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WINTER NAIL CARE TIPS

Monday, November 26th, 2018

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Often times when we think of the negative, long-lasting effects the winter weather has on our skin, we neglect to think of our nails.  Nail care is just as important as skin care this season, as it tends to be the time when we are most vulnerable to chipping, peeling, and general damage. In order to make sure our manis stay moisturized and in mint condition this season, celebrity manicurist, Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Spa, shares her best winter nail care tips.

Start with a Clean Canvas
Hand cream is a necessity for winter hydration, but too much of it will make your nail polish come right off. Be sure to use nail polish remover before each polish application to remove surface oils, and make for a cleaner and more long-lasting manicure.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Cold, dry air and a chilly climate is going to suck the moisture out of your skin, and this includes your hands, nails, and cuticles. Apply and re-apply a nourishing cuticle oil as needed throughout the day to avoid hangnails, cracked cuticles, and peeling nails. Seal in the moisture with a heavy-duty hand cream, and you’ll be good to go.  (pro tip:  Skyy uses Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil)
Never Go Naked
Think of nail polish as a strong suit of armor for your nails. Having a fresh manicure makes you look polished and put-together and at the same time prevents your natural nails from peeling, breaking, and chipping. Save on time (and extra steps) and use an all-in-one formula with a built-in base and top coat.
Use a Nail Strengthener
Create the ultimate barrier of protection using a nail strengthener which will prevent splitting, chipping, and cracking, all while helping your nails grow. Use it as a strengthening base coat – or for those who prefer to go au naturale, paint on one coat for a shield of protection without the polish.

HOME PEDICURE 101!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Celebrity manicurist, Skyy Hadley, knows that performing an at-home pedicure can be challenging — especially for her A-List clients Faith Evans, P. Diddy (Sean Combs), Janelle Monae and LaLa Anthony.  Every great nail technician begins with a well-stocked toolkit and for DIYers, Hadley suggests first assembling: a cuticle remover, cuticle pusher, cuticle nipper, nail clipper, nail file, polish remover, orange wood stick, cotton balls/pads, base coat, top coat, and foot file.
Hadley beings with cuticle remover, allowing it to sit on the toes for the time indicated on the packaging.  Using the cuticle pusher, she moves cuticles away from the base of the toenails and cleans the feet with body wash or soap to wash away excess cuticle remover.  Next she carefully removes any loose cuticles or hangnails with the nipper. “You don’t want to cut into your cuticles,” Hadley warns.  “Nicking this area can lead to infection.”  If necessary, she trims nails with a clipper and then files them smooth and into an attractive shape.  Using a cotton ball or pad, she wipes each toenail with polish remover to get rid of excess oils prior to applying base coat .  Then she applies two coats of regular polish and cleans any polish slips with an orangewood stick and remover.  Hadley finishes by applying a clear top coat to protect her work.  When dry, she covers in Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil, which helps to soften and increase nail flexibility.
PRO TIP: To make feet less rough, stick feet in a tub of warm water with a capful of distilled white vinegar and/or a few drops of tea tree oil for about 15 minutes. For water retention or particularly achy feet, toss in a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salts. Gently dry feet and use a foot file (Hadley suggests the Ped Egg Pedicure Foot File) to get slough off dead skin.
PRO TIP:  To prevent chipping or smudging, reapply a layer or clear topcoat (Hadley’s favorite is Lauren B. Gel-Like Top Coat) every two to three days.

SUMMER PEDICURE TIPS!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Beach days, BBQ, and bikinis are almost here, so its time to start preparing for the warm summer ahead. Celebrity manicurist, Skyy Hadley, shares her secrets to giving your feet a summer makeover!

Find Your Color — Discover which shades work best on fair, medium and dark complexions.  According to Hadley, fair skin should choose white and blue undertones, while medium skin finds colors with  pink undertones.  Darker complexions should go for transparent tones.

To Cut or Not To Cut — “Trimming or cutting cuticles during a manicure is purely cosmetic and sometimes doesn’t benefit the nail in any way,” shares Hadley. The cuticle is the barrier to protect the surrounding skin and help develop the nail from bacteria and infections.

No More Yellow — The most common suggestion would be to stop using so much dark nail polish. “Of course we all love using dark colors but this may cause your nails to become discolored,” explains Hadley.  She recommends always using a base coat. “By using a base coat, you’re adding in a protective layer between your nails and the polish. This will also help to prevent staining and can actually help keep your nails healthier.”