How to DIY Balayage at Home

There’s a new hairstyle that’s showing up everywhere though to call it new isn’t correct. Balayage has been around since the 1980’s. it’s a French word that means ‘to paint’ or ‘to sweep’ and it’s becoming popular with men as well. This is thanks largely to its appearance on many A-list Hollywood stars. If you’re thinking of getting some highlights then this is a great choice. It’s quite easy to do at home and looks awesome when pulled off right. While the DIY result is pretty easy to do and is what I’m going to show you here – for best results see a hair salon which will guarantee best results.  For a balayage in Vancouver, you can find some great salons which will get you a great look.

Balayage – What is it?

To first start off let’s get a better understanding of what balayage exactly is. Unlike regular highlights which are saturated all the way through to the tips, balayage is only lightly applied to the top layer, hence the name for ‘to paint’. Since it’s only lightly applied the effect is very subtle and blends in with the rest of your hair. With balayage you won’t get the stark contrast you get with normal highlights, instead, you’ll get a sort of sunburned look as though you’ve been in the tropics for the summer.

Another great thing about it is its very low maintenance. So long as you use a color protecting shampoo and touch it every few weeks it will keep its effect for months without having to do a full restyle.

How to do it yourself.

If you feel confident enough to do it yourself then follow these steps.

You will need the following materials before starting:

  • Either a paddle hairbrush or a comb (depends on whether your hair is long or short)
  • An Ombre or Balayage kit
  • A deeply moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
  • Heat protective spray
  • A hairdryer

Step 1.

Open the balayage kit and begin mixing the bleach. Make sure to use gloves when mixing. If you have shoulder length hair it’s also a good idea to cover your shoulders so as not to get any bleach on them.

Step 2.

Take your hairbrush or comb and apply the bleach to the bristles. When using a comb apply the bleach evenly on both side at one end of it. Then begin to lightly and gently brush through your hair from the mid-lengths to the ends. Depending on how heavy you want the dye to be you can go a little harder in other parts like the front. Just try not to saturate it too much. Be a little creative and add it wherever you want lighter areas.

Depending on the dye your using give it about 30min to set. The longer you leave it in the more it will brighten so make sure to carefully read the instructions on the kit you bought.

Step 3.

Rinse, dry and repeat as needed.  Apply the heat protective spray before you blow-dry each time. Once you’re happy with it go out and enjoy your new look. Check out this great video to see how it’s done


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Complete Your Home Bar With a Kegerator

A home bar is not complete without the best kegerator installed in it. Kegs and coolers are just part and parcel of a modern home bar where friends and dates get to enjoy. If you want a home bar that rocks, it better be complete because if not, you’re better off going to a regular bar outside of your home.

For a craft beer enthusiast, there is nothing better than the sight of a fresh keg at home. And let’s face it, a pitcher is not a perfect thing to pour a beer from. There is a better way and you know it—buy a kegerator. This is the only way by which you can keep a good stash of craft beer and keep it fresh for a long time.

  1. Size and space—Some beer aficionados are too technical about this matter but let’s keep things simple here. You want to have a kegerator, but do you have a space for it in your home? The kegerator should at least be the size of a keg and that translates to three to four square feet of floor space. If you don’t have a space like that, then it’s not a good idea to buy a kegerator.
  2. Buy it or do it yourself—Now suppose you’ve found a space that’s accessible enough to put your keg on, the next thing that you need to consider are your options. How’s your budget? Buying a pre-fabricated kegerator is definitely more expensive than doing it yourself and making a kegerator out of a conversion kit. If you have the money, buying is the convenient way to go. If you want to do it yourself, do you have the time?
  3. Craft maintenance and balance—Having a kegerator at home is not like having to pour your craft beer in a pub. There, someone is maintaining the kegerator for you. If you have one at home, you have to maintain it yourself. You have to clean the beer lines with caustic cleaning agent after a couple of weeks of heavy use. To prevent beer stones from developing, you have to clean the lines with acid every three months. Why does it sound like having a dog? Well, because its close to having one and if you’re not up for the commitment, then it’s better to not have it.
  4. Kegs—Kegs of you favorite brews are not always available. Let’s face it. The purpose of having a kegerator is not to have some garden variety beer for yourself. You want a kegerator because you want to store some of your favorite brew.

While having a kegerator is the ultimate status symbol for beer enthusiasts, having it means that you have to maintain it. If you’re not up to the task, you better not start it and just buy your brew outside. But if you’re one of those stay at home buddies who would prefer to have everything you need inside your bat cave, then following these tips is the best way to go.


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Handy Tools for Outdoor Work

If you consider yourself a handy person who has some experience in a trade, building things, renovating your home, or landscaping your property, chances are you have a lot of tools. I don’t find any problem with owning a surpluss of tools, but given this is my living, I also don’t have a problem with alotting tons of space to store my tools.

I’m fortunate to live on the outskirts of a city in relatively large house, allowing for easy storage of all my equipment. However, for many young people these days, owning a large property just isn’t possible. Either you need to live in the core of a city where the work is aplenty but property is limited, or you find a fixer-upper somehwere outside the city, providing you with a large property at an affordable cost. The latter requires a lot of work, but for many, this can also be a lot of fun and eventually take on the form of a hobby. In this article, we would like to briefly discuss some of the most versatile tools for outdoor work, which will hopefully allow you to get started on your projects without spending too much on equipment.

Chainsaw

Many people that are just starting to get into handywork and who hear the word “chainsaw” often picture lumberjacks sawing down huge trees, as well as dollar signs. Of course, if you plan on doing just this, then you will need a larger chainsaw that will likely be quite expensive. However, for many applications, smaller and cheaper chainsaws can get a lot of jobs done. Are you clearing small trees from a property, need to break logs into segments, or want to quickly sweep through a range of bush? A small chainsaw could be a highly practical item to consider.

Spade/Shovel

Similar to a chainsaw, smaller spades can serve a lot of purposes, but if you need to do lots of hard digging, go for a taller spade that won’t require so much bending. Your tools are only as good as your ability to use them, so if you’re laid up on the couch with a bad back all the time, you won’t be very productive. A small spade is nice to have as a bonus item, and they are way better for storage, but a standard shovel will save your back in lots of cases.

Axe

Axes are one of the most essential outdoor tools, and are way cheaper than chainsaws. Like everything else we discussed so far, they can come in many different sizes, but they also range in styles. A small tactical axe, which tends to look like a tomahawk, can offer portability and durability, but less power than a standard axe. The standard axe is usually cheaper, heavier, more powerful, and realistically, doesn’t take up that much room in storage anyway, so if you’re only going ot get one, we would go with the latter.

Durable and Waterproof Clothing

We know these aren’t “tools”, but we mentioned before that your tools are only as good as your ability to use them. Additionally, when working outdoors, there are many other safety factors to consider, as you now have to inorporate the elements and many different types of terrain (maybe even wildlife!). Briefly here are our most essential items:

A rugged GPS watch is always good to have if you’re working in the outdoors, particularly if you’re far away from home. You likely won’t need the GPS capability, but you will certainly need top-notch durability, and these features are often found together. A moisture-wicking hat is crucial to avoid heat stroke on hot sunny days. While light moisture-wicking clothing can keepp you cool and dry, if the weather changes rapidly, it’s always good to have a backup plan. In this case, we suggest considering a waterproof and insulative shell jacket. Lastly, but certainly not least, are boots. Boots are extremely important. Comfort comes first, as this will help ensure you can manage walking long distances and simpley wearing them for prolonged periods. Find a pair with lots of grip, and if you can manage it, steel toes, and your feet will thank you!

Summary

By no means will this list of tools be all you ever need for outdoor work. However, if you’re looking to get a few things to start working on a property or other outdoor area, and you don’t know exactly where those projects will take you, these tools offer versatility that will come in handy at some point.


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Create your Own Pellet Gun Target Shooting Practice Range

Are you into target shooting? Where do you normally practice? What if you set up your own shooting practice range at home? Setting up a home shooting practice range at home has become very popular these days. You don’t have to go somewhere else to practice shooting. It saves you time, energy as well money.

If you think it’s that hard to create your own pellet gun target range at home think again. All you need is a good space area, a bit of patience, budget and a good idea how to get started. In order to help you further, let’s check out some of the best ideas in setting up a home shooting range.

Target Shooting

As you know, target shooting might be fun, but it requires extra cautiousness when it comes to safety. Pellet guns may not be as powerful as the real one, but it would still hurt. Since target shooting would involve bursting or firing a pellet gun, you’ve got to be careful with everything. When you fire a gun, you have to be conscious about where the pellets will end up.

For seasoned target shooters, they definitely have the right ideas about handling their pellet guns right. For beginners however, it is important that you try to study or learn the basics first. Target shooting is not just about shooting. There are more to that than just hitting your target. Conside
r the handling techniques and safety. Not to forget about the laws and regulations that go with owning and shooting a pellet gun in your area.

Create your Own Target Shooting Range

In order to get started creating your own shooting range, make sure that you have a good location and enough area space to do so. For pellet guns, the ideal range distance is 10 meters. You might also need to put some extra distance for backer boards. Meaning, you really need to have enough space to begin with.

Once you’ve decided where you are able to put up a shooting range, then start planning for your traps. Though pellet guns may not be as powerful, ricochets may still occur. Thus, you have to set up your pellet traps right. The standard is four feet from the ground. But you can always go more than that for extra protection. And to avoid pellets to off and hit someone outside the range.

Next is to setup a good lighting and targets. Your target range should be flexible. You should be able to play during the day or the night. When creating targets, make sure that they illuminates for clearer view. You also need to put a good shooting table. You need to have something where you are able to put your gun, and all the other stuff that you need. Your targets and your table should at least coincide which each other.

Creating your own shooting range to practice at home is not that hard. You just need to be creative and hardworking. Check out some of the DIY tips online to get started.

 


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How SEO can support a Craft and Construction Company

A craft and construction company, just like any other company, needs to put a word out there, a good word.  It is even better if somebody else of credibility puts the company in it.  Now, depending on what the company wants to become, they can make use of the internet to promote your products.

But you are not the only one in the business of what you do, craft and construction, in this case.  There are competitors and you have to think of innovating to stay in the minds of customers. This is where marketing comes to the rescue.

Of course, there are some investments a company must do in order to stay afloat.  A craft and construction company as well needs to put some money on the line to being known.  Now, with pretty much all your clients resorting towards the internet, things have taken a different approach.  Information on what it is that you do can be placed on social media, for free.

But a very important tool for your business is to create online content and to always make a call to action.  When it comes to content creation, it is useless if only you and your circle of friends need it.  This is why a craft and construction company needs SEO.

An SEO approach will help increase traffic to a website or landing page. This is very important in a market where competition is fierce due to the number of companies that offer the same services.  Using SEO can help reach the leads that will actually generate contracts.

What is SEO?

SEO refers to the practices that involve improving a website’s content and code so that it becomes an authority and ranks better at search engines.  In other words, it is a company’s effort to be on the first page of search results.

There are many things that a company can do to improve their SEO, not just a single one. These things that a craft and construction company can do are website redesign, using keywords, asking friends to link to them, enhancing website loading speed, and several others.

Why does a Craft and Construction Company need SEO?

The idea of SEO is to get the attention of potential customers.  By landing on the first searches for related services is a great way to do so.  Without SEO, it will be very difficult to even appear on the searches for related terms that connect to the company’s services, let alone to be at the top.

What is the next step?

The next step would be to start setting up the road to enhancing the company’s SEO. The best SEO Vancouver is willing to help you with this endeavor.  With proven results, you will see how the investment will pay off with time.


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How Photography Will Help You Sell More Products Online

Online product photography is the best way to go when it comes to selling stuff.  But we are not talking about the photos you take with your cell phone’s camera.  We would not be writing about this if that were the case.

Now, our statement might sound too obvious.  It only makes sense that placing a photography of your product will go a long way to your selling efforts.  However, we will be focusing on how to make your product be stunningly displayed on the online market.

Why use online product photography?

For starters, even when online purchasing has increased over the years, it is still necessary to build some trust in the process.  If you are going to sell a product, people will be very interested in knowing what the product looks like.  A very nice and honest online product photography will help.

If possible, place a little not too many photos of your product.  Placing a fair amount should give buyers a clear idea of what your product is about.

The internet is pretty visual.  Web users seek to have their senses stimulated. The first ones to get the information coming from a computer are the eyes.  Providing such stimulus in a nice way taps into this visual need.  Let alone when it comes to a product they might be interested in.

How to do online product photography

Some tips when using photography:

  • Let the photo speak for itself.  Try to capture as many benefits of the product as you can in one photo.  Go beyond just placing a photo of the product over a table.  If it is roller skates that you are selling, place pictures of them in action.  Hire models to wear the dresses you have for sale.  Show the spaces and benefits of living in a property.  Create as much impact as possible.
  • Be completely honest.  One of the many mistakes sellers do when placing pictures is lying to people.  For instance, if you sell cakes, deliver what you show on pictures.  Do you think customers will ever buy you a cake if you cheat on them about what they saw online compared to what they got?
  • Tell a story.  Your photos should have a life of their own and be able to speak to the audience.
  • Don´t mislead. Going back to cakes, if you display a photo of one on a nice tray, make sure it is clear that the tray is not included (unless it is).  This does not mean you should not place a tray if it will help your cake look more stylish.

Hire a professional

If what you want is to cause a meaningful impact then we recommend you hiring professional photographers.  If you are selling craft products or real estate, YYC3D.com is a great choice.  Expert photographers will take care of those details we usually overlook.

Show off how serious you are about your business and get some professional online product photography.

 


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Why Storage Solutions Are Necessary for Construction Companies

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Construction companies need to consider the safety of materials while a project is ongoing that’s why they consider storage in Kamloops essential to their business. Los Rios Storage offers solutions to construction companies so that they can store their materials safely while their projects are ongoing. The storage can vary depending on the needs of the clients, it can be long term or short term. Since discounts can be arrange when availing for bulk storage, this is a highly cost effective solution for your tools and materials. This will help you keep your overhead low and keep your budget in check while the project is ongoing.

Storing Construction Materials in Kamloops

Small to medium size construction companies often don’t have their own storage units for materials and tools. If this is your case, you can potentially violate the Health and Safety Law and put people in dangers when your construction materials are not stored properly. You also need to keep your site clean and safe for those who are working on it. So if you have bricks, sands, lumber and machinery on site, without proper storage, you can expect all sorts of problem to occur and thereby impeding the progress of the work. This can mean loss and therefore, you have to get a good storage solution.

Storage for Contractors

Most contractors work out of their trucks because they don’t have an actual office space or a warehouse to store their tools, equipment and materials. Having a rented centralized storage facility near your project saves time and money when you need to transport materials and equipment. Again, here you can see the cost cutting advantage of renting a good storage facility.

You can also rest assured that your materials are secured at the storage facility. Los Rios Storage is equipped with computerized gate entry and CCTV surveillance system that ensures your stuff are well protected while you are away.

Tips in Storing Tools

When storing small tools, you need to put them in plastic bins to protect them from dust, dirt and natural elements. This will greatly extend their longevity allowing you to use them for extended period and get your investment’s worth. The bins will also allow you to maximize your space in the storage unit because its easier to stack them. Its also easier to carry bins to your truck to your construction site. Make sure to label storage bins so that you won’t have a difficult time locating your tools when the time comes that you need them.


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