Nail Care 101- How to get long strong healthy nails!

Trying so hard to grow my nails out naturally again!!!! As everyone knows I’m a huge fan of acrylics due to the fact I literally paint my nails almost everyday and using harsh removers can really wear your nails down! Thank god for Onyx Professional Nail Strengthening Cream!!!

Most women think they are taking care of their nails by having them perfectly polished! Well the truth of the matter is it takes so much more than that to keep your nails healthy!

For one to understand how to keep their nails healthy and how nails are indicators of bad health you also need to know what nails encompass. Nails are essentially made of layers of protein called KERATIN; this protein is also found in our skin and hair.

We have the cuticle which is the tissue that covers the bottom of the nail to protect the freshly formed keratin as the nail grows.

The nail plate is the part of the nail that you can see

The lunala is the white half moon seen at the base of the nail

The nail bed which is the skin that is covered by the nail

Then the nail folds which is the skin around the nails

First, are your nails healthy looking? Are they strong? Do they have an unusual color or shape?  Changes in nail shape? Do you nails thin or thicken?  Do you get bleeding around the nails, swelling or pain around the nails? Do you see pits, ridges, spots, dents or fissures on them?

Ridges are not harmless, they run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail; however they become notable as one ages. Then there are the white spots, these always wear out as the nail grows. Healthy nails are meant to be uniform in color, free of spots and smooth.

You can never easily see the infections on your nail that is why it is advisable to visit a dermatologist in case of any irregularities because some of these nail conditions are not normal.

As a nail technician I have tested several different products to help my nails become stronger and longer. Onyx Professional Nail Strengthening Cream is above all the best! I use it not only on my nails but on my hands and skin as well. It really helps moisturize and give my hands and nails the vitamins they need to stay strong and healthy.

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The New Sweet Shop By Nail Graffiti

The New Sweet Shop By Nail Graffiti

Scented nail polish???? Why not??? Overall I would think having a nice sweet scented nail polish would be better than the overall smell of plain old nail polish. I’ve tested thousands of nail polish and let me tell ya there … Continue reading

Get The Perfect Manicure in 3 easy steps!

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Perfect nails require more than just the “it” color of the season. First, you need a good canvas—smooth, healthy, and strong.

Here’s  how to nail your next mani!
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Raise your polished hand if you’ve spent hard-earned dough on a salon manicure, only to have it chip or fade after a few days.

And how about those cuticles that started off smooth, but are now as ragged as a saw’s edge? Turns out, there are a few reasons (beyond the temptation to update your Facebook status while drying) your nails don’t stay a perfect ten for long.

Follow this guide to make the most of your next mani.

STEP ONE: CLEAN AND PREP NAILS

Thoroughly wash your hands and feet, then scrub cuticles and the undersides of nails with a soft baby toothbrush and a gentle antibacterial soap to get rid of dirt and other debris. Pat dry.

Next, remove traces of old polish with an acetone-based solution that serves to moisturize skin around nails. Try a formula like Onyx Professional Moisturizing Nail Polish Remover ($3, Walmart or $3.29 at www.ineedbeauty.com), which contains grape seed oil and vitamin E to strengthen the nail itself, rather than just condition.

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STEP TWO: CLIP AND FILE NAILS

If the edges of your nails extend beyond their bed, trim them straight across, leaving each squared off to prevent in-growns. We like a mess-free clipper such as Hoofs Compact Manicure Kit ($7.99, ineedbeauty.com). Next, use a file to create your shape.

To determine how round or square your nail should be, we suggest mirroring the natural curve of your cuticles. Gently work your file in a back and forth motion across the edge to create the smoothest edge possible.

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STEP THREE: EXFOLIATE AND HYDRATE ROUGH SPOTS

Heels take a beating all summer, especially if you’re pounding the pavement in trendy, but often unsupportive, sandals. Using a pumice stone (We like Hoofs Miracle Double Sided Pumice Stone, $2.99 ineedbeauty.com), move your hand in circular motions to slough away dead cells. At the salon, avoid razors (they are outlawed in most states), which can cut skin and transmit infections, and avoid shaving before plopping into the pedicure station, since micronized nicks on the epidermis can allow bacteria to enter. Seal moisture back in and continue exfoliating with a lactic-acid infused moisturizer such as AmLactin Foot Cream Therapy, $12, drugstore.com).

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New 2014 Onyx Professional Nail Polish Remover Collections

New 2014 Onyx Professional Nail Polish Remover Collections

Launching Winter 2014! The NEW look includes new packaging, product-line, as well as promotional material. MADE IN THE USA Please visit your local store to see if this item is in stock

New Nail Art Line To Hit Walmart Stores In January!!!!!

Onyx Brands, makers of Onyx Professional, Hoof, California Nails and Bella Kiss, is releasing a brand new product line called Nail Graffiti. The first collection is the tween collection, which is set to be released in Walmart stores early January. The tween collection features thirty unique, high-quality, nail art products to bring out any girls uniqueness in the comfort of your own home.

Here is one of my favorite products in the tween collection!

Nail Graffiti Nail Transfer Kit- Put any image you can imagine on your nails in just seconds!!!
Here is a short photo tutorial I did in honor of Nail it! Magazine and Movember!

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Step 1: Apply base coat to nails, allow to dry completely.

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Step 2: Cut a piece of desired pattern large enough to cover entire nail.

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Step 3: Apply transfer solution to printed side of pattern. Apply transfer solution to desired nail and place pattern print side down above base coat. Coat the back side of the pattern with another layer of the transfer solution. Press firmly against entire nail area for 15-20 seconds.

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Step 4: Remove pattern from nail and image will transfer to nail surface. Once nails is completely dry apply another coat of transfer solution to the nail to make sure all the paper residue is completely off. Apply top coat to nail to secure image.

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Does this new nail brand spark your interest?

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We Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!

We Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!

Check out our Breast Cancer Awareness Ad in Modern Woman Magazine featuring the nail queen Zooey Deschanel #BCAM #USAToday #ModernWoman #Nails #Beauty