Colors, Seasons, and Schemes- April, 2021.

With more than just a rainbow of colors out there, it’s hard to know which ones go with that season. We are going to talk about what colors will be trending for 2021, why, and which season they are appropriate for! We are going to dive deep into the beautiful world of warm, cool, and neutral tones! Our hope is that after reading this blog you will feel more comfortable selecting colors for your home, office, and more!

 

 As spring is almost here, it is natural to touch on this subject first! According to the Pantone Trend Institute’s forecast for Spring/Summer 2021, cerulean (light blue) is set to take center stage. A crisp, baby blue, this shade resembles the clear sky on a summer’s day. Spring colors should be a beautiful celebration of the great outdoors. Along with baby blue, you can expect a range of greens, baby pinks (coral), Navy, and Yellow. These are all timeless colors that can be well incorporated into a springy design.

 

 Next on the list is summer! Summer colors can be chosen based on what comes with it. Flowers, trees, and other outdoor ambiances can be used as direct inspiration. Pale hazy petals combine with exotic pinks and an herbal green to create a fresh summer palette that celebrates the positivity and happiness of colors from nature. The Pantone institute has put together some amazing color combos for 2021, you can check them out Here. Whichever one stands out to you the most is what you should select! Always be sure to stay true to your style.

 

 Once summer fades away, it’s time to talk about warm autumn and fall colors. Cool neutrals are really going to take center stage for 2021. Colors like grey, Navy, and Gold are taking center stage. Grey is one of the most versatile colors, and of course can be used for other seasons but one thing that captivates it for chilly October months is its ability to evoke a strong sense of warmth and cozy. It can be dressed up with throw blankets, and baskets for that perfect reading by the fire room.

 

 Last but not least, let’s talk about winter colors. These colors can be closely associated with the holidays, snow, and dull nature. What are some instant colors that come to mind when we think of winter? Green, red, white, blue, brown, orange, and black. Winter is a much darker time, and colors can be reflected on that. These colors also, again, omit a large sense of warm, cozy, and holiday cheer! Check out the Pantone color examples for more insight here.

 


 No matter the season, color is everywhere and it is beautiful! We just have to decide what styles and colors seem the most fitting for ourselves! Be sure to select ones that go with a theme, genre, or feel you would like to give off. We hope that this helps you on your journey to the perfect colors!!

Nail Evolution- May, 2021.

Have you ever sat and wondered about how things have evolved to what they are today? We are going to touch on how nail art, styles and products have changed and evolved so much over the years! We are going to talk about some history, facts, and bizarre relations to how nails came to be! So get your claws out and let’s learn! 


Nail polish originated in China as early as 3000 BC. The ingredients included beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, and vegetable dyes. In Ancient Egypt, nail polish was even used to signify class rankings: The lower class often wore nude and light colors, while high society painted their nails red. (No wonder red manis are so iconic!) But what sparked more modern day nail polish and trends? Surprisingly, The invention of the car spurred the creation of the first modern-day nail polish. Inspired by automobile paint, a completely colorless version was introduced in 1916. Revlon became the first established nail polish brand in 1932 when they released a cream color.


As the years progressed, acrylics became the most in demand service to "enhance" your nails in the 50’s. The first acrylics originated from dental products (basically the same substances that dental crowns were made from). Several manicurists even got their products from dentists to use. This was soon deemed too dangerous to apply to nails, so safe/professional acrylic products were developed. 


Protocols, products, polish, and the style of nails have truly evolved a lot since the beginning. Nail techs have several tools available to help them keep their guests nails healthy, and provide a clean non-toxic environment. An example of one of these safety tools would be The ‘Cosmetic Vacuum. It is a unique product, which was designed to allow cosmetic treatments to be made in a clean and healthy environment, for both the client and the technician, by soaking any fragments and vaporized toxins created in the process. It is capable of filtering any waste generated by acryl gel and sealers,at a rate of  97.9% – 99.9%. Some models are also installed with an active coal filter, which purifies any vaporized chemicals and foul smells from your workspace.  


It is truly amazing how times have changed. Remember when you are getting your next fill-in, or manicure that back in the 50’s you would have been inhaling fumes from dental products and car paint. We are so grateful to have also produced a vacuum to help eliminate dust, debris, and other harsh odors completely away from the nail treatment process. Making your appointments clean, safe, and enjoyable! 

5 Benefits of Getting Your Nails Done- June, 2021.

  

When it comes to getting your nails done, most people think of it as a way to make their nails look clean and professional. It’s common to spend a good chunk of money each month on getting manicures and pedicures which often comes with guilt. We’re here to tell you that there’s no reason to feel guilty for taking care of yourself! Getting a manicure or pedicure is a great way to take care of your skin and even your mental health! Let us show you our top 5 benefits to getting your nails done.

 

Smoother skin

Probably one of the more obvious benefits of getting your nails done is the way your skin looks and feels! Our hands and feet are constantly working and are prone to dry skin, cracking, and collecting dirt, grime, and sweat. Getting a manicure and/or pedicure once or twice a month can help rejuvenate your skin and keep them moisturized!

 

Better circulation

Most of the time when you get a manicure or pedicure, the technician will include a hand or foot massage. Massages help with blood flow not just in your hands and feet, but throughout your entire body! They keep blood flowing to the heart which pumps more blood through your body, keeping you healthy, strong, and warm, especially in those winter months.

 

Stress relief

Taking time out of your day to focus on you and contribute to your self care is extremely important. Getting a manicure or pedicure should be a time to relax and enjoy getting pampered. Turn off the thoughts about work or all the errands you have to run and simply enjoy being taken care of and allow yourself to destress!

 

Prevents infection

There are many different ways to get an infection in your feet and hands. Getting a monthly manicure and pedicure is a sure fire way to detect any infections or fungi starting to fester. Our feet are especially prone to getting infections because they are always exposed to moisture. We know that toes can be gross and not everyone is comfortable with someone else inspecting and cleaning their toes, but nail technicians can help treat infections and have all the right tools and products to help!

 

Confidence booster

Lastly, one of the best reasons to get your nails done regularly is to boost your confidence! Trying out different styles and colors, getting your nails detailed and refined, and having smooth skin are all incredible confidence boosters and a way of expressing yourself! It tells people that you care about your health and the way you present yourself! And it’s always nice to receive compliments about your nails.

 


So the next time you feel guilty for taking the time or spending the money, remember that you are taking the time to care for you. Yes, even you boys in the back! It’s time that you have to destress and focus on your health! Or maybe even try something new! 

What Do Our Nails Say About Our Health?- July, 2021. 

Did you know that your nails can actually say a lot about your general health? Nail health goes far beyond trimming your nails or going to a salon once a month. Our bodies always have a way of letting us know if something isn’t right, and one of those ways is through our nails- their color, shape, texture, and even growths. If you start to notice changes in your nails, there might be an underlying factor! Here are 3 ways that your nails let you know something about your health!

 

Color change

Certain color changes in your nails can indicate specific health issues.

 

Splinter Hemorrhages is when thin, red or brown lines appear in the nail. They look like splinters, but it is actually blood under the nail bed. This can be an indicator of heart diseases, a recent trauma, collagen vascular diseases, and endocarditis. This could also be an indicator for someone who has frequent blood clots.

 

Yellow Nail Syndrome The nails turn into a deep yellow color and start to curve. Yellow nail syndrome can be linked to lymphedema, lung disease, diabetes, or fungal infections. These can lead to further nail damage such as retracting, crumbling and breaking off, and curving downwards.

 

Leukonychia or “White Nail Syndrome” This usually occurs because of a growth defect in the nails. Little white patches or streaks can appear on the nail bed or the entire nail will turn completely white. Sometimes this can happen if the nail is severely damaged or if you take off acrylic nails. However, this can also be a result of leprosy, or typhoid fever.

 

Nail Shape

There are also a lot of health conditions that will affect the way your nails are shaped. For example, if your nails look like they are scooped outwards and are soft, you may be suffering with low iron deficiency or iron deficiency anemia. Some other indications could be hypothyroidism, and heart disease. On the other hand, if you have “clubbed” nails (your fingers are larger at the tips), you could have underlying heart conditions that could lead to heart disease or congestive heart failure.

 

Nail Texture

If you look closely at your nails, you’ll notice very thin, vertical lines across your nail. Don’t worry, that’s normal! Generally speaking, your nails are very smooth, but there are some health conditions that can alter the texture of your nails, such as pitting. Pitting is when shallow or deep “depressions” appear in the nail due to nail plate layering. Pitting is common for people who suffer with psoriasis, alopecia areata eczema. Another texture indicator is called Beau’s Lines, which are horizontal indentations across the nail bed. Beau’s Lines form because of a sudden disturbance of nail keratin synthesis. This can be associated with diabetes, zinc deficiency, pneumonia, or peripheral vascular disease.

Never ignore something that is out of the ordinary with your skin and nails! Your nails can be a great warning signal for you to go see a professional or run some tests.


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