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5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Get a Manicure


Do you need a manicure?

Manicures have been used for a long time to help repair fingernails and also keep them looking nice. People will get manicures performed as a routine part of their beauty care and others will only have them performed before a big day. Whether you get a manicure on a regular basis or because you are going somewhere nice, there are reasons that everyone needs to get them done. Your local spa facility will have nail services available to help keep your nails looking fresh and clean.


It is important to keep your nails groomed and manicured to prevent fungus and damaged nails. You will know it is time to go to the spa when your nails are discolored or if you are finding multiple hangnails that keep ripping off.

When you go into the spa, the nail technician will be able to treat your nails and cuticles to help promote healthy growth. They can also remove any hangnails that you do have safely without causing you pain.


A manicure is perfect if you are going out for a night on the town or even going to a job interview. The manicure will help keep your nails pretty, smooth, and looking clean. When you go into the nail spa, the technician will prep your nails and also shape and cut them for you.

Once done, she will then apply a layer of paint to your nails to make them stand out and look professional. Painting your nails can help enhance an outfit.

Smooth Hands

If your hands are rough and dry, a manicure can take that away. When you go in for a manicure, your nail technician will rub your hands and also take care of them for you. This will leave them feeling silky smooth and they will be free from any rough patches.

You will be able to feel confident knowing that people are not staring at your dry hands.

Prevents Nail Biting

If you are a nail biter, you may want to consider a manicure. This will help you stop biting your nails because you do not want to mess up the polish on your fingers. Many women who have trouble with nail biting tend to get a manicure because it helps deter them from doing so and it keeps their nails and hands looking radiant.


If you are stressed out and looking for a way to relax, allow your hands to help you start. If you use your hands on a regular basis and they feel tight or tense, opt in for a manicure. You will be able to relax from the massage and you will feel much better afterwards.

Manicures are important because they can help boost your confidence and keep your hands looking beautiful. Many people go for manicures once to twice a month depending on how long their nail polish lasts. Nail care is important and if you are not keeping your nails in good health, they will chip, break, and discolor easy. Going in for a routine manicure will help you feel better and also relax you.

12 Mar Posted by in Manicure | Comments

10 Answers to Your Questions about Manicures

ManicureManicures are a great way to pamper yourself and make your hands look nice. When you go in to a spa for a manicure, you will be able to choose from different nail polish colors. Once the manicure begins, you will be whisked away to a paradise of relaxation. Your nail technician is experienced and knows how to manicure your nails to make them look beautiful and well taken care of. Not only will a manicure make your nails look pretty, your cuticles will remain healthy and your hands will stay soft.

Many women have questions about manicures and want to know more information about them before getting one done. This blog post will delve into the 10 most popular manicure questions and their answers.

What Can I Expect at My Manicure Appointment?

When you first arrive at the spa, you will be seated and your nail technician will remove any nail polish that is currently on your nails. Once done, she will then shape your nails and file them down for you. If they need to be cut, they will be at this point.

The technician will then place a cuticle cream or oil on your cuticles, trim them and push them back. After your cuticles are primed, you will then receive a hand massage. This massage will relax your hand and provide you with a nice experience.

After your massage, your technician will apply a coat of nail polish. You can choose which color you would like and you can even have designs added to your nails. Once the polish is applied, your fingernails will need to dry.

What is a Gel Manicure?

A gel manicure is considered a nail treatment that uses a gel substance to bind your natural nails to artificial nails. The gel is applied just like a traditional nail polish and this process adheres the artificial nail your nail. Your hand will then be placed under a UV light to dry and seal the nail.

Will a Manicure Hurt?

No. Manicures do not cause any pan and are actually very relaxing and feel good. If you do experience any pain, you should tell your nail technician immediately.

Are the Tools That They Use Clean?

Yes. The tools are sterilized and cleaned after every single use. The chemicals used to clean the tools contain a bacteria killing substance and will sterilize the tools for the next use. Often times, the salon or spa will allow the tools to soak in a solution for 10 minutes or so to completely disinfect them. In addition, nail files should be thrown away after each use.

Is My Nail Technician Trained?

Yes. Your nail technician has taken classes to learn the art of performing manicures and is also licensed to do so. This means they have passed all necessary requirements and tests. They are recognized by the state to perform their job.

Why Are My Nails Discolored?

Discoloration can occur for a couple of different reasons. One of the main reasons is because your nails are not receiving enough air. This can be due to nail polish sitting on the nails for an extended period of time or continually getting your nails done without any break in between. To avoid this, you should allow your nails to breathe for some time before getting another manicure.

Another reason for discoloration includes fungus. This will need to be medically treated.

How Often Should I Get a Manicure?

Many women get a manicure once a month; however, this will depend on you personally. Maybe you only want to have one performed for special occasions? You will also need to consider how fast your nail grows and how often you chip the paint. You can adjust how often you should get a manicure accordingly.

Can I Bring in My Own Nail Polish?

While the salon or spa has many different colors to choose from, you can bring in your own nail polish if you prefer and a nail technician will apply to your nails.

What is an Airbrushed Manicure?

The process of airbrushing will allow your nail technician to create art on your fingernails. The process is painless and is performed using an airbrush. Not every technician is able to perform this so it is important to ask first if you want nail art.

Is the UV Lamp Dangerous?

There have been mixed reviews about whether or not the UV nail drying machine is dangerous or not. Some studies have shown that there is no damage while others have said all UV rays can cause skin cancer. It is generally safe to use the machine, however, you can apply sunscreen to help protect your hands.

You can also ask to dry your hands with a fan or even an LED light instead of the UV light.

Spring Cleaning: How to Prepare Your Body for Spring Fashion

Spring BodySpring cleaning is not just for your home and performing a full spring clean on your body is the perfect way to get ready for this spring season. Think about all of the cute sundresses and bikinis you will be able to wear in a couple months. Now think about your body, is it ready yet? There are a couple different things you can do to make yourself ready for your big show off this season.

Leg Waxing

One of the first things you should do is get an upper and lower leg wax. This wax will take care of your thigh down to the end of your leg and will provide you with silky smooth legs that you can show off whenever you want. You will be able to feel confident knowing that you do not have any stubble, missed hairs, cuts, or razor burns.

Bikini Wax

In addition to a leg wax, a bikini wax is perfect if you plan on wearing a bikini to the pool or beach. The wax does not take long to perform and will leave your skin smooth and free from any hairs. This type of wax is ideal for anyone who plans on wearing a bathing suit that shows off their bikini area.

Mani / Pedi

A spa pedicure and spa manicure are ideal for anyone who wants to treat their hands and feet to a relaxing treatment. Throughout the manicure and pedicure, you will receive a series of different treatments including a scrub, massage, and even cuticle and callus removal. Once your manicure and pedicure are over, you can choose to have your nails painted any color that you like. The paint on your nails will be that extra touch to boost your appearance this spring.

Back Facial

Lastly, a back facial is perfect before you get ready to go out on the town this spring. Back facials are relaxing and will help to treat any acne that may be present on your back. They will also moisturize and exfoliate your skin allowing it to look its best.

Preparing your body for the spring and summer season is perfect because it allows you to get your body ready for that big day and you won’t be scrambling last minute to get everything done. Feel confident in anything you wear this spring and enjoy the weather.

19 Feb Posted by in Blog, Manicure | Comments

Beautiful Fingernails: The Dos and Don’ts

Nail CareHave you looked at your fingernails lately? Many people do not take the time to look at their fingernails and just assume that they are doing okay. It is important to keep an eye on your nails to ensure that they are healthy and also strong. Weak, brittle, and yellowed nails are not healthy and they also look bad. Below are some dos and don’ts so that you can have healthy fingernails.


1.    Keep your nails trimmed.

Keeping your nails trimmed will help keep the nail from breaking and also splitting. A nail that is not trimmed on a regular basis will continue to grow and can get in the way. When you do cut your nails, you promote healthy growth as well.

2.    File your nails.

Filing your nails will help keep them looking nice and also even. When you file them, you help keep them smooth and even so that they do not snag on other surfaces and rip off.

3.    Keep your nails clean and dry.

You should make sure to keep your fingernails clean. You can use tools to remove any dirt that gets trapped under your fingernail. You should do this once a day to help keep them clean. They will also appear nicer when there is no dirt under the nail.

Wet nails can help produce bacteria which will result in yellowed and weakened nails. Always dry the nails off properly and thoroughly after washing your hands.

4.    Moisturize.

Rubbing lotion into your cuticles will help keep them healthy and also look nice. The moisturizer is responsible for helping smooth the area around your cuticles and you will no longer have to worry about that piece of skin or nail that gets stuck.


1.    Pull off a hangnail.

Pulling off a hangnail can cause it to get worse and will cause you pain. You may rip some tissue and this can result in bleeding and also redness.

2.    Avoid using your nails for other things.

It is important to avoid using your fingernails to perform operations that tools are designed for. You should avoid picking and poking at things with your fingernails as this can cause them to break.

3.    Ignoring your nails.

Never ignore your fingernails. If your nails hurt, are discolored, or are causing you any other problems. You should speak with a healthcare professional right away.

4.    Avoid biting your nails.

It may be difficult for you to do, but you need to avoid biting your fingernails. Biting them will cause them to be rough and also cause damage to the surrounding nail bed and cuticle.

These dos and don’ts will help you keep your finger nails looking healthy and nice. Remember, if you are going to paint your fingernails, you should allow them to breathe in between each painting to avoid discoloration of the nail.

08 Jan Posted by in Blog, Manicure | Comments

Spice Up Your Manicure With Nail Art

nail artAny time you plan a new manicure, getting creative with nail art can drastically transform the outcome of the overall look you are able to create. Whether you enjoy designing your own nail art creations from scratch or if you prefer to use appliques and pre-made art, there are unlimited options available with enough creativity of your own.

Creating Your Own Nail Art

It is possible to create your own nail art using specific brushes that are thinner and designed for hand-painting on nails using traditional nail polish. These brushes can be purchased individually or within a bottle of polish that is specifically-designed for thinner strokes and designs. Using a thinner brush allows you to create intricate patterns and shapes such as entire outdoor scenes, animals or even checkerboards. It is possible to seek out inspiration for nail art by browsing online communities and watching video guides on various techniques, such as marbling and using tape during your manicures.

Purchasing Nail Art

It is also possible to purchase nail art to apply directly to real or fake nails. Nail art comes as glitter, stick-on objects and even items that must be glued to the nail’s surface to stay intact. Whether you are seeking a glam look or if you want to add funky stripes to a few of your nails, you can find a variety of pre-made nail art designs for sale. Purchasing nail art is possible locally at salons, larger superstores and other beauty product shops. It is also possible to find the nail art you are seeking right from home, where you can also find one-of-a-kind nail art options.

Spicing up your next manicure with a variety of nail art is a great way to show off your skills, celebrate an upcoming holiday or simply get creative with your beauty regimen.

03 Jan Posted by in Blog, Manicure | Comments

Get a Manicure to Complete Your Professional Look

professionalmanicureGone are the days when a new business suit was enough to complete a professional look. Clients and coworkers increasingly pay attention to the smallest of details. A manicure can go a long way in adding to a polished appearance for today’s professional.

A manicure can involved several different treatments, but in general manicures involve cleaning and shaping fingernails so that the nail appears neat and well cared for. Manicures can include polishing, cuticle trimming, hand massages, and other decorative or therapeutic treatments if they are desired. Regular manicures can also prevent hangnails, dry hands, and broken nails which can be common for people in many professions.

Both men and women undergo regular manicure sessions in order to add the desired professional touch. Manicured hands demonstrate the importance of minute details. A professional with a manicured hand demonstrates their belief in presentation and personal health, and the effort will be appreciated.

Manicures provide many health benefits for professionals. Manicures often involve massages and exfoliation treatments which can improve blow flow and skin health. Manicurists can also check for infection or other problems cause by hangnails, cuticle maintenance, or other problems. Manicures also provide a time of relaxation and rejuvenation for the professional who might otherwise never have the time for it.

Manicures have both personal and health benefits for the modern professional. It demonstrates attention to detail and concern for personal appearance as well as an interest in maintaining overall health. Professionals of both genders will appreciate the benefits that come with getting regular manicures.

27 Nov Posted by in Blog, Manicure | Comments

Shine On with A Shellac Manicure

shellacDeveloped by California Nail Design (CND), Shellac Nail Polish has brought a new wave of luster to the manicure market. This innovative nail polish represents several improvements over traditional nail polish products and is touted to be superior, safer and longer-lasting than gel nail polish. As Shellac nails gain popularity, here are 10 facts that give you better insight into this wonder product.

1. Formulation of Shellac

Known as a hybrid nail polish, Shellac is a clever combination of nail polish and

gel, making it a longer-lasting, easy to apply nail product than traditional nail


2. Durability

Shellac’s strength of formulation gives it the power to stay on flawlessly for a

minimum of 14 days and can last up to 3 weeks.

3. Naturally Beautiful Fingertips

This product is ideal for people who seek to enhance their natural nails. It is not

suitable for application on artificial nails.

4. Accelerated Drying Time

Developed as a UV-cured product, Shellac offers a quick drying time of 10 minutes

after application, under a CND UV lamp.

5. At Home or at the Salon?

Shellac is a professional product that is designed for salon manicures.

6. Incredible Shine

Super-lustrous shine that does not fade or dull over time is one of the defining

features of Shellac.

7. Chip and Smudge-Resistant

With Shellac, you have chip and smudge-free performance for 2 weeks or more, so you

spend less time on your nails and at the salon.

8. Trendy Colors to Suit the Mood

From nude, bare, blush to bold, rich and vibrant, Shellac comes in a range of shades

and colors that allow you to experiment and create the look you want for your nails.

9. Easy Removal

When it’s time to change your colors, removing Shellac takes a quick dip of your

fingertips in acetone at the salon.

10. Enhances and Protects

Technology combines with gloss and performance to create a product that looks

gorgeous, wears well, protects and strengthens your nails.

18 Oct Posted by in Blog, Manicure | Comments

3 Foods for Stronger Nails

strong nailsEvery woman out there, at one time or another, has been faced with the problem of thin, brittle finger nails that seem as if they are constantly chipping and breaking. Although you could take vitamin supplements or use special kinds of nail polish specifically made to toughen your nails, there are also other methods you can use for stronger nails. For example, your diet can affect how tough your nails are. In fact, there are several wonderful foods that you can eat to get the tough, durable finger nails that you desire.

One example of a good that will help strengthen your finger nails is fruit. Not only is fruit great to snack on, but it can easily be put on your favorite desserts as well. An example of fruits especially good for your nails are dried apricots for Vitamin A, kiwis for Vitamin C, and bananas for Vitamin B6. These fruits, as well as many others, are not only good for nails, but they will also keep the rest of your body healthy as well.

Another example of a great good to promote healthy nails is meat. Lean meats specifically are best for your nails. Calves’s liver and kidney contain biotin, iron, and protein, all of which can help nails grow more strong and healthy. Read meats also contains many of the vitamins that help promote healthy nails.

Lastly, eggs are an excellent food source that can lead to healthier nails. Eggs contain protein, which can lead to tougher nails. They also contain calcium, biotin, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E. Eggs can help solve that constant problem of having brittle, easily breakable nails.

In conclusion, by eating healthier foods, you will be able to get the long, strong finger nails that you desire.


Tea Tree: Mother Nature’s Miracle Oil

Tea Tree OilTea tree oil is an essential oil derived from a plant that is only found naturally in Australia. When diluted and applied topically, this oil can be used for many purposes from healing of the body to cleaning of household surfaces. This is because tea tree oil has natural antiseptic properties that can help heal infections that are bacterial, viral, and fungal in nature.

Tea Tree Oil for Massage

Dilute tea tree oil in a carrier oil, such as grapeseed, coconut, or almond oil. This can be used as part of a regular massage routine for the aromatherapy and healing benefits. Tea tree oil can help reduce acne, skin infections, inflammation, burns, sunburns, rashes, dry skin, and many other skin issues. A foot massage with tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil will help clear up athlete’s foot and ringworm. Those who suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other painful conditions can benefit with massage of tea tree oil combined with grapeseed oil. Use as part of your post-workout routine to reduce aching muscles. This essential oil has also been found to help regenerate skin cell renewal, so massage can help rejuvenate tired, aging skin.

Tea Tree Oil for Manicure or Pedicure

Tea tree oil can be diluted in a hand or foot soak as part of a manicure or pedicure. A few drops added to your usual soak, soapy water, or just plain water can help clear up nail fungus or prevent its formation. As noted above, a dilution of tea tree oil is useful for treating ringworm and athlete’s foot. Mix with a carrier oil and rub into calluses, corns, and bunions before and after traditional scrubs and treatments.


09 Oct Posted by in Blog, Manicure | Comments

Nail Color Tips and Trends For Fall

fall nail colorAs you swap out your bright, sunny summer makeup for richer, deeper shades that better reflect the season that is now upon us, don’t forget to update your nail color wardrobe, as well. This year’s manicure palette for autumn is brimming with warm, sophisticated, and delicious shades of chocolate, russet, and burgundy.

If you’re the type who is intimidated by darker nail colors, don’t despair. Use these tips and techniques to choose and apply and autumn-appropriate nail color shade with ease and confidence.

Think deep and warm. When you’re choosing a darker shade for autumn, make sure you stick with a color that has warm undertones. Fire engine red and stark purples are better suited to colder weather. For fall, opt for shades with warm undertones and golden highlights.

Pick a flattering shade. Even though trendsetters have identified rich brown-based tones as the ‘it’ nail colors for this autumn, it’s still important to ensure that your chosen shade is a good match with your skin. Beauty experts say it’s always more important to pick a flattering shade than to hew to the hot new color. Try to find a compromise between the latest palettes and a polish color that really brings out the best in your complexion.

Use a base coat. When you’re working with a darker nail polish, it’s important to protect your nails from stains. Begin with a base coat to make sure the lacquer doesn’t leave a lasting mark. Some base coats also have the advantage of extending the life of your manicure and improving the texture and health of your nails.

Zap away mistakes. There’s nothing worse than trying to give yourself a manicure and winding up with tiny flecks of dark nail polish splattered all around your cuticles. Before you begin applying your dark lacquer, have an orange stick or cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover at the ready. That way, when you make a mistake, you can use it to erase any stray polish quickly and easily.

Aim for balance. When you get right down to it, nail color is an accessory. If you’re opting for an intense and dramatic nail look, you might want to dial down your other accents, such as jewellery, scarves, and the like. If you pair a bold nail palette with too many accessories, the total affect may be over the top.