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Tight Ponytails and 5 Other Habits That Are Ruining Your Hair

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There’s nothing more youthful than a full, healthy head of hair. Most people will do whatever it takes to keep their hair in good condition. You probably already know that overprocessing and tearing apart split ends can damage your hair. However, even if you avoid these examples, you still need to make sure you’re not guilty of other everyday habits that may also destroy your strands. Here are the most common ways unsuspecting people ruin their hair and how you can remedy the situation:

1. Washing Too Frequently

Clean hair looks best, and convincing shampoo advertisements encourage people to wash and scrub their tresses daily. Over-washing, however, strips hair of its natural oils. These oils protect your hair from environmental stresses. They also lock in moisture and give your locks a beautiful shine. When you over-shampoo, you may end up with dry strands and an itchy scalp. Even worse, shampooing too frequently may also lead to premature hair loss.

What’s the solution? Try washing your hair every other day instead. Your scalp won’t get too oily in this amount of time, and washing less often will make your hair stronger. If your hair is difficult to style between washes, consider refreshing it with dry shampoo. When it’s time to shampoo again, look for products that don’t contain harsh ingredients, such as sulfates. Gentle shampoos are better for your scalp.

2. Turning Up the Hot Water

A hot shower feels great on tired muscles, and it’s also a good way to wake yourself up on a cold day. However, washing your hair with overly hot water isn’t a good habit. The hair cuticle opens in hot water. When this happens, moisture escapes from the stands, and your hair may become brittle or dry. Repeated exposure to hot water prevents the cuticle from lying flat, and you may notice more frizz than usual.

It’s easy to stop this bad habit, and it doesn’t involve giving up your hot showers. Enjoy hot water when washing your body, but change the temperature to lukewarm when it’s time to wash your hair. After applying a conditioner to hold in moisture, rinse your hair with cold water. Although it may give you a slight shock, cold water actually closes the cuticle and creates smoother, shinier strands.

3. Styling with Heat

Blow-drying speeds up the hair drying process. It’s also a modern amenity many people can’t fathom living without. However, styling with a blow-dryer, flat iron, or curling rod is the number one way to damage your hair. Heat damage causes split ends and breakage. The only way to get rid of split ends is with a haircut, although you may be able to camouflage them with a deep conditioner.

Instead of relying on heat, try letting your hair air dry. It will take longer to fully dry, but your hair will look healthier. You may even be able to go longer between trims. You may even learn that you like the natural texture of your hair. If giving up the blow-dryer gives you anxiety, try drying your hair on a cooler setting and use a heat protectant.

4. Brushing the Wrong Way

Do you remember the saying that you should brush your hair 100 strokes before bed? This hair myth does more harm than good. Sure, brushing your hair removes tangles and helps you style your strands. Unfortunately, brushing too much can also lead to damage and premature hair loss. Aggressively brushing from the scalp downward puts unnecessary stress on your hair. Ripping out knots also causes breakage. Learning a better way to brush will protect your hair.

Always start brushing at the ends. Doing so will make it easier to loosen tangles without pulling out stands. Avoid brushing wet hair. Your tresses are the most vulnerable to damage when wet. Instead, detangle wet hair with a wide-tooth comb, and always apply a leave-in conditioner if your hair tangles frequently. Spray any stubborn knots with a detangler, especially if you have a tender scalp.

5. The Wrong Pillowcase

What material is your pillowcase? Most pillowcases are made from cotton or flannel. While these materials are great for bed sheets, they’re not the best option for keeping your hair in good shape. Cotton pillowcases are curly hair’s worst enemy. The fabric pulls apart curls and leaves behind a halo of frizz. Sleeping with a cotton pillowcase may even be the reason you keep waking up with a head full of tangles and knots.s

No, this doesn’t mean you can’t sleep without your favorite pillow. It’s just time to upgrade to a more hair-friendly pillowcase. Consider trading in your cotton pillowcases for satin or silk. These fabrics are much slicker than cotton. Your hair will glide across these smooth pillowcases. You’ll wake up in the morning with fewer tangles, and less frizz means you won’t spend the entire morning styling your locks. Besides, there’s something luxurious about owning a silk pillowcase.

6. Wearing Tight Ponytails

There’s something timeless and classic about a ponytail. This hairstyle has remained popular for decades. It’s a popular way to cool off the back of your neck without compromising style. However, you may want to rethink your beloved hairdo if you noticed you’re losing more locks than usual. Pulling your hair back in a tight ponytail can damage your scalp. Putting too much stress on tension on the hairline may cause stands to break at the root. Some people even get painful migraines from pulling their hair back too tightly.

It’s still possible to wear a ponytail without damaging your hair. Instead of using traditional rubber bands, try securing your hair with a soft scrunchie. Loosely pulling your hair back at the nape of your neck is a good alternative to the standard high ponytail. Never put your hair in a ponytail while it’s still wet. That’s a surefire way to damage your strands permanently.

Break Bad Habits for More Good Hair Days

How many of these everyday hair habits apply to you? Although these habits may seem small, they can cause a significant amount of damage to your hair. Beautiful hair starts with proper care. Breaking these bad hair habits will ensure you always have a good hair day.

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The New York Philharmonic is giving a free concert on Monday, May 27th to honor of Memorial Day. Go inside the beautiful Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the program will include Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Copland’s Quiet City and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Its free but you can get a limited ticket, which are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
See Top Gun: Maverick Friday, May 24 at The Intrepid. Doors open at 7pm and the movie starts at sunset. Make sure to bring some blankets and lawn chairs along. You can also bring your own food and drinks (alcohol is not permitted, though), and light snacks will be sold at the event.

Also at the Intrepid on Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26 there will be musical performances and explore a variety of displays, activities, and demos from the military, including the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Naval Research and many more. OnMonday, May 27The Museum’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Tour Naval ships all week long:

Manhattan, Pier 88 South
— Amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD 5) from Norfolk, Virginia
Public tours only on Saturday, May 25, from 9am-4pm

Manhattan, Pier 90 North
— Baden-Württemberg-class frigate FGS Baden-Württemberg (F-222) from Germany
— Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt am Main (A-1412) from Germany
Public tours only on Saturday, May 25, from 9am-4pm

Manhattan, Intrepid Museum, Pier 86
— Four U.S. Naval Academy YPs, Annapolis, Maryland
Public tours are available May 23-24, from 10am-5pm

— Bay-class cutter USCGC Sturgeon Bay (WTGB-109) from Bayonne, New Jersey
Public tours are available May 23-27, from 10am-5pm

Homeport Pier, Staten Island
— Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS MARINETTE (LCS 25) from Mayport, Florida
— Legend-class cutter USCGC Calhoun (WMSL-759) from Charleston, South Carolina
— Keeper-class coastal buoy tender USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552) from Bayonne, New Jersey
Public tours are available May 23-27, from 8am-5pm

Every year, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park is a site for a Memorial Day Observance. Representatives from the New York Council and other military and veterans support organizations participate in this annual ceremony to honor all who have served and sacrificed. The monument is located at Riverside Drive and 89th Street and the event is free and open to the public from 10am to noon.

Ride the wave of creativity at Convergent Waves: NYC, an immersive multimedia dance event aboard the 1885 tall ship Wavertree in the Seaport. Dancers will perform contemporary works on this historic vessel. The performance was conceived by Lenora Lee, of Lenora Lee Dance, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in this collaboration with South Street Seaport Museum. See the world premiere of Convergent Waves: NYC on Saturday, May 25, with additional performances on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27. It’s free to attend, but guests should reserve tickets online in advance.

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TODAY Show Celebrates 30 Years With Its 2024 Citi Concert Series

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The TODAY Show is celebrating 30 years so its 2024 Citi Concert Series lineup is pretty spectacular. Rockefeller Plaza will have country music with Wallows kicking things off. Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson and Thomas Rhett, as well as fan favorites Meghan Trainor, LL COOL J and Chance the Rapper.

Mark Your calendars:

May

Friday, May 24 — Wallows *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, May 31 — Anitta *Register for a Fan Pass

June

Friday, June 7 — Meghan Trainor *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, June 21 — Kehlani *Register for a Fan Pass

Tuesday, June 25 — Lainey Wilson *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, June 28 — Gracie Abrams *Register for a Fan Pass

July

Thursday, July 4 — Bleachers *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, July 12 — Rauw Alejandro *Register for a Fan Pass

August

Friday, Aug. 9 — Maggie Rogers *Register for a Fan Pass

Monday, Aug. 12 — Little Big Town and Sugarland *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, Aug. 16 — Chance the Rapper *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, Aug. 23 — Thomas Rhett *Register for a Fan Pass

September

Friday, Sept. 27 — Chris Stapleton *Register for a Fan Pass

Date to be announced 

LL COOL J *Check back for Fan Passes

TODAY concerts are free and open to the public. The shows take place on the TODAY Plaza in Rockefeller Center, located at 48th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, in New York City.

The closest subway stop to our TODAY Plaza concerts is the 47th — 50th Streets — Rockefeller Center station on the B, D, F, M trains. 24/7 parking is also available nearby at the Rockefeller Center Parking Garage at 53 West 48th Street. The garage is operated 24/7 and accepts reservations in advance. Hourly and daily parking rates apply.

Fan Passes are limited and available by advance request. Guests who receive them will be notified by email before the scheduled concert date.

Guests who do not obtain a Fan Pass can still attend the General Admission line the morning of the concert, and those fans will be let in if space allows. Other answers to commonly asked questions about the series can be found here.

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Memorial Day Weekend Sips That Sizzle

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Summer, summer time is here!

Get ready for days in the sun that sizzle this Memorial Day Weekend with these amazing sips. Mix a cocktail or have it easy, breezy and straight from the can or bottle. All of these options will bring joy and delight to your picnic on the beach to your backyard BBQ!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

For Tea Lovers with a Twist – Lipton Hard Iced Tea

 Lipton Hard Iced Tea is the tangy twist on a classic that you will love. Crafted from a triple-filtered, premium malt base and real brewed Lipton tea, it’s a perfect way to enjoy the best tea with a level of sweetness that will dazzle your senses. Whether you’re firing up the grill, hitting the beach, or simply enjoying some outdoor fun, Lipton Hard Iced Tea has you covered. With flavors like Lemon, Peach, Strawberry, Citrus Green Tea and Half & Half, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

For Wine Lovers Who Love Sophistication – Miraval

Miraval Rosé is a perfect summer day in a glass. With blend of fruits aromas and freshness, made on an exceptional terroirs in Provence.

Attractive bright and translucent colour,  its divine aromatic bouquet combines fresh fruit, freshly cut currants and roses, seasoned with a zest of lemon. A glass can be perfectly enjoyed with a luxurious meal with friends as the sun sets.

For the Traditional Lovers – Jefferson’s Bourbon

Cover art by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash

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Choosing The Perfect Battery Charger: A Comprehensive Guide

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Given the complexity of technology and its ever-evolving nature, battery chargers are often viewed superficially, as mere power providing adjuncts. However, to truly grasp the essence of these devices and how they function optimally requires a thorough understanding of the subject. The significance of pairing the correct battery with its compatible charger cannot be overstated for the risk of inefficient charging and consequential damage is too great. From this comprehensive guide, expect to delve deep into the world of batteries and chargers, various types available in the market, factors to consider when purchasing, a glance at the reputable brands, and a look into what the future holds for battery charging technology.

Understanding Batteries and How They Work

The battery universe is expansive, with the more known types including alkaline, lithium-ion, and nickel-metal hydride. Each variety offers its own performance prowess based on their unique chemical construction, demanding a charger that matches their natural disposition for compatible interaction and maximum efficiency. Like pieces of a puzzle, certain batteries and chargers fit together seamlessly, while others don’t, resulting in suboptimal charging. To complicate matters, complex information often parallels misinformation, giving rise to common misconceptions—the primary one being batteries and chargers being universally interchangeable. In reality, the use of incompatible chargers can lead to shorter battery lifespan and avoiding lithium battery risks becomes especially important. Lithium batteries, for instance, require specific chargers designed to manage their charging cycles and prevent overcharging, which can lead to overheating and potential fire hazards.

Reader’s Guide to Different Types of Battery Chargers

Navigating through the vast sea of battery chargers can be a daunting task. With options ranging from simple wall plug chargers, intelligent chargers that utilise advanced circuits, solar chargers capitalising on sustainable energy, to fast chargers that make your battery achieve full potential in no time—choosing the right type can be overwhelming. Wall plug chargers are common household items but may not offer the smart technology features that can optimise charging efficiency. Intelligent chargers, on the other hand, offer sophisticated mechanisms that can detect the battery level and adjust the charging accordingly. Solar chargers are fantastic eco-friendly alternatives harnessing the endless power of the sun, while fast chargers are modern-life necessities reducing the wait time drastically. The key here is to understand which charger works best with which battery type, to drive maximum efficiency and operational longevity.

Factors to Consider While Choosing a Battery Charger

Battery type and capacity, charger’s output level, charging rate, portability, size, along with crucial safety features, create a checklist of vital factors to consider when purchasing a battery charger. For example, lithium batteries, widely used in consumer electronics, require specific chargers designed to manage lithium battery risks adequately. The charger’s output and charging rate directly influence how swiftly your device gets powered up, making it crucial for anyone with time constraints. For the globetrotters or those always on the move, portable and compact chargers are lifesavers, providing power on-the-go. Safety features like guards against overcharging, overheating or short-circuits are non-negotiable considerations, assisting in the prevention of potential device damage and ensuring user safety.

Top Battery Charger Brands On The Market

The battery charger market, brimming with numerous brands like Duracell, Energizer, Anker and Nitecore, presents shoppers with a broad spectrum of options. Duracell is a household name, celebrated for its reliable performance. Energizer, another distinguished brand, takes pride in their sustainable initiatives. Anker, a younger entrant, has gained swift recognition for its advanced tech offerings. Nitecore, primarily catering to outdoor and tactical users, is noted for its durability and versatility. Authentic customer reviews, careful feature evaluation, brand reputation and cost-effectiveness analysis synergise to facilitate an informed choice. Remember, understanding the competitive strengths and unique features of each product offering will aid you in choosing a battery charger that best suits your needs.

Future Evolution: Smart Chargers and More

The future of battery chargers pulsates with promise. Leading the charge are smart chargers that auto-adjust the charging rate in response to the battery level, minimising any chance of overcharging, improving battery life, and ensuring utmost safety. Emerging technologies around wireless charging and multi-device charging platforms are full of potential, promising to transform the landscape of battery charging. As these developments become commercially feasible, one can confidently anticipate major leaps in charging convenience, compactness, and overall user experience. Needless to say, these trends will greatly influence our selection of battery chargers and shape the course of consumer electronics.

Acquiring the correct battery charger, far from being a mundane chore, is a delicate task that involves consideration and care. A clear understanding of batteries, their respective types and compatible chargers, the diversity of charger types, important factors to ponder in your purchasing process, as well as staying updated with leading brands and future trends, combine to establish a sound foundation for intelligent selection of your perfect battery charger. As you move towards making an informed decision – remember that judicious choices made today can save you considerable time, effort, and financial resources tomorrow. Don’t forget to share this article with your network or add your own insights into the world of battery charging in the comments below.

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The Abbot of Athos and The Consulate Midtown A Tale of How Food Can Bring Peace

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Greece and Macedonia, have had decades of tension, but yesterday at The Consulate Midtown, 44 West 56th Street The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos and Kiril Mihajlov, showed how great food and conversation can give way to peace.

The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos, Kiril Mihajlov

I met the Abbott in Greece last summer and he graciously agreed to have lunch with me and some guests I invited, before he returned to Greece.

Margarita Parlionas, Captain John Woodall

Margarita Parlionas is a business owner, who brought with her Captain John Woodall who runs Camp4Heroes, a place where Vets can get some much needed help.

Suzanna Bowling, The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos, Kiril Mihajlov and George Tower

George Tower, is contributing writer for the, T2C, and speaks fluent Greek.

The Abbot, Margarita and Captain Woodall all supped on the Hangover Burger ($28) 8oz grilled patty, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, topped with a fried egg on a brioche bun, which they all claimed was the best burger they had ever had.

George had the Salmon Eggs Benedict ($26) poached eggs, smoked salmon, toasted brioche, espelette hollandaise sauce and was completely happy.

T2C’s Suzanna Bowling had her favorite Avocado Toast with Bacon ($24) scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon and mixed greens. If you want sensational food with a elegant atmosphere, I highly recommend The Consulate Midtown.

The Abbot gifted a book about his life written in both Greek and English to the guests.

The Abbott has been in America since April visiting Boston, Washington, Chicago, Milwaukee, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Queens and NYC. His message is of gratitude, love and healing. He has been raising funds to expand and offer more to men who want a spiritual retreat, which is what Mount Athos does.

T2C’s Suzanna Bowling and The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos

If you wish to know more you can go to Athonite Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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