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We all get the urge to trim a piece of our hair off every now and then. Whether it's that annoying bit that will NEVER straighten or that piece of fringe that is totally overgrown, there's always something to snip.

So if you're brave enough to trim your own hair, follow these safe steps so you don't end up with a do' like Britney circa 2007:

1. Before you do ANYTHING, step back and take a few breaths. Don't trim your hair on impulse, because you'll more than likely make a mistake. Instead take a few minutes, evaluate the situation and if you're still up for it, proceed.

 

2. Don't even think about reaching for a regular scissors; or worse, a craft scissors. It's important to use a proper hair-cutting scissors because they have a more pointed tip and it will make it WAY easier for you.

 

3. Dry your hair first. Wet hair will normally fall longer than dry hair, so it's easy to cut it too short. Once you blow-dry your hair, you'll be able to see its fullness, growth patterns and cowslick. Brush your hair so it is as even as it can be. 

 

4. Go SLOW. The most important thing to do is measure before you trim your hair. Look at your hair before you put it through your fingers and decide just how much you want to take off. Take the length off slowly, if you go too fast you'll probably end up taking way too much off.

 

5. If you have a fringe, cut it at an angle. Instead of cutting a straight line across, lightly chip away overgrown pieces so you get a soft edge. 

 

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We all know that what’s inside our fridges, freezers, and cupboards is going to have a fairly significant impact on our health.

But now new research has suggested that how your kitchen is laid-out is just as influential when it comes to keeping trim.

Yes, following an in-depth study at the Food And Brand Lab at Cornell University, scientists have announced: “The food on our counters, the smells in the kitchen, the lighting in the room and even the colour of the walls can contribute to obesity.”

So, what can we do? Well, the university also has tops tips that makes for some rather interesting reading…

 

1) Keep your blender or juicer out on the counter:

“When you have that craving for something sweet, the blender might just serve as a reminder that healthy fruit smoothies can satisfy that urge.”

2) Keep bread in fridge

“Bread can be a healthy snack, but if eaten too frequently, it will lead to extra pounds. Keep the fruit on the counter and put the bread away so the lower calorie snacks are easier to grab.”

3) Cover high-calorie items with tinfoil and the more nutritious items with cling-film

“Hiding temptations can help you remember to eat fruits and vegetables. This can keep you from eating 120 extra calories a day.”

4) Keep a jug of flavoured water

“Water infused with fruit can satisfy our craving without loading us down with extra calories. Compared to soda, drinking water can save you 100 calories per 8 fluid ounce glass.”

5) Serve up your dinner before you put the plates on the table

“People who use this strategy eat 19 percent less food, which can be beneficial to the waistline in the long run.

6) Dim your kitchen lights

Doing so can help you “eat more mindfully, resulting in 175 fewer calories per meal.”

7) Paint your kitchen in neutral tones

“Brighter tones cause us to feel anxious so we eat faster; darker tones relax us so we take more time to eat and might eat more. A neutral colour can help avoid either extreme.”

8) Use air fresheners

“Clean, fresh scents most likely will not trigger our memories of delicious foods or spark a craving for something sweet ­— helping us avoid unnecessary snacking.”

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Finding the perfect hairdresser can be tricky; you need someone that listens to your hair needs and cuts and colours your hair exactly the way you want it.

And when you do find the one, it can be a brilliant thing – until you stop listening to their advice, that is.

So, to make the relationship perfect, here are five pieces of advice your hairdresser wish you knew or would listen to:

You CAN over-wash your hair

If your hair has ‘fly aways’ and is too soft, it's usually because you wash your hair too often and put conditioner all over. Not washing your hair for a day or two will give it more body and it will be more easily managed.

 

You really do need regular trims to grow your hair

OK, we know you’ve heard this a million times before but you really can't expect luscious, long locks without regular trims. If you don't trim your hair every few weeks, it will actually start to get thin and lifeless. And we don't want that!

 

The finer the comb, the greater the frizz

This is especially true if you have curly hair. The more teeth there are on a comb the more frizzy your hair will look. Instead, use a very wide tooth comb or comb through with your fingers.

 

The hairdryer should never touch your hair

Resting the nozzle of your hairdryer directly on your hair when blow-drying can cause scorching and breakage. Scary! The less heat on your hair the better so if you can't bear to air-dry, rough-dry your hair with a towel first to get most of the moisture out.

 

Coloured hair needs different care

If you don't want your colour to fade fast, then it's super important to pick the right shampoos and conditioners. You will need to use a shampoo that doesn't contain pearlising agents, conditioning agents and silicones that can build up on your hair leaving it looking dull.

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Cheska Hull has revealed her secrets to staying fit and trim. 

The Made in Chelsea star recently dropped a dress size and gave some tips to OK! on how she stays in shape: "My ultimate diet tip would be to always drink tons of water – I think people forget that, but it does a great job of flushing everything out. I'm also making an effort to eat less carbs, more vegetables and snack on things like avocados and nuts instead of having a packet of crisps and an ice-cream."

Well, Cheska's tips have certainly worked for her – she looks amazing! Those Chelsea gals sure know how to look good! 

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Split ends usually occur when someone’s hair doesn’t get enough nourishment. Different factors like the weather or harsh hair treatments usually cause dry or  damaged hair and a lot of the time it’s the reason why hair doesn’t grow very quickly.

Here is what you can do to prevent split ends so you can have long and healthy hair:

Natural ingredients
Use products that have natural ingredients in them. Avoid anything with alcohol in it as it dries out hair.

Avoid heat
Blow dryers and straighteners are your hairs worst enemy. If you can’t avoid them all the time, apply a heat resistant serum beforehand.

Trim
In the same way you exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, get a trim every six to eight weeks to remove dry and weak hair.

Hair masks
These are great for keeping your hair nourished and healthy. You can experiment with a few or even make your own mask at home.

Serum
Use a hair serum on your ends at least once a week. This will stop them from drying out and splitting.

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