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.
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.
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.