How to Maintain Balayage

Balayage is a great hairstyle to have because it’s easy to maintain and looks very natural. To keep your balayage looking fresh and vibrant, avoid washing your hair too often and use deep conditioning treatments to give your hair needed nutrients. If you want to touch up your balayage before your next hair appointment, apply your specific hair dye color to your roots or mid-length, combing the dye out through each strand to create the balayage effect.

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[Edit]Caring for Balayage Between Treatments
Color your hair once every four months to refresh the balayage. Because a balayage hairstyle requires less maintenance than traditional hair color, it’s not necessary for you to go to the salon every month or 6 weeks. Instead, you can wait a few months before redoing your color.[1]
If your roots begin to show or you just want it freshened up more frequently, you can visit your salon sooner or touch it up yourself at home.
Use a purple shampoo or toner if your hair starts to look brassy. To get rid of the brassiness in your hair color, purchase a purple shampoo or a toner that neutralizes yellow and orange tones. Rub the toner or purple shampoo into your hair, following the directions on the bottle for how long to leave it in before rinsing it out. Even just using a purple shampoo or toner once or twice will help turn your brassy hair color into a more ashy tone.[2]
Purchase a purple shampoo or toner from your local beauty store or online.
Follow the directions on the bottle to know how much to use in each hair wash.
Avoid over-washing your hair to keep it healthy. There’s no need to wash your hair every single day. If you shampoo your hair too much, it’ll cause it to dry out and become brittle. Try to wash your hair every two days or longer to keep your hair shiny and your balayage color fresh.[3]
Use dry shampoo if your hair gets greasy between washings.
Opt for a sulfate-free shampoo to avoid drying out your hair. Pick out a shampoo that doesn’t have sulfates in it, which is an ingredient found in many regular shampoos that dries out your hair and can damage it. There are lots of sulfate-free options now, and using shampoo without sulfates will help keep your hair color bright and healthy.[4]
Look for sulfate-free shampoo at your local grocery store, drugstore, or big box store.
Scan the ingredients list on the back of your shampoo bottle to find out if it has sulfates in it such as sodium lauryl sulfate or polysorbates.
Treat your hair with deep conditioning treatments once a week. Purchase a deep conditioner for your hair and apply it as a hair mask at least once a week, paying special attention to the ends of your hair. If you don’t want to purchase a deep conditioning treatment, try a natural method by putting almond oil in your hair and leaving it for at least 10 minutes before washing it out.[5]
You can find deep conditioners for your hair at your local beauty store or big box store. They are similar in consistency to regular conditioner, but are packed with nutrients to repair your hair.
Use a heat protectant if you’re styling your hair with heat tools. Colored hair can become damaged more easily by heat tools like curling irons, flat irons, and even hair dryers. If you’re going to style your hair, spray a heat protectant on the strands of hair first to protect them from damage.[6]
Use caution when using heat tools to make sure you don’t burn yourself.
Stay out of chlorine or salt water to avoid damaging your hair. If you’re visiting the pool or beach, try not to get your hair wet. Chlorine and salt water can cause your hair to become discolored and dry it out. Pull your hair up in a bun to help keep it out of the water.[7]
Wear a hat if you’ll be out in the sun for long periods of time to protect your hair.
If you do get chlorine or salt water in your hair, try to rinse it out as soon as possible.[Edit]Applying the Hair Dye
Purchase a touch-up kit or specific matching hair dye for your hair. If you dyed your balayage yourself the first time, purchase the same brand and dye color that you used originally to make sure the color stays the same. If you had your original balayage done by a professional at a salon, ask your hairdresser what color they recommend using for quick root touch ups between sessions.[8]
Visit a beauty store to ask an employee to help you pick out the right color, if desired.
You’ll also need to purchase a 20-volume developer to mix with your hair dye if you’re not buying a kit that already contains it.
Avoid washing your hair before you color it. The natural chemicals on your scalp are helpful during the dye process because they offer a layer of protection. Try not to wash your hair for at least a day leading up to your hair dye application for the best results.[9]
It’s a good idea to brush your hair out before dyeing it to make the process easier.
Mix the dye with a 20-volume developer in a bowl. Read the instructions that come with your specific hair dye to be sure your ratio of dye to developer is correct, though most hair dyes take 1 part hair dye to 1 part developer. Mix these two ingredients in a bowl using your hair dye applicator brush.[10]
Mix until you’ve created a creamy texture that’s thoroughly combined.
Wear gloves to keep your hands from getting dyed.
Protect your work surface and clothing before you use the dye. Wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting ruined in case you get dye all over them. Even if you’re working in a space that’s easy to clean like the kitchen or bathroom, it’s best to put down a piece of plastic or newspaper to catch any spills or dye splatters.
Apply petroleum jelly to your hairline to keep the dye from coloring your skin, if desired.
Apply the dye to your roots only for a quick root touch-up. Dip the dye applicator brush into your dye mixture and brush the dye onto your roots in small sections. Avoid putting dye on sections of your hair that already have your desired color.[11]
It doesn’t matter where you part your hair for the first layer of dye, as you’ll end up creating more parts later on.
Brush the dye onto the mid-length or ends of your hair to freshen up the lower portion. Dip the dye brush into your hair dye and begin applying it to the area you’d like to touch up, whether it’s the middle of your length or towards your ends. Swipe the dye brush down the length of your hair just instead of the whole length.[12]
If you’re adding dye because your balayage grew out, start applying the dye above where the current balayage area is.
Tease your hair for a softer balayage effect by weaving the end of a comb horizontally through a wide section of hair before applying the color.
Comb the hair dye down through your hair for the balayage effect. Use a comb to brush the section of dye you just applied to your roots, mid-length, or ends in long, even strokes. This will distribute the dye down the length of your hair, giving you the balayage effect.[13]
Comb lightly—while you want the dye to extend down the length of your hair, you still want most of it to stay where you originally applied it.
Continue applying the dye to your hair using the applicator brush. Keep brushing the hair dye onto your hair using even strokes, making sure you dye each section of hair thoroughly. Use the comb to blend the dye down through your lengths for the balayage look.[14]
Create new parts in your hair to continue applying dye to your roots.
Keep going around your head evenly if you’re dyeing your mid-lengths or ends, using hair clips to section off the top or bottom layers if needed.
If you’re worried about creating a visible line in your hair, comb the dye out down your length of hair. Comb it again starting a little above where you applied the dye for a more blended look.
Wait the recommended amount of time before rinsing the dye out. This is usually 20-30 minutes. Read the instructions that come with your dye to find the exact amount of time they recommend that you wait, just to be sure. Rinse your hair out using cool, clean water in the shower. Massage your roots with your fingers while you’re rinsing to make sure you get all of the dye out.[15]
Set a timer to help you remember when it’s time to rinse.
Use a toning mask after you’ve rinsed out the dye to give your hair extra shine. Once you’ve waited the recommended amount of time, rinse this out too.
Dry and style your hair as desired for your final look.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
[Edit]Caring for Balayage Between Treatments
Purple shampoo or toner
Sulfate-free shampoo
Deep conditioner
Heat protectant (optional)[Edit]Applying the Hair Dye
Touch-up kit
20-volume developer
Hair dye applicator brush
Bowl
Gloves
Plastic or newspaper
Petroleum jelly (optional)
Comb or brush
Toning mask (optional)
Heat protectant (optional)
Timer (optional)[Edit]References↑ https://www.instylemag.com.au/how-to-make-balayage-look-good

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Today in History for 27th December 2019

Historical Events

1867 – Ontario and Quebec legislatures hold 1st meeting
1924 – Albania is declared a dictatorship under Ahmed Beg Zofu
1937 – Mae West performs Adam and Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio
1960 – 1961 NFL Draft: Tommy Mason from University of Tulane first pick by Minnesota Vikings
1974 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1974 – 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)

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Famous Birthdays

1715 – Philippe de Noailles, duc de Mouchy, French soldier (d. 1794)
1888 – Tito Schipa [Raffaele Attilio Amedeo Schipa], Italian tenor and composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
1908 – Louis JHCA de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Black Banners)
1918 – John Celardo, American comic strip artist
1962 – Bill Self, American basketball coach
1963 – Mark Pike, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)

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Famous Deaths

1641 – Francois van d’Aerssen, ruler of Sommelsdijk/diplomat, dies at 69
1952 – Henri G Winkelman, Dutch supreme commander army/navy 1940, dies at 76
1997 – Tom Hudson, British artist and teacher, dies at 75
1997 – Buxton Orr, Anglo-Scottish composer, dies at 73
2003 – Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)
2008 – Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs, Delaney and Bonnie), dies at 69

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How to Use Alexa

This wikiHow teaches you some of the most useful Alexa abilities and the voice commands you need to use them. Once you have set up a new Echo you might not know where to begin. Since there are so many different abilities it can be hard to know where to start, so this will help you get to know some Alexa abilities you will want to start using on a day-to-day basis. You may also want to give Alexa’s wikiHow skill a shot.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Asking General Questions
Ask for the time. Get the current time or the time in different cities around the world. You can also ask about when different days are.
“Alexa, what time is it in London?”
“Alexa, when is Easter?”
Ask about the weather. Ask about local weather, the weather in a particular city or a weather forecast for either.
“Alexa, what will the weather be like on Tuesday in Chicago?”
“Alexa, is it going to rain?”
Get current traffic info. To enter in your home and work address in the Alexa app, tap ☰, then Settings and tap Traffic. You can also ask about traffic to a certain location.
Say “Alexa, check traffic,” to get the travel time to the work location you set.
“Alexa, how long will it take to get to 45th Street?”
“Alexa, what’s the traffic like to Home Depot?”
Get a flight status.
“Alexa, what’s the status of American Airlines flight 4444?”
Check stock prices. Say the name or spell the symbol of any stock on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ.
“Alexa, check Amazon stock.”
Alexa, stock price for A-M-Z-N.”
Get a definition, use the thesaurus or get the spelling of a word. If you’re reading or writing something, you don’t even need to look away from the page, just ask:
“Alexa, what does ‘flocculant’ mean?”
“Alexa, what’s another word for ‘big’?”
“Alexa, how do you spell ‘maintenance’?”
Do mathematical calculations. Ask Alexa to add, subtract, multiply, divide, get the square or cube root, power or factorial. You can only use one operation at a time though.
“Alexa, what’s 92 divided by 14?”
“Alexa, what’s the square root of 5?”
“Alexa, what’s 100 factorial?” (Hint: It’s a really big number.)
Alexa may know other math questions as well, so give it a try if you’re not sure. For instance, she can answer some questions about prime factors, give you the value of ‘pi’ or ‘e’ and calculate sine, cosine or tangent.
Get measurement conversions. Convert to or from any imperial or metric units of volume, weight, distance or temperature or get conversions to and from different currencies. This can be especially helpful when you are cooking.
“Alexa, how many milliliters in 2 and a half cups?”
“Alexa, 10 kilometers is how many miles?”
“Alexa, how much is 100 dollars in Australian dollars?”
Ask general knowledge questions. Try asking about things like facts about geography, general info on celebrities or historical figures, about movies or TV shows, nutrition facts on food, and various other facts and figures. You can also ask Alexa to search Wikipedia and she will read several lines from the article.
“Alexa, what’s the population of Chicago?”
“Alexa, where was Abraham Lincoln born?”
“Alexa, what year was ’12 Angry Men’ released?”
“Alexa, when does ‘Game of Thrones’ air?”
“Alexa, how much saturated fat is in a steak?”
“Alexa, how far away is the moon?”
“Alexa, how tall is a giraffe?”
“Alexa, Wikipedia ‘fractals.'”[Edit]Entertainment
Listen to music. Listen to Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, iHeartRadio or SiriusXM. You can also
“Alexa, play dance music on Pandora.”
“Alexa, play Post Malone.”
“Alexa, play Maggot Brain by Funkadelic on Spotify”
You can now play music over multiple devices if you have more than one Echo.
Listen to Podcasts. Alexa will play the latest episode of the podcast you request. While you can play/pause, fast forward or rewind, if you ask Alexa something else while listening, you will lose your place in the podcast.
“Alexa, play Radiolab.”
Play Audible audiobooks. As long as you are logged in to your account, your playback position should be synced between the Echo and any other devices you listen on.
“Alexa, play Ready Player One.”
“Alexa, resume my book.” (Plays the audiobook you last listened to.)
“Alexa, go back/forward” (Goes back or forward 30 seconds.)
Play most Kindle Books. Using text-to-speech Alexa can read many Kindle books from where you last left off and keep your place. [1]
“Alexa, play the Kindle book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
“Alexa, pause/resume.”
“Alexa, set a sleep timer for 15 minutes.”
Play music over Bluetooth. Just pair any Bluetooth-enabled device, like your phone, to play anything on Alexa.
After the device has been paired initially just say, “Alexa, enable Bluetooth.” or “Alexa, connect.” to pair that device again.
This is often a better option for playing podcasts than Alexa’s native ability since you have more control over playback and won’t lose your place.
Play a game. There are many game skills available for Alexa in the skill store. Popular ones include:
Jeopardy! There are also Sports and Teen versions of the game. Remember to answer in the form of a question! “Alexa, play Jeopardy!”
Song Quiz. This popular game will match you against an opponent and ask you to identify clips of music. “Alexa, start Song Quiz.”
Twenty Questions. Play this classic game and try to stump Alexa. “Alexa, play Twenty Questions.”
The Magic Door. This is basically a choose-your-own-adventure novel being read out loud to you. “Alexa, open The Magic Door.”
Go to the skill store to browse through many other games skills.[Edit]Practical Features
Use Timers. You can manage and pause timers from the Alexa app.
“Alexa, set a timer for 12 minutes and 30 seconds.”
“Alexa, set an ‘chicken’ timer for 15 minutes.”
“Alexa, check timers.”
Set alarms. You can even set an alarm to wake you up with a particular artist, song or genre of music. Manage alarms from the Alexa app.
“Alexa, set an alarm for 4 pm.”
“Alexa, set an alarm for 7 am to the Beatles on Pandora.”
“Alexa, set a repeating alarm for 8 am every weekday to 80s music on Spotify.”
Set reminders. Alexa can remind you to do something at a specific time or after a certain amount of time has passed.
Reminders will also go off on your phone through the Alexa app, so you will be sure to be reminded even if you aren’t nearby your Echo.
“Alexa, remind me to take out the trash in 1 hour.”
“Alexa, remind me to go to the bank at 4:30 pm.”
Connect your calendar. Go to the Alexa app and tap ☰, Settings and Calendar. Follow the steps to link your account. Currently, Google, Microsoft (Outlook, Office 365 or Exchange) and Apple accounts are supported. Now you can ask Alexa about events on your calendar or add an event to your calendar.
“Alexa, add an event to my calendar.” (Alexa will then prompt you for the day, time and name of the event.)
“Alexa, what’s next on my calendar?”
“Alexa, what’s on my calendar for Thursday?”
Get shipping updates on Amazon orders. Alexa will also give you a notification when a package has been delivered or will be delivered that day.
“Alexa, check my packages.”
Listen to your flash briefing. Set up what news services you want to get in your flash briefing by going into the Alexa app and tapping ☰, Settings and then Flash Briefing. Alexa will now read breaking stories from these services whenever you ask her to.
“Alexa, read my flash briefing.”
Make phone calls or call through the Alexa app. Alexa can make outgoing calls simply by asking her to dial any U.S., Mexican or Canadian number. If you have contacts added on the Alexa app you can also make a voice call, send text messages (over the Alexa app), or use the drop in feature if you have set it up.
“Alexa, dial 555-555-5555.”
“Alexa, send a message to Susan.” (Alexa will then prompt you for the text message you want to send)
“Alexa, call Susan.”
You can also send and receive voice calls and Alexa messages from the Alexa app. Tap on the speech bubble icon at the bottom of the screen. If you haven’t yet set up messaging yet, it will walk you through the set up.[Edit]Tips
Get used to saying commands without stopping what you are doing or looking at the Echo. This isn’t necessary and it will help you fit Alexa’s abilities into your life more seamlessly. Ask about the weather or traffic while you are tying your shoes, play some music while you are in the middle of cleaning dishes, or set an alarm from your bed.
If you are a Prime subscriber, you may not know that this includes access to millions of songs through Prime Music, whose library you can search and access by simply asking Alexa to play any artist, song or genre of music. “Alexa, play rap music.”
Play the current free Audible audiobook by saying, “Alexa, what’s free on Audible?”
If you are having trouble making Alexa work, it can help to reset Alexa and try again. This might remove anything that was causing it work improperly but be aware that it erases all prior settings and you’ll need to input everything again.[Edit]References
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