Hey everyone! Following on from my earlier blog about the differences between acrylic nails and silk wrap nails, I finally got a full set of silk wraps done. It’s safe to say that I am loving these nails and would 100% recommend them to the budding nail extension wearers.
They look completely natural where I had the tips shortened and it’s as if I have only got gel polish on my natural nails. I decided to go for the short nail look as this will make it a bit easier doing day-to-day tasks and help make them appear a bit more natural. Also having the length shorter will improve the strength of the nails as silk is a lot more fragile than acrylic so you have to be extremely careful with them. Don’t use your nails as tools!
Here’s a picture of my fabulous nails that I treated myself to!
I hope everyone that tries Silk nails loves the end result as much as I have.
There has been a new break through in the world of nail technology. Although the method of silk nails was brought to the UK in the 1980’s, they have only recently took off with more and more beauticians training in the method. For many years the silk method was shadowed by the old fashioned acrylics.
In the world of nails it has recently been found out how bad acrylics nails really are. With the many nail shapes and lengths that you can have done, after a few days they will start to grow out and look very noticeably out of shape. Not only can it work out to cost a lot of money with returning every two weeks to get them infilled or a new set put on, it can also be very time consuming. No one fully knows the underlying damages that acrylics cause to your nails especially when they have been used for a long period of time. When using an electric file it is critical that you down file too far down into the nail plate as this can be very painful for the client and can leave your client with split nails, once having the acrylics applied it can be very hard to spot infections which will cause them to get worse over time. Many high street salons still use a product called Methyl Methacrylate which has been banned due to the toxicity levels. Methyl Methacrylate is mainly used in dentistry as a hardening agent, due to the strength many beautician’s thought that this would make the acrylics stay on for longer. The more dangerous side of using this product is when catching your nails on something could result in pulling the nail plate away from the nail bed, in the long run this could potentially cause the nail plate to be unable to grow back. If acrylics are fitted and removed properly using the correct products there is usually not that much damage, other than having really long nails.
The method of silk nails are much better as they don’t damage your nails half as much as acrylics do. Although silk wraps cost between £5 to £10 more than acrylics it is definitely worth paying the extra bit than have to worry about the damage you will be left with. They take about 30 minutes longer as it is a more complicated and time consuming process, cutting the silk wrap the the correct size is the time consuming part as it is a thin fabric and one cut can make you have to start again as opposed to acrylics where you are filing the tips. Many people think silk wraps look a lot nicer than acrylics as it is a more natural look and they are not obvious, they also help your nails grow,
If you are experiencing some bad acrylic damage here are some ways to help solve your problems: Trim your nails down and push your cuticles back as this will stimulate nail growth, it is important to keep your nails clean to prevent infection, moisturise your hands and nails, if your nails are not too sore then try to file all the rough edges out and buff the nail plate as the oil in your nail will serve as a protective layer. Lastly apply a light oil, such as solar oil, to your nails daily and do not paint them with polish for a while as your nails need to breathe.
Next week I will be trying silk wraps out, I hope my blog has helped all you acrylics wearers out there like myself!
The festival season is fast approaching and through all the partying, you want an outfit that will keep you cool and fashionable. Shorts are a great way to keep yourself cool but when the traditional British summer arrives and the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worst, you’ll have to throw on those wellies and then that look isn’t so fashionable anymore! However in some cases this look is allowed and seeing as this is the typical festival look, it is a great idea in this scenario. Festivals are known for being bright and colourful so dig out your brightest tops and go bright or go home! Bright bodypaint is another festival essential that is not to be missed so go crazy and splash that glitter paint.
Now do we have any girls with long hair? Then you may want to think of pinning it up, as you will get very hot and you will want to stay as cool as possible, plus no girl wants their hair to get all sweaty.
Here are a few ideas for some easy hair ups:
This style is a simple plait, you can do this to pretty much all types of hair and you don’t need much time or too many hair products. Overall this is great for festivals as it is an easy messy look.
You may also want to try a nice and simple bun, this allows you to get all your hair up and off of your skin so you can start dancing to that funky house number with your pals! Different styles of buns will take different amounts of time and may need different hair products, this means that you will either have to put it up into a messy bun or take the time and create a neat bun.
Hopefully I have given you some handy fashion tips so you can dance that summer festival away!
Choosing the right nail colour is a tricky business because you want to compliment your skin tone and style. Fairer skin tones look better with dark colours and darker skin tones look better with lighter colours. Now if you’re lucky enough to have an olive skin tone, you can get away with just about any colour of polish.
Some people may match their make up to their nail colour. You could match both your eye shadow or lipstick with a similar shade to your nail polish but it is important not to look too tacky with the exact same shade. Personally I wouldn’t match my make up to my nails but each individual knows what looks good on them.
Many stylists say that your nail colour should never match your outfit, while many other stylists say that your nails should match your outfit. When I go somewhere important I always make sure that my nails match my outfit. You can match them to a shade similar to a specific item that you’re wearing like your shoes or purse, I personally match my nails to my dresses that I wear. Trust your instincts when choosing your outfit and nail colour. Be considerate about the occasion that you’re attending. If you’re going to an important business meeting you don’t want to be having bright nails, I don’t think your colleague’s will appreciate your nails as much as you do. However if you’re going for a night out be daring and paint the town red.
Seasons play a big part when choosing the colour of your nails as don’t want your nails too bright or too bland for the season. During the summer months the weather is a lot hotter, the days are longer and the festival season is in full swing so always choose a bright colour to match. When Autumn approaches you want to start dulling down your nails and go for some oranges and browns to go with the colour of the leaves that as falling off the trees. During the harsh Winter months where the days are darker, you want to go for some dark and dull colours like dark reds and neutral colours. During the festive season your could also do Christmas themed nails. On the run up to Summer through Spring you want to start brightening back up your nails but not too bright as you always build up to the main event which so happens to be Summer.
I hope this advice helps for many of you and I look forward to seeing some peoples matching trends.