Gel Nails Vs Acrylic Nails

10 02 2010
If you’re questioning whether to choose gel nails, acrylic nails, or something else, then here are the basics differences between gel verses acrylic nails so that you can make up your mind. One should be right for you.

Just the Basics about Acrylic Nails

Acrylics nails are currently more popular than gel nails, but they have been around longer so that makes sense. Acrylics can be whole or partial, used over the entire nail or simply as tips. A mixture of liquid acrylic (monomer) and polymer, which is an acrylic powder, is applied to the nail. It hardens on its own fairly quickly, usually within minutes.

Just the Basics about Gel Nails

A gel nail is typically a pre-mixed polymer and monomer gel that is first applied to the nails and then cured under ultra-violet lights.

Gel Nails, Acrylic Nails…Which is Better?

Gel and acrylic nails have similar results. They can lengthen short nails, strengthen nails, and make your hands look how you’d like them to. There are some various pros and cons that might help you decide which the right choice is for you. If gel nails, acrylic nails, and other choices are overwhelming you, then one thing you can always do is speak with a nail technician (manicurist) who can help you make a wise decision that will fit your needs.

As far as finishing touches, you can paint either type or do French tips on either. Some people think that airbrushing looks much better on gel nails because they are shinier, but when it comes to looks people vary in their tastes.





Happy 2010 Lunar New Year

10 02 2010

Happy Chinese new year to all of our customers who will be celebrating it. May the year ahead full of abundance and prosperity.

Thank you for all your support!!!

Regards,

Betty

Nitha

Fairy

Nails@Home Team

P.S. We will be close for CNY from 14 Feb to 16 Feb 2010. We will resume operation on the 17 Feb 2010. Happy holidays!





3, 4, 5, 6 Feb 2010

2 02 2010

  • On the 3 & 4 Feb 2010 (Wed & Thu) we will be at “Valentine special bazaar” @ Republic Poly.

Date: 3 – 4 February 2010 (Wednesday & Thursday)
Venue: Republic Polytechnic, RPC Atrium (near to Self Service Machines & ATMs)
Time: 10am – 5pm

  • On the 5 Feb 2010 (Friday) we will be at “Scape Bazaar Weekend”

Date : 5 Feb 2010 (Friday)

Venue : Scape Youth Park

Time : 5 PM to 11 PM

  • On 6 Feb 2010 (Saturday) we will be at “The Blakc Market”

Date : 6 Feb 2010 (Saturday)

Venue : Scape Youth Park

Time : 12 PM to 9 PM

We will be selling : OPI nail polish, cuticle oil, nail polish remover, cosmetics, t-shirt, and many more.

Pssstt, we will be doing express manicure on the spot for $6 only!

Come down to support us 🙂





Men & their manicure/pedicure

21 01 2010
Sunday, May 10, 2009 – Japan Post

Salon chain nails move to manicures for men

Staff writer

A man recently turned up at the Omotesando branch of Nail Quick, a major nail salon chain, for a 45-minute treatment. “It’s not like I take care of my nails passionately,” the man, in blue jeans and a black hat, said, visibly embarrassed to be interviewed and asking not to be identified, except to say that he is in his early 30s and lives in western Tokyo.

News photo
Digital delight: A man receives a personalized nail health and beauty treatment from one of the specialists at the Omotesando, central Tokyo, branch of nail-salon chain Nail Quick. TOMOKO OTAKE

“But in December last year, I happened to see a sign for this salon on the street and swung by just to give it a try. I found the treatment quite comfortable.”

The man added that his fingernails are fragile and break easily. So on that day, as usual, he ordered the “men’s nail” course, which includes disinfection of hands with an ethanol-soaked cotton pad, nail filing and removal of cuticles. After that, customers can have their nails either polished or coated with colorless manicure.

At Nail Quick, which has 50 outlets across Japan, male customers are still a tiny minority, outnumbered more than 10 to 1 by women. The idea, though, that men are becoming more attentive about their nails is quite new in Japan, where nail salons have long been regarded as a women’s domain. The branch, located in the trendy shopping district in Minato Ward, Tokyo, has offered a course for men for several years now, attracting a loyal clientele of about 10, according to Aya Iwamoto, manager of the salon.

“Many don’t want their nails to shine too obviously,” Iwamoto said. “They want a natural look, and they don’t want to grow their fingernails too long.”

Iwamoto, 27, said she often gets asked to give nail treatments to male friends of her generation, or to lend them files and other professional tools.

“Men who smooth out the ends of their fingernails with files, rather than clippers, are no longer a rare commodity” she said. “I also see lots of men with colored nails walking on the streets around here.”

Who is coloring the nails, if the men aren’t rushing to salons? Are they applying the colors themselves?

“Perhaps they do it themselves . . . or they have their girlfriends do it for them,” Iwamoto said.

So, get your nails done is not that gay! It’s to keep your nails healthy & to help with nails problems that you might be having. Call us today at 98808613 (Betty) for our manicure + Spa pedicure @ S$40 only.





Valentine’s day gift idea

20 01 2010

Not sure what to give to your loved ones for this year valentine’s?

We are offering a “Value package” of manicure & pedicure :

  • 3 Manicure + 3 Spa Pedicure Package  @ $100 only (U.P $120)*


*Terms & Conditions apply :

transferable but can’t be shared

valid for 6 mths from the date of issue

not valid for house call

not valid with any other promotions

What are u waiting for? grab it now. Give us a call at 98808613 (Betty) to purchase.





What is hangnail?

17 01 2010

A hangnail or agnail is a small, torn piece of skin near a fingernail or toenail. Hangnails are usually caused by dry skin or (in the case of fingernails) nail biting, and may be prevented with proper moisturization of the skin.

When attempting to remove a hangnail, additional skin may be painfully ripped off of its attachment if not broken properly. This may lead to a painful infection called paronychia. Therefore, hangnails should usually be cut using nail scissors or a nail clipper; biting them frequently makes it worse. People with a hangnail should be careful to cut it all off and rub hand lotion into the cuticles two to three times a day.

The term “hangnail” is misleading, as a hangnail is not an actual part of the nail. It is dead, dried skin, not nail, the latter being mostly made up of keratin, a tough fibrous protein. It can, however, also include a bit of nail, hanging loose from the rest of the body of the nail, attached to the nail bed.

Home treatment for a hangnail

A hangnail is the strip of skin that separates from the side of the cuticle. Simple home treatment can help prevent problems with hangnails.

  • Do not pull at or bite off a hangnail. This may cause the skin to rip.
  • Clip off the hangnail neatly with sharp, clean cuticle scissors.
  • Massage hand lotion or cream into your cuticles 2 to 3 times each day.

We are selling lemon cuticle oil stick @S$8. This will help with hangnail too when applied daily. please refer to “Items for sale” page for the detail on how to order.





What to do with brittle nails?

13 01 2010

Trying to put a finger on the cause of frail nails?

You could blame dry, overheated houses: When we stoke up the dry heat in winter, dry nails are one of the results. Or you could blame Father Time: After age 35, the natural aging process makes nails more brittle. Mostly, though, you should blame water. “People don’t realize that when your hands are soaking, your nails can absorb between 20 and 25 percent of their weight in water,” says Herbert Luscombe, M.D., professor emeritus of dermatology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and senior attending dermatologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, both in Philadelphia.

“So if you do a lot of dishes, or swimming, or even bathing, you’re more prone to brittle nails.” Nails expand as they absorb water, then contract when hands are dry. The more water you expose nails to, the more they expand and contract-and that weakens them.

But here’s how to keep them firm, so they’re tough enough to withstand the rigors of clean living and water sports.

  • Chow down on cauliflower. A little-known nutrient called biotin can thicken nails to help prevent splitting and cracking. “Biotin is absorbed into the core of the nail, where it may encourage a better, thicker nail to grow,” says Richard K. Scher, M.D., professor of dermatology and head of the Nail Section at Columbia University-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Cauliflower is a rich source of biotin, as are legumes such as peanuts and lentils. One study showed that people consuming 2,500 micrograms (2.5 milligrams) of biotin daily had marked increases in nail thickness after six months. To get this much biotin, you’ll need to take it in supplement form.
  • Get cookin’ with cooking oil. “A regular soaking with vegetable oil is very effective. It replenishes the moisture lost from having your hands in and out of water frequently,” says Dr. Luscombe. In fact, vegetable oils are better than many commercially sold nail care products because they don’t have the alcohol-containing fragrances that can dry out nails. Messy soaking in oil isn’t necessary: Just brush on the oil and massage it into the nail. “I put some safflower or vegetable oil in a clean, empty nail polish bottle and brush it on my nails several times a day,” says hand model Trisha Webster, who works for the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York City. “And don’ t forget to put a drop of oil on the underside of the nail at your fingertip.”
  • Use an over-the-counter moisturizer. You should moisturize nails right after you wash your hands. “And do it every time,” says Paul Kechijian, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology and chief of the Nail Section at New York University Medical Center in New York City. If you use a commercial moisturizer, look for the kind that contains urea or lactic acid, two ingredients that attract and bind moisture to your nails.
  • Trim nails short. If you’re plagued by brittle nails, trim them shorter, advises Dr. Kechijian. Longer nails are just more likely to crack or tear. Trim your nails right after washing or bathing, when they’re softer and less likely to crack or break.
  • Massage your fingertips. “Regularly massage your fingertips to improve blood circulation around your nails,” says Webster. She suggests three or four times a day–or at least in the morning and evening. If you use some petroleum jelly while you’re at it, you’ll moisturize as you massage.
  • Don’t play taps. Forget that old folk remedy that calls for tapping your nails on a hard surface in order to toughen them. “If you traumatize them in some way, they will grow faster,” says Dr. Scher. “And because they are newer, younger nails, they may seem like they are stronger, but they’re really not.” For the same reason, avoid nail biting: Your nervous nibbling is just another trauma for your nails.
  • Glove ’em if you love ’em. Washing dishes? “Always wear rubber gloves with separate cotton gloves inside,” says Dr. Kechijian. “The rubber keeps water off your nails, and the cotton absorbs sweat, so nails wont get soggy inside the gloves.” He suggests keeping a half-dozen pairs of cotton gloves on hand and washing and drying them after each use. That way, you’ll always have a clean, dry pair each time you do the dishes.