Nail Splash Studio is a gel nails only salon in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. Hours are by appointment only. Currently Nail Splash is unable to accept new clientele due to a "full-book" of standing, regular appointments.
Nail Splash believes EVERY client can and should have her own healthy, long, strong, beautiful nails. That is why Nail Splash only does U-V light cured gel nail enhancements. The goal is for the cleint to wear the gel as an overlay or basecoat over her own natural nails underneath. Of course for many clients that is not possible in the beginning! But that is the ultimate goal from the first day on your first visit. Initially tips or formed product can be used to lengthen and strengthen the natural nail as it grows out. Every precaution is taken to from the first full-set to safegaurd the health of the natural nail.
Currently Nail Splash is unable to fit new clients into the schedule. Full-sets (when available) are priced at $85. Fill-Ins are priced starting at $40 for a 2 week visit, $45 for 3 weeks, and $50 for 4 weeks. All appointments include, at no additional charges: U-V dried topcoat, paraffin wax treatment, broken nails repaired (at or between regular appointments!), French Manicure polish or permanent French Manicure gel, or any of over 200 available polish colors. Other amenities include complimentary beverages and snacks, heated massage chair, high tech polish drying equipment, highest level of implement sanitation, privacy, no odors, high quality ventilation, allergy-free environment! All work guaranteed.
Currently Nail Splash is completely booked with standings and is unavailable to accept new clients. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone numbers, email address, and availability (days, times) for standing appointments. Priority is given to past Nail Splash clients and referrals from current clients. Currently the waiting list wait time is approximately 6 months to 2 years or more, depending on day/time requested.
Nail care tips for clients to use at home between appointments.......
Treat your nails like jewels, not tools.
Wear gloves when you do your household work and when you do gardening.
Use a tool for opening soda cans.
Dial the phone with a pencil.
Learn to do things with the pads of your fingers rather than your fingertips and nails.
Test your hold when lifting heavy objects to be sure you won't break a nail. Never do anything that would put upwards pressure on the tips of your nails.
A good time to push back your cuticles is after you have taken a shower, bath or after washing the dishes. This is because these activities help to soften the cuticles, making them more pliable and less likely to cause injury.
Nail polish thinner can be used to thin out nail polish that has become too thick. Keep the polish in the refrigerator to make it last longer.
Try not to use nail polish remover more than once a week. Nail polish remover causes the nails to dry out. Dry nails crack and split more easily than nails that are well hydrated (well-moisturized).
A top coat or sealer is a liquid that is applied over the nail polish. Any clear nail polish can be used as a top coat or sealer. This will minimize chipping or cracking of the nail. On natural nails, a clear coat can be used every day for seven days to give the nail protection and keep the moisture in.
After washing your hands, apply a cream or lotion. Hands and nails tend to get dried out from soaps and cleansers. You should try to keep your hands and cuticles well lubricated, with a moisturizer such as Aquaphor, Eucerin, Vaseline. You should use an oil (like rice bran, olive or other natural, edible oil) or moisturizer at bedtime every night.
Sometimes nail polish, dirt and bacteria can stain the nails. This can be removed by using a Q-tip or an orangewood stick with a cotton tip. Soak the cotton in 10 parts water mixed with 1 part bleach, then rub the nail where the stain is. This will remove most stains from the nails. Scrub under the nails with a nail brush or toothbrush with soap or bleach solution to remove stains under the nails.
What do they reveal about your health?
Originally published in Mayo Clinic Health Letter, October 1991
Take a look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy-looking? Or do you see ridges or areas of unusual color or shape? The condition of your nails may offer clues to your general health. Illnesses can cause changes in your nails that your doctor can use to develop a diagnosis.
Here are fingernail disorders that may be linked with illnesses:
Beau's lines — Indentations that run across your nail. This can appear when growth at the nail root (matrix) is interrupted by severe illness such as a heart attack, measles, pneumonia, or by fever.
Clubbing — Your fingertips widen and become round. Nails curve around your fingertips. Caused by enlargement in connective tissue as compensation for a chronic lack of oxygen. Lung disease is present in 80 percent of people who have clubbed fingers. Also may appear in heart disease or cancer.
Half-and-Half (Lindsay's nails) — Look for an arc of brownish discoloration. May appear in a small percentage of people who have kidney failure.
Mee's lines — White lines that run across your nail, following the shape of the nail "moon." Arsenic poisoning is the cause.
Onycholysis (ON-i-ko-LY-sis) — The nail separates from the nail bed. Most of the time, this problem is associated with physical injury (trauma), psoriasis, drug reactions, fungal disease or contact dermatitis from using nail hardeners. Sometimes onycholysis is related to an over- or under-active thyroid gland, iron deficiency anemia or syphilis.
Pitting — Small pits or depressions. Most common nail problem seen in 25 percent to 50 percent of people with psoriasis.
Spoon nails — Soft nails that look scooped out. Depression is usually large enough to hold a drop of liquid. Often indicates iron deficiency anemia.
Terry's nails — Your nail looks opaque and white, but the nail tip has a dark pink to brown band. May accompany cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, adult-onset diabetes, cancer or aging.
Vertical ridges — Narrow ridges that run the length of your nails. May appear in adulthood and become more obvious as you age. Also may accompany kidney failure.
Yellow nail syndrome — One or more nails turn yellow or green. Nails grow more slowly, and the cuticle and "moon" disappear. May be associated with swelling of the hands and feet, or a variety of respiratory diseases such as chronic bronchitis.
Reminder - Nail problems offer clues to medical conditions. If you suspect you have a problem, see your doctor or a dermatologist. He or she will likely include an examination of your nails along with other observations and tests in making a diagnosis.
Here are the at home manicure steps and tips instructions I handed out to my daughters Girl Scout Brownie troop in conjuction with the grooming badge we worked on that day.... Many of the moms were clamoring for additional copies for themselves as their daughters would not part with theirs!
Of course you'll get the best results from a professional salon manicure with paraffin wax and other treatments, so treat yourself before special events, but in between visits you can follow these steps to keep your hands and nails conditioned and neat looking!
Supplies: Liquid hand soap and table salt (to make exfoliating scrub), natural edible oil (such as rice bran, apricot kernel, viamin E, jojoba, etc), heavy cream (like Eucerin, cream is better than lotion! Even vaseline will do), Baggies or saran wrap, towels or oven mitts (to wrap hands in), cuticle pusher or birchwood stick, white buffer block or disc, emery boards, (fingernail cutters are optional if needed), white vinegar (helps polish adhere to the nail, extending greatly the life of your manicure), lint-free paper towel, manicure brush or old toothbrush (for cleaning nails) base coat, colored polish, topcoat (or a 3 or 4 way buffer in lieu of the polish for a high shine). As you can see, all of these supplies are readily available in the house, or at your local drug store!
Manicure Steps (As written for Brownie Girl Scouts, they were given the supplies to work with, you'll need to assemble your in adavnce)
1) EXFOLIATE Wet hands. Mix hand soap and salt (or suger if preferred, it's a little gentler, and not as gritty) together and wash hands and rub in. Rinse well. Pat dry.
2) MOISTURIZE Rub in olive oil. Next put on cream. Wrap hands in baggies. Wrap with warm towel. Sit for 10 minutes. Remove baggies and wipe off extra oils.
3) CUTICLES Push back cuticles gently with cuticle stick. Never cut your cuticles.
4) SHAPE NAILS File nails into square-oval shape. Never file into "pointy" shape, and don't make too round either.
5) BUFF nails with white buffer.
6) SHINE nails with 3-way buffer. Black, white, gray is the order! Polish is optional after this step!
7) Wash nails with soap and water to remove oil.
8) Dehydrate nail surface with white vinegar. Pour some on a paper towel and wipe on nails.
9) Apply clear base coat. 1 coat, very thinly. Let dry.
10) Apply 1st coat of colored polish. Let dry a minute or 2.
11) Apply 2nd coat of polish, if needed, and let dry a minute or 2 again for best results.
12) Apply topcoat polish. Sit still and let nails dry!
13) Apply oil to nails to help prevent "dents" and smudges.
****Some optional extras to add: After exfoliating, but before moisturizing, soak entire hand (or foot for that matter!) in warm milk for a few minutes, to get the benefits of the AHA's. (when doing feet, some epsom salts added to the water are wonderful!), rinse, then do a citrus fruit scrub. Using lemon, lime or orange slices or quarters, scrub the fruit onto the skin. The natural fruit acids give a nice finished, polished look to the skin! Now proceed to the misturizing treatment. Placing your wrapped hands on an electric heating pad gives the treament added benefit!
Everyday Nail Care Tips
1) Push back cuticles while in the tub or shower, or right after, every day. And never, ever, cut your cuticles or allow anyone else to cut your cuticles!!!!
2) Apply cuticle oil to nails and cuticles every night before bed.
3) When wearing polish apply 1 coat of clear topcoat every other day on top of other polish.
4) When gardening wear gloves! Wash dirt out from under nails as soon as possible afterwards. (Rub nails across "soggy" ivory soap bar to keep dirt out from under nails and make clean-up a snap!)
5) Use hand lotion or cream every day.
6) Do not bite or pick at your nails or cuticles.
7) Do not pick at nail polish, take it off with remover!
8) Keep nails at a reasonable length so that they won't break (not too long!). Keep them all the same length too!
9) Do not use your nails to scrape things off of other things. Your nails are jewels not tools!
10) Nails do NOT need to be polished or be long in length to be well groomed! Well groomed nails are CLEAN, even in length, shaped nicely, and well maintained.
11) Your fingernails and toenail polish do NOT have to match. Wear whatever colors make YOU happy!
12) For more hints and tips have an adult help you go to my website at www.nailsplash.com and click on the "Client Info" page from the main menu!