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Everyone has a different hair type, and all hair types come with their own obstacles. Dealing with dry hair, oily hair or frizzy hair can be difficult, but what if you have a combination hair type? If you have an oily scalp and dry ends, you most certainly aren’t the only one — and there are plenty of others dealing with the reverse. After all, having a dry scalp is no walk in the park either. 

Fortunately, there are many tips, tricks, and products that can help you deal with the twofold issue of hydrating your oily scalp and adding some moisture to your dry ends.

Oily scalp dry ends

Do you have oily scalp and dry ends?

How do you know if you have an oily scalp and dry ends? If you have dry, brittle, or split ends, and your scalp feels oily and gets greasy at the roots within 1 to 2 days of washing, you likely have this combination hair type. 

People who colour or bleach their hair tend to develop an oily scalp and dry ends as colour treatments like bleach are known to strip your locks of the natural oils that keep them soft and nourished. 

An oily scalp tends to be itchy and cause your hair to appear dull, lifeless, slick, and stringy. Dry ends, on the other hand, appear frizzy and damaged. An oily scalp and dry ends are definitely easy to spot, and the sooner you can identify your problem, the easier it will be to restore your locks.

Oily scalp dry ends

What causes oily roots and dry ends?

Oily roots, for one, are caused by the sebaceous glands in your scalp. These glands produce excess sebum which is then carried down your hair  shaft and can cause your hair to appear greasy around the scalp.

According to The Kit, oily skin can be genetic or caused by hair products. The reality is that many products, especially organic products containing essential oils, can contribute to excess oil at your roots.

When left untreated, an oily scalp can cause dandruff, fungus, or even seborrheic dermatitis. The latter refers to the common scalp condition that can appear as scaly patches on your scalp and contribute to hair loss.

Dry ends, on the other hand, can be caused by a variety of genetics, environmental factors, and hair practices including: 

  • Overwashing
  • Sun exposure
  • Hair type
  • Weather 
  • Drying products

Tips for treating an oily scalp with dry ends

Don’t let oily hair roots and dry ends get the best of you. The presence of hair professionals, specially designed products, and hacks developed by the internet’s DIY-savvy users have made it easy to find the right tips and tricks to salvage your locks. 

These tips for treating an oily scalp with dry ends will make your hair routine a lot easier, and your locks a lot healthier. Your scalp and your hair will thank you:  

1. Make sure you are using the right hairbrush

A common misconception is that brushing oily hair just makes hair oiler, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Brushing your hair can help redistribute natural oils from the root of your hair throughout your locks and to any dry ends. Armed with the right hairbrush, you can better redistribute the natural oils in your hair to combat an oily scalp and dry ends. 

The wrong hairbrush can make it harder to detangle your hair and adequately distribute the natural oils in your locks. For example, boar bristle brushes are known for evenly distributing the natural oils from your scalp throughout your locks. To find the right brush for your locks, it’s also important to identify the right length of bristles. For example, if you have thicker oily hair, it will be harder to penetrate to your scalp with shorter brushes.

Oily scalp dry ends

2. Brush Your Hair in Continuous Strokes

You may not even realize that the way you’ve been brushing your hair has negatively impacted your locks. 

When you brush your hair in continuous strokes from root to tip, you evenly redistribute the oils throughout your locks instead of keeping them at the root of your scalp while simultaneously leaving your ends dry. Continuous brushing from top to bottom will also help stimulate blood flow, remove any buildup of products like shampoo and gel, and generally help your hair look healthier due to the more even distribution of natural oils. Still, be sure to avoid over brushing as this can stimulate oil production. 

3. Reconsider Your Shampoo & Conditioner Routine

If you shampoo your entire head of hair when you wash your locks, consider changing up your routine. Instead of shampooing all of your hair, it’s better to apply shampoo just to your roots where its needed.

Shampooing the roots will help you to get rid of any buildup of dirt or product around your scalp without getting rid of any of the natural oils that keep your hair nourished. When you use a conditioner, however, consider applying the product to only the bottom ends of your hair. It’s also a good idea to let your conditioner sit while you shave or finish up your shower to give it a bit more time to really nourish your locks. 

When it comes to combination hair, it’s important to develop a strategic shampoo and conditioner routine that combines different strategies to ensure both ends of your hair are getting treated separately. 

4. Pick the Right Products

The thing is, there are a lot of questionable ingredients found in common hair products. When you are shopping for hair products, opt for products that don’t contain:

  • Sulfates
  • Mineral Oil
  • Parabens
  • Denatured Alcohols
  • Synthetic Fragrances
  • Formaldehyde
  • Coal Tar
  • Silicones
  • Phthalates
  • Para-Phenylenediamine

5. Consider Washing Your Hair Less Often

When you have greasy or oily hair, it’s common to feel the need to wash your hair more often to combat the grease. The reality, however, is that washing your hair can have the exact opposite effect. Make sure to identify how often you need to wash your hair based on your hair type.

When you wash your hair, you strip your hair of its natural oil. Your body responds to this by overproducing sebum to replace the lost natural oils. It’s a vicious cycle that you can’t win until you rebalance your locks by washing your hair less frequently.

6. Make the Most of Dry Shampoo 

We’ve already established that overwashing your hair and applying too much shampoo can have less than desirable results for your oily scalp. That said, no one wants to have dirty hair. This is where dry shampoo comes in.

Dry shampoos make it quick and easy to absorb your root’s excess oils without having to actually wash your hair. These products also help to provide your hair with some more volume and will buy you some time to let the natural oils in your hair to redistribute themselves. Dry shampoos don’t even need to be expensive as you can even make a DIY dry shampoo if you feel so inclined.

Overall, dry shampoo allows you to take longer breaks between washing, which will help your hair to regain some balance. 

7. Hydrate Your Hair with Hair Oil

We know how this sounds — more oil for oily hair? Hear us out. Applying a hair oil to the ends or even mid-lengths of your hair can help restore some moisture to your dryer ends without adding more grease to your roots or oily scalp. All you need is to apply a few drops to the ends to add some moisture and reduce the appearance of dry ends. 

Oily scalp dry ends

8. Get a Hair Cut

Chopping your hair is a great way to deal with your oily scalp and dry ends. That said, heading to a hair salon right now isn’t feasible, and once salons open up again getting an appointment is going to be brutal. Fortunately, you can always consider giving yourself an at-home hair cut

9. Stop Touching Your Hair

We’ll say it louder for the people in the back: STOP. TOUCHING. YOUR. HAIR. It can be incredibly tempting to run your fingers through your hair, twirl your locks, etc., but handling your hair with your fingertips that also produce oils can actually make your hair more oily. Avoid touching your hair and adding more oils from your face and fingers.

10. Invest In a Scalp Scrub

A good scalp scrub can act as an exfoliant and effectively get rid of dead skin, dirt, and any other buildup from your scalp. The best part? You can also make DIY hair scrubs using ingredients that you probably already have at home.

11. Apply Less Heat to Your Hair

If you are dealing with an oily scalp and dry ends, it may be time to lay off the blow-drying or flat ironing. Applying heat to your hair tends to make your hair even more oily as your hair’s natural oils can roll down your locks that much easier when they are straight. Straight locks also sit closer to the scalp, which makes it easier for the oils from your scalp to transfer to your hair. 

On the flip side, styling your hair with waves or curls will not only make your locks more voluminous, but will also slow down the transfer of your hair’s natural oils. Try challenging yourself to at least a week without using heat!

Oily scalp dry ends

Product recommendations for oily Roots & dry Ends

Best shampoo for oily scalp and dry ends:

Kérastase Specifique Balancing Shampoo

The Kérastase Specifique Balancing Shampoo is a vitamin-rich shampoo that is specially designed for scalp health. The shampoo helps to rebalance your scalp by cleansing, removing oils, and regulating overactive sebum production. 

Unlike other harsh cleansing agents, this shampoo is infused with glycerine for a more gentle, mild cleansing that helps to balance your scalp and leave your locks smooth and soft instead of dry and dull.  

Best conditioner for oily scalp and dry ends

Garnier Whole Blends Smoothing Leave-in Conditioner

The Garnier Whole Blends Smoothing Leave-in Conditioner is a much-loved product by hair enthusiasts. This conditioner is incredibly moisturizing, nourishing, and hydrating, making it ideal for those with an oily scalp and dry or damaged ends. Because it’s leave-in, it gets to sit in your hair and work its magic all day.

Best hair mask for oily scalp and dry Ends

L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask

The thing about hair masks is that some (like pre-shampoo masks) are best for before your shower, while others are better to apply on your ends after the fact. We love the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask, a silicone-free clay mask that can help absorb the grease on your roots. For after the shower, we suggest utilizing the System Professional Hydrate Mask on your dry ends for extra moisture. 

Written by: Brittany Rodrigues

Not many people get to touch the precious locks of mega stars Miranda Kerr, Olivia Munn, and Ariana Grande, but when you’re a celebrity hairstylist like Josh Liu, it’s just another day at the office. From working in PR to assisting hair industry icons like Chris Appleton, to now styling some of the biggest names in fashion, Hollywood, and music, we caught up with Josh to let us in on his secrets to success and how he went from being a fan of Ariana Grande to styling her hair. 

How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you always know you wanted to be a hairstylist?

It’s kind of a funny story—I actually went to Pepperdine University for public relations because I wanted to be a celebrity publicist or work in fashion publicity. So when I graduated from school, I started working as an assistant publicist at a celebrity PR firm. As an assistant publicist, you book hair, makeup, styling etc. for your clients, so I became exposed to the beauty industry through PR and started learning who the biggest artists in the industry were.

Demi Lovato, styled by Josh Liu

What was your “big break” as a celebrity hairstylist?

I don’t think there was ever really a “big break” perhaps in my career…it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to move forward in the industry. If I had to choose one pivotal moment, it would probably be when I had built up a rapport with the hairstylists that I was assisting at the time, that I would get referred to other jobs by them. You know you’ve reached your break, once you start getting referred jobs and clients and/or sharing clients with your mentors. It’s such a wonderful feeling and beautiful thing to see. I can’t wait to see my assistants have their big break. It’s a beautiful cycle, to be honest.

Who was the one key figure who jump started your growth into the celebrity hair world?

This is a difficult question to answer because it wasn’t just one person. In the world of hairstyling, you start off assisting many hairstylists to learn all the techniques, styles and tricks of the trade. I can’t give you one, but I’ve been so lucky to assist some of the most amazing hairstylists whose work range from celebrity to editorial to fashion in the hair industry from Chris Appleton, Teddy Charles, John Ruggiero, Ericka Verrett, Anna Cofone, Christian Wood, among many others. 

Olivia Munn, styled by Josh Liu

If I had any advice for an aspiring hairstylist who wants to get into celebrity styling, you should try to assist as many different hairstylists with different hairstyling techniques as much as possible so you can learn everything you possibly can. You can never stop learning, there are 100,000 ways to do the same thing in hair to accomplish the same or similar looks. For instance, I probably know about 35 different ways to do a ponytail with extensions. Once you’ve built trust and rapport with the hairstylists you assist, they’ll eventually refer you to clients and jobs.

What is the most challenging thing about your career? 

It would have to be traveling for long periods of time being away from family and friends, and also being a workaholic. I love working, because I love what I do. So I always find it hard to say no to jobs, and always try to stack up jobs and double book myself, even after days where I was working the day before.

What is the most rewarding thing?

Seeing the end result of my craft in photos, videos, red carpet, on-stage. Nothing feels better than seeing it in action!

Miranda Kerr, styled by Josh Liu

We just have to ask…what was your career progression that eventually led you to being Ariana Grande’s main hairstylist?

I was actually a fan of Ariana’s long before I even worked with her…like back in the Nickelodeon days! It’s always such an awesome feat to be able work with someone you’ve been a fan of. I was a hair assistant for a few of her music videos while assisting one of her hairstylists. Shortly after, her team had asked if I was available to go on tour with her. Of course, I said yes HAH!

What’s your favourite hair trend at the moment and how can those at home achieve the look?

I love a relaxed flirty flip (inward or outward), whether it’s on a ponytail or just down and flipped out. It’s super easy to achieve at home. You can easily use your extensions to help make your hair have more body/fullness. Use a 1.25 inch barrel (if your hair is short/doesn’t hold curls well) or 1.5 inch barrel (if your hair is long/your hair holds hair well) curling iron and roll the ends about halfway upwards horizontally on the barrel. After cooling, let it cool for about 2 minutes and brush it out. (See this look styled below.)

Who is your favourite person to collaborate with in the influencer world?

My favorite influencer to collaborate with is my friend Amber Scholl! She is my best friend from college and we’ve known each other for so long, and we’ve been in each others’ lives to see the beginnings of our careers to now. Also special shoutout to Roxette Arisa who is equally supportive and love collaborating with her too!

What’s your favourite way to use hair extensions? 

I love changing a look dramatically using hair extensions—going short to long. It’s kind of an organized puzzle—getting a lot of hair in there to make it look real!

What’s your advice for someone who wants to start using hair extensions but doesn’t know where to start?

Don’t be afraid, just go for it! I always recommend easy to use pieces that involve little effort like a Halo for extra volume and little extra length. It’s the equivalent to training wheels for extensions! Once they get the hang of that, I recommend clip ins because they are a lot more customizable.

It’s also important to establish what you’re trying to accomplish: more volume? More length? Or both? If you want more volume AND more length, you’re going to need something with a lot of hair like the volume bundle clip ins. If you just want more volume, a classic bundle clip ins will suffice.

Can you give us a styling secret for those at home?

When in doubt, put it up or half up. 

It’s so much easier to look like you put more effort in your hair, if you put it up in a pony. Leave a bang piece out, give it some texture or sleek it back or flip the ends. 

When you put your hair up, it’s quick and easy to just curl the hair in your pony (I recommend using a 1 inch or 1.25 inch iron when curling a pony that’s already put up), instead of feeling like you have to curl your whole head.

As a hairstylist, you must receive so many hair products—what’s one product that you must have at all times in your kit?

This is a tough one! It’s hard to choose just one product. I’ll choose one product in each category:

Hot tools

T3 SINGLE PASS X—this is a wide 1.5 inch flat iron that I can do most styles with: straightening, waving and curling.

Hair spray

Got2B Glued Hairspray—extreme hold hair spray, but can be versatile if you lightly spritz it and brush it out.

Brushes

Sheila Stotts Application Brush—the best brush for detangling/brushing out styles.

 

Are you constantly waging a battle against greasy hair? If you frequently look like you have landed head-first in a bucket of butter, don’t give up hope. Here is a guide that will show you how to train your hair to be less greasy. Yes, you can teach your sebum-seeping follicles to produce less oil and, finally, transform your hair type from “oily” to “normal.” Here’s how.

How to train your hair

How to train your hair

1. Shampoo Sparingly

You are likely wondering how to make your hair less oily and how difficult it will be. The good news is that the process is much less complicated than you may expect. As strange as it may sound, the more you wash your hair, the greasier it can become. Yes, shampoo can strip your hair of its oils, making it produce more oil. This means that by over-washing your hair, you are actually training it to become an efficient sebum-manufacturing machine. And, in order to reverse this problem, you need to resist the urge to scrub those strands.  

So, just how often should you be reaching for the shampoo bottle? It is recommended that you try to decrease your washes down to once every two to three days. Some even suggest limiting shampoos to twice per week. 

How to train your hair

2. Use a clarifying shampoo

If you have reduced your shampooing regime to once or twice a week, you will likely want to give your hair a thorough cleaning. A clarifying shampoo will do the trick nicely, washing away product build-up and any other icky things that are clinging to your locks. Remember, clarifying shampoos are powerful, so limit their use to twice a week

When opting for a more traditional shampoo, it is important that you avoid products that will weigh your hair down and make it look “slick.” Give a wide berth to any shampoos that contain proteins, oils, or silicon and opt for shampoos that appear translucent rather than creamy. 

Dry shampoo is an invaluable tool when it comes to figuring out how to train your hair to produce less sebum. A dry shampoo will enable you to put off washing your hair a little bit longer. If your hair is starting to look a tad bit…um…buttery, but it’s not yet your wash day, applying some dry shampoo to your roots will help. Not only will it help you avoid that sebum sheen, but it will enable you to have more time between washes, which will help to show your hair who’s boss and train it more easily. 

How to train your hair

3. Keep on conditioning

Some people erroneously believe that you don’t need to condition greasy hair. Wrong. Conditioning is an important part of how to train your hair to become less oily. First, it is important to apply conditioner from the middle of the shaft down to the ends, avoiding the scalp. And, second, it is best to choose a conditioner that has moisturizing properties. This will tell your scalp’s sebaceous glands that your hair has enough moisture, so they don’t need to produce as much oil. 

4. Go warm, then cold

Water temperatures can also impact the health—and greasiness—of your hair. Overly hot water is a big no-no as it dries out your hair and scalp, triggering it to produce more oil. It is best to start out with warm water as it will open your cuticles and cleanse, and switch to cooler water to close your cuticles once again. 

How to train your hair

5. Give your hair a treatment

Everyone deserves a treat every now and then, and your hair is no exception. And the perfect treat for your hair is a treatment. Here are a few products—including some commonly found around the house—that you can use to help your hair shed its excess grease. 

Apple cider vinegar is known for its innate ability to restore your scalp’s PH balance. Schwarzkopf recommends diluting apple cider vinegar into a 1:8 solution and pouring it through your hair. Not only can it improve the overall quality of your locks, but it is also much cheaper than manufactured hair treatments. 

Baking soda does more than whiten teeth and keep your fridge smelling less funky. It can also remove grease from your hair. Jennifer David, a dermatologist from Northfield, NJ, recommends mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1/4 cup of warm water, applying it to wet hair, letting it sit for five to ten minutes, and rinsing it out. This shouldn’t be done more than once or twice week though. 

If you have some talc-free baby powder and your hair is light in color, you can sprinkle some onto your roots and rub it in. This will act like a dry shampoo and soak up some of your roots’ excess sebum. 

Another fabulous product for banishing the greasies is sea salt. It soaks up sebum like a sponge and makes your hair easier to style between washes. 

These products are hairstyle lifesavers that will make figuring out how to train your hair to be less greasy so much easier. The transformation can be challenging, so anything that will help dry up that part-line while your sebaceous glands adjust is worth trying out. 

How to train your hair

 

6. Find a brushing balance

Everyone loves the feel of a good brushing. If you have oily hair, you need to remember one thing: not enough brushing leads to a buildup of oil on the scalp, but too much brushing can stimulate greater oil production. That’s why it is important to find your hair-brushing sweet spot. 

A paddle brush, preferably one with boar bristles, is ideal. And remember to brush your hair from the top of your head to the very ends, ensuring that you are distributing the oils to the entire strand. 

If your brush closely resembles a disheveled hedgehog, overrun with hair and God-only-knows-what-else, it is time to give it a thorough cleaning. Annie Chiu, a dermatologist at Manhattan Beach’s Derm Institute, warns that a buildup of dust, old product, and bacteria (blick!) will transfer to clean hair and make it look greasy. And, if that brush is beyond cleaning, it’s time to get a new one. 

How to train your hair

7. Eat your greens

You’ve likely heard the old adage, “you are what you eat.” The truth is that eating greasy foods on a regular basis can make your hair greasy. Fruits and veggies and plenty of water are key ingredients when striving to improve your hair health and lose that oil slick at the top of your head. Adding vitamin B2 and B6-rich foods to your diet like seaweed and leafy greens will aid in the decrease of sebum production. Kale, spinach, or kelp will do the trick nicely.  

8. Blow and curl

If your hair is being stubborn and resisting your efforts to train it to not be greasy, there are a few styling tricks that you can use to assert your dominance. The heat from your blow dryer can help dry up some of that unwanted sebum. Just be careful not to use too much heat and damage your hair.  

In case you are still struggling with how to make your hair less greasy, you will want to examine your daily styling regime. Are you addicted to straightening your locks to a perfectly flat sheen? Well, you may want to stop. The flatter your hair lies on your head, the more it comes in contact with oil. Yikes! Curly hair, however, is better at masking your hair’s oiliness. 

And, there are tons of hairstyles that are perfect for those days when your hair is feeling extra slick. Whether you wish to try a bun or a fishtail braid, mastering a few easy styling tips will better help you navigate this transition period. 

How to train your hair

If you were under the impression that greasy hair was simply your cross to bear and that you would have to endure a lifetime of looking like your head is slathered in lard, this article should give you hope. You can train your hair to produce less oil and, instead, take on a healthy, normal sheen. All you need is a little patience, a willingness to make some changes to your hair routine, and an ability to resist that shampoo bottle — no matter how loudly it screams your name. 

Written by: Kimberley Laws

Now more than ever we recognize how important it is that we develop our minds as much as we focus on our bodies—feeling good and looking good goes hand in hand, we think. And while we help you keep your hair luxurious and full, we want to help facilitate the same for your mind. 

We’re all looking to be the best version of ourselves. Whether we’re talking about it in a physical, mental, or emotional sense. While most of our blog posts and hair and beauty-focused, today, we wanted to take a break from our regular programming to focus on our minds and share some recommendations that will help you think better, be more grateful, and stay focused on your goals. 

BOOKS:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. Normal People by Sally Rooney

This novel published in 2018 became a bestseller in the US and we’re sure you’ll love it too. Normal People by Sally Rooney explores the complex relationship between two characters who explore their friendship and love as they journey through life.

2. How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

A NY Times bestseller, this book by Jenny Odell challenges our attachment to our digital life. She presents ideas about separating from our online existence that blends beautifully into what one might think is a self-help book but is truly an eye-opening political commentary.

3. Linchpin by Seth Godin

This book is about you-about helping you recognize and tap into your full potential and make a difference in your life. Our negative experiences create barriers that often hold us back from boldly moving forward. This book will help instill that confidence once again, so you can get out there and stop settling and start creating your own destiny.

4. The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

In a series of essays Sonya Renee gives us insight into how we are taught that our bodies are a source of shame and shows us how to undo these feelings of insecurity about how we look. She’s an advocate of radical self love and through this book, she guides us through a journey on how to love every inch of ourselves.

5. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

As human beings, we all think and act in similar ways—Start With Why by Simon Sinek challenges the way we approach problem-solving. The greatest leaders lead movements, gave the world innovative ideas, and shared their deepest insights and it all started with one simple word—Why?

6. Girl Get Your Money Straight by Glinda Bridgforth

Do you hate looking at your credit card bill every month, or are you tired of impulsively shopping online every week? This book leaves no stone unturned in helping you, well, get your money straight! Get to the root of why you spend the way you do and find healthy solutions to manage your money.

PODCASTS:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. Girlboss Radio

Real conversations, honest opinions, and vulnerability straight from revolutionary women that will help you navigate personal and professional environments like a boss. Hosted by the CEO and COO of Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso, and Neha Gandhi, this is one Podcast channel you gotta bookmark.

2. Yes, Girl!

This weekly podcast will give you your dose of celeb interview, a look into pop culture, and unbiased, unapologetic perspectives, highlighting everyone who is taking black culture higher.

3. This American Life

A journalistic take on podcasting topped with entertainment, big moments, and ideas that spark the interest of over 2.2 million listeners every week. They like to describe This American Life like, “Little movies for radio” and we love that!

4. Second Life

You’ll hear from pioneers, artists, mothers, founders, writers, visionaries, designers, CEOs, and more about how they found their version of success and fulfillment. We’re peeling back the layers to their successes and sharing their winding roads of missteps, lessons, trying moments, and even outright failures that we can all learn from.

5. The Black Girl Bravado

Listen in on this podcast that gets REAL! Whether we’re talking about mental health, spirituality, humour or entrepreneurship. The Black Girl Bravado duo should be your go-to on days when you need a fresh perspective on life and relationships.

6. Beyond The To-Do List

Real people, exploring their ideas and perspectives on productivity, tasks, and goals at work and beyond. In the podcast, you will learn, be refreshed, and inspired as the host Erik Fisher talks to people from various backgrounds on how to successfully move forward in life.

ONLINE COURSES:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. RuPaul Teaches Self-Expression and Authenticity – Masterclass

Rediscover your confidence, and showcase your truest self as RuPaul teaches you how to be authentic, tune into your inner frequency using techniques like meditation and more.

2. Productivity and Time Management for the Overwhelmed – Udemy

If we were to break it down, the key to a successful workday is optimal time management. Sometimes your task list might overwhelm you, but this course will help you sort and prioritize your tasks.

3. The Science of Well Being – Coursera

This highly engaging course presents a series of challenges that are created to help you practice and build more productive habits. 

4. 50 Career & Self-Development Tips: Welcome to the New You – Mashable

If you feel stuck in your current job and are looking to discover what’s next, this course could help you get there. Find your passion and purpose, as well as self-development and personal improvement ideas.

5. Leaders of Learning – Harvard

This course explores how you define your personal theory of learning, what leadership looks like in various environments amongst other learnings. 

6. Do Things, Tell People: The Power of Personal Branding – SkillShare

If you want to identify and build your personal brand online, this course is for you. In a series of great videos, it shows you how to network well, promote yourself in an authentic manner, and talk to your audience in a real way. 

DOCUMENTARIES:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. ‘Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru’

This popular documentary gives us an insider’s perspective on how one man can affect the lives of millions. Tony Robbins and his unorthodox approach as a life coach has helped thousands of people stay positive and motivated.

2. Miss Representation

Do you want to open your eyes to what the media is actually selling you? Miss Representation is a bold, truthful take on the idea of how society reinforces women to see their value in their youth, beauty, and sexuality and not their leadership potential. 

3. Dark Girls

Beauty is but skin-deep—For years we’ve heard this saying, while the media fuels the narrative that white=beautiful, and black=not pretty. To learn more about this dysfunction, the documentary Dark Girls showcases the historical, psychological, and emotional context on why we have these biases.

4. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Steve Jobs, a name nobody does not know. This film will inspire, and spur you on to achieve your personal goals as it showcases the life and work of Steve Jobs, and his passion to change the face of technology for the world.

5. Before the Flood

Climate change is real, and our beloved, Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists, and leaders from all around the world to discuss the reality and solution to this very daunting issue.

6. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

This eye-opening documentary shows you all the illegal schemes, deeply intertwined corruption in the corporate world. It shows you the extent Enron traders go to to keep their high-paying jobs. 

FOODS:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. Dark Chocolate

Packed with antioxidants and minerals. Not only is it a delicious dessert (where you don’t need to count the calories) but it also helps improve cognition, prevent memory loss, and boost your mind.

2. Avocados

Who doesn’t love a good, fresh avo on toast? This superfood is not popular just because of social media but because of its high fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin E content.

3. Spinach 

Popeye’s age-old method to a healthy body is, in fact absolutely accurate. If you haven’t started incorporating spinach into your meals regularly, it’s time you do! It is packed with nutrients that help with hair, skin, and bone health.

4. Salmon

Not only is this fish super easy to cook, but it also comes with packed with vitamins (B6, D, B12) and nutrients that improve bone health, immunity, and fertility. 

5. Almonds

Almonds are a great non-dairy source of calcium and while also hitting high on the Vitamin E and protein meter. But do remember to keep your portion size in check when you eat almonds as they are high in calories.

6. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds help with insomnia, to boost your immune system, and keep your weight loss and digestive system in check because of it’s high-fiber content. Plus they’re a great addition to your acai bowls, smoothies, and flavored yougurt for snack time!

TED TALKS:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. Why We All Need To Practice Emotional Aid  – Guy Winch

Are you paying attention to your mind as much as your body? In today’s social media-driven world where people are constantly selling you how to ‘look’ perfect on the outside, take a minute to practice emotional aid and take care of your mind, emotions, and heart as much as we do for our bodies. Watch it here.

2. The Habits Of Happiness – Matthieu Ricard

What is the source of your happiness? Is it based on temporary things like good food, a great party or your newest beauty haul? Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk shows us how to train our minds to get a true sense of happiness and contentment. Watch it here.

3. How To Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them – Verna Myers

The first step is to growth is acknowledging your biases—Verna Myers’ TedTalk shows you how to do that and move towards it, not away from it. Talk to the people that make these conversations about race and class uncomfortable–that is where the real world-changing happens. Watch it here.

4. How to make hard choices – Ruth Chang

The choices we make shape our everyday lives—the easy and the difficult. But when we’re faced with hard choices, our minds channel our fight or flight response. Ruth Chang breaks it down and helps us face these difficult choices that life inevitably throws at us. Watch it here.

5. Unlock the intelligence, passion, and greatness of girls – Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee, a Nobel peace prize winner tells her own uplifting story and helps us recognize the untapped potential of girls around the world. If you need to feel motivated to do more than your usual 9-5 job, watch this. Watch it here.

6. How To Create Meaningful Connections While Apart – Priya Parker

The world took a 180 degree turn when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It evidently affected businesses but it also affected human connections in a drastic way. Priya Parker sheds light on how we can continue to create and maintain meaningful relationships in this post-pandemic world. Watch it here.

Now more than ever we recognize how important it is that we develop our minds as much as we focus on our bodies—feeling good and looking good goes hand in hand, we think. And while we help you keep your hair luxurious and full, we want to help facilitate the same for your mind. 

We’re all looking to be the best version of ourselves. Whether we’re talking about it in a physical, mental, or emotional sense. While most of our blog posts and hair and beauty-focused, today, we wanted to take a break from our regular programming to focus on our minds and share some recommendations that will help you think better, be more grateful, and stay focused on your goals. 

BOOKS:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. Normal People by Sally Rooney

This novel published in 2018 became a bestseller in the US and we’re sure you’ll love it too. Normal People by Sally Rooney explores the complex relationship between two characters who explore their friendship and love as they journey through life.

2. How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

A NY Times bestseller, this book by Jenny Odell challenges our attachment to our digital life. She presents ideas about separating from our online existence that blends beautifully into what one might think is a self-help book but is truly an eye-opening political commentary.

3. Linchpin by Seth Godin

This book is about you-about helping you recognize and tap into your full potential and make a difference in your life. Our negative experiences create barriers that often hold us back from boldly moving forward. This book will help instill that confidence once again, so you can get out there and stop settling and start creating your own destiny.

4. The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

In a series of essays Sonya Renee gives us insight into how we are taught that our bodies are a source of shame and shows us how to undo these feelings of insecurity about how we look. She’s an advocate of radical self love and through this book, she guides us through a journey on how to love every inch of ourselves.

5. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

As human beings, we all think and act in similar ways—Start With Why by Simon Sinek challenges the way we approach problem-solving. The greatest leaders lead movements, gave the world innovative ideas, and shared their deepest insights and it all started with one simple word—Why?

6. Girl Get Your Money Straight by Glinda Bridgforth

Do you hate looking at your credit card bill every month, or are you tired of impulsively shopping online every week? This book leaves no stone unturned in helping you, well, get your money straight! Get to the root of why you spend the way you do and find healthy solutions to manage your money.

PODCASTS:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. Girlboss Radio

Real conversations, honest opinions, and vulnerability straight from revolutionary women that will help you navigate personal and professional environments like a boss. Hosted by the CEO and COO of Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso, and Neha Gandhi, this is one Podcast channel you gotta bookmark.

2. Yes, Girl!

This weekly podcast will give you your dose of celeb interview, a look into pop culture, and unbiased, unapologetic perspectives, highlighting everyone who is taking black culture higher.

3. This American Life

A journalistic take on podcasting topped with entertainment, big moments, and ideas that spark the interest of over 2.2 million listeners every week. They like to describe This American Life like, “Little movies for radio” and we love that!

4. Second Life

You’ll hear from pioneers, artists, mothers, founders, writers, visionaries, designers, CEOs, and more about how they found their version of success and fulfillment. We’re peeling back the layers to their successes and sharing their winding roads of missteps, lessons, trying moments, and even outright failures that we can all learn from.

5. The Black Girl Bravado

Listen in on this podcast that gets REAL! Whether we’re talking about mental health, spirituality, humour or entrepreneurship. The Black Girl Bravado duo should be your go-to on days when you need a fresh perspective on life and relationships.

6. Beyond The To-Do List

Real people, exploring their ideas and perspectives on productivity, tasks, and goals at work and beyond. In the podcast, you will learn, be refreshed, and inspired as the host Erik Fisher talks to people from various backgrounds on how to successfully move forward in life.

ONLINE COURSES:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. RuPaul Teaches Self-Expression and Authenticity – Masterclass

Rediscover your confidence, and showcase your truest self as RuPaul teaches you how to be authentic, tune into your inner frequency using techniques like meditation and more.

2. Productivity and Time Management for the Overwhelmed – Udemy

If we were to break it down, the key to a successful workday is optimal time management. Sometimes your task list might overwhelm you, but this course will help you sort and prioritize your tasks.

3. The Science of Well Being – Coursera

This highly engaging course presents a series of challenges that are created to help you practice and build more productive habits. 

4. 50 Career & Self-Development Tips: Welcome to the New You – Mashable

If you feel stuck in your current job and are looking to discover what’s next, this course could help you get there. Find your passion and purpose, as well as self-development and personal improvement ideas.

5. Leaders of Learning – Harvard

This course explores how you define your personal theory of learning, what leadership looks like in various environments amongst other learnings. 

6. Do Things, Tell People: The Power of Personal Branding – SkillShare

If you want to identify and build your personal brand online, this course is for you. In a series of great videos, it shows you how to network well, promote yourself in an authentic manner, and talk to your audience in a real way. 

DOCUMENTARIES:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. ‘Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru’

This popular documentary gives us an insider’s perspective on how one man can affect the lives of millions. Tony Robbins and his unorthodox approach as a life coach has helped thousands of people stay positive and motivated.

2. Miss Representation

Do you want to open your eyes to what the media is actually selling you? Miss Representation is a bold, truthful take on the idea of how society reinforces women to see their value in their youth, beauty, and sexuality and not their leadership potential. 

3. Dark Girls

Beauty is but skin-deep—For years we’ve heard this saying, while the media fuels the narrative that white=beautiful, and black=not pretty. To learn more about this dysfunction, the documentary Dark Girls showcases the historical, psychological, and emotional context on why we have these biases.

4. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Steve Jobs, a name nobody does not know. This film will inspire, and spur you on to achieve your personal goals as it showcases the life and work of Steve Jobs, and his passion to change the face of technology for the world.

5. Before the Flood

Climate change is real, and our beloved, Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists, and leaders from all around the world to discuss the reality and solution to this very daunting issue.

6. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

This eye-opening documentary shows you all the illegal schemes, deeply intertwined corruption in the corporate world. It shows you the extent Enron traders go to to keep their high-paying jobs. 

FOODS:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. Dark Chocolate

Packed with antioxidants and minerals. Not only is it a delicious dessert (where you don’t need to count the calories) but it also helps improve cognition, prevent memory loss, and boost your mind.

2. Avocados

Who doesn’t love a good, fresh avo on toast? This superfood is not popular just because of social media but because of its high fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin E content.

3. Spinach 

Popeye’s age-old method to a healthy body is, in fact absolutely accurate. If you haven’t started incorporating spinach into your meals regularly, it’s time you do! It is packed with nutrients that help with hair, skin, and bone health.

4. Salmon

Not only is this fish super easy to cook, but it also comes with packed with vitamins (B6, D, B12) and nutrients that improve bone health, immunity, and fertility. 

5. Almonds

Almonds are a great non-dairy source of calcium and while also hitting high on the Vitamin E and protein meter. But do remember to keep your portion size in check when you eat almonds as they are high in calories.

6. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds help with insomnia, to boost your immune system, and keep your weight loss and digestive system in check because of it’s high-fiber content. Plus they’re a great addition to your acai bowls, smoothies, and flavored yougurt for snack time!

TED TALKS:

Brain Boosting Recommendations

1. Why We All Need To Practice Emotional Aid  – Guy Winch

Are you paying attention to your mind as much as your body? In today’s social media-driven world where people are constantly selling you how to ‘look’ perfect on the outside, take a minute to practice emotional aid and take care of your mind, emotions, and heart as much as we do for our bodies. Watch it here.

2. The Habits Of Happiness – Matthieu Ricard

What is the source of your happiness? Is it based on temporary things like good food, a great party or your newest beauty haul? Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk shows us how to train our minds to get a true sense of happiness and contentment. Watch it here.

3. How To Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them – Verna Myers

The first step is to growth is acknowledging your biases—Verna Myers’ TedTalk shows you how to do that and move towards it, not away from it. Talk to the people that make these conversations about race and class uncomfortable–that is where the real world-changing happens. Watch it here.

4. How to make hard choices – Ruth Chang

The choices we make shape our everyday lives—the easy and the difficult. But when we’re faced with hard choices, our minds channel our fight or flight response. Ruth Chang breaks it down and helps us face these difficult choices that life inevitably throws at us. Watch it here.

5. Unlock the intelligence, passion, and greatness of girls – Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee, a Nobel peace prize winner tells her own uplifting story and helps us recognize the untapped potential of girls around the world. If you need to feel motivated to do more than your usual 9-5 job, watch this. Watch it here.

6. How To Create Meaningful Connections While Apart – Priya Parker

The world took a 180 degree turn when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It evidently affected businesses but it also affected human connections in a drastic way. Priya Parker sheds light on how we can continue to create and maintain meaningful relationships in this post-pandemic world. Watch it here.

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