Grow your nails naturally!

Everyone wants long, healthy and strong nails that don’t break. This is a dream you can actually make come true with a bit of patience and loads of motivation!

I’m here to support each and every one of you on your journey to great and magnificent nails, but we do need to work together in caring for them. We all know how daily stress can make us nibble at our nails or pick at the dead skin around them and affecting the aesthetical part of our hands without even realizing it. I can guarantee that after just one manicure session you will want to change your habits and start enjoying lovely, looked after nails.

I take great pride in a job well done and immediate results bring such satisfaction! The products I use are kind to the nail and maintain its natural structure without damaging it. They help your own nails growth underneath and give them enough strength not to break or exfoliate. No matter how short or damaged your nails may be, I have the treatment for it, you just need to tag along. Wearing gel products or repair treatments isn’t enough though, you need to ‘feed’, nourish your nails with the right oils and regularly moisturise your hands. Beauty does come from within afterall.

If you’d like to discuss a course of treatment for yourself, a friend or relative, or simply just ask for advice, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be more than happy to explain all the bits and bobs, as honest as always.

Here are a few ladies who have already reached their natural growth goal.

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And here are the nails who are still waiting to grow, with lots of patience and nurturing behind the scenes.

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New Treatments

I have been thinking about expanding the nail bar business for some time, and so now I am able to start offering more treatments to all my lovely clients!

Although I have a long list of courses I would like to complete in the near future, for the time being I can offer you the following:

Eyelash Tint (top & bottom) – £10
Eyelash Lift & Tint – £38
Eyebrow Tint – £7
Eyelash & Eyebrow Tint – £15.50

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Lash Lift Treatment Benefits:
– Immediate results,
– Lift lasts for up to eight weeks – ideal for those going on holiday!
– Short, straight lashes appear longer and more flattering
– Drooping eyes appear ‘lifted’
– Ideal for those who find the daily use of make-up irritating to the eyes
– For those who find the mechanical method of eyelash curling uncomfortable, time consuming and detrimental to the lashes.

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Lash / Brow Tinting Treatment Benefits:
– Tint will intensify and enhance the brows / lashes,
– Darkens fine hair and colour grey or white hair
– Brows and lashes appear thicker and more defined
– Lashes appear longer as fair lash tips are darkened.

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A skin patch test must be done 48 hrs prior to these treatments to make sure I can carry them out without any contraindications, but also for your piece of mind!

I will also be offering additional services during the Eyelash Lifts. These can be offered at request e.g. nails file and polish, toenails file and polish, or hand / foot massage. An additional £5 will be charged for any of these services.

I will be introducing the Eyelash Lift & Tint treatment at a discounted price of £25. This offer will expire on the 13th May. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Then & Now

Becoming a nail technician has been a great challenge since day one, but also a big accomplishment. It took a lot of courage to take the plunge and enroll at college shortly after giving birth, to finally pursue my passion and study for it day and night. It also took a lot of work converting one of the bedrooms into the nail salon and sorting out all the bits and bobs to starting my little business.

I am grateful for how all of it has played out so far and feel quite lucky to have met such amazing people and gain loyal clients in a very short time, who always like to test my creative skills. Every new design I create contributes to my personal progress and pushes me to become better at what I do in order to master new techniques. It’s a constant learning process, and when it comes to nail art there will always be something new waiting for me to try it next!

Here’s my then & now evolution, from the first few weeks at college and studying for exams late at night, while trying not to wake the baby up, to setting up the room and practising manicures and pedicures on my poor husband, to practical sessions at college and a few of the manicures I did last year compared to the ones from this year.

I hope this journey never ends!

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College uniform – Night time studying – Nail desk in the making
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Parrafin Wax hand treatment – Toenails practice and french manicure with nail polish
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TOP – first sets / BOTTOM – most recent sets
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TOP – first sets / BOTTOM – most recent sets
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Before & After

My work as a Nail Technician

Nail Technicians will use different techniques and the duration of their services will depend on various factors. Of course, the products used will affect the application and removal process, and take away or even add to the length of a treatment.

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I’m a ‘Quality over Quantity’ type of gal and I do like to take my time by being thorough with every treatment that I offer. Some might even say I’m a bit OCD when it comes to nail preparation & cuticle care. I stand by my technique as in order to achieve great polish / finish results that last, the nail must first be meticulously prepped, and that my lovelies, takes time. It’s so much more than just a quick file and polish, it’s about changing the look of a nail and making it look at its best, always.

I personally don’t use an e-file (electric file or ‘drill’ if you will) to prep the nail or remove Gel polish off your natural nail. I found that although it might be faster to perform certain services, my clients prefer a more gentle approach. I’ve been asked if I could do a Gel manicure in 30 mins, and my answer was NO, as that wouldn’t even come close to a properly cleaned nail plate ready for any product application. I also have clients who make sure I don’t use an e-file on their nails due to previous bad experiences where not only were their nails roughed up, but they also felt rushed as if being on a conveyor belt.

At ‘Hello, Beautiful’ your nails are treasured and I always aim at making every lady feel comfortable, at ease and stress-free, enjoying a good chat and a cuppa! The way you are treated as a client is highly important to me as it’s not just a paid service, but your ‘Me Time’, special and precious time where others will look after you for a change.

As part of taking care of nails, the way clients treat their hands and nails when at home / work also makes a huge difference in maintaining good and healthy nails. The dentist will always pester you to ‘Make sure you floss!’, and just like them, I will make sure I always tell you to use cuticle oil and hand cream on a daily basis as I want you to get the best out of each set of nails that I give you!

Your nails are jewels, so make sure they always get the right treatment!

Cuticle Oils

As any moisturizer, the role of cuticle oils is to soften and improve the appearance of the nails and skin surrounding them. Continuous use can help protect your nails against any external damage (eg. excessive use of soap water, cooking, typing or simply environmental conditions – is anyone else feeling the cold outside?) as they are rich in vitamins so that the skin and nails can rapidly absorb. These oils can quickly repair and protect dry or cracked skin around the cuticle area, deeply moisturizing the entire nail plate.

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When having Gel polish manicures done, the Gel base coat penetrates the nail plate to create strength, but cuticle oil needs to be used regularly to give the nail more flexibility. Combined, the two will make your nails stronger and healthier than before.

I recommend using a small amount of cuticle oil twice a day, as massaging your nails and surrounding skin will not only make the Gel polish last longer and prevent any lifting, but it will increase circulation in the nail bed and promote a healthy growth, while keeping your nails in tip-top condition.

Your nails are jewels, so make sure they always get the right treatment!

 

Nail Preparation

Keep hearing that Gel polish is bad for your nails?!

I found that nail preparation is one of the most important parts of a nail service. It ensures the best product application and great, long lasting results. For many years Gel polishes have been getting a bad rep and I get a lot of clients asking me about the possible damage of Gel polish on the natural nail, and I always explain that it is not the product that damages the nails, but a poor or wrong technique in applying and removing it.

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All products are designed to be used in a very specific way, following manufacturer’s instructions. The nail is a strong, yet delicate surface, as it is prone to scratches. When prepping the nail, unnecessary filing should be avoided as repeating the process with each treatment can leave behind a weakened and damaged nail. This in turn can cause breakage, pain and possible infections.

At ‘Hello, Beautiful’ we take the time to gently cleanse the nail and prepare it for product application. Removing the nail’s natural oils through light buffing with a high grit buffer will ensure that only the oils are removed and not layers of your nail. It’s important to use the right tools and technique to remove the oils off the nail as nail polishes or Gel polishes will apply better and stay on for longer periods of time.

Also remember that where aftercare advice is given (eg. use cuticle oil twice a day and don’t use your nails as tools), do follow these to make sure your nails stay in tip-top condition.

Your nails are jewels, so make sure they always get the right treatment!