The health risks associated with nail polish are disputed. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "The amount of chemicals used in animal studies is probably a couple of hundred times higher than what you would be exposed to from using nail polish every week or so. So the chances of any individual phthalate producing such harm [in humans] is very slim." A more serious health risk is faced by professional nail technicians, who perform manicures over a workstation, known as a nail table, on which the client's hands rest – directly below the technician's breathing zone. In 2009, Susan Reutman, an epidemiologist with the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Division of Applied Research and Technology, announced a federal effort to evaluate the effectiveness of downdraft vented nail tables (VNTs) in removing potential nail polish chemical and dust exposures from the technician's work area. These ventilation systems have potential to reduce worker exposure to chemicals by at least 50%. Many nail technicians will often wear masks to cover their mouth and nose from inhaling any of the harsh dust or chemicals from the nail products.
One thing we know for sure is that healthy nails start at the salon — and that’s true now more than ever. New technology has made it possible to not only reduce the removal time, but in some cases even protect and strengthen your nails. In fact, OPI recently launched its GelColor ProHealth, which includes a two-step system featuring a nourishing basecoat and a wear-and-tear protective topcoat that can keep nails shiny for up to two weeks. The pair works in tandem to create a healthy gel application, but the real innovation is its patent-pending ProHealth technology that promises to cut the removal time in half, taking it from 15 minutes to a speedy seven.
The image of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s toes, as he received a pedicure in 2017, should have come with a NSFW warning. In 2014, former slam dunk champion Nate Robinson bared his soul, and his little piggies, as he posted a picture of himself on Instagram at a nail shop with the hashtag #teamUglyFeet. And through the decade of his own playing career, shame prevented Washington Wizards Coach Scott Brooks from removing his shoes in front of a stranger.
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Silica, Polybutylene Terephthalate, n-Butyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Ethylene/VA Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Polyurethane-11, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120). MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Violet 2 (CI 60725), Red 7 (CI 15850), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
People have been pedicuring their nails for more than 4,000 years. In southern Babylonia, noblemen used solid gold tools to give themselves manicures and pedicures. The use of fingernail polish can be traced back even further. Originating in China in 3000 BC, nail color indicated one’s social status, according to a Ming Dynasty manuscript; royal fingernails were painted black and red. Ancient Egyptians have been manicuring all the way back to 2300 BC.
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For those looking to make a statement with their nails, go chrome. The mirror manicure was named a trend by both Pinterest and Reader's Digest. To achieve the look, each nail is first cleaned and shaped. Then a coat of black polish is applied, cured, and buffed. Next, top coat is applied and cured, before putting on a mirror powder. It is sealed with a top coat, cured, and buffed. It finishes with a gel top coat to create a shiny mirrored effect.
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Rosin/Colophonium/Colophane. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Red 34 (CI 15880), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Black 2 (CI 77266)[nano], Red 7 (CI 15850), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
“I hate when nail clients have stiff hands! It’s the worst! To do a good manicure you need to make sure all areas and angles of the nail are covered and if your hands are stiff or rigid that definitely limits my ability to do that.” —Heather Norton, a cosmetologist and nail technician in Denver, Colorado Follow these other tricks to make your manicure last longer.
Matte polish is like regular polish, but has a purposely dull finish rather than a shine. It can be purchased as a regular base coat in ranges of different colors. Matte nail polish can also be found in a top coat. Matte top coat is most useful for painting over any dry base color, giving it a different appearance. The matte top coat polish will dull the shine from a regular base coat polish. Matte polish has become very popular through the years, particularly since it can be used in nail art applications, where designs can be created on the nail using the contrast of both shiny and matte surfaces.
As a self-professed beauty lover, I pride myself on staying on top of the latest fads in the makeup, hair, and nail world—after all, I’m usually the person my family and friends run to when they need advice on getting a certain hairstyle or testing the makeup waters with new products. But when ELLE.com’s Senior Beauty Editor, Kristina Rodulfo, mentioned dip powder nails to me, I had to admit defeat—I never heard of the trend and was eager to find out what it entailed.
Every woman knows how painful it is to accidentally smudge your eyeliner after finally perfecting your cat eye, spill droplets of coffee on a light t-shirt, and worst of them all, walk around with chipped nail polish. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars each month on gel manicures to avoid chipped nails but as a result, my love affair with gel manicures left me with cracked, fragile nails.
“Some guys look down on it ‘cause it’s girly or whatever you want to call it, but I’ve done it from the beginning because it’s like taking care of your body. Just like anything else you do, getting a massage or treatment,” Augustin said. “I’ve had situations before with my toenails, or my callus on my feet, would hurt my feet during games. It makes a big difference.”
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Rosin/Colophonium/Colophane. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 34 (CI 15880), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this OPI Cajun Shrimp nail polish color. I picked it out at the salon when I went to get my piggies painted and knew I had chosen wisely! It's a perfect combo of red, with just a dash of coral, which means it goes well with EVERYTHING. You know how some corals are just TOO orangey? This one isn't. Much more of an actual red undertone. What more can I say? We all know OPI polishes rock, and this has to be my new fave, second only to my all time favorite color, "I'm Not Really a Waitress".
After receiving the traditional Spa Pedicure, when you think it just can’t get better than this, your feet will be sealed to a warm relaxing massage with naturally smooth and gently heated stones dipped in soothing moisturizer. This pedicure is an excellent stress reducer Lay your chair back, close your eyes, and feel the smooth, natural, heated surface of the stones, ease all the tension from your weary feet. This treatment is finished off with a polish of your choice.
Nails that have undergone a French manicure are characterized by a lack of artificial base color and white tips at the free edge of the nail. For this reason, they are sometimes referred to as "French tips". The nail tips are painted white, while the rest of the nails are polished in a pink or a suitable nude shade. French manicures can be achieved with artificial nails. However, it is also as common to perform a French manicure on natural nails. Another technique is to whiten the underside of the nail with white pencil and paint a sheer color over the entire nail.