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“Leave the Peeling to Oranges” – How to have healthy, strong nails.

By Tina Stading, Nail Specialist Reflections – A Salon

Being a certified nail tech I get to interact with all types of people from all kinds of backgrounds, and the one question I get asked frequently about is how to deal with unsightly peeling nails. Many people suffer from onychoschisis, a condition where the different layers of keratin that make up the nail plate flake off at the ends. While reasons vary for this condition, from lifestyle habits, past nail trauma to genetics, there are a few keys things you can do to treat this form of nail dystrophy.

Shaping & Buffing

NailsOnce a week you will need to shape & buff your nails. You will need a 4 way nail buffer to do this. Usually the sides of the buffers are numbered from 1 to 4, with 1 being the roughest side & 4 being the smoothest side. Use side number 1, or the roughest side of the buffer, to file the free edge of all 10 nails. When you’re shaping your nail tip be sure to file from the corners toward the center in one direction, avoiding a sawing back & forth motion. Your nail length should be right at the tip of your finger or just below it, avoid too much length but also avoid making them too short. Moving onto side 2 buff the entire nail surface on each finger in a gentle back & forth motion. If you feel any heat spikes on your nails you are buffing too hard. Do the same with side 3 & buff the entire nail. Once you get to side 4, or the smoothest side, take the time to make sure the entire nail is buffed & that you can see the layers of keratin smoothed out. Your nails will be left with a shiny natural finish.

Moisturizing

Once you have shaped & buffed your nails you will want to moisturize. In between the layers of keratin on your nail plate are small spaces. These spaces can fill with air & water causing the nail to swell which makes the layers easier to lift & separate causing peeling. By moisturizing you are protecting your nail plate from such damage. Look for a cuticle treatment that has keratin as well as jojoba oil in it, such as CND’s Rescue RXx . The jojoba oil has the same sized molecules as the body’s own natural oil, sebum, which can easily penetrate the layers of the nail while depositing the keratin to the nail plate, restoring strength & moisture. Once you have massaged the oil treatment into each nail, finish off with an ultra-hydrating lotion or body butter to seal it in. Cuccio’s Naturale Butter Blend in Milk & Honey is a great option for this; it’s thick but does not leave an oily residue. It also has time released emollients that moisturize the nails & skin every 2 hours. Repeat this process twice daily.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips on keeping your peeling nails at bay:

  • Wear gloves when doing household chores or working outside. Soap, the action of scrubbing or digging, & other harsh chemicals can dry your hands out & damage your nails.
  • Apply a moisturizer after you wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer since these can also cause your nails to dry out.
  • Avoid long, hot baths or showers since hot water is especially drying to skin & nails. Be sure to moisturize as soon as possible after your shower or bathe to lock in any moisture remaining.
  • And last but certainly not least, make sure you are drinking adequate amounts of water to stay hydrated & are eating a varied diet to ensure you are getting all the vitamins & minerals you need for healthy nails.

Having healthy nails not only gives you a more put together appearance, but it also boosts your confidence. Nail care, like regularly scheduled haircuts or a good skin care regimen, should be a part of your self-care routine. Consider seeing a professional certified nail technician to keep your nails as healthy as they can be. A trained professional will not only be able to perfectly shape your nails & give you the look that you desire, but they can also keep the peeling at bay all while providing a relaxing experience in an atmosphere that promotes total wellness.

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You need a haircut, I mean you REALLY need one! You have a picture in your head of how you want it to turn out, but how to get your stylist to know what that is? We have all had the experience when we leave the salon with something very different from our original idea. Over the past 20 years working as a stylist, I have been on both sides of this frustrating moment. These are my best tips for ensuring that the next time you sit in the salon chair with a new style idea, you and your stylist can be in sync.

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Be Realistic – As with everything else in life, your hair has certain limitations. Your hair’s texture, density, and length can be altered by services and products, but only to a certain degree. If your hair more closely resembles the tufts on a Muppet, you probably won’t leave the salon looking like Charlize Theron. Make certain that the target style you are aiming for is at least possible for your particular hair type.

Use Your Words, and Pictures, and Examples, and…. – Good communication is the key. Pictures from magazines, celebrities, Pinterest, etc. are great for your stylist to see what you mean by “sweeping bangs” or “long layers”. Be honest, if a stylist recommends something or shows you an idea that you don’t like, tell them the truth. They can tweak it to make it more to your liking, so speak up. Also, tell them how you plan to style and maintain your hair. Daily styling time, tools, and maintenance make a huge difference in choosing the cut that’s right for you and your lifestyle.

Be Ready To Learn! – A great stylist is excited to teach you a few tricks. They should offer you tips on how to maintain your look. If not, it may be up to you to ask questions. “What products should I use?” “Do I need a flat iron for this look?” “How should I blow dry to get more volume?” If this is the first time you’ve seen this stylist, give them some information on what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past. He/She may need a couple visits with you to interpret how your hair may react to all their techniques. After 2-3 visits, you should both be on the same page and you will have a feeling of confidence that your hair is beginning to or has already transformed into exactly what you had dreamed it would. If not, it could be time to try another stylist, one size does not fit all and you may need to shop around a little. Look for people with hair like yours or like your desired style and ask them for a referral, this is the best way to find a new stylist anywhere, especially if you’ve just moved to a new area.

Cutting hairHave a Little Trust – When your guru of style offers ideas and suggestions on how to get the results you want with your hair, please don’t nonchalantly wave off their recommendations. Make an effort to at least “try on” their suggestions. Whether it means buying a product or trying a new style technique, your stylist cannot do your hair without the aid of products, tools, and techniques, so why do would you assume you can do it with water and air drying? Most salons have a generous satisfaction guarantee on any purchases if you decide you don’t like what you’ve bought. So don’t worry about that $20 styling product being too pricey. It could just be the answer to all your problems, and I’d say that’s money well spent!

Finally, the basic recipe to a great haircut, every time, and a wonderful salon experience is…  an enthusiastic stylist that loves what they do; a client that either knows what they want or at least what they don’t, and is willing to try new things to get it; and lastly but most importantly, amazing communication between the two of you. (a great cup of coffee doesn’t hurt either!)

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A salon may not be the first place you think of to pick up a gift for Father’s Day, but let me offer a few ideas that we know men love; they just may be a little shy asking for.

Manicures and Pedicures for instance. Who doesn’t love an hour of relaxation, a foot and leg massage, and getting rid of callouses and dryness? Leave out the pretty pink polish at the end and you have a perfect gift for a busy Dad that can also improve the health of his feet and nails. If it makes you feel better, you can call it a Hand and Foot Tune-Up!

If a service isn’t quite what you want to go with, why not put together your own mix of wonderful products made specifically with our favorite guys in mind. Both Goldwell and Surface have a shampoo that doubles as a body wash, they have an amazing fragrance with hints of sandalwood and mint and offer a deep cleanse exfoliation while adding moisture to often neglected skin. In other words, your guy will smell great, feel great, and look great! Don’t forget about the finished style too. We love the results we get with products like Styling Mud and Dry Wax from Surface. Another favorite of many of our male clientele is the Shave Cream made by Surface. This luxurious cream has Vitamins A, C, and E antioxidants that tone and renew and is enriched with bamboo and coconut to condition and protect the skin while shaving. If the guys in your life ever complain about razor burn, dryness, or sensitive skin due to shaving, this Shave Cream will be a lifesaver!

I Love Dad chalk

Now I will dive into the touchy topic of aging and greying hair. It’s been said that a man with grey hair is more distinguished, but let’s face it, if you’re not Richard Gere or George Cloooney, it just doesn’t look the same! If you’ve heard your fellow moan and groan about his grey, we have the perfect solution. Reshade by Goldwell is a hair color service designed especially for men and their discretion. This color takes only 5 minutes to process after we select and apply the shade customized to your natural color. Because of the short amount of time it takes, we can easily add this service to any haircut appointment. The beauty of Reshade is that it doesn’t turn brassy or red, it doesn’t show as it grows out, and can be done with each haircut so nobody really needs to know if you are coloring or not. Reshade doesn’t give that “completely colored” look, but rather camouflages the grey so you look more like that picture taken of you 5 – 10 years earlier.

Most importantly this Father’s Day, we would like to help you let the special men in your life know how very much they are appreciated and loved. I know I for one can only give so many ties, barbecue sets, and fishing lures; but whatever you chose to give Dad this year, I hope you and he have a very Happy Father’s Day.

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FINALLY!  The warmer weather is upon us!  If you are anything like me, you are simply ecstatic this time of year.  I’m thrilled at the renewal of the spring season and the anticipation of everything that summer brings.  I love not being cold, not wearing a coat, eating garden fresh tomatoes, and the smell of new cut grass.  Summer brings back memories of vacations, swimming, riding my bike, and feeling free.

Summer HairAs we go through this season and all the great things it brings, it’s easy to forget some of the negatives about summer.  Things like sunburns, sweating, hot cars, and the worst thing of all… BAD HAIR DAYS!  I see so many people at the end of summer saying “I just don’t know why my hair looks so bad”!  Often the only fix is to cut it shorter.  We all understand that if we get too much sun on our skin, we will get burned and eventually look a little like shoe leather or worse.  We don’t usually think about the fact that our hair is being exposed to all of the same harmful stresses as our skin and that we should protect it as well.  Unlike our skin, our hair is not constantly renewing itself.  If our skin is sun-burned, it improves over a few days as our cells are replaced with new ones.  Our hair however, once damaged, cannot be completely repaired.  Therefore, the ideal fix for summer damage is to protect it from ever happening in the first place.

Among the bad guys of summer hair stresses, these are what I consider to be the worst offenders:  Sun, Chlorine and Wind.

The sun can cause your hair color to change by lightening it.  This is a great benefit when you are 13 and your mom says “No” to highlights, but devastating when you are 30 and just paid $100 or more for the stunning “natural” auburn you chose.  Prevent this type of “fadeage” by using one of the many choices of leave-in conditioners that contain UVA/UVB filters. Leave-in conditioners come in many forms including creams, oils and sprays.  Our favorite for ease of use and results are Aquage Moisture Mist which also boasts great detangling benefits and a fresh fragrance.  Also, Goldwell’s Serum Sprays come in three formulas for customizing to your own color and hair needs.  Use these sprays prior to and during sun exposure to protect your hair from the sun’s damaging rays.

Chlorine Hard on HairChlorine – Ahh, necessary but oh so bad for hair! Just the smell of chlorine makes us think of summer. But if you can still smell that recognizable scent long after you’ve been at the pool or you notice the unmistakable hue of “green” in your hair, you know you have a problem!  Other signs of chlorine damage include overly tangled hair, a slippery, slimy feel when wet, very “crunchy” brittle when dry and a strange, unnatural sheen to the hair.  The best defense is to not allow chlorine to build up in the first place by using a chelating or clarifying shampoo every time you swim.  Malibu C Swimmers Wellness shampoo and Surface Purify Shampoo are among our top choices.  They target the chlorine present in the hair without stripping out the natural moisture and oils.  Also, before diving in, always wet down your hair with water or a leave-in conditioner first.  Hair is like a sponge and once something is fully absorbed into the strands, it is harder for anything else to find its way in.  If you have gotten to the point that maintenance alone cannot remove the buildup, often the best move is to visit the salon for a professional treatment.  Usually, if the chlorine is removed and a deep moisture treatment is done, you can reverse many of the damaging results it can cause.

Wind Hair DamageWind, yes here in the Midwest we see a lot of this!  During summer, it can be more like you are standing in front of a blast furnace!  Many summer activities put us right in the middle of gale force winds but even if you are sitting still while a 20mph “breeze” blows by, it can deplete your hair’s moisture and cause tangles worthy of any young girls’ temper tantrum! (All parents of a girl under 13 know exactly what I mean!)  Again, a leave-in conditioner can help to detangle and repair after the wind has had its way.  There is also a genius tool called the “Wet Brush” that is saving long hair from the snap, crackle, and pop of combing out tangles.  The bristles of the brush are more flexible than others and magically make it through mattes and knots better than any other brush I’ve used.  Sometimes though, there is nothing better than a good, old-fashioned deep conditioner.  There are too many choices to list them all but here is where I always start.  Aquage Healing Conditioner for 10 minutes once a week; Goldwell 60 Second Treatments, and our most recommended is an in-salon service, Maximum Repair Treatment with Surface products.  This intensive treatment is great for summer hair revitalization because it will remove buildup such as chlorine while at the same time; deeply infuse strength and moisture with Amaranth proteins, Aloe, Omega -3, and Flax Seed.  Stop in, we’ll help you select the right products for your hair type.

I hope your summer is full of fun in the sun and that this helps you to keep your hair protected.  If all else fails, put your hair in a super cool braid, spritz the surface with your favorite leave-in conditioner and wear a hat!  There is one last thing however that is just awful and that I have no solutions for, summer is over way too soon!  Have a safe and beautiful summer filled with great hair days!

Chris Rosman, Owner of Reflections a Salon
Omaha, NE

Reflections

We have an open, airy Omaha salon with a comfortable, warm feel. Our big windows allow us to be surrounded by lots of natural light. Our staff is friendly and helpful with no ego. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable and achieve your personal image goals.

We give a relaxing scalp massage with every haircut and always have time to give free color consultations.

Our salon is dedicated to service and value. All of our licensed specialists sincerely enjoy what we do and it is reflected in the loyalty of our clients. We promise individual attention and great value for all of our customers.

We are located just off of 144th Street, between L and Q in southwest Omaha. We are easily acessibile with plenty of parking space.