Newbie to Nails-I Need Help!

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Newbie to Nails-I Need Help!
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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 12:21pm
Okay, first off, I have always loved the look of artificial nails and have often applied them myself over the years. However, I never could do them quite to my satisfaction and now I've decided I want to have acrylics applied professionally. So! I've scoured the web and come up with answers to ZERO of my questions. I'm crossing my less than lovely fingers that you can help me!

1. What is the best way to select a good Nail Salon? I've never been to one!

2. I really love the look of white tips with clear acrylic, is this a common design?

3. With the above design, are fill-ins more complicated than average and would it look better to just have it re-done each time?

4. For someone who has absolutely no clue, what all should I do after I have enhancements to make them last and keep them nice?


Thank you sooooooooo much in advance! This may save my life! (well, at least my nails!)



BTB

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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 5:14pm
Hi butterflytobe and Welcome to the Get Beautiful Nails board! To answer your questions:



1. What is the best way to select a good Nail Salon? I've never been to one!

I think word of mouth is a wonderful way to find a good nail salon. Do any of your family or friends go to a salon to get their nails done? Or what about the lady at the make up counter at your favorite department store? You can also go to:http://www.creativenail.com/finda_salon.html. This company conducts continuing education for nail professionals and then puts them on a referral database. You may want to ask the nail professional how long they have been doing nails, I personally wouldn't go to anyone who hasn't been doing nails for at least 2 years. I also would NOT go to a discount salon. You truly do get what you pay for. I wouldn't pay anything less than $40.00 for a set of nails. This is just my personal opinion.

2. I really love the look of white tips with clear acrylic, is this a common design?

You are speaking of "Forever French" Enhancements. It's where a nail professional applies white powder to the tips and usually they use a pink powder on the nail bed.

3. With the above design, are fill-ins more complicated than average and would it look better to just have it re-done each time?

The fill ins are more time consuming, therefore most nail professionals will charge more for Forever French enhancements. Most nail professionals will not have to remove your entire set of nails and start over. They do what we call a "rebalance" where they file down the excisting product very thin and apply new pink & white product over it.

4. For someone who has absolutely no clue, what all should I do after I have enhancements to make them last and keep them nice?

Most nail professional ask that you come in every 2 weeks for your fill-in/rebalance. With the acrylic product I used, Creative Nail Design, I recommended that you use SolarOil (a nail & cuticle oil) at least once a day. But, you will need to speak to the nail professional that does your set of enhancements to see what he/she recommends.

I hope this information has been helpful and please let us know if you have any other questions.

~goddess~

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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 5:59pm
Thanks! One more thing,,,isn't there a design where they use a white nail tip and clear acrylic instead of two different colored acrylics?
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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 10:29pm
Yes, there is. But, if a nail professional only uses the white tip and cannot do a white tip (smile line) by sculpting or overlaying the white, then the nail professional would have to soak off the set of nails once the white tip grew out and didn't look right. The smile line would be too far out for a natural looking nail. Does that make sense?

I would look for a nail professional that can do a "rebalance", instead of having to soak off your set of nails every month or so and do another full set.

Let me know if this does or doesn't make sense. I want to make sure we are on the same page.

~goddess~

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 9:27am
Thank you so much! I think I may go on Saturday. =)
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 3:12pm
You're Welcome! Make sure you post back and give us an update!

~goddess~

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 3:17pm
Hi lunachick1 and Welcome to the Get Beautiful Nails board. While your opinion is certainly welcome on this board, I must disagree with you. 90% of the damage that is done to the natural nails is done by either untrained, careless nail professionals who could care less about their profession or nail clients themselves. This is just my personal opinion.

Again, Welcome to the board!

~goddess~

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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 10:00am
Hi cl-nailgoddess

Thank you for welcoming me to the board, as you said 90% of damage done to the nails is caused by nail proffessionals, given that there are 1000's of nail salons it's a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack when it comes to looking for nail proffessionals who really care about their customers. Which is why I am so happy to have come across the lunatips website, the information is free and it really works, I tried for years to maintain my nails length but unfortunately approx every 8 weeks my nails broke off regardless of which nail treatments I had applied, and believe me I spent a small fortune purchasing nail treatments, I now have a 4mm nail tip constantly. Everybody over here in the UK are talking about Lunatips, a long thread is ongoing on the weddingguide.co.uk site. I happened to come across ivillage last week and took a look at your beauty boards, and given the beauty probs that are being discussed its obvious that the women of the USA & members of ivillage have not had the opportunity of hearing about lunatips. If people want to have artificial nails applied that is there choice, but i think you will find that the mojority of women have artificial nails applied because their own are weak/brittle/flaky and break off easily, so rather than have them resort to artificial nails at least if they know that it is possible to have the nails they have always wanted and it wont cost them a cent and will take approx 10 mins a month well then maybe they can make a more informed choice about whether to go for artificial nails or own the glory of growing and maintaing their OWN.

As Oprah says theres no point knowing something if you keep it to your self, I just thought I would share something that improved my life and that I know would improve the lives of the women who visit the ivillage beauty/substance boards.

Did you know that right now your nails are growing and you must never file them when they are growing????

Once again thank you for welcoming me on board, I have to say I am pleased to be here:-)

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 2:07pm
Lunachick

It's one thing to share a good find with friends, and quite another to shove it down their throats.

If you like these lunatips....use them. But don't assume that women of the USA have never heard of the product simply because they choose to use enhancements.

Further, finding a good nail tech is definintely NOT compared to finding a needle in a haystack. Quite the contrary. They're available everywhere. It's a just a matter finding one you can relate to and who keeps up with her education; which every nail tech I know does.

Maybe you should move to the USA? I'll show you around and hook you up with a good nail tech.

You said: <<<<>>>>>>

When would *you* suggest filing your nails? Or don't you do that in the UK?

Please let us know.



Shaun

 

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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 8:17am
Hia Shaun

Didnt mean to ruffle anybodies feathers!!! Didnt mean to sound like I was shoving lunatips down anyones throat, I was just trying to be friendly, it wasnt just the nail board that made me think that you ladies in the USA hadnt heard of lunatips, I'm not saying that you cant find a agood nail technician to apply the artificial nail but what I am saying is you cant find one who knows the first thing about real nails, I'll bet you anything you want that your nail tech does not know when the nail is actively growing and when the nail is shedding. I wonder what type of reply you get from your nail technician, let me think??? she will probably phooey whooey it and say something like that women on the net is talking rubbish, but I'll bet you my real nails knocks spots off hers!!

Too right I file my nails, I file them at the right time!!! which is during the waning moon phase when they are naturally shedding. I also moisturise my nails at the right time!! which is during the waxing moon phase when they are actively growing.

I'll bet you dont get that answer off your nail technician!!!

Grew up wanting to move to the USA (I have 2 aunties in Taxas) went to USA in 96 would love to visit again and see all of the beautiful places, realised as I travelled the world that humans are humans regardless of where they are situated on the map, if I ever visit or move to the USA you can hook me up with a good nail tech and I will show you my beautiful REAL nails.

Please let me know what answer your nail tech gives you;-)

heres a little test for all you ladies who have artificial nails applied: 1. note on your calendar when your nails are growing and you need re-fills. 2. Note on your calendar when nails become lose and prone to falling off. 3. find out when the waning and waxing moon is and lets see what you see!

ps.

I wasn't communicating to you as a woman from the UK to a woman from the USA, I was communicating with you Human Female to Human Female, and where there is no likely threat humans are naturally sharing animals:-)

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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 9:27am
Dear Lunachick,

Thanks for your post...and now, here's a little something for you to read.

A superstitution is defined in the dictionary as "a belief, conception, act, or practice resulting from ignorance, unreasoning fear of the unknown or mysterious morbid scrupulosity, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation."



In other words, superstitions are beliefs that are held by people in spite of what appears to be evidence to-the contrary.

It Is generally believed most superstitutions developed long ago from the rituals of the earliest religions. Superstitions were early attempts to discover why and how things happened. Since moon worship was one of the earliest of religions, it is not surprising to learn many superstitions have to do with the moon.

The antiquity of superstitutions also helps to explain why so many of the moon superstitions relate to farming activities.



Many moon superstitions relate to the waxing (growing) or waning (decreasing) moon. The moon is waxing from the time of a new moon until the time of a full moon. During this two week period, the moon "grows" more and more-illuminated each night until it finally appears as a full disk. After the next full moon, the moon will appear less and less illuminated each night until it finally has "decreased" to the point where it can no longer be seen.



The basic moon superstitions that are related to agriculture, require sowing activities be performed during the waxing moon period and reaping activities be performed during the waning moon period. If you are thinking of planting peas soon, be sure it is done during the waxing phase. Onions, however, do not follow this rule. Since onions do not produce an above ground yield they should be planted during the time of a waning moon. Fruit should be picked in fall during a waning moon so the bruises will dry rather than rot. Firewood should also be cut during a waning moon for the same reason.


The results of certain human activities are also supposedly influenced by the waxing and waning moon. For instance, if you cut your nails or hair during the time of waxing moon, they will grow back more quickly than if you cut them during the waning moon.

Now, if you dig a hole in the ground during the time of a waxing moon and then try to fill it again, you will find the amount of dirt has "grown". You will be able to fill the hole and have dirt left over. If you dig the hole during the time of a waning moon, you will get the opposite result. The amount of dirt will have "decreased" and you will not have enough dirt to completely fill the hole.



The most terrifying moon superstition involves lycanthropy - the power of a human to transform into a night-stalking wolf in search of human prey. This is a world-wide superstition that will sometimes use the fiercest animal of the region, such as a bear, tiger or leopard, in place of the wolf.

Lon Chaney, Jr. helped popularize this superstition In 1943 (and ever since on many late night movies) when he starred In "The Wolfman" movie. If you saw this movie chances are you still remember those dark clouds moving across the full moon as hair began to grow all over the tormented face of Lon Chancy, Jr. The transformation into a wolfman was an effect of the full moon.



Incidentally, reading in the light'of a 'waxing or a waning moon can cause "lunacy". At the very least, it will weaken your eyesight.



Think about these amusing and silly superstitions when you see the moon this week in the night sky. But remember, don't point at the moon, for surely misfortune will follow.

Oh Lunachick thanks again for posting. Hope you enjoyed this article.




 

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