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Hair relaxers

Although curls are currently back in hair fashion, they have bounced in and out of popularity over the centuries. Meanwhile curly haired folks have been battling their hair since the beginning of time. Of the average 10 personal email from google and yahoo and some text messages we receive everyday, some of the frequently asked questions involve chemical thermal reconditioning, hair straightening and hair relaxing.

For many curlyheads, straighteners and relaxers have resulted in damaged hair or weakened tresses. All of these hair treatments involve altering naturally kinky, curly or wavy hair into straight strands through the use of specific chemicals designed to effectively break the chemical bonds of the hair, destroying the traditional curl or wave patterns.

As you can imagine, any time you apply a chemical strong enough to completely break your genetic hair pattern, it can have other unexpected side effects.

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The rebonding handling has given a really genuine welfare to clients who have problems taming their wavy, dense or “large” hair. Hair that is decently rebonded will keep its fluency for a lengthy period of moment. It is simply in the original hair or regrowth region where curls or waves will be seen. Popular though rebonding maybe, the fact remains that hair which has been rebonded or straightened several times, or too previously colored remains weak at its roots.  Rebonding will require much maintenance and security during the next rebonding or straightening handling because of its sensitized and fragile circumstance.

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Understanding hair colors

The differences between types of hair color can be difficult to navigate for individuals who have minimal experience with dyes and bleaches.  An all-too-common scenario is when a woman walks into a drugstore, purchases a box of permanent color, and ends up with an unwanted shade. Though the picture on the dye box shows a certain color, it may not appear the same on every woman. Understanding the components of hair dye is vital to a successful coloring job.

Understanding the Different Types of Hair Color

There are four main types of hair dyes, each serving a specific purpose. Your knowledge of these different types is very important when it comes to paralleling your color results with the color on a box of hair dye. The amount of peroxide in a dye, combined with an alkalizing agent, is what serves to make a difference between hair colors. Do note that although ammonia is a common ingredient in many brands of hair color, not all brands use ammonia as an alkalizing agent.

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Partial or full highlights?

What is the difference between partial and full highlights?

The answer is actually as simple as it sounds. In full highlights, the hair is highlighted all over the head, evenly – usually in order to break up a hair color that is too flat or one-dimensional. Often, highlights will be applied in two different shades – either with both shade being lighter than the base color and one shade lighter than the other, or with one shade being lighter and one darker than the base color. The latter style of highlighting is called “dimensional coloring” and is used to produce a more natural looking and pleasing color result.

Partial highlights are generally used to draw attention to a feature or accentuate a style. In some cases, the partial highlights are used as a style element on their own, particularly in cases of the bolder highlighting techniques. Some of the best stylists will use partial highlighting to create a new look in a simple cut.

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Do it yourself manicure

Here is how to give yourself ‘at home manicure’.

  • Remove old nail polish with a single stroke by soaking a cotton wool pad with nail polish remover. Wipe away traces of polish around the cuticles stick dipped in remover.
  • Using an emery board, shape nails lightly, working from both edges towards the center. Avoid moving the board back and forth quickly, which produces heat that dries out the nail and leads to splitting. Try holding the emery board at a single angle under the nail. Don’t file down the sides- the nail tip needs the sides as support, otherwise it will weaken and nicks form.
  • Apply a cuticle remover around the nail contours. Using the tip of a cuticle stick wrapped in cotton wool, gently push back the skin. Work away dead tissue before carefully passing the stick under cuticles.
  • Wash your hands in warm soapy water, and brush nails with a soft manicure brush so that polish will adhere to them properly. Pat hands dry with a towel.
  • If nails are weak, apply a strengthening or hardening product, paying special attention to the tips. Allow to dry.
  • Apply a protective base coat, covering the entire nail but stopping short of the cuticle.
  • Apply two coats of polish, starting with a single stroke down the center of the nail, then across the cuticle base and down the two sides without touching the cuticle. Allow each coat to dry.
  • Finish with a topcoat for extra gloss and the shield against chipping.

For optimum skin and nail health, check that your diet includes plenty of vitamin A, E and B complex, and the minerals calcium, Zinc, magnesium and iodine. If need be, take nail-fortifying vitamin a.

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