Jan 132013
Manicure "Magic New Year's Eve

At the starting milestone of year 2013. On the one hand, it is sad that time and forever, it seems, is moving forward very quickly. On the other hand, let’s remember that we leave behind is not the easiest.


ORLY company offers its own version of New Year’s nail design, who answered the latest trends in manicure, make you a star of the evening and on the right – the most stylish woman of the New Year! Continue reading »

Jan 092013
European mill manicure

European mill manicure for those women who are used regularly and take good care of their hands. It is based on the opinion of the dangers cosmetologistsEuropean mill manicure cuticle cutting. Experts say that after the usual manicure, it thickens and becomes coarse, fast growing, there are burrs on the fingers. Europe is edging method – a more gentle. It comes in two forms – dry and wet.

As in a standard manicure, with edging begins with cleansing the nails and removing the old varnish. If you do the manicure is not in the cabin, and independently , it is best to remove the old coating before, to the nails had time to rest, to breathe. Then they will be healthier. Continue reading »

Jan 072013

Problems with fingernails may indicate and improper care. In the event that for any reason, nails causing trouble, you can use our tips.


Problems Causes Decision
Nails split and stratified Perhaps you are cutting scissors nail plate without pre-wetting. Or processing metal nail file. Or maybe use too concentrated nail polish remover? Sawed nails nail file only with a special coating. Always nail file in one direction only – from the corners to the center. Wear nail polish remover without acetone. Apply twice a week strengthens transparent varnish only at the tips of the nails. Make sure that part of the nail polish did not include formaldehyde
Appear mikrotreschinki Probably you file nails too deep on the sides or “fidget” nail file on your nails back and forth. Properly file nails
The nails are soft This may be due to poor circulation in the fingers and hands. Make regular hand massage with a nourishing cream.
Deformed nails: formed transverse wavy irregularities. The result of over-exposure to the nail plate when the manicure (too much pressure on the nail in the formation regrown cuticle, causing damaged matrix, from which it originates). Carefully grind the nail special sawing. Hover polish with nail polisher, first using it more granular way, then – the fine covering for final polishing. Polished nails can be old and “granny” method – a piece of flannel or suede, sprinkled with a mixture of equal parts of starch, talc and boric acid.
Formed longitudinal grooves The reason may be a lack of vitamins, mechanical damage, aging, fungal infection. Seek medical attention – it will determine the cause of “bump” the nail plate and, therefore, prescribe treatment
Nails are thinned. This is the result of too frequent grinding surface of the nail. Try not to use too much to polish the nail.
Nails become brittle and break. Nail bed may be too dry.
Perhaps the body lacks essential fatty acids.
Nails can just “choke” under a coat of paint for the continued use of lacquer.
Your nail polish remover can be acetone.
The reason may be chlorinated water, detergents and mechanical contact with a hard surface.
Daily rub into the skin around the nail almond oil.
Eat more nuts and oily fish.
Give your nails a break from nail polish, at least 2 days a week.
Choose paints and nail polish remover, whose composition does not include acetone.
Morning and evening in the intensive massage with special nails or nourishing hand cream.
Follow the “dirty water” homework gloves, pre inflicting on hand barrier cream.
Nails yellow. It happened on a dark pigment color lakes.
Or nicotine.
Be sure to apply a protective varnish bright basis.
A smoking generally best avoided.
Pale or bluish fingernails. Pale nails indicate that anemia, bluish – a consequence of poor circulation. Check with your doctor and increase the consumption of foods high in iron (grenades, buckwheat, apples).
There are white spots. In your body or zinc deficiency or excess of sugar. Reduce your intake of sugar and eat more foods high in zinc (bread from wheat flour, eggs, and seafood).
There were brown spots. This means a lack of protein, folic acid, or vitamin C. Lean on citrus and nuts.
Ingrown Toenails Do you wear tight shoes odd.
Incorrect sawing or cutting the
Make a leather cap, fill it with butter and daily before bedtime wear on your finger. Raskisnet nail and the pain will stop. Then using a pen knife, carefully lift up the edge of the nail, put under a gauze or absorbent paper. Layer of gauze (paper) gradually increase. Lift the ingrowing nail a considerable distance, tie pin. The so-called “wild meat” settle down, sore heals, the pain will stop.


Jan 062013
nail stencil technique

An attractive alternative to nail extensions with bonded tips is the stencil technique. Used it is especially so if, for various reasons no hints are welcome if the nail needs to be fixed if there is no matching for the natural nail tips (oversize, undersize, very flat nails), allergies to the Tip Glue, with deformed nails and nail-biters.


Unlike the gel technique with tips on where the natural nail should be no more than two millimeters beyond the tip of the finger, the natural nail sticking here at least two millimeters beyond it, otherwise is not a nail design with template technique possible. The natural nail is just as prepared as the nails with tips – that is, hands should be washed thoroughly, the cuticles gently pushed back, the nail buffer using a fine file or slightly matted, thus created the nail dust thoroughly removed. Continue reading »

Dec 252012
Nail Anatomy

Healthy nails are smooth, shiny, and translucent pink colored. They also have a normal growth pattern. Unhealthy nails can have disorders and result in Nail Anatomyabnormal growth.
The technical term for nail is “onyx”. Nails are considered part of the skin; they are made up of keratin, like the skin and hair. But nails are a harder form of keratin than skin and hair. They help to protect and grasp.
The average rate of growth for adult nails is 1/8” per month. Toenails grow even slower. Nails can replace themselves within 3-4 months. They do grow quicker in the summer than the winter. The nail on the middle finger grows the fastest, and the nail on the thumb the slowest.

Parts of the Fingernail:

  1. Nail Plate: Main part of the nail that is attached to the skin at the top layer of the finger. Although it looks like one piece, it is actually formed in layers.
  2. Nail Root: This is where the nail growth begins. It is embedded under the skin at the base of the nail. Continue reading »

Nov 272012

Anatomically fingernails and toenails, which are made of a tough protein called keratin and are produced from living skin cells in the fingers and toes, are made up of many different parts:

  • • The free edge is the part of the nail that extends past the finger, beyond the nail plate. There are no nerve endings in the nail – this is the growing part of the nail still under the skin at the nail’s proximal end.
  • • eponychium or cuticle, is the fold of skin at the proximal end of the nail.
  • • paronychium is the fold of skin on the sides of the nail.
  • • hyponychium is the attachment between the skin of the finger or toe and the distal end of the nail.
  • • nail plate is the hard and translucent portion, composed of keratin.
  • • nail bed is the adherent connective tissue that underlies the nail, often colloquially referred to as the “quick.”
  • • lunula is the crescent shaped whitish area of the nail bed (when visible)
  • • nail fold a fold of hard skin overlapping the base and sides of a fingernail or toenail.

In common usage the word nail usually refers to the nail plate only. Nails grow at an average rate of 3 millimeters a month Fingernails require 3 to 6 months to regrow completely.

Toenails require 12 to 18 months. Actual growth rate is dependent upon age, gender, season, exercise level, and hereditary factors. Contrary to popular belief, nails do not continue to grow after death; the skin dehydrates and tightens, making the nails (and hair) appear to grow. This growth record can show the history of recent health and physiological imbalances, and has been used as a diagnostic tool since ancient times.Major illness will cause a deep groove to form across the nails. Discoloration, thinning, thickening, brittleness, splitting, grooves, Mees’ lines, small white spots, receded lunula, clubbing (convex), flatness, spooning (concave) can indicate illness in other areas of the body, nutrient deficiencies, drug reaction or poisoning, or merely local injury. Nails can also become thickened (onychogryphosis), loosened (onycholysis), infected with fungus (onychomycosis) or degenerative (onychodystrophy); for further information see nail diseases.

Nail Care Explicit s

The nail care business is roaring with Manicures, pedicures, imitation tips, paraffin fixes, nail jewelry – and nail salons looking on every joint.

There was a time when exclusively the upper class had regular manicures, but presently it’s very common. Whether you go to a salon every week, or decide to buff and polish the nails at home, it’s critical to promptly attend to your nails.

Take a peep at your hands. What do they suggest about you? Consider about what they suggest to others. Are your hands harsh, red, irritated? Or, are they smooth and charming?

Are your cuticles chopped? Or have you removed or pushed them back? Hot pink or French tips, it’s not the color you wear that matters. What surely matters is the status of your hands and nails, and you are able to improve the class of your nails by taking a few simple steps.

Cover-up your nails

Use gloves when washing the dishes or the kitchen. Please do not employ your nails as tools. They aren’t meant to scrape the price stickers off your newly bought picture frame! Be sure to apply sunscreen everywhere down to the bends of your nails. Sun upsets nails, too.

Moisturize the nails periodically.

Any time you wash your hands, you are required to moisturize your hands. Keep hand cream in your tote. Keep a bottle in each bathroom of your home and also one nearby the kitchen sink.

Nails are required to breath

Anytime, ditch the polish out of your manicure routine. Let your nails get a bit of oxygen.
Do not apply nail products having formaldehyde. Don’t employ it on your nails, it’s not safe.
Gelatin surely does perform. You thought it was a misapprehension when you were taught it as a teenager, but it’s correct. Eating gelatin helps your nails raise blooming and healthful.


Fresh fruits, water, protein from meats and fish, vegetables, and vitamins (multi and E, in particular) all activate nail growth.


maintain your home manicure set clean. At the salon, procure a set from the nail technician. The salon will employ it only for you. They’re cheap and critical to fend yourself from fungus and communicable infections.

In no way remain shy, be sure your manicurist acknowledges that you take cleanliness sincerely.

Nail Care – Great Looking Nails!

Nail Care: Keeping your nails looking young, healthy and shapely

The shape of your nails can have an affect on your self-esteem, believe it or not. In fact, when you look at your nails you can tell whether or not they are healthy.

How to tell if your nails are healthy:

One way to know if your nails are healthy is whether or not they break easily or not.

Furthermore, the healthiest nails do not have any ridges, lines, or white spots on them (however harmless this slight blemish would be).

More importantly, healthy nails do not appear to have any type of yellow or green discoloration in any way. If your nails appear this way it could be a sign that something else is not right with your body, or a symptom of another condition such as chronic bronchitis or lymphedema (swelling of the hands).

The effect of a poor diet on the nails:

The effect of a poor diet on the nails:

Unhealthy nails could also be a sign that the body is deficient in certain nutrients such as Vitamin E or Calcium. It is very important for you to watch your diet in order to ensure that you have the best-looking nails as possible.

Eating a variety of vegetables and/or dairy that contain calcium in them will help, along with eating certain types of fish. The body also needs plenty of fruits and vegetables daily.

Proper nail care:

Besides dieting correctly, a person needs to use the proper nail care tools for shaping and caring for the nails. If you want healthier-looking nails you will want to invest in a few different products that will help you.

For example a buffer that has three or four different sides would be very helpful. The function of this particular tool is to file, buff, and shine your nails. When you are done using this nail tool your nails will typically look as though you have applied a clear coat of nail sealant to them.

While using a nail file and/or buffer you will usually use each side of the nail buffer on the top and the tips of your nails. While applying each step to the tip of your nails you will want to make sure to stroke the buffer across the tip of your nail in one direction always-not back and forth.

Furthermore, while applying each step of the nail buffer to the top of your nail it is best to work from the inside of your nail to the outside. You may want to read other newsletters like this which may provide you additional nail car tips in the future. You can also research on your own how to properly take car of your nails.

You can also acquire complete manicure sets for either the fingernails or the toenails that include a variety of tools. For instance, the foot manicure set (pedicure) usually will include items such as a micro file which is used for removing rough food callous.

These nail manicure sets also will often come equipped with a tool which helps you properly clean underneath your nails as well. For instance, some sets will include a nail scrubber or a pick device used for digging out dirt.

Don’t bite your nails:

You are advised that if you want healthy nails not to bite them. You also should not bit your cuticles because this could cause infection. You can do research to find out healthy ways to treat your nail cuticles. There are hand held tools and creams that can help your properly remove them.

Nail care cleansing and forming products:

In addition to some of the simple procedures for filing the nails above, you also may make use of a variety of different nail cleansers, conditioners, or moisturizers which will help you keep your nails soft and fresh-looking. You may also want to find products to help you keep your nail cuticles under control as well to promote proper growth.

The more you read about nail care the more you will be educated. You will be further informed regarding other useful nail products as you visit our site or read future newsletters. You are welcome to search for the information you need at your own convenience.


Jul 092012

Really, there is no specific shade(s) that is “in” right now. It’s mostly a seasonal taste preference. In the winter companies have you craving for metalic colours, and dark, frosty browns. In the spring it’s pastels, In the summer it’s frosty light colours and in the fall it’s mattes and browns. But it’s mostly personal preference and your personality. Colours say more about your personality than you know. To you it’s just “oh, that’s a great colour,” but in fact, leading color experts claim that those “great colours” you savor reveal pieces of the inner you that you may not even be aware of.

Red is the vigorous colour of health and long life Continue reading »

Jun 242012

When you’re doing a manicure, don’t cut your cuticles (they grow back thicker), instead gently push them back when they are softened. Also, don’t use a razor to shave your heels when you get a pedicure (same problem..grows thicker), instead soak well and use a pumice.

Moving the nail file back and forth will make your nails split. It’s better to just hold the nail file at an angle and then file in one direction, starting from the left corner going to the center, and then the right corner going to the center. Using short strokes also prevents you from filing away too much.

A manicure is a beauty treatment which involves soaking the hands in softening substances and massaging the hands while filing, shaping and polishing the nails.


1. Protect your nails from getting polish stains by applying a thin layer of clear base coat. This will also help your polish last longer and help you avoid a streaky finish.

2. Gently roll the nail polish in your palms to distribute color before slicking on a coat.

3. A pedicure is similar to a manicure but works to improve the appearance of the feet.

4. “There are some germs that hide in the nail plate which simple washing many times may not get rid of, especially with long nails.


1. Never soak dehydrated natural nails in water or have a water-based manicure! Instead, ask for a hot oil based manicure.
2. Never cut your cuticles, or allow someone to. It is okay to remove a dead tag of skin, but cutting live tissue is simply not recommended.
3. Don’t overbuff the natural nail! Buffing of the nails can be done about once a month, provided that a very fine buffer is used.
4. Never, ever rip or pull nail enhancements off, as this will be very damaging to the natural nail. If you no longer wish to have them, ask your nail professional to remove them the correct way.

Jun 202012

It is risky to breathe too much of anything except air. But nail technicians
use relatively small amounts of acetone. It would be uncomfortable to
stay in a room that had an unsafe amount of acetone in the air. The eyes
would burn, and it would become difficult to breathe easily. At these high
concentrations, acetone has excellent warning properties. In other words,
you will know that you need better ventilation long before there’s too
much acetone in the air. It is practically impossible to breathe too much
acetone in the salon. Continue reading »

Jun 192012

Never use your nails as tools.

Never “pick” your cuticles. This can lead to infection, then damage or even loss of the nail.

Keep cuticles soft and supple. The skin splitting around the cuticle area and the side wall is a sign of dryness, prevent dryness with cuticle oil.

Keep your cuticles pushed back. For the same reasons as in 3. The tighter the skin around the nail is, the more chance it will dry and split.

Make sure you clean out from under your nails everyday. Debris and bacteria harbor themselves in this area and can cause infections.

Keep your cuticles pushed back. Continue reading »

Jun 082012

Understanding what primer is
and how it’s properly applied
will lead to less lifting and
healthier nails.

Nail primer can certainly make life easier for the nail technician. If used correctly, it can virtually eliminate lifting. But primer can also create problems if used unwisely. As with all of your professional tools, understanding and proper use are the keys to success.

Why do nail technicians need nail primer? The answer is simple: to improve adhesion and prevent lifting. Most liquid and powder enhancement products don’t adhere strongly to the natural nail when used without a primer. This is actually an advantage because enhancements that bond too strongly to the nail plate are difficult to remove safely. The old fashioned “dental acrylics” are a great example. These products bonded so tightly to the nail plate that only aggressive drilling and coarse abrasives could remove them. Continue reading »

Jun 082012

To begin with… Lets understand how the plate is held onto the bed in the first place.
There is a thin layer of skin attached to the bottom side of the nail plate. This lil layer of skin is an epidermal layer. It is called the bed epithelium. This skin has little rails. This skin grows out with the nail plate, sloughing off after the plate becomes the distal or free edge. At this point of growth.. This skin is referred to as the Solehorn.

Dermal (deep) layer of skin does not grow out with the plate. It stays in a fixed position. This dermal tissue has little micro grooves in it that allows the epidermal layer to grow out. It kind of like a rail in groove set-up that holds the plate to the bed. It is a VERY strong set-up, but sometimes the lil rails can pop out of the grooves, giving us……(insert drum roll)….Onycholysis.
This nail disorder is seen by the free edge looking abnormal, or rather, that it looks as if the white part of the plate moves a lil toward the matrix area. Continue reading »

Jun 082012

Many natural nail problems like splitting, peeling, cracking…yadyadayada are blamed on a myriad of things…here is some information for your viewing pleasure…

Nothing that you take internally will alter the structure of the nail plate in any significant way. Take for instance Vitamins, so many nail problems are blamed on vitamins, when in all reality, vitamins make up less than 1% of the structure of the nail plate.

Thickness of the plate is determined by the length of the matrix. The only thing that can change the thickness of the plate, is a change in the matrix, which is permanent.

The rate of growth is dictated mostly by metabolism. The higher the metabolism, the faster the rate of growth. But generally this is a pretty Minot

You can use natural nail strengtheners, and these will strengthen your nail plate….however this is not really all that desirable. NNS (natural nail strengtheners) chemically cross link the nail plate making it more rigid and strong. The downside is that you loose flexibility. So the plate becomes more dense, and more rigid. This makes the plate more brittle, and actually more prone to peel and break.

If the problem your client is experiencing is due to peeling and splitting, the reason is usually dehydration. Recommend an oil designed to penetrate the plate to keep it flexible and moisturised. This will help to prevent splitting, and peeling and all in all make for a happy natural nail. Continue reading »

Jun 082012

How do I know if I am wearing MMA Acrylic Nails?
How can I avoid MMA?
Are there alternatives to wearing Acrylics?

Definition of MMA

MMA stands for Methyl Methacrylate; a colorless liquid with a sharp, fruity odor. It is typically used to make resins, plastics, and specifically plastic dentures. In the nail industry this dangerous chemical can be found in acrylic liquids/monomers. When MMA acrylic liquid is used the nails are typically referred to as “dental acrylics” or “porcelain nails”. The FDA has prohibited this checmical from being used on fingernails, however some states still have not “banned” this chemical from use in nail salons. Continue reading »

Jun 072012


Healthy nails are smooth, shiny, and translucent pink colored. They also have a normal growth pattern. Unhealthy nails can have disorders and result in abnormal growth.
The technical term for nail is “onyx”. Nails are considered part of the skin; they are made up of keratin, like the skin and hair. But nails are a harder form of keratin than skin and hair. They help to protect and grasp.
The average rate of growth for adult nails is 1/8” per month. Toenails grow even slower. Nails can replace themselves within 3-4 months. They do grow quicker in the summer than the winter. The nail on the middle finger grows the fastest, and the nail on the thumb the slowest. Continue reading »

Jun 072012
  • Carefully file the edges of nails using a 240 grit file or higher.Using a higher grit will smooth the edges of the nails without shredding them. It is also true that if you file your nails more square, opposed to oval or pointed, then the nails are less likely to break.
  • Gently push your cuticles back on a regular basis.The cuticle is a delicate and important structure surrounding the nail. It is important that you keep it in good health. If your cuticles are allowed to become too dry and overgrown this will result in hangnails. Be sure to only push back your cuticles after they have been softened (particularly after showering or washing hands). Once a week, using a metal or wooden cuticle pusher, gently push back your cuticles. This will help to remove dead skin, prevent hangnails, and make your cuticles smooth and healthy looking. Continue reading »

Jun 072012

Supplies needed:

  1. nail plate cleanser/dehydrator (polish remover or alcohol works good)
  2. polish remover pads or cotton balls
  3. Base Coat
  4. Polish Color of choice
  5. Fast Drying Top Coat
  6. Polish Remover
  7. Swab Stick (Q-Tip or orangewood stick)

***This procedure is written for natural nails***


Continue reading »

Jun 052012

A. After Acrylic Nails (or any other artificial nail service)
Many times after a client decides to remove their artificial nails they are dismayed at the condition of their natural nail.
This is caused by many factors.
If your nail tech was aggressive with her file or drill use techniques you may have very thin nail plates at the time of removal. Red or pink areas on the nail plate denote thin nail plate and damaged areas.
This damage can also be caused by improper removal of artificial nails. Nail products attach themselves to the layers of the nail plate. If you remove them by force (picking, biting or chipping them off), nail plate is removed with the product causing a damaged nail and nail plate.

Proper removal of artificial nail products involves soaking the product off with a removal product, or growing them off slowly.
If they are properly removed AND you nail tech was not a demon with the file your nails will be a little soft at first but toughen up in the next day or two.
Nail plates are like your skin ( they are, after all, made from the same cells). When you wear shoes all winter your feet are soft and tender, when summer comes and you wear sandals or go barefoot your feet develop thicker skin and calluses. Continue reading »

Jun 052012

Chipping polish has been a problem since the beginning of polish wear.

Nails are flexible and  when they bend, the inflexible paint on then cracks and peels away.  

It is very similar to the paint on a house… As the house is exposed to the elements and the wood or shingles expand and contract with the moisture in the air…. The paint on the house cracks and peels.

Hands and nails are in water several times a day.  Your natural nail is porous and becomes swollen and soft when allowed to remain in contact with water.  This allows the polish to “let go” of the nail.  That is why housewives and swimmers have the toughest time with polish wear-ability.

Here are some tips to increase your polish wear-ability. Continue reading »

Jun 052012

Your Nail Plate is actually the flat, curved, translucent, hard substance that we know of as the nail. It’s bottom and side edges are surrounded by the Nail Fold, a wedge-shaped fold of skin. The portion of the nail fold that covers the bottom portion of the nail plate is the Cuticle.

The nail plate originates from the Matrix, also known as the mother of the nail. The matrix can be damaged by pushing back the cuticle too aggressively. The area beneath the nail plate is the Nail Bed.   The nail plate adheres to the nail bed through a series of grooves. A damaged nail bed can hinder nail growth.

The half-moon-shaped, light coloring on the bottom of the nail plate is the Lunula. It is caused by the reflection of light where the matrix and the nail bed’s connective tissue meet. Continue reading »

Jun 032012

  •  Make sure you have a very clean nail plate before applying polish. The natural oils on your nail, lotion or a piece of cotton fiber will make the polish peel. I like to strip the nails by swabbing them with Sea Breeze or nail polish remover.
  • Always use a base coat and top coat. It’s sometimes tempting to skip them if you’re in a hurry. But remember, it’s not worth it if your polish chips faster. The base coat acts as a foundation for your manicure, and the top coat is a protectant for your polish.
  • Let each coat dry for a couple of minutes before applying another. This allows the polish to set so the next layer adheres better.
  • Wear gloves whenever you do a job in water or dirt: dishes, cleaning, gardening.
  • Try not to use your nails as tools. Concentrate on using the pads of your fingers and not the tips of your fingers when you reach, grab, hold and type.



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