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Brown to blonde

A few weeks ago Agim Salon wrote about changing your hair color to a lighter shade, this week we Agim Salon is going to discuss the process to having blonde hair.

Changing your hair color to blonde from brown is quite common practice but if not done correctly, the results can be disastrous. Take the right steps and avoid taking shortcuts and you will achieve your goal. You do not need to be experienced to get it right, just careful. The process will mean bleaching your hair and if you are not comfortable with doing that, then perhaps blonde hair is not an option for you. It is also a time consuming process so please bare that in mind also.

What will you need?

  • Giant, old towel or button-up shirt
  • Conditioning mask
  • Alligator clips
  • Plastic mixing bowl
  • Cream developer
  • Applicator brush
  • Rat-tail comb
  • Powdered hair bleach (DO NOT use household bleach)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Disposable gloves
  • Blonde toner

Step by step process

  1. Two or three days before you decide to bleach your hair and finish the transformation you need to treat your hair using a conditioning mask.
  2. Divide hair in to 2 inch sections, securing each section with the Alligator clips.
  3. Mix the bleach and cream developer. Refer to the instructions on the bleach packaging for the required quantities. It is typically a 2:1 ratio of developer to bleach. Keep mixing until you have a smooth paste.
  4. Perform a strand test before applying the paste all over. Just take a section of hair and apply the paste and leave it for a few minutes.
  5. Lightly wipe the covered section (do not remove all the paste) to see how much effect the bleach has had. Repeat this stage every few minutes until you are happy with the shade and record the time it takes to reach this shade.
  6. Section by section, repeat the process in step 4 but this time, now you know how long it should take to achieve the color you want, you leave it until that time before washing all of the paste off. It is best to begin at the beck of the head as the color at the back is normally a little darker. Staring each section at the bottom end and work towards the roots but do not go all the way, leave the roots until last.
  7. Once you have added the paste to all section, including the roots and washed it all off at the right time, wash the hair in shampoo and conditioner.
  8. You should rest you hair for a day or so before adding any blonde toner. Follow the instructions on the packaging to complete this final process.

As always, if you have any question please contact Agim Salon, we will more than delighted to help you with any beauty and hair aspects you wish to discuss.

Time to get lippy

Lipsticks come in a massive range of types and colors and picking the best option can be a bit of a minefield so Agim Salon this week is going to introduce to the wide variety of types available, underlining the pro’s and con’s and hopefully helping you to choose the most suitable one.

Gloss – Still a favorite for small and thin lips as it acts as an enhancer, adding a lush shine and projects the illusion of greater depth. You can wear gloss lipstick in tandem with a traditional lipstick or on its own.

Matte – A flat and mat lipstick but provides a colorful shade that is attractive. It is ideal for ‘fuller’ lips and well as those that are smooth. Most young people can wear Matte lipstick but as you get a little older and your lips start to show signs of aging, you may need to consider changing.

Moisturizing – A suitable lipstick if your lips are dry as it keeps the lips soft. Containing glycerin, aloe and vitamin E ingredients they soften and nourish the lips and give a shiny, wet look but does not tend to last as long as other lipsticks.

Cream – This is another good option if you have small lips although does not give such a shiny appearance as other may do. To get a more shinny look you can simply add some lip gloss. The cream lipsticks normally contain more wax in comparison to other types and this may can shorten the life-span on the look and make your lips feel dry.

Satin & Sheer – These are good choices if you have dry lips as they contain oils. They keep lips moisturized and give a glossy appearance. The color of the ‘lippy’ inside the tube may be a little misleading though and once applied appears to be lighter so you may need re-apply several times to get the finish you want.

Frosted or Pearl – This will grab the attention and they make for an excellent choice for party nights. They give off a wonderful glistening and sparkling effect and project a look of confidence. It is perhaps best to apply a lip-gloss prior to applying the frosted or pearl finish to prevent the lips from drying out and cracking.

Long Wearing or Transfer Resistant – These are ideal for those of you have precious little time to frequently apply lipstick. Long-wearing will typically last 4-6 hours and the transfer resistant can last up to 8 hours, sometimes longer. However, if you are planning a meal where the food may contain high levels of grease or oil the life-span will be reduced quite considerably. Both of these can also make lips feel dry so moisturizer may be required to prevent that from happening.

Agim Salon stock a superb collection of lipsticks and other make ups by Fifth Element, feel free to contact us about any of these products or anything beauty related.

Next time Agim Salon discuss lipsticks, we will look at shades and some interesting facts about lipstick so make sure you keep returning as we provide more information on how to stay looking beautiful.

Gonna make you blush

Using a ‘blusher, to enhance your facial features and add a lively looking glow is pretty straight forward providing your approach of the application is right. This week, Agim Salon will give you a quick breakdown on how to apply your blusher.

First thing to do is choose the right type of blusher. Gel or powder blush for oily skin, or cream for dry skin. The idea is to create a glowing effect of your best features, not to look like a clown with bright red cheeks. Having said that, bright red blusher can look amazing with bronze brown colored skin. For some pale skin types, you may be able to use a soft pink blush. Using a tan or brown color for light skin and if your skin is dark, try using a lighter color.

Here is a tip for selecting your ‘ideal’ color, clench your fist for 10 seconds. The color of your skin after those 10 seconds is the color to try and match.

Buy a set of quality blush brushes; avoid the cheap versions unless you want a cheap end result. Also avoid the temptation to use a powder puff or cotton wool; you will not get the best result from these either.

You really should only apply in well-lit conditions, and in natural day light if possible but before you jump in to apply the color, there is the preparation to do first.

Wash you face, apply the concealer, foundation and bronzer that you normally use, only then will you be ready to ‘blush’.

When applying a powder, you need to dip a clean, medium sized brush in to the blusher and gently tap the brush to remove the excess powder. If you are using a gel or cream, just use a small blob to begin with, using your finger. Adding more blusher later is easier than removing any excess.

Next you need to create a “fish face”, just as though you were about to kiss your grandmother, this will help you find your cheek apples. Starting at one of your “apples”, blend the blusher along the cheekbone. If using a gel or cream just dab a little first with a make-up sponge or finger, and then blend. Concentrating and blending well, the color on the “apples” will provide the most “natural” look.

Blend from the cheek, nearest to your nose, towards the ears but avoid brushing diagonally as the natural look will not be achieved. If you have added too much blusher you can try blending the excess from the center of the eye out toward the ear. If there still appears to be an excess of powder blusher you can ‘hide’ it with a translucent powder and with cream, you can blot the excess off with tissue. Excess gel should be washed off and start over, remembering to reduce the amount you apply the next time.

Healthy looking skin simplified

Way back in August, we covered the types of foundations available, this week we are going to re-visit foundations to a degree and in particular in relation to improve your technique for having great looking skin.

You may not have perfect skin but Agim Salon is going to share a few tips that can help you to at least make your skin look that much better. Having healthy skin is of importance but not everyone can achieve this, in many cases through no fault of their own. However, if you can achieve and maintain healthy skin you will require less make up when you want to apply it. So let’s just get on with the tips….

Apply a primer before the foundation – By applying a primer, a concealer and foundation will simply glide on nice and smoothly and not settle in and lines or wrinkles. A moisturizer will work but not as effectively. The tip is to apply the foundation within 60 seconds of applying the primer, so get everything ready before you leap in to action.

Next step is to apply a concealer under the eyes, along the chin and nose, giving serious attention to the area around the nose, especially any visibly red areas. To conceal this redness, simply ‘dot’ the concealer on it.

Now add some foundation, which you do not need to apply in large doses. Initially concentrate on areas where the skin tone is uneven, around the nose is a common area where this applies.

Okay, now you have a little foundation and quite probably a two-tone face. Not a problem, as you are now going to blend the foundation. Add a little foundation where you want or need it (around the neck line perhaps for instance) then blend it gently with your foundation brush. There should be no need to apply it all over your face Agim Salon would suggest running a few ‘trials’ when you have some time to experiment and see how little coverage you can get away with, you might surprise yourself.

Ideally you will have chosen a foundation color that is a close match to your natural color, this really does make the process that much easier and a darn sight quicker. It is also a very good idea to avoid trying to make your skin appear darker by using foundation; the result will look all too obvious.

It really is that simple! Okay, maybe with a little practice perhaps but not a great deal. Just keep to the basics highlighted above in terms of colors and area of coverage.





Long & Lovely

Some weeks ago Agim Salon told you why having short hair is so great but we are not naive enough to believe that everyone wants that look so we shall this week address the balance and show what some of the benefits are to having long hair.

  1. Long hair attracts men. Okay, a little bit of a generalization to start with perhaps and it may be fairer to say that many men find it attractive, sexy and more feminine. These same men probably see women with short hair a little close for comfort as being more ‘manly’ or ‘boyish’.
  2. Long hair allows you to experiment with a vast number of styles and the flexibility it offers to do this cannot be beaten. Wear it up, braid it, have a long ponytail, perm or curl it or simply keep it lose you are spoiled for choice and can have a different look every day if you wanted.
  3. Long hair does not need to be washed every day. As opposed to short hair, natural oils take more time to build up so you can get away with washing it every 2 or 3 days and that should be enough.
  4. Frequent trimming is not required, perhaps as little as every 3 or 4 months unless you suffer with a ridiculous number of split ends.
  5. Long hair can actually make you appear younger. Styled with a fringe or bangs give a younger appearance. Now, how many women would like that?
  6. Your neck does not feel cold in the winter or on cool days with a breeze. A bit like wearing a polo neck jumper your clothing options are not hampered.
  7. With a decent haircut, you can hide flaws and blemishes etc. you may have on your face can be covered while exposing your positive features. It can also provide your face with a thinner appearance

There you have it! 7 good reason to want long hair and if you currently have long hair and are thinking about shortening it, have another think before cutting it too short as it may cause regret and take some time to get it back to its former glory.

If you have any question relating to any aspects of hair or beauty please do not hesitate to contact us.