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If you’re at the store or the cosmetics shop buying mascara, you may find yourself overwhelmed with too many choices. Not only will mascara choices vary, but brush length and shape also varies and may be a factor to consider when buying mascara. Further, one has to assess color as well as variety, since one shade may be better than another for your lashes and coloring.
Typically, mascara is available in black or brown. You can also sometimes find clear mascara that may work well as a first coat, or on its own if you have thick dark lashes. For a silly costume, or for a rock concert, you might consider buying mascara in purple, blue or green. But for everyday use, black or brown tends to be more flattering. Those with light coloring may find black to be a bit overwhelming, and may opt for a subtler brown. Once you have decided on the appropriate color, buying mascara gets a little more complex.
First, if you are using mascara for a special day, like your wedding, consider buying mascara that is waterproof. This will help you get through your day without worrying that you’ll look like a raccoon if you shed a few tears. You may also want to use waterproof mascara for all days, and especially in rainy weather. If you are buying mascara that is waterproof, be sure to also pick up an oil based eye-makeup remover for cleaning off the mascara at night.
If you tend to have skin irritations from make-up, you want to think about buying hypoallergenic mascara. This may be particularly useful for those with frequent eye allergies too, as some mascara can irritate the eyes. If you’re into cruelty-free makeup, you may also want to consider buying mascara that has not been tested on animals. These tend to be gentler on the eyes in general because they cannot be tested on animals and use ingredients that are not likely to irritate.
You will also note that mascara comes in thickening formulas, lengthening formulas and anti-clumping formulas. Some brushes will be curved, and some will be long and straight, or short and straight. Longer brushes will allow for easier application of the mascara. Curved brushes push top lashes upward for more curl. The formulas above are relatively self-explanatory, but one choice may be better than another when you are buying mascara.
Thickening formulas tend to have wax or polymers that make the lashes appear slightly thicker. If you have thin lashes these may be your best choice when buying mascara. Lengthening mascara may have essentially the same formula as thickening mascara, but come with a longer brush that has denser bristles. This puts more mascara on the lashes with each application and allows you to get the tips of your lashes with greater ease. It doesn’t really lengthen the lashes, but simply puts more mascara on, providing a longer-looking lash.
For some, buying mascara that is anti-clumping is the best way to go. Anti-clumping mascara tends to have silk or other oils that keep the mascara from sticking together. It tends to work fairly well if you wish to apply more than one coat.
Lastly, consider buying mascara every two months. Over time, it can dry out and won’t work as well, and may also become a breeding ground of infection-causing bacteria. If you have an eye infection while using mascara, buy new mascara when the infection is resolved. Further, don’t share mascara with others, as this too can result in viral or bacterial eye infections.
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A hair relaxer straightens curly or coarse hair using alkali or other chemicals. The first time you apply hair relaxer, it is advisable to visit a salon and have it done by a professional who can test the hair’s reaction to the treatment. At-home relaxers can be done using do-it-yourself kits that are sold in pharmacies and discount stores.
The kits come with most of the items you will need: directions, relaxer base cream, activator liquid, neutralizing shampoo, conditioner that is left in the hair, a packet of gel used to protect the skin along the hairline and the ears and plastic gloves. You also will need a wall mirror, cotton balls to stuff the ears, a wide-tooth comb and a smock to cover your neck and clothing. Kits come in dozens of brands and varying strengths, such as mild (the weakest), regular or super (the strongest). Before you apply hair relaxer, talk with your hairdresser to determine one product most compatible for your needs and experience.
If possible, apply hair relaxer with some help to ensure that you do so evenly and in a manner that protects your skin and scalp from a chemical burn. Once all of the items you need are assembled, cover your ears and hairline from the base of the neck to the forehead with the gel. You can use petroleum jelly if the pack from the kit runs out. Plug your ears with cotton and drape the smock over your torso.
Once the plastic gloves are on, pour the activator into the plastic jar containing the relaxer cream and stir until the mixture is smooth. Using the mirror and wide-tooth comb, divide your hair into four sections, sized as equally as possible. Starting with the back sections, apply the cream to the new-growth hair at the root of each shaft only if you’ve had a previous relaxer. But if you are applying your very first relaxer treatment at home, then cover the entire shaft.
Cover your entire head with the cream as quickly as possible to prevent scalp irritation. Once the cream is in, use your comb to smooth out the sections but be careful not to stress your hair by pulling or stretching it. Each manufacturer’s kit tells you how long to leave the mixture in your hair.
Once that time has elapsed, rinse all of the cream out with warm water. But if you start to feel a burning sensation, then rinse the cream out immediately. When all of the cream is rinsed out, work the neutralizing shampoo into a lather to wash your hair. Rinse well and use your fingers to apply the leave-in conditioner. Now it’s time to towel dry or blow-dry your hair and have some fun experimenting with hairstyles.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions the public that relaxers can burn your scalp if used the wrong way. Relaxers without lye tend to be less bothersome for the skin, but still must be used safely. Follow-up applications are generally six to eight weeks apart for new growth, but it depends on the texture of your hair and how fast it grows. Remember, don’t be shy about consulting a hairdresser for advice. For more information from the FDA you can visit their website.
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Choosing the best hair relaxer depends upon hair texture, ease of application, and general state of hair health. If hair is not in good condition, choosing a no-lye or organic hair relaxer may be the best choice. A common ingredient in a hair relaxer is lye. Although effective in relaxing the hair, relaxers that contain lye can cause irritation and scalp burns. Many people prefer a lye-based hair relaxer because it can help the hair retain moisture.
Sometimes a no-lye hair relaxer is preferred over lye-based products. These are typically sold in boxes that contain shampoo, relaxer cream, conditioner, and activator. In addition, the box typically contains protective gloves and an applicator. Sometimes, no-lye hair relaxers can be drying to the hair, but since they are gentler on the scalp than products containing lye, they are often preferred.
Applying a hair relaxer is not a complicated process. Hair should be healthy prior to the application. If it's not, all attempts should be made to get the hair back in top condition before relaxing it. The process should be done in accordance with packaging directions and time requirements should be followed precisely. Keeping the product on for more than the recommended period of time may result in hair breakage and other scalp injury.
As new hair growth appears, another application may be desired. It is recommended that six weeks go by before other application is performed. Typically, however, most hair care professionals recommend that at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) of hair growth be present before another treatment is applied. The hair relaxer should only be applied to the new hair growth so that the remainder of the formerly processed hair will not get damaged.
Prior to relaxing the hair, a strand test should be done to determine if a person will have an allergic reaction to the product. In addition, the test can help determine how long the product needs to stay on the hair to achieve the desired results. Relaxers should not be used on the hair of children who are six or younger. Also, if the relaxer gets into the eyes, flushing them with copious amounts of water may be necessary, as may visiting an eye doctor.
If a weaker relaxer is preferred, people can purchase a product that reads "mild" on the box. It is important to note that a children's hair relaxer is not less damaging to the hair and should not be used when a mild solution is preferred. If the relaxer causes a scalp burn or other irritation, a doctor should be consulted. At the first sign of burning or irritation, the scalp should be thoroughly washed to remove any traces of the product to avoid further injury.
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Hair relaxer is a type of chemical used to straighten hair permanently. It's used by people, usually women, who want to straighten their naturally curly hair without having to use hot combs or pressing irons. It may also be used by women who are seeking a means of thinning out hair that is very thick or making it more manageable. Chemical relaxers, which either contain lye or a no-lye chemical formula, work to soften the hair and change its natural structure to a straighter form.
Though hair relaxer is considered a permanent type of hair treatment, it does have to be touched up on a regular basis. This is because the newly straightened hair is not the only consideration. Hair grows quickly, and there will eventually be new hair growth that is in its naturally curly or coarser state. As such, it is necessary to apply hair relaxer to the new growth to make sure it matches the chemically relaxed hair. Typically, this is done every six to eight weeks.
Many women go to professional stylists in order to have their hair relaxed. However, there are many hair relaxer products that can be used at home. The process of applying relaxer involves putting a cream or lotion on the hair to be relaxed and allowing it to sit in place for a set period of time. During this period, it alters the hair's normal structure.
Once it's been in place for the required amount of time, it's rinsed out, and a neutralizing shampoo is typically used afterward. A moisturizing hair conditioner is usually used following the neutralizing shampoo. This is due to the fact that the relaxer chemicals usually strip the hair of a significant portion of its natural oils. The conditioner can be used to restore moisture, balance and shine.
Sometimes, chemical hair relaxers lead to hair that is dry, brittle and prone to breakage. This typically occurs when a woman doesn't keep her hair properly moisturized in between hair relaxer treatments; it may also occur if she fails to show up promptly for touch-ups, as the relaxed hair may begin to pull away from the stronger new growth, especially during brisk combing. Additionally, hair breakage may result when relaxers are applied not just to new growth but also to the hair that's already been chemically relaxed during touch-ups. Most stylists know the importance of relaxing only the new growth, but sometimes people spread the chemical on the already-relaxed hair. This may occur most often when hair relaxer is applied at home.
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One of the biggest differences between a texturizer and relaxer is the degree that each one straightens the hair. A texturizer usually does not completely straighten the hair, while a relaxer does. Hair texturizers are designed to stay on the hair for less time and contain chemicals that are less harsh than hair relaxers. A texturizer also does not need to be applied as often as a relaxer.
Hair texturizers and hair relaxers are both chemical treatments for hair. Both of these hairproducts are used to remove some of the curl from very curly or kinky hair. Although they are somewhat similar, there are a few differences between a hair texturizer and relaxer.
The most notable difference between a texturizer and relaxer is how much the hair is straightened after using these products. After using a texturizer, the hair usually retains some of its curl. It may be curly, or it may just be wavy, but it rarely gets straightened completely.
Relaxers are basically very strong texturizers, which relax the hair's natural curls. Unlike texturizers, relaxers completely remove the curl from the hair. After using a relaxer, hair is usually very straight. Another difference between a texturizer and relaxer is how they are used. A texturizer is usually just applied to the hair and worked in. Once it is in the hair, it is then usually left on for no longer than 10 minutes before being washed out.
When a hair relaxer is applied, however, the product must be combed into the hair. The tugging action of the comb helps the relaxer loosen the curl in the hair. Relaxers are also usually left on the hair for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Once the hair begins to grow out, it will be naturally curly or kinky. This new growth is much less noticeable when a texturizer is used, since this product does not completely straighten the hair. A person who uses a relaxer, however, will find that the curly hair at her roots contrasts with her very straight hair where the relaxer was used. Individuals who use texturizers can usually get away with touching up their hair every few months, while those who use relaxers must usually touch up their hair about every month.
Generally, a texturizer is considered less harsh than a relaxer. The ingredients in this product are usually not as harsh as relaxer ingredients, and it is left on the hair for a shorter period of time. Both a texturizer and relaxer can be very damaging to hair and skin, however, and they should be used with caution.
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Sodium hydroxide is the chemical in hair texturizers that helps loosen tight curls. To select the best texturizer for your hair, you should understand how sodium hydroxide reacts to the protein bonds in hair, as well as the difference between a texturizer and a hair relaxer, even though they deliver similar results. Regardless of the brand, make sure to select a hair texturizing kit that is formulated with conditioning ingredients that will preserve the hair's health. Neutralizing shampoos should also come with the hair texturizer.
Hair strands are made of keratin amino acids, which give your hair its unique shape, elasticity, and curl pattern. A hair texturizer will weaken this protein, ultimately straightening the hair. Curly, unruly hair can become more manageable and sleek.
Most texturizers are readily available at your local drugstore, with some salons selling their own brands or formulations. The active ingredient in hair texturixers will usually be sodium hydroxide. Try to stay away from incredulous brands that do not use an active ingredient to straighten the hair. Sometimes these types of formulations will only affect your hair temporary, or cause adverse reactions.
Hair relaxers and hair texturizers are often confused. They are both used to straighten the hair, but hair relaxers will usually have concentrated forms of sodium hydroxide, creating different results. A texturizer is usually milder, and is designed to loosen the curl instead of removing it completely.
Select a hair texturizer that is formulated with enriching emollients that will help control the porosity of the hair, resulting in healthier hair. Brands that sell texturizing creams with oils can help deliver moisture, while loosening the curl pattern. Jojoba, shea, and olive oil are all popular ingredients that are commonly formulated into the hair texturizer, or may be used as standalone products that are added to the hair sometime during the chemical process.
Any chemical straighteners that have been applied to the hair will continue to straighten thehair, even after being washed out with water or conventional shampoos. This can result in porous hair with exposed cuticles, which can make the hair look lackluster. The hair will eventually start to break and tangle. Make sure to select a texturizer that comes with a neutralizing shampoo to halt the chemical process.
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