Brushing technique of your hair is arguably as important as any products you use to clean and maintain it, perhaps more so. We learn to groom at an early age by our parents which is basically a straight-forward copy of how they maintain their hair and while we like to always believe mum is right, she may not actually know the best way to brush and has consistently copied what her mother taught her. An old saying suggests that 100 strokes a day is the ideal, not so.
Here is how Agim Salon would recommend brushing your hair.
Begin by standing upright, not sitting down. Bend down, using your waist as the pivotal point, and go down as far as possible. This allows blood in the upper part of your body to flow to your head and in to the scalp. The increased circulation of blood will nourish and stimulate the follicles and scalp which in turn promotes new hair to growth.
Stay bent over and using a firm grip on your hair brush handle, starting at the neck with easy and slow strokes; brush the hair all the way to the ends. Repeat this to brush through all of your hair and keep repeating this for 4 to 5 minutes. This process will stimulate the scalp and glands but best of all the brush bristles will begin to fill up with sebum.
Now your brush is loaded with sebum, stand upright again (doing this too quickly may make you feel dizzy so raise your head slowly). Again with slow and gentle movements, starting at the hair line, brush through to the ends and try not to scratch the scalp while doing this. This action will provide all of your hair with a lovely coat of sebum that acts as a conditioner for your hair, giving it body and a beautiful luster.
As promised, Agim Salon now moves on to artificial hair treatments and the effects they can have on your hair. Hair spray, gels, chemical based shampoo, mousses and conditioners can all have a negative impact as they will clog up the follicles and pores as well but they do not simply create a problem in these areas, they also have a disrupting effect with the nourishment levels that the roots needed. The sebaceous glands get ‘confused’ and as these are supposed to regulate the reproduction of hair; this clearly is not a good thing. The glands can stop producing new growth and what has already grown is going to fall out over time. Additionally, such chemicals can also find their way in to the bloodstream, although they are not a significant health risk when introduced in the grooming of your hair and scalp.
Frequent brushing will act as a preventative measure against such problems if combined with a massage using organic shampoos as this natural treatment will help realign the balance of the sebaceous glands. The massaging will clean and stimulate the scalp, capillaries and glands and the nourishment levels to the follicles will increase and as a result promote new and healthy hair growth.
Additionally, with frequent brushing, if done correctly, you can think of it as a natural dry shampoo and conditioner treatment. The sebaceous glands will be stimulated, the sebum distribution is improved and in turn your hair becomes stronger, more manageable and more resilient and if you add a coat of sebum to your hair brushing will help to prevent excessive moisture evaporation and in turn give your hair improved body, texture and a natural sheen.
Next week Agim Salon will go on to discuss massaging and brushing techniques to the best effect.
Happy New Year to you all from Agim Salon
This week we are going to embark on a short series regarding the importance of brushing hair, what brush to use, the way to brush properly and massage the scalp.
The first stage then is to explain why brushing hair is so important. Did you realize for example that daily brushing is a better method of cleansing your hair than using artificial ingredient based shampoo?
Brushing properly is an extremely important element of hair maintenance and it will rejuvenate your hair, more so when you combine this with scalp massaging.
What does brushing do?
It removes waste materials that are encrusted on your scalp, such as catarrh, uric acid deposits and other impurities. It will also stimulate the capillaries, increase the circulation of blood and in turn provides the hair with more nutrients and oxygen. There is one further benefit and is more important than those already mentioned – It stimulates oil and hormone producing glands that keep the pores open and allows them to breathe and retain natural oils.
The loss of hair is almost always traced back to sebaceous glands where natural oils and a lubricating system are secreted. If these glands become unbalanced they can produce too much or too little sebum, fatty oils that are delivering the nutrients.
Over-production will cause the follicles to drown and this will interfere with nourishment levels to the roots. The scalp then becomes weak and hair loss will begin. Under-production makes the roots undernourished; the hair then becomes brittle as it dries out, and eventually falls out.
If you are frequently introducing various chemicals to your hair in the form of gels, conditioners, shampoos etc. then these too can cause the pores to be clogged up.
Next week Agim Salon will highlight what the effects of these chemical based products can be.
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.
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
- 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.
- Divide hair in to 2 inch sections, securing each section with the Alligator clips.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.