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30 Mar Posted by in Blog, Manicure | Comments

7 Common Types of French Manicures

Manicure, nail art, hand careHaving beautiful nails are one of women greatest assets, and taking care of them is even more important. When nail maintenance is needed, most women will find themselves visiting the nearest nail salon for a manicure treatment. And if they just want a day of spoiling, they can opt out to visit a day spa for the full package of services that include facials, body wraps, and massages. If the spa is equipped with its own nail salon, pedicures and manicures can complete the “me time” list.

Although there are many types of manicures like gel manicures and shellac manicures that are available in nail salons today, one of the most popular and requested with nail polish colors for spring is the French manicure. This manicure features a white nail tip with a clear coat covering. But if you want your nails to stand out from the norm, there are other choices to select from, which is discussed in the following:

• Colored French Manicure. Other nail colors than the classic white are used on the nail tip.

• Free Hand French Manicure. Painting the tip and other designs on the nail without using a template.

• Air Brushed French Manicure. The airbrushing technique sprays the colors on, using a guide on the nail to create the white tip. To add more creativity, designs can also be incorporated to add flair to the nail.

• Glitter French Manicure. Use a glittery top coat on the tips of nails to achieve the look.

• Stamped French Manicure. Use a KONAD Nail Art stamp to put tip and/or design on nails.

• Sequins French Manicure. Use a coat of clear gel polish; add glitter polish to tip of nails; then add sequin while wet to get the required look.

• Upside Down French Manicure. This includes uniquely placing the tip color at the bottom of nail and the color that would be used at the bottom of nail on the tip. The shape would be reversed at the bottom.

When it comes to choosing which French manicure is the best for your usage, there are few things to consider including health issues such as allergies, asthma, or bacterial nail infections. Then there is the cost of the procedure. Make sure it is within your budget for the first visit and the follow-ups. If you ask questions and do the research, then you will be able to decide which French manicure will best benefit you.

The Only Brittle we want is Peanut!

manicure, fingernail care, fingernail lotions, remedy for brittle nails, causes of brittle nailsDo you suffer with brittle nail syndrome? Well it’s not the end of the world. Seek a remedy for brittle nails that works for you. It’s so annoying when your nails start to grow and you think “wow, they’re lookin good”, and then they start to chip and break. I hate when I see that tiny little white crack on the side of a good nail.  You know that’s not going to end well. Sometimes it’s below the skin level which really means a big “ouch” if it tears or breaks off, it’s a bleeder.  (more…)

Nailed It!

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I don’t know about you, but a manicure is a fun and inexpensive way to lift my spirits and make me feel pretty.  We all need a little pampering and it doesn’t have to be expensive. With the abundance of nail polish colors for spring, we can play every week trying out different colors. Whether you’re the type that just wants to match your nails to your skin tone, or enjoys matching colors to your outfits, there are so many choices to play with.

 

When looking for a beautiful color to match your skin tone, think of this as finding your facial foundation shade. Check out these tips for matching nail polish to your skin tone.  (more…)

Are You Gellin’?

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If you are thinking of getting a gel manicure, talk to your day spa technician and ask questions. It may not be for you. It’s always a good idea to ask questions prior to any spa treatment.  There are pluses, but there are also some risks that might affect you and your health. For some it’s just a cost issue. A gel manicure costs more than a regular manicure because there is more involved and different products used. Many women prefer to have a gel manicure because it saves them time out of their busy home/work life because it will last longer so they don’t need to make frequent weekly trips to the salon for a manicure. Time is precious, yet we still deserve our little luxuries.  (more…)

Make Mine Marsala!

Manicure, pedicure, nail polish, nail polish colorsAre you one of those people who follow fashions hottest colors and trends for the New Year? Well if you haven’t heard already, the new hip hop hottest color of 2015 is Marsala. Marsala is a versatile, warm and rich color, with hues that evoke images of Indian spice and red wine. Pop artists Taylor Swift and Beyonce have been wearing the latest shade already. Reminiscent of a fine Italian wine, Marsala is thirst quenching.

 

The brownish red rich color of Italian wine is predicted to become the hottest hue for weddings too.  Just think of all the sexy dresses you’ll find in Marsala that you can mix and match with the perfect nail polish and jewelry. Wow, just imagine how hot and sultry you will look.  Some brides might even consider Marsala as their choice of bridesmaids dresses too. What a beautiful rich color for your wedding photos.  (more…)

Healing in the Waters

Spa, manicure, pedicure, body wrap, stress relief, relaxation, day spa, aromatherapyThe ancient Egyptians recognized the healing powers of water in 2000 BC.  The Romans were very strong believers in the power of hydrotherapy.  People travelled from all over England to Bath to wash away infirmities as early as AD 1138.  Several modern treatments have evolved from the ancient tradition of bathing.

 

Different treatments use water properties, such as pressure and temperature for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat symptoms of some diseases. Hot water immersion is said to be good for the heart and can lower blood pressure. A warm bath and hand soak before a manicure will quiet and soothe your body. The warmth we feel during a pedicure or body wrap at the day spa is a stress relief and an excellent form of relaxation.  (more…)

Great Colors for winter

Manicure, pedicure, nail polish, nail polish colorsThe holidays come to mind when we think of winter time. Silver and gold, red and green abound as the colors of the holiday season. So with these festivities we also like to dress up for Christmas and New Years. Nail polish colors are an important part of our holiday attire. It’s a fun time to get a fancy manicure or pedicure with holiday flare.

 

Red nail color tones are always popular in the winter months. For some, that’s as festive as it gets. Others will go all out with decorative nail art and fancy glitter tones mixed and matched. But, there are still some people who desire a neutral color manicure and pedicure. French manicures are very pretty and popular for every season, not just the winter.  (more…)

Fall 2014 Nail Polish Trends

fall nail colorIf variety is the spice of life, you can compare the Fall 2014 nail polish trends to a Moroccan souk. The manicure trends for the upcoming season run the gamut from sheer, ladylike nudes to space age gunmetal talons. Here is a rundown of each fall trend and where you should show it off:

 

Nude

Nude polishes are ladylike and understated, and they were all over the runways. Some polishes are transparent, making you have to have to look twice to see if the nail is really painted at all. Other versions of this trend appear more opaque, even venturing into white.

Where to Wear It: This is a great look for everything from playing tennis or giving a presentation to a board. People might not notice your nails, but they will hear what you have to say.

 

Oxblood/Burgundy

Oxblood or burgundy nail polish lends a big-city vibe to your manicure. Darker and deeper than traditional cherry red, this fall trend is broody and works great with fall’s grey, navy, and, of course, black clothes.

Where to Wear It: Oxblood is the color to wear to an art exhibit or film festival.

 

Gunmetal

The shiny metallic nail trend for this fall is a way to get your nails noticed, so only go this direction if you are prepared for that kind of attention.

Where to Wear It: Whether you wear this trend in typical ovals or daring claws, this is not something you are going to want to rock in the board room or court room. Wear a shocking, shiny gunmetal manicure to the party of the season.
Try whichever fall trend speaks to you, or, better yet, go for them all. You have all season, after all.

Preparing for Your Manicure: 8 Tips

professionalmanicureA manicure is a relaxing treatment that not only makes your nails look awesome, it helps your hands feel nice. Your nail technician will perform your manicure for you and she will use any color nail polish that you would like. This means that you can match your outfit to your nails for that special big event you planned on attending. Preparing to get a manicure is one way to help you get ready for your big day at the spa.

1. Bring your choice of nail polish color with you. If you bring in your own bottle of nail polish, your nail technician will apply it to your nails for you. This allows you to touch up at home if for some reason you chip the polish. If you choose a color in-spa then you may not have the same color at home to do a touchup.

2. Choosing simple designs is best. Although you may want to go all out and get a design and squiggles, it is recommended that you choose something simple to keep it light. This will also guarantee that your color and design matches with everything you choose.

3. Before you go into the nail salon, remove polish. You can allow your nail technician to remove old polish for you, but if you are on a schedule or want to get straight to the massage and color, consider removing your polish at home first.

4. Being on time for your manicure is important. If you have an appointment to get your manicure done, arrive early. If you show up late, other people may be seen before you as they have booked appointments as well. Just because you are running late does not mean that everyone will accommodate you.

5. Always tip your nail technician. It is customary to tip your nail technician so you can be prepared by having your tip money ready beforehand. This also prevents you from having to pull out your wallet and scuff your nails.

6. Dress comfortably the day you get your manicure. This ensures that you will not be fiddling with buttons and zippers which can chip your polish.

7. Schedule your activities far enough out. A manicure can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half depending on what is being done, etc. Always plan your activities a few hours after your appointment and plan on being at the nail facility for at least 2 hours to give you enough time.

8. Choose your nail polish color before your appointment. You can choose your color from the nail facility but you should choose it prior to your appointment so you are not standing there trying to choose and cutting into your appointment time.

Getting a manicure is fun and it will help keep your nails healthy and your skin soft. Stop by your local spa facility and have a manicure performed.

Learn How to Avoid Fungus from Acrylic Nails

professionalmanicureYou already know that it is important to take care of your nails. Although many people know this, they neglect proper nail care once they start wearing acrylic nails. If you are suffering from nail fungus then you may experience brittle nails that hurt and tear over time. Your nail technician can alert you to any potential problems and let you know once fungus is beginning to form.

What Causes Nail Fungus?

Acrylic nail fungus grows underneath the acrylic nail and on your actual fingernail. Once the fungus is present, it is easy for it to live and spread because of the moisture and humidity between the layers of acrylic and real nail.

It is not impossible to get fungus from improperly cleaned nail tools so it is important to make sure the company you are using has sterilized their equipment thoroughly before using it on your nails.

The fungus begins to grow especially when acrylic nails are not put on correctly or they are loose. This loosening allows water to become trapped under the nail and there is no way to get the nail completely dry, unless you take the nail off.

Treatment for Nail Fungus

There is treatment available for nail fungus caused by your acrylic nails. The treatments are fairly simple and do not require any type of doctor visits, unless of course the fungus becomes out of control.

One of the first ways to treat your nail fungus is with essential oils. The oils have different properties in them that fight off the fungus and kill it. Scents like lavender are perfect for this and will heal the problem without any side effects.

Vinegar is another great solution and works wonders on nail fungus. Simply soak your affected nails in a bath of vinegar for 30 minutes per day. Continue this process until the fungus is completely gone.

Lastly, Listerine mouthwash works for nail fungus as well. You can soak your nails in the mouthwash for 30 minutes a day. The chemicals in the mouthwash help kill off the fungus.

If the above remedies are not working for your fungus, you will need to visit your doctor. They will be able to prescribe you a medication to kill the bacteria and fungus thriving on your nails.

Identifying Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is fairly easy to identify and most people know once they have it. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Painful nail beds.
  • Painful nails.
  • Soreness and redness around the nail or on the nail.
  • Discolored nails.
  • Pus on the nails.
  • Lines or streaking of the nails.

If you have any questions about the way your local spa handles sterilizing their tools, speak with them. They are used to questions and would rather you ask then stay silent. You can feel confident getting acrylic nails if you know how to properly take care of them. Acrylic nail fungus is not common but it is not uncommon either. The best way to avoid nail fungus altogether is to take care of your nails properly.