Gel nails are becoming more and more popular despite us knowing that they aren’t the best when it comes to keeping our nails at their healthiest! This hasn’t stopped us paying a trip to the nail bar every few weeks though! So how can we keep our nails at their healthiest whilst still having nails to die for?!
TLL caught up with Gemma Pavey, Group Training and Education Manager at Leighton Denny Expert Nails and asked her to share with us her top tips for looking after our nails and what the nail trends are for AW16!
· Whilst your Gel polish is on use a cuticle oil to keep cuticles and nails in good condition. Follow on with a nourishing hand cream with an SPF to protect and moisturise the hands
· When Gel nails/polish are removed, have a break from using polish and concentrate on improving the condition of the nails. I would recommend using an intensive treatment to rebuild the nails along with using a buffer twice a week to improve blood and oxygen supply to the nails, instantly giving a healthier looking nail whilst also improving ridges and stimulating nail growth. Only use side 1 of the buffer (for ridges) every 2-3 weeks.
· Keep the nails looking neat and feeling smooth with a crystal nail file and I would recommend keeping the nails shorter following the natural shape of the nail until the nails have strengthened after Gels or Acrylics.
· Don’t forget about your cuticle. The Cuticle is a thin layer of skin that protects the matrix from infection and damage, however it can sometimes get a little dry and untidy so I would recommend using a Cuticle remover which dissolves the dry skin from the cuticles gently whilst ensuring the cuticle is soft and supple. No need to use cuticle knives or nippers just apply this for 3-5 minutes once a week and then use a hoof stick to gently push back.
· Wear Gloves for washing up, cleaning and gardening to protect the hands and nails
· Always use a base coat to prevent discolouration of the nails and create a smooth surface to work on and fill in any ridges
· Think of your top coat as paint protection, it will prevent the nails from chipping and keep them looking fresh and shiny. Individual top coats may also have other benefits such as UV absorbers to prevent colour from fading
Nail Trends for A/W16
Coming into Autumn/Winter 2016 The palette sweeps from pale, breezy neutrals to heavier, moody greys. It tugs between hard and soft, light and dark, creating a tension that is bolstered by cold pastels and pearly metallics.
The Roaring Twenties are a celebration of defying the law, boozy nights & good music with dark colours for hiding in the shadows and electric hues for staying awake till dawn.
Twenties girls prosper in the coming of cultural dynamism, embracing their inner femininity and new found freedom. Quintessential and decadent, the twenties unleashed an era of glitzy glamour, liberation and endless romance.
Leighton Denny’s Roaring Twenties Collection showcases a range of rich crème colours and glitter effects infused with Platinum for nails as luxurious as the perfect accessory for Autumn/Winter.