We now have a
new Nail Technician, Alison, who will provide expert nail
care, this can include applying acrylic nails and
nail art. Alison uses "Young Nails".
Alison will also be able to apply eyelashes. She can also
undertake eyebrow and eyelash tinting!
manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands. A
manicure can treat just the hands, just the nails, or both. A standard manicure
usually includes filing and shaping of the nails and the application of polish.
Treatments for hands usually include soaking in a softening substance and
application of hand lotion.
Manicure tools and supplies
Bowl of warm water or finger
Cuticle pusher/Hoof stick
Nail file/emery board, buffer, scissors
Cuticle remover, oil and cream
Nail polish / Base coat polish
Topcoat or sealant
A natural pink base nail with white tips
characterizes French manicures. It resembles a natural nail. The tips of the
nail are painted white while the rest of the nail is polished in a pink or a
suitable nude shade.
Hot oil manicure
A hot oil manicure is a specific type of
manicure that cleans the cuticles and softens them with oil. This style of
manicure is popular with male clients.
This is meant to impart heat to the
hand for the purposes of relaxing the skin and making it better able to absorb
lotion, which is sometimes rubbed on the hand before submersion into the
paraffin. The hand is usually dipped more than once to allow a thicker wax coat
to form, making the coating stay warm for longer and less likely to break or
tear prematurely. They are wrapped, and then covered with cloth to retain
There are two main approaches to creating artificial nailstips and
forms. Tips are made of lightweight plastic plates that are "nail" shaped. They
are glued on the end of the natural nail and acrylic is then applied over the
entire nail. Forms are fit under the nail and then an artificial nail is moulded
out of acrylic and the form is removed and then properly shaped and buffed to a
shine. There are several popular techniques that can be used to create longer
more perfect looking nail enhancements.
A mixture of a polymer powder and a liquid
monomer. The mixture starts to harden in 3040 seconds after application and
continues to cure to final hardness typically for more than an hour. Powder and
liquid acrylics can be removed in 20 minutes using a variety of solvents.
Acrylic nail powders are available in a variety of colours and can use "special
effects" such as contours, sparkles and the very popular French Manicure.
Another material, commonly called "UV gel", under
ultraviolet light. Depending on brand these can show a broader variety of
quality and properties (flexibility, strength, etc.) but may be but more
expensive. They generally cannot be removed by organic solvents, but only be
removed by filing (or left to grow out with the natural nail).
Another popular alternative to acrylic or gel
preparations are Fiberglass or Silk wraps. They are done by cutting pieces of
actual fiberglass or silk fabric to fit on the surface of the nail or tip and
then it is sealed down with a resin or glue. These are a possible alternative
for those who are allergic to chemicals used in the acrylic or gel process.
Other materials can be used, as well as combinations of them. There are also
temporary, cheaper flexible tips that can be quickly glued at home without help
from a professional.
A pedicure is a way to improve the appearance of the feet, and their
nails. It basically is a manicure for the feet. The word pedicure comes form the
Latin words pes, which means foot, and cura, which means care. It also means the
care of the feet and toenails. A pedicure can be helpful because it can prevent
nail diseases and nail disorders.
Feet, leg, hand, and arm massages are an
important part of pedicures and manicures. This technique helps to relax the
person having the treatment. Foot reflexology has been widely used while giving
the foot massage. Practitioners may also massage with hot stones in their hands,
and use special creams that have menthol in them and which are said to help
rejuvenate the foot.