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29 Bad Beauty Habits To Break This Year

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    New Year’s resolutions have become a bit passé over the years, as we all make them and then break them just hours later. This year, we’ve decided to do the opposite — we’ve compiled a list of bad beauty habits we need to break in the new year, instead of a list of resolutions or standards we’ll never stick to.

    We’re nixing all of those dirty habits we’ve picked up over the years, from biting our nails to (ugh) picking at our skin. It is the time to ditch your beauty baggage, stop scrutinizing your selfies, finally embrace your natural hair texture, and stop saying you can’t "pull off" a certain look.

    It’s the year of “doing” when it comes to beauty, replacing those old habits with new ones to help you do you.


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    While yes, stick-straight strands (and thus, the use of flat irons) came back in style in 2015, it’s time to give your hair some TLC and pay it back for all of the good hair days it’s given you. This year, as penance to the many hot tools you've abused your hair with on a daily basis, cool it with the straightener and dedicate some time for weekly hair masks.

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    Love having a gorgeous manicure, but find yourself biting and peeling it off hours (or minutes) later? Break the habit by simply replacing it with a better one. This year, concentrate on caring for your fingertips. Make regular trips to the nail salon and always have cuticle oil and hand cream at your desk or in your purse. By painstakingly caring of your nails, you’ll be less prone to chew away at them.

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    Often, we tweet or ‘gram the hottest new style, but never actually try it out of fear that it won’t look so great on us. Still drooling over Emma Watson’s latest chop? Bite the bullet already and go in for a consultation with your hairstylist. Instead of daydreaming about the style, meeting with a professional will address all your concerns — they’ll tell you if you have the proper face shape to pull off the look, and if your hair texture (hell, your laziness factor) will work with the new style.

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    Yes, acne can be the absolute worst — it has somehow managed to stick around long past our teenage years with zits popping up at the most inopportune moments. Sure, popping those pimples and picking at the leftover scabs may bring you some immediate satisfaction in the war against zits, but in the long run, it actually does more harm than good. By touching the inflamed bumps, you’re simply adding more fuel to the bacteria fire, often causing scarring. It's time to stop picking at your skin.

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    Whether you’ve been straightening your curls and coils or rocking extensions for years, it’s time to embrace your natural texture. Of course, there is a learning curve that comes with this — naturally curly haired babes know that the maintenance is not easy, but rocking what you were born with often comes with much more satisfaction. Find the products that work for your hair type by researching the ingredients, testing them out, and asking questions.