Agim Salon is going to touch on dying your hair red this week, not an easy option for most people and incredibly difficult for most and once achieved it is so difficult keep the look. The initial stages are more than likely to be a case of trial and error, and by this we mean finding the right dye for your hair. We cannot give a single recommendation to suit all hair types or people so it is up to you to find the right one – sorry.
There are many semi-permanent dyes available, ManicPanic, Special Effects, Punky Colors, N-Rage etc. and not all of them are likely to be to your liking, it is just the nature of transforming to red hair. The best advice at this point is to try them out one at a time until you find something that pleases you.
Once you have managed to get your hair looking the way you want, or at least something you are happy with, you need to think about how to maintain the look, which is also not very easy. First and foremost is to use shampoos and conditioners that are designed for color maintenance (get the best you can afford or can easily get). There is an option to use dry shampoos for the days you choose to wash your hair. When washing your hair, which should not be more than perhaps three times in any week, make sure you wash it with cold to lukewarm water, as hot water will destroy everything you have achieved so far. Direct heat will also diminish the appearance so the use of straighteners and other styling tools should be used very sparingly if possible. Use a heat protector if you want to frequently style your hair using a heat source, although you probably will still see some fading taking place.
You may ultimately give up but if you are determined to have red hair, take note of the points above that have been highlighted.
Happy New Year to you all from Agim Salon.
The winter is upon us and with Christmas less than a week away Agim Salon expect that most minds are turning towards the big day next week, all the same our service is as normal and this particular blog is going seasonal too, just to keep in line with the rest of the USA.
This week we are reviewing some natural oils and the part they can play in helping you soften, maintain healthy and great looking skin. Look good on the outside will make you feel good on the inside.
Jojoba oil is one of the really well-known oils with the benefit of having a long lasting shelf life and is oil that will add moisture quickly. A little goes a long way so no need to use too much to achieve results; a good absorbent and moisturizer and a real treat when introduced to a bath.
Avocado oil is used in many anti-aging products and boasts so many benefits. It contains Vitamins A, D & E, is thick but does not feel too oily and is superb for diminishing all those fine lines on the skin. Add some to what you use as a facial scrub and your skin will become silky smooth.
Extra Virgin Olive
Okay, the smell can be off-putting but if you stay at home after applying you can keep it a secret. It is a fantastic moisturizer best applied following a bath or shower. It can also play a significant part of reducing rough skin like you can find on your elbows.
Kukui oil is a little more exotic and one that has been used in the Hawaiian Islands for many years. It contains Vitamins A, C & E and is provides excellent moisturizer and provides protection from sun, wind and salt water. It is often used in products to relieve skin conditions such as eczema, acne or chapped skin among others.
These are among the most popular natural oils so make a New Year’s resolution to try them out in 2013.
Agim Salon would like to wish all our customers and readers
Soft skin is such a wonderful thing, not only to look at but to touch and most people can keep their skin at least a little softer if they know how, so Agim Salon are going to tell you how you can have and keep skin that is softer. One of the essential factors to soft skin is hydration of the body so here are some very simple steps to follow.
- Drink water regularly. Water does not just quench your thirst, it is vital for the body’s well-being. 80% of your body is water and if this level significantly drops the body suffers and becomes very noticeable on the skin.
- Wash your skin with non-drying cleansers, ideally with added moisturizers and avoid soaps that are harsh to the skin.
- Moisturize your whole body, not just your hands and face, immediately after a shower. You do not need to use expensive moisturizers although they do tend to last a little longer.
- Eat foods that are fibrous, such as fruit and vegetables. With the vitamin intake from these you are not only helping your skin but your whole body.
- Apply cleansers and moisturizers gently, rubbing it in gradually.
Dry and flaky skin obviously means you do not have soft skin so here is how to be free of this type of skin.
- The best time to attempt to repair your skin is at night, so remove your make up (if you are wearing any).
- Use a good non-foaming cleanser, oil or cream cleansers are recommended.
- This step is perhaps the most important; exfoliate the skin so make sure you have a good quality exfoliating product to hand.
- Now apply a moisturizer. You could use Olive Oil which can be very effective in the skin softening process.
It really is that simple but Agim Salon are not suggesting everyone will make their skin softer or less dry as it may depend on a range of other factors but in general terms if you repeat the above steps to either remove dry skin or make your skin softer you should notice a difference quite quickly.
Contact Agim Salon anytime where we will be delighted to hear from you and answer any questions about our blog topics or beauty tips in general
Last week Agim Salon touched on the subject of nail art which of course can require the use of nail varnish. It is then perhaps prudent that we now tell you how to remove it without the use of a branded nail varnish remover!
First of all let’s state what nail varnish remover is. Basically it is an Acetone based fluid that will remove nail varnish or polish effortlessly. There are some removers that are based on Ethyl Acetate that do the same job. These products are readily available and highly popular for their convenience but if you have a little time to spare and an already stretched budget you have the option use other products that may already be in your home.
One particular product has a wide variety of uses in the home, such as making an excellent window cleaner, and that product in vinegar. A natural and acidic substance that is capable of breaking down the nail varnish, making it possible to simply wipe it off. All you need to do is add a little vinegar to a small bowl, add some orange, lime or lemon (all citric fruits) and mix together. Dip a cotton ball or cotton bud (the sort you use to remove wax from your ears) and wipe it on to your nails. It is not likely to be an instant removal as it takes a little time to break down the varnish and you may need to add a little more of the mixture to completely remove all traces. If after a few attempts a little stubborn varnish remains then a gentle scrape the nail which should remove the last little bits of varnish.
It really is that simple and arguable no harder than using a shop bought product.
Please visit our Agim Salon blog again next week where offer more beauty tips and ideas.
Feel free to contact us about anything beauty related, we are only too happy to assist.
Nail Art is nothing new but equally is not that commonplace either, normally reserved for party or special occasions, it is a branch of beauty that has not fully caught on by the masses. Agim Salon is going to have a look at nail art this week and if it is your scene or are thinking about trying it out, we will maybe offer a little inspiration.
Nail varnish and colorings have been available for decades so the act of applying a liquid to your finger or toe nails is probably nothing new but have you been adventurous enough to do more than simply apply an even coat of a single color?
From a basic two color pattern to the more exotic patterns, nail art opens the door to nearly endless possibilities with the colors available; the other essential ingredients are your imagination and a few basic tools.
Obviously you need to have a base coating on the nails, whichever color you want but ideally something that contrasts well with the color(s) you intend to use for the artwork.
To create relatively simple designs as shown above you can use a small dotting tool, needle, spotter brush or even a toothpick. Try to avoid overloading whichever tool you use as it is easier to build up than to remove everything and start over.
Creating more complex designs (as shown below) is certainly not for the novice but with patience and practice you could become quite proficient, perhaps good enough to offer your services to friends, family or anyone else with a passion for stunning looking nails
Even from this small sample of designs it is obvious there is no limit to what creations are possible.
If you do not have the time or patience to create exciting designs for yourself, or your nails are not long enough, you can still have incredible looking nails as acrylic nails or artificial nail extensions are readily available hosting a multitude of designs and colors.