Friday, March 30, 2007

What's your fashion personality?

Did you know that nails are the hottest fashion accessory?

nail styles

nail styles

nail styles

See which celebrities share your fashion personality. Use your personal tastes and style to choose from the six fashion types below. We'll tell you what nail styles you might like and what Creative Nail Design products will help you achieve your look.

Friday, March 23, 2007

International Nail Technicians Association

Seeing a need to provide education, networking opportunities, and a sense of community to nail technicians, Cosmetologists Chicago acquired the Illinois Nail Technicians Association in June 2001. A new organization was launched with the purpose of providing an association “home” to nail care professionals, dedicated to the needs of technicians and the industry.
We help nail technicians grow professionally and personally by providing Expert Education, Networking Opportunities, Valuable Information about Fashion, Trends & Technique Guidelines, and Standards & Ethics Guidelines.

International Nail Technicians Association
2035 Paysphere Circle
IL 60674Phone: 312-321-5161
Fax: 312.245.1080

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

What is the pedicure?

A pedicure is a way to improve the appearance of the feet, and their nails. It basically is a manicure for the feet. The word pedicure comes form the Latin words pes, which means foot, and cura, which means care. It also means the care of the feet and toenails. A pedicure can be helpful because it can prevent nail pedicurediseases and nail disorders.


The history of pedicures dates back to ancient Egypt. A carving of a pharaoh's official was noted as representing pedicures and manicures.
Pedicures contain different parts:
1. Filing

2. Cuticle nipping - clipping excess cuticle around nail. When clipping cuticles, care needs to be taken to avoid infection.

3. Cleansing the nails - wash nails in finger bath with warm, soapy water.

4. Buffing - shaping of the nails. the nails.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

What is the manicure?

A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands. A manicure can treat just the hands, just the nails, or both. A standard
manicuremanicure usually includes filing and shaping of the nails and the application of polish, but there are also also speciality manicures. Treatments for hands usually include soaking in a softening substance and application of hand lotion. A similar treatment performed on the feet is a pedicure. nailsThe word "manicure" comes from the Latin manus, meaning "hand," and cura meaning "care".
Manicures often include the filing, polishing, and painting of fingernails. A manicure may also include the application of artificial nail tips, acrylics or artificial nail gels. Some manicures can include the painting of pictures or designs on the nails or applying small decals or imitation jewels. In many areas, manicurists are regulated and must be licensed. Since the skin is being manipulated and sometimes trimmed, and because there is a risk of infection when tools are used on multiple people, proper sanitation is critical.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Nail Color In Fashion

It's red for the night - we are talking pure fire-engine matte red, the sort of red that makes men go week at the knees and declares you're a bad girl.
The pinks and purples which held sway for a bit have now become the officially day time colors.
The fantastic steel gray, which became a universal shade for the wannabe hip cats have now come back and is so much in fashion.
The neon greens and blues are best left to the teen brigade where they are slowly crawling down the ladder from hip to has-been.
Transparent camels and frosted sables are the shades to watch out for on toes. These are the shades they're showing off in open toed sling-backs in Hollywood. They're also wearing matte and opalescent whites. However, since both pale and pearly nail polish tend to highlight any bumps or ridges, prime nails with a clear base coat first.
Nail polish with Shimmer is so in fashion that all the top brands like Estee Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent and L'Oreal have got an entire range to show off .
sheer coat - the transparent shines are the surest, softest and the most chic look amongst the haves. Let those with the soft sheen of gloss show the true shade of the nail underneath.
For the woman who has more chores like cooking and cleaning to be done, such daredevil bravery of using a sheer coat is uncalled for… such women should get themselves a skin tone matte, or a light peach opalescent. It doesn't show as much when it chips.
Darker colored polishes diminish imperfections by absorbing light and are easier to touch-up. The more transparent you go, the better shape your nails have to be in.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Finger Nails

Finger Nails:
-Yellow Nails - Soak your nails in one-fourth cup of bleach mixed with one-half cup of water.
-Not Quite Dry - Coat wet nails with cuticle oil and cover your nails with plastic wrap.

-Polish Smudge - Moisten the pad of your finger with polish remover and tap lightly to smooth it out.
-Chipped Polish - Moisten your finger with polish remover and quickly swipe over the chipped area to smooth out the edges.
-Broken Nail - If the break isn’t too low, carefully cut the nail, file it, and trim the other nails so they’re of equal length. For a big break apply a couple of drops of nail glue to the surface of the nail. Let set and hold the break in place for about a minute. Reapply glue and cover the nail with a piece of tea bag or tissue. Let dry, and then buff excess off.