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Hair Dyeing Fail Remedies

So you decided to dye your hair to give a new look, maybe you used just one color but maybe you used two or more but whatever you did the look just is not right with a somewhat mottled appearance – how do you fix it and make it acceptable for people to look at again? For whatever reason it went wrong, Agim Salon is going to give you a few tips……

Re-Dye – You could try to re-dye your hair but before you do your hair should be washed with a “peeling” shampoo, then treated to repair any structural damage of the hair, a nourishing cure should do the job. You are then free to use the same dye as before or change color, hopefully with a better end result.

Cutting the hair short – You may consider this to be the answer at the point of the initial shock of seeing your poorly transformed efforts but it is quite a radical step to take so needs a little more thought before chopping off your lovely locks. However, by seeking the advise of a hair-dresser you may see some light at the end of the tunnel and begin to realize that short hair can be very appealing if styled well. You only need to look at some Hollywood movies for evidence – Winona Ryder, Demi Moore and even Sigourney Weaver did not look out of place with a seriously cropped scalp in her penultimate Aliens blockbuster – Aliens 3. A good aspect to cutting the hair is that the health of the hair will be restored and should aid even coloring should you choose to dye it.

The Final Solution – If you have lost the confidence to re-dye your hair but do not want to lose it then the only real option (other than to cover your hair with a hat for a long time) is to visit a hairdresser and get them to treat and dye your hair.

Nail File Alternatives

Agim Salon briefly discussed the emery board type of nails files last week and as promised is going to move on to the other types available beginning with the other most common type – the metal nail file.

Metal nail files get mixed press with some saying they should never be used and others suggesting they are perfectly good for use on even natural nails. Agim Salon falls somewhere between those two thought processes and believes they do have a use but perhaps only in moderation and the emery board nail files are a better solution to getting your nails looking and feeling great.

One of the main problems with metal nail files is the possibility of an allergic reaction with different metals used on different skin and nails. If you do not suffer with any such reaction then the metal nail files are okay to use but we would still maintain that a little caution is used by using only the finer grades of roughness, and using them to “finish off” the smoothing. Using the rougher metal nail files could result in damage to your nails all too easily.

Glass is another type of nail file available but again can cause a problem or two, especially if used for the wrong purpose. Many people try to use this type of nail file as a general purpose tool where the reality is that they are best suited for use immediately after cutting the nail. They are however prone to breaking so the idea is not to be too aggressive in your filing; striking the right balance can be tricky.

The last type of file that Agim Salon will bring to your attention is the ceramic file. These typically are made with two grades of roughness, one on either face of the file. They have a “rough” surface for general nail filing on one side and a smoother surface to finish the job off on the other. The only question is will both sides be right for you? If they are then they are a great alternative to the emery boards as they do not cause allergic reactions and are strong.

Emery Boards for Filing Nails

Have you ever got home having been to a store and bought a nail file that was no good, either too rough or just not capable of filing at all? If so then in all probability you have bought the wrong type for your nails so Agim Salon are going to begin a brief overview of file types and their purpose, starting with emery boards.

Emery boards are extremely common being suitable for natural or artificial nail with the bonus of being inexpensive. However the downside is that they cannot be sterilized or even washed so really should be used once and disposed of. Emery files provide a range of “roughness” that is provided by the boards grit content. The higher the grit level, the smoother the file will be and the range available is certainly wide enough for you to be able to find the right one for you.

Starting at the course range of emery boards you will find the 80 grit. These are considered to be too rough for use on natural nails but you might be able to get away with using this type on artificial nails but Agim Salon would advise some caution when trying out this grit. 100 grit is the level that becomes more suitable for artificial nails but is still too rough for natural nails. If your nails are in good condition then the 180 grit is probably going to be the roughest you can safely use without causing damage but if your nails are already damaged you will need to use a smoother emery board. The 240 grit is of course softer and ideal for buffing nails to achieve a lovely smooth finish and even remove stains on the nails. To polish nails then the 500 grit is an ideal emery board to use.

Next week Agim Salon will continue this theme and look at the other options available for nail filing.

Dry Winter Skin

Agim Salon would like to cover the issues surrounding dry skin, a condition frequently experienced by many people that are normally brought on by external influences. As you are aware the skin consists of many layers and obviously it is the outer layer that takes the brunt of a changing climate unless you remain fully covered from head to toe. Both the winter and summer months have their dangers, in the winter the levels of humidity are much lower so the skin tends to dry and in the summer your skin is exposed to potential burning but there are other causes and similarly steps you can take to recover the skins condition.

During the winter, even inside your home, your skin is exposed to the risk of drying as the heating will reduce the humidity level in both the home and you’re your body. Naked gas flames are the worst culprit for this and it is normally far more noticeable of the dryness of the air when you breathe it in. The simplest solution is to increase the humidity by installing a humidifier and setting it to about 50-55% with a temperature between 70-75F.

Of course you are unlikely to stay in the homes throughout the winter months so when you do go out you need to remember to protect your skin from the outdoor elements. In effect you need to create a barrier for the more sensitive body parts such as hands, face and lips, again there is a simple solution by wearing gloves and a scarf.

Next week Agim Salon will proceed with a range of alternative methods of replenishing the moisture in your skin to keep it feeling and looking healthy. Most of the steps you probably already take but not make the connection between what you are doing and how it can help.

Optimal Brushing

As promised, Agim Salon will this week round off the theme of hair brushing and hopefully we will have provided with all the information to begin to brush your hair in a way that provides full benefit.

There were two types of brushes that we did not cover last week so will start off by introducing them immediately.

Porcupine – This is a rather misleading term as it has nothing to do with porcupines or their quills. It is a term for describing tufted bristle brushes, small groups of, normally boar hair or nylon, bristles. These are typically gentle but do provide a great hold of the hair and are excellent for thick hair all the way to the scalp and equally good for fine hair.

Metal – Metal brushes, even those that have small plastic tops, really should not be used on anything other than hairpieces and wigs as the lack of flexibility is not good for use on ‘real hair’.

Okay, Agim Salon has highlighted the types of brushes, what they do and how they perform so the last topic to cover in this series is – when to use them to brush your hair.

First and foremost you need to establish and stick to a schedule that will give you regular brushing, and you want to aim to brush your scalp and hair three times every day to get the best results. The actual timings are not critical but once at each of the three periods of the day should be targeted – morning, mid to late afternoon and evening, just before going to bed.

Do not just take the brush and start grooming, sit down for a few minutes first and breath through the nose, deep and slow and let your body unwind, then you can brush as mentioned in one of the earlier Agim Salon blogs.