Choosing a nail colour

Choosing a nail colour, how hard can it be?

One of the biggest questions we have in the salon is when clients are choose a nail colour, they simply dont know what to choose, this may seem like a big deal for some but for others adventurous enough to try colour, they can often be sat there for such a long time tooing and frowing between shaded of reds, pastels or just French.

So my advice to those who are unsure is based on a few factors

1/ What colour do you wear a lot of?

Look at your wardrobe do you buy lots of one particular colour? If your wardrobe is full of pink clothes your highly unlikely to be picking a green colour polish, if you wear a lot of black think about your accessories or maybe choose a colour to match a scarf or bag.

2/ What colour makes you safe and happy?

We all have a safe or happy colour, sometimes its not obvious, but when you first start to look you may need to dig a little deeper round, to see what colours you like in our own home, it maybe a favourite flower or a particular jewellery accessory.

3/ Your skin tone.

Having darker skin lends well to darker and more bolder colours, pale skin tones play it safe with nude colours, pinks and French.

4/ Your hair colour

Your hair colour plays a big part, blondes tend to lean towards classic red colours or French, Brunettes like to play it bold with blues, greens and something unusual, reds tend to sway towards pastels, browns, bronzes and nudes.

5/ Going to an event and want to colour coordinate?

Having an event to attend often can cause weeks if not months of thought about what nail colour to have? But you don’t always have to match exactly, if you are wearing a Pink dress for a wedding but would not dream of wearing pink polish on your fingers then think about matching with Nude shoes, bags or accessories, or just play it safe with good old French which matches everything

6/ Whats in fashion / Seasonality? Christmas its fair to say us nail technicians are covered head to toe in red glitter the week prior to the festive season, its like its some unwritten law choose red, or any variation or red or gold glitter! Spring sees lots of pastels colours with the odd client wanting to mix it up with lots of variations all at once! Summer we say hello to coral, oranges, bright glitters and bright neon pinks. Once the summer holidays are over and the dark nights start to draw in the winter reds, burnt crimson and autumnal colours arrive as the leaves fall from the trees.

But whatever you choose your only 2 or 3 weeks away from making another choice, so choose what makes you happy, try to get into your head a group of colours you have in mind prior to your nail appointment, so if you know you want a red, only look at red choices, sometimes there is just so much choice we get confused thinking we should have something different, but have whatever you like.

So you see we have so many choices to make, good luck with yours!

Lisa x

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Looking after your Shellac nails

Shellac Nails!

Such a big subject where to start?

Well I think basically the purpose of this post is to highlight that you do have some maintenance to do your self in looking after your nails and getting them to last well for you.  I do hear on numerous occasions people say “Oh Shellac ruined my nails!” and my first question will be “Did you pick it off” 9 out of 10 people will say “yes”, next question “did you use a cuticle oil every day?” reply “no” well my response is I am not surprised! do not expect any sympathy from me at all!, this may seem a little harsh you say but this is a salon treatment which has become more available to buy the kit off the internet, but there is a skill to removing it, and looking out for any problems that may occur and some may not know what to look for, but how are you supposed to know if no one ever told you?

My tips for Happy and healthy Shellac Nails

I always recommend that you wear rubber gloves, (preferably Marigolds, yes they are a little more expensive but you will get months out of them) for washing up, gardening or any household chores that my involve detergent or bleach.

I recommend you use a good quality Cuticle Oil all the time, and I mean every day! No not a hand cream, oh well go on a hand cream but that is as well! I look at hand cream as a drink for your skin and a cuticle oil as a food for your nails, put it around and under your nails most definitely every night before you get in bed, and in the morning once you are washed, if you can get it on mid day as well all the better.

I would also recommend that you have a reshellac every 2 weeks, I have some clients who get longer and I am talking 4 or 5 weeks but sometimes they run the risk of them snapping.

You can file the nails when you have shellac on, again I have some clients who cut them down and file them but beware you are removing the seal on the free edge and making it easier for water to get in between the Shellac and the nail, and then the Shellac possibly lifting.

AVOID – Hot baths soaking your hands for hours under the water, heated swimming pools, spas, sauna, although your shellac will not immediately it will shorten its durability.

REMEMBER not everybody’s nails are the same, some peoples nails are weak some are strong, some nails react well to shellac others do not, some people just like it for a special occasion, others have it all the time, just remember NO PICKING!!!

And remember when your Shellac comes off, if you are not re applying it then you need to re buff your nails with a 3 way buffer. If you would like to know how to remove Shellac from your nails then pop over to my Website page Shellac Removal at Flutterby Salon Southport where I have explained everything you need and how to do it yourself as we would in a salon.

If you have any more questions for me about Shellac I will be happy to answer if I can. Lisa x

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