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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.

What Hairbrush?

This week Agim Salon is continue this mini-series relating to hair maintenance and starting to explore the world of hair brushes. For such a simple device there is actually quite a lot that can be said about the humble hair brush and for that reason this section will be covered over two articles, the second one being next week.

The loose definition of a hair brush is “stick brush” that has either soft or rigid bristles and is used styling, smoothing, and untangling and general hair care. When the first hair brush came in to being is a little unclear but the first patent for a hairbrush was in 1854.

There are four common types of hair brush, each with its own purpose:-

Cushion Brush – For straightening neat and tidy hair.

Paddle Brush – For untidy, unkempt and difficult to manage hair.

Round Brush – For tidy hair; this brush will curl the hair at the end.

Comb – Predominantly used with shorter hair but sometimes used to decorate the hair.

There is also an array of bristle types, Boar, Nylon, Porcupine and metal, and again each has its own purpose.

Boar – A soft, flexible and natural brush that provides a gentle brush and are also ideal for children. You will also find a combination boar hair and nylon brushes that provide a bit more backbone for better styling capability.

Nylon – The term nylon is used to cover a range of bristle types in addition to nylon. Plastic and rubber are commonplace and fall in to the same category. A brush with bristles that are very close will offer superior control over your hair.

Next week Agim Salon will move on to the porcupine and metal brushes and then discuss when to brush to get the best results.

Hair Massaging

Welcome back to Agim Salon and hopefully you have tried out our brushing method, now we are going to move on to massaging the scalp, another very important part of hair maintenance.

Ideally you want to try performing three scalp massages a day if possible and make sure you use a totally natural massager, not an artificial or plastic version as these are likely to scratch your scalp and are not especially scalp and hair friendly.

Starting from the necks nape (you must start here), massage in a circular movement, vigorously but gently for about 4 to 5 minutes or if you feel a tingling sensation from the scalp you can stop at this point as the blood will be flowing nicely. When you wash your hair you can use this method for about one minute following the first application of shampoo and for three minutes on the second application. The point of massaging this way is to stimulate the scalp and activating the sebaceous glands and what should happen is a balanced flow of sebum will be released.

The final topic to cover is the types of brush that you should use. A brush with a natural bristle is what to look for; the bristles of the Boar are perfect as the likeness to human hair is quite uncanny, are unobtrusive and gentle and capable of distributing the natural oils and absorbing the excess while cleaning away foreign matter. The choice of brush is dependent on your scalp and hair thickness and this can be a case of trial and error, the aim is to find a brush that has a soothing and enlivening effect on the scalp. If your scalp is sensitive then a softer brush will be the better option.

Agim Salon will be back next week so please return to view what we have in store for you next.