What does it mean to be Well-Nested?

If you’ve known about NEST for a while, you will have seen us use the hashtag #WellNested. But what does it really mean?
We like to think of being Well-Nested to mean being your best. It’s an all-encompassing word for the best you can be, the feeling you get when you think to yourself, “All is right in the world today.” Whether you are sitting somewhere that looks beautiful, with a cup of coffee in one hand, and a book in the other while getting your toes done, or if you’re just getting a quick polish change during your lunch break—you deserve to be #WellNested. And rest assured, we will make absolutely sure that you feel that way too. There are no shortcuts in the pursuit of being Well-Nested, and we will always make sure that all our guests are ready to take on the day, whatever it takes! Being WellNested is being strong, balanced, relaxed, and most importantly pampered so you can take on the world.
“I’m picky. Very picky. I have super high expectations.  When I go to a salon I want to be pampered, I want to relax and let the stress melt away. From the moment I walk into Nest it is a special time. Every detail has been considered, the color of the interior design, the lighting, the diffusing of essential oils, the music being played in the background and the staff. It is beautiful and relaxing. The staff is incredibly professional, true artists of their craft.  One of the critical details that women often times overlook is safety. I rest easy knowing that all materials are sterilized every single time, no file is EVER used on another person. Every precaution is taken to ensure each guest is safe and satisfied. Truly #WellNested. Thank you to the staff of Nest for all you do to make every visit a relaxing and safe but beautiful experience every time.” – Valerie Ramsey, regular guest since June 2019.

How is Sugaring Better than Waxing?

When people find out that there is an alternative to waxing, they are usually very excited about the prospect of saving themself pain! People prefer sugaring over waxing for a lot of different reasons. In this article, we’re looking at sugaring vs waxing and the benefits of sugaring, which we think is far better for a lot of different reasons!

What is Sugaring?

Sugaring is a natural option for hair removal. It is the process of applying lemon, water and sugar onto the skin where you wish to remove the hair. It has no additives and you don’t have to use cloth strips.

Sugaring works in a similar way to waxing as it pulls out hair from the root, but this happens in a gentler way that the vast majority of people find less painful and prefer sugaring vs waxing for the fact that the process doesn’t hurt as much.

What is waxing?

Waxing is the process of applying hot wax to the skin and then using strips such as cloth strips to pull out the hair that has stuck to this wax. It can cause irritation on the skin and the wax applied is very hot.

Waxing is notoriously painful. People dread having their waxing treatments and there is definitely room in the market for a less painful alternative.

Sugaring vs Waxing

Sugaring is different for a variety of reasons and we’ve discussed the reasons why people are moving towards sugaring hair removal treatments instead of waxing below. This will help you to decide which treatment is best for you and whether you can finally give up waxing.

Sugaring is less painful

It’s important to say that sugaring will never be totally pain-free. Hair is still being removed by being pulled from the root. However, it is significantly less painful than waxing. The sugaring solution is warm, but not hot. Hot wax being applied can cause pain.

Sugaring is also said to help a lot more with the effects once the hair has been pulled out. It is more soothing and has cleaning properties that can help the hair follicles once the hair itself has been removed.

Sugaring is more natural & eco-friendy

Sugaring is made out of simple ingredients. Lemon, sugar and warm water are all most treatments need. Some of them do add other things such as aloe vera in order to help with soothing after the pain, but generally, the ingredients are all natural.

On the contrary, wax can be made out of all sorts of materials which are chemically produced and not necessarily friendly to the environment.

Sugaring is just as effective as waxing if not more effective

Unless you have extremely coarse hair in the area, there’s no reason sugaring can’t be effective. In fact, a lot of people find it more effective than waxing. The sugar solution sticks more to the hair and less to the skin and is thorough in pulling out fine hairs.

Both treatments pull hair from the root and you don’t have to worry about anything being left behind, which is an issue when shaving, for instance. Effectiveness is something that is not in any doubt when you are using sugaring treatments.

Sugaring is better for sensitive skin

The fact that it is made out of natural materials and the sugaring solution has cleansing properties makes it more suitable for use on the skin. Chemicals can be an irritant to the skin, and some of these chemicals can be found in waxes that are used on the skin in salons. This means that sugaring is far better for sensitive skin.

Also, as sugaring clings to the hair rather than to the skin itself (waxing clings to the skin far more) it is less likely to have an impact on the skin. Instead, it impacts the hair itself.

If you often come away from waxing treatments and end up with annoying issues such as rashes or breakouts afterward, you should consider sugaring as an alternative. It certainly hurts a lot less and can be so much better for your skin in the long term. There are plenty of reasons more and more people are switching to sugaring.

What is a Dip Powder Manicure?

Women all over the world are looking for easier and more effective methods to stay looking beautiful and well-groomed. One thing that every busy woman wants is long-lasting beauty so that she doesn’t have to worry about time-consuming daily touch-ups or paying for upkeep every week.

Many people consider manicures to be one of the most transient beauty treatments; your nails might look fresh for a few days but be rough around the edges within a week. Thankfully, though, there are lots of clever new techniques and technologies to solve this issue, including dip powder manicures.

What is a dip powder manicure?

Dip powder manicures might seem like a new trend, but the technique has actually been around for a while. While they are similar to gel manicures in the sense that the material is fused to the nails, these manicures use a pigmented powder mixed with acrylic polymers rather than a gel, and the color can stay chip-free for up to a month. The process also differs from many other traditional manicures in that the powder doesn’t have to be set with a UV light.

How do dip powder manicures work?

It’s quite a straight-forward process. A nail tech will buff the surface of your nails to ensure that they are clean and dry; this will help the powder to adhere to your nails. They will then apply a priming coat and a base coat, and either dip or paint your nails with the pigmented powder before painting on a sealing top coat. The powder bonds to the base coat, giving you long-lasting color. Because of the number of steps involved, the whole process should take just over an hour.

How do you remove dip powder nails?

Like gels, dip powder nails can be tricky and time-consuming to remove. The best thing you can do is go back to the salon to have your manicure professionally removed; do not try to remove them yourself at home as this can result in damaged and weakened nails. A nail technician will remove your dip powdered nails in a similar way to a gel manicure, by using an electric nail file and soaking the nails in acetone for around 10 minutes.

Are they safe?

Dip powder nails are equally as safe as having gel or acrylic nails. In fact, they might be less harmful–one of the main reasons that dip powder nails have become so popular is that there is no need for an LED or UV lamp to cure the color. There have been worries about the safety of UV rays used in gel manicures, and dip powder manicures completely remove that concern.
Here are some tips to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly and safely:

 

Ensure that you go to a reputable and well-reviewed salon — Your technician should know how to carry out the process safely and hygienically; otherwise, your nails can be damaged or the process can be unsanitary. Make sure that they are either painting the pigment onto the nail or dipping the nail into a separate bowl to avoid the spread of germs. No one likes double-dipping, after all!

Be careful with chemicals — Some of the cheaper dip powders contain a chemical called MMD, which could be extremely harmful to your natural nails and is actually banned in some areas. Ask your manicurist what brand they are using and check the ingredients if you are worried.

Don’t DIY — You should always go to a salon to get this treatment done. There are lots of articles out there suggesting that DIY dip powder manicures are easy and safe to carry out at home, but professionals are the safest bet with the chemicals and tools used in the process.

Have breaks — Another thing to bear in mind is how often you have your manicures. Having downtime between treatments is vital to prevent your nails from becoming brittle and breaking.

 

Dip powder nails are a great way to get long-lasting, durable color without the worry of UV exposure damaging your skin. As long as you remove and maintain them properly, they are an excellent choice, particularly for women with busy and active lifestyles.

LED Nail Dryers: Are They Safe?

Gel manicures have become an integral part of many women’s beauty routines; the chip-resistant, shiny finish can elevate your look from scruffy to sophisticated in a matter of minutes and lasts for weeks. However, in the past few years, there has been much discussion over the safety of the lamps used during gel manicures, with some scary anecdotes and plenty of misinformation flying around. In this post, we’re going to set the record straight about LED nail dryers and the risks associated with using them.

What are LED nail dryers?

If you have ever been to a nail salon and chosen a gel manicure, you will have seen an LED (light-emitting diode) or a UV (ultraviolet) nail dryer in action. After having your nails painted, instead of air-drying them, which is time-consuming and risks smudging your fresh polish, you hold your hands under an LED light for around 45 seconds to a minute. The light quickly ‘cures’ or hardens the nail polish, and this is what makes gel manicures so long-lasting and chip-free.

How do LED nail dryers work?

Let’s clear up the difference between UV and LED lamps—LED lamps actually emit more UV than UV lamps (confusing, we know!) Because of this, they work more quickly to cure the nail polish, meaning that your hands are under the lamp for a much shorter time. The LED light works by emitting wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation that hit molecules called photoinitiators in the gel polish. These molecules absorb the light, thus hardening the polish.

Are LED nail dryers safe?

The term ‘UVA’, tends to strike fear into us, and for good reason. We know for a fact that UVA damages our skin–causing premature aging, sun spots, and wrinkles–and that it increases the risk of skin cancer, which is why we are told to pile on factor 50 sunscreen, wear hats, and sit in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
We are also told to avoid tanning booths because of the UV light they use. However, unlike tanning booths, which emit a large amount of UVA over a sizable amount of skin, nail lamps contain only trace amounts of UV light, and the duration and frequency of the light exposure are so brief that it is very unlikely to cause issues.

There has been a lot of fear-mongering, both online and in magazines, about nail dryers leading to skin cancer, which has understandably led some women to stop having gel manicures altogether. However, there is no real evidence to support this, and most experts in the field officially state that LED nail lamps are quite safe. LED nail dryers are even regulated by the FDA who, when studying the lamps, stated that ‘36 minutes of daily exposure…was below the occupational exposure limits for UV radiation’. When you consider that your hands are usually under the dryer for less than a minute, any harm seems even less probable!
One thing to be aware of is that the risk seems to increase depending on how often and over how long a period you get your gel manicures; if you are a gel devotee and go every two weeks for years, there might be an accumulative effect.

Protection

Although there is probably nothing to worry about when using LED lamps, the tops of hands are a very sensitive and delicate area, and there are actually ways you can protect yourself during your manicure if you still feel worried about the UV light; prevention is better than cure, after all. You can either apply some broad-spectrum sunscreen on the back of your hands before you step into the salon or wear some fingerless gloves to cover the majority of your hands. You can even find gloves that have titanium dioxide, a component of sunscreen, woven into them!

The bottom line is that you don’t need to skip your gel manicure because you are worried about skin cancer. The UV exposure in LED nail dryers is minuscule and is very unlikely to cause issues. As long as you are educated about the risks and take precautions, you can carry on making your pincers pretty for years to come.

5 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

There are parts of our bodies that can tell us a lot about our health and reflect what is going on inside. Our eyes are supposedly the windows to our bodies–if they bloodshot or yellow, we know that something has gone awry–but have you ever thought to look to your nails to find out more about what’s going on inside of you? Most of us don’t pay much attention to our hands and nails, but they can be great signifiers of health. Here are some signs to look out for.

5 things nails say about your health1. Blue nails

You might have seen your fingernails turn blue when you are very cold, and this is a natural bodily response caused by constricting blood vessels. However, sometimes, blue nails can signal a more serious problem. Also known as cyanosis, blue nails are caused by a lack of oxygen circulating in your red blood cells and can signal health issues including lung diseases like pneumonia, heart disorders including cardiac arrest, and abnormal blood vessels as in Raynaud’s syndrome. If you have blue nails along with symptoms like shortness of breath and chest pain, you should consult a doctor immediately.

2. Cracked nails

Cracked or brittle nails are often down to your nails becoming thinner, which is a normal part of aging. However, Onychoschizia (the scientific name for cracked nails) is sometimes triggered by an internal problem. This can be as minor and easy to solve as a vitamin deficiency or something more worrying like anaemia or thyroid disease. Psoriasis, a skin condition, is often responsible for depressions and pitting in the nails along with cracking. Many people worry about ridges in their nails; the direction of the ridge should be the focus here; vertical ridges are usually due to aging whilst horizontal Beaus lines can be a warning sign of malnourishment, pneumonia and uncontrolled diabetes.

3. Yellow nails

Yellowing nails aren’t only unsightly–they can sometimes indicate a health issue too. The most common cause of yellow nails is a fungal infection, which also causes crumbling or flaking of the nails, retraction of the nail bed, and occasionally a nasty odour. In less common cases, yellow nails are caused by more severe conditions, such as thyroid, liver and lung diseases, as well as diabetes. If the yellowing has been going on for a long period and is not cleared up with antifungals, get it checked out.
NOTE: If you are a smoker, yellow nails are most likely down to nicotine staining.

4. Chewed nails

nail health

Most people have had the odd chew on their nails when they are bored, nervous or trying to get rid of an annoying hangnail, but habitual nail-biting can be a sign of certain mental disorders. Chronic nail-biting, also known as onychophagy or onychophagia, is classified as a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and usually coexists with feelings of intense shame and unease which are relieved by the action of chewing.
If you find yourself chowing down on your nails more than usual, or you are causing harm to hands and nails combined with distressing emotions like anxiety, it might be time to consult a doctor.

5. White nails

You might think that white nails signify health, after all, a white-tipped French manicure is a lusted-after look!
Many people find white spots on their nails from time to time; this is a common and harmless condition called Leukonychia and is usually caused by injury to the nail bed, such as trapping your finger in a door, but it can also be down to deficiencies and allergies. Although white spots are generally harmless, if most of your nail bed is white with darker rims towards the top of the nail, it could be a sign of a more serious illness like hepatitis or kidney disease. Sometimes, horizontal white lines on the nails, called Mees’ lines, are a sign of arsenic or carbon monoxide poisoning.

As we have seen, your nails can reveal a multitude of things about your wellbeing. Although innocent issues can cause all of the symptoms listed above, it is important to keep an eye on your hands and nails as they can indicate some more serious health problems.

As for the looks, you can always visit your nearest nail salon to take care of your nails’ health and beauty.

How to Take Care of Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are not only pleasing to the eyes, but they also make your manicure last for weeks. Aside from its longevity, acrylic nails provide you with long and elegant nails. And there’s no denying that we all love beautiful nails, every single day!

Since acrylic nails are artificial nail extensions that are placed over the natural nail, it will hide short and weak nails.

However, a lot of people have mistakenly thought that it is maintenance-free. Contrary to popular belief, acrylic can develop a myriad of problems. Thus, these artificial nails actually do need some tender loving care.

Proper care of your acrylics will not only keep them looking great, but it will save you from possible health problems too. Not only that, but you should also care for your actual nails. Taking care of both your natural nails and acrylic will prevent potential deterioration, injury, and nail infections.

Below are helpful tips on how to take care of acrylic nails.

Treat your acrylics gently

When it comes to acrylics aftercare management, the first thing to remember is to treat them gently. Akin to your natural nail, especially for long nails, it should not be used to as a tool. Avoid—at all cost—using your nails to open cans or pry things open, lift anything heavy, breakthrough tapes, etc.

You really have to take this advice seriously. This is because doing so not only increases your risk of breaking the acrylic, it can also damage the underlying nail. A separated acrylic nail can be immensely painful.

Furthermore, when doing tasks that have the potential to damage your nails (i.e. gardening, washing dishes), put on some gloves. Wearing gloves will protect your nails from suffering an accident, or from being damaged by some chemicals.

Keep them dry

Another very important rule to remember when it comes to taking care of your acrylic nails is to keep them dry.

Avoid exposing your acrylic nails to water because not only that it can damage your acrylic, it may lead to lifting and nail fungus too. Overexposure to water can cause the acrylic glue to loosen and come undone. When it happens, it may result in bacteria getting in, which can ultimately lead to fungal infection.

So make sure that when you wash your hands (or whenever it gets wet), completely dry it. You should also avoid being rough with your nails when washing your hands.

When doing some chores, use waterproof gloves to reduce the amount of water getting in your nails.

Do not use acetone

Of course, when you have a long and tidy shape of a nail, you definitely would love the idea of trying different nail polishes. Yet, before you remove your current nail polish, see first if you are using an acetone-free polish remover.

You really need to take note of this and be really careful when choosing a polish remover. You should avoid products with acetone because it will cause your acrylic nails to deteriorate. Acetone will also leave pits and make your nails soft.

Aside from acetone, avoid anything that has the potential of damaging the acrylic. You should say no to high heat and chemicals such as turpentine and Goo-Gone. When removing sticky residue, rubbing alcohol and WD-40 should be fine.

Keep the skin around your nail healthy

It matters to keep the skin around your nails healthy too. Keeping this area clean and healthy is as important as caring to the nails themselves.

You can do this by daily moisturizing your hands. You should also watch for signs of dryness, redness, and most especially – peeling of the skin around your nails. These signs can indicate possible infection, so make sure to be attentive.

Follow a good personal hygiene

Washing your hands regularly with antibacterial soap (but make sure not to overdo it), will reduce the risk of developing an infection.

You can run an alcohol swab under your nails before bedtime to ensure that they are clean, and free from debris and bacteria.

Avoid DIY in case of any damage

In case of accidental chipping or splitting of your acrylics, don’t try to repair it. Repairing the damaged acrylic by yourself can do more harm than good.

Damage acrylic nails can increase the risk of infection, so make sure you go to your nail technician immediately.

EMA vs. MMA: Is your full set actually bad for you?

Many people like to tell others that getting acrylics is a bad idea. You’ll hear horror stories of broken bleeding nails or swollen red cuticles that would hurt for days after getting them done, and these people will tell you they never ever want to get nail enhancements ever again. You’ll also hear stories from women who swear by acrylics and say that they would’ve been unable to grow their nails without getting them. They say they’ve never had a bad experience with pain or breakage that had anything to do with their nails. So what exactly is the difference?

As you may know, acrylic nails are created using a mix of acrylic powder (polymer) and a liquid called a monomer. The molecules of the powder and monomer form a bond to create a solid structure that will serve as your artificial nail. Acrylic powders differ across the board due to the trade secret additives and proprietary blends that companies use in their formula, but there are two standard types of monomer available: EMA (ethyl methacrylate) and MMA (methyl methacrylate). All the bad experiences you’ve heard about in regards to acrylic nails are most likely because of MMA.

Methyl methacrylate (MMA) in liquid form is a substance regarded by FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors as “a poisonous and deleterious substance,” which is why it was made illegal for use in the end of the 90’s. When used during a nail service, it can cause yellowing of the natural nails, air blockages, and irritation and numbness of the cuticles and the skin around the nail. It also requires an excessive roughing up of the nail bed because it does not adhere so well without grooves and texture that can only be created by thinning out the nail plate. Nails made with MMA are rock hard and usually shrink slightly when they set, which is why sometimes your nail beds will feel very tight and swollen when you get acrylics. MMA liquid is commonly used as dental acrylic for crowns and bridges, and is made to be as hard as bone—this is why most sets made with MMA last somewhere between two to six weeks. Yes, they last long and are virtually unbreakable, but the bond between your natural nail and the acrylic is so strong that when they do break, it’ll hurt like no other and take your natural nail off as well. And all you’re left with is a jagged half of a nail and a bleeding nail bed on a hand that can’t grip a door handle without any pain. Yikes!
But what about the people who rave about their acrylics? They probably have EMA acrylics.

Ethyl methacrylate (EMA) is a substance that has the same purpose and does the same job as MMA liquid, and its use has been approved by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review in 1999 as the best alternative to MMA liquid. EMA nails adhere better to the natural nail as compared to their MMA counterpart, meaning there isn’t a need to rough up the surface of the nail and thin out the nail plate. Although not as sturdy and durable as MMA acrylics, EMA helps the nail enhancement to be much more flexible, and therefore becomes more prone to lifting. However, an EMA acrylic set feels much more comfortable than MMA acrylics. A full set of EMA acrylic nails will last you two to four weeks if taken care of and are properly fitted to your nail, as compared to the four to six weeks with MMA. It’s a lot easier to get fills more often (twice a month instead of once) than it is to wait for a nail that was ripped off with your acrylics to grow back to its normal length—if that’s the only damage you get.

So, you might be wondering: with an alternative like EMA available, why do so many salons still opt to use MMA? The answer is simple: prices. MMA is significantly cheaper than EMA, at only a third of the price for the same amount. When salons buy cheaper product, they’re able to charge less, and this will get more people through the door.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when you get any acrylics done, or if you want to make sure your current set is MMA liquid-free:

How much does a full set cost?

If the prices are unbelievably low, it’s because they can afford to make their prices unbelievably low. Low prices means cheap products—this means they’re more likely to be using MMA than EMA, as it is a much cheaper alternative. Full set for $15? Count down from three and say it with me. One.. two.. three.. NO THANK YOU! Save money elsewhere! Your nails are important!

How do they take acrylics off? Do your acrylics file away easily or soak off in solvent? How long does it take for your acrylics to soak off?

When getting a new set, look around the room and see if someone is getting an old set removed. If they’re soaking off the nails, you’re probably going to be fine, but if they have to rip them off with nippers or a nail tip, get out of there ASAP. Most of the time, a nail technician will use rough and forceful methods to take off MMA acrylics to save time because they really won’t budge. They are very difficult to soak off, and when they do, it can take between one and a half to two hours to remove.

Are the monomer bottles labeled?

If their bottles are labeled, ask to see the ingredients list. Any salon using EMA will most likely be willing to show you their bulk product, and you should see “ethyl methacrylate” as the main ingredient on the list. If you see “methyl methacrylate” as the main ingredient, or if they refuse to show you their product, something sketchy is probably going on. The Nevada Board of Cosmetology actually encourages people to report salons that use MMA liquid in their products. RUN!

At NEST Nail Wellness Spa, we refuse to cut corners. We want our guests to feel like they are being taken care of and we would never risk anybody’s health over saving a few bucks. Ask us anytime about our products, as all our technicians are knowledgeable on the safety precautions and sanitation standards we uphold. It’s possible to do things right and keep services safe, healthy, and sanitary without asking guests for an arm and leg. We want to treat you well, and make you look your best and still feel your best. Being #WellNested is leaving with good looking nails, knowing you are well taken care of and given the best treatment possible.