair day doesn’t always mean it has to be a bad day. Be kind to yourself, and your curls. Own them, cherish them, embrace them. 
 

Jessica Katz
Written by
Jessica Katz
Contributor
About the author
Jessica is a community builder, career coach, and consultant with experience in HR, nonprofits, startups, and education. In her free time, she loves to volunteer, travel, try new workout studios, go rock climbing, read chick lit and listen to audiobooks.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.