Acrylic and gel and polish, oh my!

Welcome back, Beauties!

You’re probably due to get your nails filled and like every girl, you already know what color you want! Never mind the color right now, let’s talk more about that acrylic … “Acrylics protect my nails and keeps them strong” you may think! WRONG! Getting acrylics does the complete opposite. From them constantly shaving your nail away just to lay acrylic on top your nail is as thin as a pencil shaving. Your nails are now depending on the acrylic to grow. Not to mention that with acrylics your nails are inflexible so if you’re not careful you’re more prone to a painful, bloody crack or break in the nail.

While sitting down in the nail salon just imagine you breathing in all the harmful toxins coming from the chemicals they use in their acrylic, gels and polish. Seems like a death trap to me. Not only do acrylics place limitation on you and thin out your nails, they also make you more prone to getting fungus under the acrylic. DISGUSTING RIGHT!? Now onto gel, is gel bad for your nails too? YES, gel is bad for your nails because they cause just as much damage as acrylic.

Gel polish involves UV lighting which can cause cancer  (like everything else in America)  … not only is cancer the worry but they can cause your nails to thin out as well. This can happen while you’re getting the gel filed or shaved off or soaked off with acetone (which dries out your nails). “So if acrylics and gels are bad what about regular nail polish?” Regular nail polishes are filled with toxins that shouldn’t be inhaled, let alone be painted on our nails!

The same goes for nail polish remover, it’s very toxic and can cause harm to the eyes and lungs due to acetone. So it’s best to stay away from it. So what do you do now? You can’t live without your nails painted? Don’t fret, I have a solution!

You can always get non-toxic nail polish online, they are free from all toxic chemicals that could hurt your health. Or you could be more authentic and make your very own nail polish! You can do this by buying clear non-toxic nail polish and adding mica powder. Another way to make nail polish is to mix olive oil and henna powder until it gets pasty. Be very careful with henna because it will stain, use a small brush to paint your nails.

If you want the color to be bold, let it sit for at least 60 mins. Then remove the surplus and you’re done! A good replacement for nail polish remover is vinegar and lime. All you have to do is pour some warm water in a small bowl and soak your nails in it for 15 mins. Then rub vinegar and lime on your nails with a cotton ball until the polish comes off. So Beauty, are you still going to get your nails filled?

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Rough to Soft

Hello Beauties, welcome back!

It’s getting warm outside which means, flip flop season! It’s time to get those toes done after hiding them all winter long and like every girl, if you get your feet done you gotta get your hands done too! But before you head over to the salon, lets talk about how many people go in and out of those salons … do they clean their tools before you sit in the chair? From my experiences, no. They sit you in the chair, give you minor cuts on your cuticles, wipe it off and move on to the next.

Gross, right? Well I have a solution for you! Why not just do your manicures/pedicures at home for free without the worry of someone cutting you or someone else’s body fluids?! Some salons are so bad that someone got chlamydia on their brows from double dipping in the wax! I don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t sit well with me. I refuse to get my nails done at a salon. If I do, I end up spending well over $100 just to get my nails done at a upscale salon because I know they clean all of their tools.

But who has that kind of money to spend twice month? Rich people of course and I’m not one of them, so I started doing my manicures and pedicures at home. My favorite part about doing my own pedicures/manicures is my homemade nail scrub! Made with just two simple, all natural ingredients such as sugar and olive oil. I use two tablespoons of sugar and one table spoon of olive oil, mix them together to get the consistency you see below.

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It’s just amazing how something so simple can do so much. After rubbing my scrub on my nails, cuticles, hands and feet they feel amazingly soft! Not only does it make you feel incredibly soft it stops your nails from peeling and breaking. So lets go about our nail growth the right way, I hope I’ve been helpful. If you have any questions feel free to contact me, please check back later for more tips!

Nail Treatment

Welcome back Beauties!

Let’s just say you got asked out on a date. Your hair is popping, skin glowing and that outfit you have on is gorg! While you’re at the dinner table you go to reach for the salt and BOOM! You realize your nails are something treacherous! Just makes you cringe doesn’t it? Well I’m here to help prevent that from happening.

We often over look our nails because we’re so focused on slaying our hair and having skin as soft as a baby’s bottom. Our nails need some loving too! “But what can I do besides get my nails done?” you may wonder. The same way we treat our hair with hair masks and our face with a face masks, why can’t we treat our nails with a nail mask? Nail masks are incredibly amazing, it brings my nails to life!

I love to make my personal nail mask with honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar. The honey softens and hydrates the cuticles which is important because as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, the cuticles are what gives your nails the nutrients and protection it needs to grow. Coconut oil is what keeps your nails strong, stopping them from peeling and snagging. The tea tree oil can help you if you have discoloration and like coconut oil, it strengthens the nails. Apple cider vinegar will aid you in nail growth if you have brittle nails, helping them grow at a faster rate!

I typically mix all my ingredients together in a bowl and sit my fingers in the mixture for 10-15 mins before washing it off. Doing this consistently my nails have gotten a lot stronger and my cuticles have gotten so smooth. So the next time you’re treating your hair and or skin, don’t forget to treat your nails! I hope I’ve been helpful, please check back later for more tips.

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Groom to Bloom

Hello, Beauties!

First things first, If you wanna grow long, strong nails you must take care of them! In other words, groom them if you want them to bloom. It’s important to keep your nails/cuticles moisturized to keep them strong which stops breakage from happening, as well as keeping the cuticles from peeling. I do this by applying coconut oil on my cuticles/nails. It’s important that your cuticles are hydrated because the cuticles are what gives your nails the nutrients/protection it needs to grow, so avoid cutting away your cuticles. They play a major role in healthy nail growth!

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Another thing is soap, try to stay away from toxic soaps for hand washing/washing dishes. Most soaps dry out your nails and weakens them, which of course means breakage! Filing is also a main key for nail growth. “But how?” you may ask (like with hair growth, trimming stops split ends from splitting all the way up the hair shaft). Nail filing fixes the problem of snagging nails and stops the whole nail from tearing.

By doing all of this, I’ve noticed that my nails definitely grow at a faster rate and I’m loving it because every girl loves long nails of course! While keeping my nails/cuticles moisturized with coconut oil, I’ve also noticed that my nails don’t peel as much. That’s something that I really like to acknowledge because I hate when my hair gets caught in a peeling/snagging nail (which is something I mentioned in a previous post)! So lets go groom those claws, Beauties! I hope I’ve been helpful, please check back later for more nail tips.

 

 

A healthy diet for healthy nails

Welcome back!

As you all have figured by now, a healthy diet is essential for your overall well being. But lets home in on the benefits a healthy diet gives to your nails, so they can be something close to how fabulous my beauties are. Because even though they don’t EVER admit it, men definitely appreciate a woman with her nails slayed! Nails are a good indicator to find if you’re healthy or not. You can tell this by the color and texture of the nail as well as the nail cuticle.

If you have dark lines or a yellow tint in your nails you may need to change your diet! Puffy cuticles or peeling of the nails are also a sign of poor dieting. Most people run to doctors, who will only give them medicine. But medication doesn’t cure the problem but only band aids the issue. Proper diet is the cure! Take care of your body and I promise you, your body will take care of itself!

For healthy, strong, long nails try to eat more foods that have vitamin B. Foods such as broccoli, spinach, almonds, pineapple, chick peas, coconut oil, ect. So lets do this beauties, go to your local market and pick up some fruits and veggies! I hope I’ve been helpful, please check back soon for more nail tips!

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what can H2O do for those claws?

Hello, Beauties!

Today I want to give a quick tip about how water is important for nail growth. Do you ever experience brittle, weak nails? If so, you may not be hydrated enough. When you’re not hydrated you may start to see that your nails are peeling, which is so annoying! Especially when you’re trying to style your hair and your hair gets caught on a peeling finger nail!

“What if I don’t like water?” you may ask. Well our bodies are made up of 60% water, so you definitely need it! I wasn’t a big fan of water but I’m telling you, water is magical! Once you start drinking water, you’ll see a lot of changes. Adding lemon in my water has helped me get over the “I don’t like water” stage and now I can drink four bottles of water a day!

When I started drinking water regularly, my nails became stronger and longer! So it’s time to throw out those soda cans beauties, grab a glass of water and drink up! Lets start taking care of ourselves and let our bodies do the rest. I hope I’ve been helpful, please check back later for more nail tips!

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Waxing and Shaving

Winter is over, time to shave those hairy legs of yours! Shaving can be a pain! I experience really dry skin after shaving leaving me really ashy and scaly. Now, I’m sure nobody has any time for that. Especially you, my Beauties! Traditional store bought shaving creams makes me itch something fierce! And of course if something itches you need to scratch. Which of course means you end up ashy anyway from scratching.

So to avoid that issue, I make my own shaving cream! There are so many DIY’s on how to make shaving cream online, I like to use Mango butter, Coconut oil and Lavender oil. Mango butter is great for dry skin and can treat psoriasis and eczema, coconut oil is a very well known natural moisturizer and lavender comforts that itch! But what about RAZOR BUMPS!?! I hate razor bumps with a passion! The only thing you can do is try to prevent them!

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The best way to try to prevent razor bumps is by not only making sure you’re using a clean razor… but to make sure you bathe before you shave. You also need to make sure your skin is always moisturized and to use scrubs to exfoliate your skin. “But what if I don’t shave? What if I wax?” some of you may wonder. I have tips for you too! Waxing can be VERY expensive, especially if you like to go to upscale spa’s (like me, because I find them MUCH cleaner)! Making you’re own wax is soooo much more afforable with simple ingredients such as sugar and lemon. That’s right, just sugar and lemon!

I love waxing for the simple fact that it lasts waayyy longer than shaving and you don’t have to worry about razor cuts! So if you waste a lot of money on waxing, why not make your own? Just like shaving, waxing can cause itchiness and dryness. So make sure you keep your skin moisturized or use aloe on the area after you’ve waxed. If you want more info on homemade wax there are lots of DIY’s on this subject as well.