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Which mascara is best – Find the answer here!

A question that frequently crops up is which mascara is best for me? and it is quite a tricky one to answer as there are hundreds of types and colors available in today’s marketplace. Mascara is a highly common and popular of the make up armory, something that many people just simply will not leave home without applying.  So in an effort to narrow down the options Agim Salon is going to highlight a few specific types that may be the best for at least some of our readers.

Thickening mascara
Does what it says on the packaging, it bulks up the thickness of the mascara that is applied. They are a mixture of silicone polymers and wax that will coat the eye lashes to give a bulkier appearance.

Lengthening mascara
A useful and quite ingenious mascara type that enables you to emphasize the tips of eye lashes giving the appearance of longer lashes. These mascara’s have bristles that are more dense to allow you to apply more mascara on the the eye lashes.

Waterproof mascara
Arguably the most popular mascara for fairly obvious reasons as they repel moisture, thus avoiding the unwanted “smudging” that can appear with other types. However there is a slight downside – they can be a little harsh on eye lashes so to prevent the lashes from breaking, apply some Vaseline on your lashes before going to sleep at night.

Non-clumping mascara
Non-clumping mascara’s offer you the opportunity to add more mascara with a longer wand. The ingredients contained are typically glycerin and silk extracts.

So! Which mascara is best? That is a question that only you can answer and comes down to what look you want to achieve or perhaps what ingredients you refuse to use. As with anything else there is no single product that is ideal for all uses or all people, it’s a case of trial and error.

A brief history of hairdressing

The history of hairdressing goes back for 1000’s of year and it actually quite difficult to pin point an exact time when the art first came in to being although the term “hairdresser” and “profession” was not used until the 17th century when the words were born in Europe. The term “profession” may not be the correct term for the early years as it is not clear if it was actually a service that was paid for and may have been more of a community act or ritual of sorts. It is worth noting at this point that personal hygiene was not at the levels of today and hair grooming was largely to be found among the wealthy and people of “high-standing” in their society. In the 1600’s, hairstyles of these rich people were often somewhat elaborate, comprising a lot of hair that was styled by chambermaids, a job that frequently took many hours. France appears to be where hairdressing began as a true business with some 1200 hairdressing business in existence in Paris by 1777.

In these early days it was common for dedicated men and women salon’s, as is the case today in some places. The traditional men’s hairdresser (or barber) was little more than an establishment where the hair was trimmed and perhaps a place to get a really close shave, whereas even in these early years the women loved to style their hair.

The 20th century started to see a change in the way these establishments were viewed by both the owners and it’s patrons as the “beauty” element soon crept in to existence, resulting in what we currently see in a lot of modern day unisex beauty salons where hair styling is complimented by other beauty services such as nail and skin care etc.

Hairdressing is still one of the fastest expanding occupations in the United States.

Hair Extensions

Although having shorter hair is great and does provide plenty of benefits, there are time when having longer hair is yearned for, just to have an alternative look. A wig is an option, and if well made and very natural looking, could provide the ideal solution that allows you to quickly change your look without any real effort. However the humble wig still suffers with a certain stigma, worn by old men and ladies to cover a bald patch that they are not comfortable with. This goes back many years and mainly due to the ill-fitting an largely unnatural look that came with it.

The more modern method is to have hair extensions, and although they are still effectively the same principle as a wig, the term “wig” is very rarely used. There are a number of various methods of creating hair extensions with perhaps the most popular being “clip-on” or “clip-in” extensions as the are not permanent and should be removed before going to sleep. These are a great way to have a certain look for the evening and reverting “back to normal” the next day.

Lengths and colors vary quite tremendously with color to match your natural hair color through to bright pink’s that will catch the eye and provide something a little different to the normal with the added advantage that you can fit them yourself, or get a friend to do it for you.

More permanent methods of fitting hair extensions are available and a little more complicated to fit and offer a prolonged or more permanent solution if the longer hair look is not a “one off”.

Contact us if you want to discuss the other options for hair extension methods including fusion, infusion, micro loops (micro rings), netting, tracking and lace fronts or read our future blogs where will cover these methods and overview the pros and cons of each.

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.