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 cancerย  (like everything else in America)ย  … 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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