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MANI MUST-HAVES FOR 2015

post/graphics: Kristin Ess

post/graphics: Kristin Ess

We’re headed into Spring and although we certainly get our nails done in the fall, our digits seem to get a lot more play in spring and summer. We thought it would be fun to create a must-have list that includes our favorite things (both new and classic) for mani lovers everywhere!

  1. CRYSTAL NAIL FILE: I am head over heels in love with the crystal nail files. I had never used one until last year and it changed everything for me. Emery boards are not on option anymore. Although it appears smooth it files my  nails just as well as any other file and the texture of this file creates a smoother edge, creating less cracks, chips and breaks. How did I not know about this sooner!?
  2. GENTLE NAIL FILE: This will be ideal for anyone with fragile nails because you want to preserve the strength of the nail and not rough it up too much. It’s smooth as well and a tiny bit less expensive. (But if you can spend a few more dollars go with number 1!)
  3. CUTICLE NIPPER + PUSHER: I have tried so many nippers and I find that many of them fail when it comes to making a clean cut. I love this one because it does just that which leaves me with zero hang nails.
  4. NON-ACETONE POLISH REMOVER WIPES: How amazing and wierd are these?! I was so skeptical the first time I used them. They’re for removing regular polish. They’re non-acetone and leave your nails/cuticles feeling super soft and nourished… somehow.
  5. NO-SPILL ACETONE DISPENSER: Sometimes I like my real acetone. I know it’s bad and try not to use it much, but when I do I HAVE to have one of these dispensers. You push the top down using a pad or papertowel and avoid the dreaded acetone spill.
  6. CUTICLE CREAM: Keep those cuticles moisturized! I tried this recently and I love it. It’s not oily so I can put it on before I leave home without worrying about getting oil everywhere. Lots of vitamins in this little guy.
  7. ANTI-FUNGAL CUTICLE OIL: Some people get fungus in the cuticle area of their nails or underneath. That causes breakage and brittleness. Avoid that by adding some drops of this as instructed.
  8. CUTICLE OIL PEN TO-GO! I have this in my purse always. (Okay, and one in my car)
  9. NAIL (AND HAIR) SUPPLEMENT These are some of my favorite hair pills, and they promote nail growth as well. So this is really a two-for-one sitch. Most hair pills promote nail growth because the same vitamins tend to boost both.
  10. NAIL KALE! This polish has VITAMINS in it!!! What else can I say. And they have some great nude shades for which are great for the upcoming months.
  11. NO-LIGHT GEL POLISH If you follow me on instagram you know I love this stuff. I have used it for months now and it really helps my nails grow because it’s harder than regular polish but you don’t need the UV light, which I find irritates my fingers. The topcoat is the key! Also, look at that gorgeous shade of marsala– Pantone’s color of the year, duh!
  12. POLISH WALL ORGANIZER: Get it together! Feature your faves and look like you’ve really got your ish together while you do!
  13. NAIL ART ROLL UP: I’ve laid off the nail art, personally, but I have some friends that are die hards. This is one of my favorite kits for nail art.
  14. NAIL POLISH TRAVEL CARRIER: If you’re a manicurist or you know one, this is a great gift for traveling with tons of polish.

Got any mani must-haves? Tell us!!!

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING

photos and info source: pinterest.com/search/?q=glasses + pgbeautygroomingscience.com  post designed by kristin ess

 

Alright, so looking at hair under a microscope is always a little bit creepy + gross. I’m only showing you this with the hopes that it might change the way you treat your hair. Once you know the cause of damage, it’s easier to prevent it, right? Here’s the long and the short of it:

  • a. This is a close look at healthy hair. The cuticle (the outer layer) lays smooth. All of it’s “scales” are lined up and flat, one on top of the other. Flat cuticles = smooth surface. Smooth surface = light reflection. Light reflection = more SHINE!
  • b. This is a slightly raised cuticle. I would say this is what the average person’s hair looks like if they use a blow dryer. The other cause of slightly raised cuticle can be towel drying. It’s okay to towel dry it but don’t rough it up. Work your way down the hair. Or gently scrunch it if you’re going for waves. As I mentioned in a previous post,  t-shirt drying is much safer than towel drying and it helps to eliminate frizz big time.
  • c. This is an extremely raised cuticle. Main causes are bleaching, over-processing with color, over-styling with heat, using too many alcohol based products in conjunction with heat styling, shampooing and not conditioning, etc… This is bad news. When your cuticle looks like this your hair will appear dull, and lifeless. It can’t reflect shine when the surface is broken up this way. Hair Bootcamp is a must for this hair. (Which just so happens to be one of my posts for next week!) If you don’t change your routine, you’ll be looking at breakage very soon.
  • d. Here we have a piece of hair that WILL eventually break off. This was most likely caused by harsh detangling. Never rush through a knot. Take your time and comb it out slowly. I also recommend getting knots out with a brush instead of a comb. Sometimes the single row of teeth on a comb can actually tighten the knot. I always work knots out slowly with a brush. Another may-jor cause of this is yanking out a ponytail holder. Stop yourself and work the tangle around the ponytail holder out slowly. Sadly, once this has happened in the middle of a piece of hair, it’s definitely coming off. Collect a bunch of these and you’ve got yourself a nice case of the fly-aways! Booooo.
  • e. Well hello split-end. This is the enemy!! I’m actually really happy that you guys are seeing this because just knowing what split ends looks like will help you understand how they get stuck on each other. They’re like claws that can grab onto one another causing tangles. Tangled ends cause even further damage. It’s important to get them off regularly.
  • f. This is knotted hair. If not properly and carefully brushed out, a knot will lead to “example d.” If you gently brush it out, you can avoid that. (Also, this is just a really cool look at knotted hair!)
  • g. This is a shattered hair shaft. This can be caused by a bad application or rough removal of extensions. Another cause could be a bad perm (solution, the way it’s wrapped and how it’s processed). Not sure too many of you are getting perms, but if you are, please be sure to visit someone who specializes in that. Not just someone who will say yes because they want to make the money from the service. If you have extensions, make sure the person doing them is gentle, takes their time and isn’t too aggressive with your delicate hair!

Whatever kind of hair you have, you’re now one big step closer to “example a.” above. We’ve got to be good to our hair! Learn it + love it.