Mothers Day Giveaway

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t’s our Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Sugar N Spice Services Salon is giving away two tote bags to two lucky women in celebration of Super Mothers everywhere, and the best part is it’s super easy to enter!

 

Use your super speed powers to visit our Facebook page and comment #‎MOMSUPERHERO‬ on the giveaway post.

images (5)We will announce the winners on May 1, 2015. Be sure to share the FB post with all the super women in your life who would love a helping hand from our black and white tote bag!

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And don’t forget to check out all the awesome home-care & Mother’s Day gifts we have available to make May 10th out-of-this-world fantastic! Like our CND Repair RX that keeps her nails as strong and supportive as she is.  It’s clinically-proven, reduces peeling and white spots, and repairs even the most damaged nails with Keratin Proteins.  This home-care product is used twice a day for happy, healthy, strong nails. Available for purchase online or for pick up at Sugar N Spice Services Nail Salon. Pick up yours today. images (1)

Or, spoil your super mom with a gift card from Sugar N Spice Services so she can choose her favorite services and treatments. Regardless if it’s yourself, your mom, a future mom, a sister, aunt, etc., if you know a woman who is super, show  her by giving her the TLC she deserves.   11138143_1009528092392938_6768517973717718253_n

Don’t forget to enter our Mother’s Day Giveaway! 2 winners will receive this EZFlow Nail Systems black and white tote. To enter, you must follow the instructions on the Sugar N Spice Services FB Page. Also, watch for additional giveaways and prizes on our social media sites. Check out our new YouTube and be sure to subscribe.

Introducing IBX–Nail Strengthener and Repair

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Your nails are going to love you for this! IBX is an innovative, two-part system that offers revolutionary benefits. It’s been tested, tried, and it triumphs every time! I’ve been trained by the masters, learned about the product inside and out, and now I can share it with you.

What is IBX? How does it work? What can it do? I’m so glad you asked!

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(Pictures above are actual clients who used IBX)

Here’s what you need to know:

Q: What does the IBX Repair Treatment do?

A: The Repair Treatment is applied to specific spots for a variety of types of damage including spotting, peeling, splits, flaking, ridges, broken nails, paper thin nails, nails prone to chipping, and even nails that have had difficulty growing due to short or long term damage.

Q: How does the IBX Strength Treatment work?

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A: Unlike a repair polish, which sits on the surface of your nail, IBX uses both essential oils and heat to penetrate inside the nail plate. Traditional repair polishes form a bond with the keratin in the nail and are removed and re-applied every time you change your nail color. IBX actually fuses the layers in the upper portion of the nail plate together with an Interpernetratin Polymer Network (IPN), locking itself within the nail plate–a permanent addition that will never need removal.

In some cases, cancer patients going though chemo treatments have had success keeping their nails in healthy condition with IBX!

Q: Who would benefit from the system?
A: Anyone who wants strong, healthy nails! It improves any existing conditions from strength and support to the over-all look and structure of the nail. Those with thin or weak nails will be especially happy with the results.

Q: Is there anyone who can’t wear it?
A: Unfortunately,yes. Anyone who has an allergy to acrylics or gels absolutely can not use the IBX system becuse the chemical structure is similar and it will produce the same response. And, as it’s a semi-permanent solution, the only removal is for the nail to grow out (which takes 2-3 months). Also, those with a nail disorder condition called Egg Shell Nails are not able to have this service done.

Q: I’ve never had gel or acrylics. How do I know if I’m allergic?
A: The only way to be sure is to go to an allergist and have a patch test done. It’s worth the time if you’ve never had gel or acrylics on your nails and you want to try IBX. If you’re cleared there, your good to get IBX. If your patch test shows any kind of reaction to those chemicals, it’s not worth the risk.

Q: How often is the treatment applied?
A: Treatment is prescribed based on the individual & the condition of their nails. Someone with heavily damaged nails will require more treatments. Everyone starts with 1 treatment of Repair on any damaged areas, followed immediately by 2 applications of the IBX Strengthener. After a week, they should come back for a second treatment of Repair and IBX Strengthener; this process repeats once a week until the nails are in prime condition. At this point, treatments can be done once a month or as needed.

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Q: Where is IBX offered?
A: Only salons that have been trained and certified can offer this system. They should display their certification in an easily seen location in the salon. For a list of certified salons, check here. Sugar N Spice Services Salon was certified and was trained directly by the owner/creator of IBX, Linda Nordstrom.

Q: Once I do an IBX treatment, do I have to wait to get my nails done? What can I wear?
A: Immediately following your treatment, you can get a mani or pedi, polish, glitter toes, or shellac. But you may love your newly strengthened nails so much you’ll want to wear them as is.
Traditional gels and acrylics are not recommended at the same appointment because the back-fill process does not allow the treatment to reach as much of the nail plate. Also, application of IBX treatments must stay away from skin to avoid developing adverse reactions.

Q: What’s the point of paying extra when I am just going to put shellac or glitter toes on my nails?
A:Think of IBX as a built-in insurance policy for shellac and polish clients, simultaneously toughening the natural nail and protecting against frequent removals. It offers a level of strength and safety your natural nails deserve.

**Editor’s note: I just had the treatment done for the first time, and I can’t believe how wonderful my nails look! I had my shellac removed and, like usual for me, my nails were starting to peel. A quick application of the IBX Repair and Strengthen treatments sealed the peeling edges, filled in the small ridges I had developed, and made my nails look like I’ve been pampering them all my life!

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Want to win a free IBX Treatment for 1 month? Watch the new YouTube post here. I share a sample of my life as a nail pro and the importance of continued education.

To ENTER TO WIN….. .
1) subscribe to my SNS Youtube channel
2) Share the video on your FB
3) Post “I LOVE Healthy Nails” on video comments.
(Contest open until 11:59 pm MST on March 14th) Winner will be selected at random and announced in our next video early March!!!! So easy to win you might have to pinch yourself for getting so LUCKY!

Additional Links on IBX:
The IBX System: What’s It All About?
Check Out IBX
Learn from Linda Nordstrom

Happy Spa-lidays! Our Sweet Spoiling Product Picks

 

Holiday Gifts

Naughty or Nice, we all deserve a little pampering this time of year. And so do all our friends and family. At Sugar N Spice Services, we’ve gathered our favorite products for stuffing stockings this year–including your own!

Hemp Body Butter Lotion: Limited Edition Triple Moisture White Peppermint & Vanilla Herbal Whipped Body Creme

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Cold and dry air outside, hot and dry air inside, your hands just can’t win. Fight back against winter dryness with this Triple Moisture Herbal Whipped Body Creme. Natural (and luxurious) ingredients include hemp seed oil, yang oil, apple fruit extract, and cogon grass extract. And the limited edition scent is divine!

Vinylux from CND

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The last thing you need to worry about this season (or any season) is keeping up with your polish. That’s why I’m so excited about this fast-drying two-step application with increased usability. It has week-long wear–really! And it’s 3 Free–no Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP. It’s a polish breakthrough with 76 delicious shades!

CND Solar Oil: .125 oz

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It’s a mini version of the ever-popular Solar Oil. Perfect for taking with you wherever you go. The Vitamin E helps reduce skin aging and makes your skin and cuticles soft and healthy.

Peppermint Lollypops Fizz

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Drop one of these suckers into your bathwater and enjoy the bubble and fizz as the relaxing aroma surrounds you. As fun as it is therapeutic!

Peppermint Hard Hand Soap

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Give your body and hands some sweet sugar without the guilt! Choose from green or red peppermint. Shaped and wrapped as a peppermint candy with a clean, fresh smell. Guilt-free pampering at its best!

Candy Cane Fix Sugar Scrub

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You love an occasional candy cane, and so will your skin! Exfoliate with our new scrub to reveal your skin’s natural glow for the holidays. This much candy never felt so good! This variation on our popular Sugar Fix Sugar Scrub is non-oily, free of paraben, paraffin, sulfates, gluten, lanolin, and soy. Made in the USA from the highest-quality essential oils and phalate-free fragrances with natural enzymes and vitamin E. And, best of all, it’s cruelty free and not tested on animals.

Peppermint Swirl Hand Soap

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Keep clean and smell great with this limited edition soap from Simple Pleasures. Place one at every sink to spread the holiday joy.

The Berry Collection 3-piece Mini Lotion

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There’s nothing that softens your skin quite like a CND Scentsations lotion. And this boxed set makes a great holiday gift! This mini set of 2 oz bottles comes in Cranberry, Winterberry, and Black Cherry & Nutmeg. Divide the set for perfect stocking stuffers, or offer the boxed trio as an ideal hostess gift.

The Pamper Kit

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Every thing you need to create a spa for your feet in one easy-to-use kit! Keep your tootsies soft this winter with CND’s Cucumber Heel Therapy Pamper Kit. As a bonus, the kit now includes the brand new Cucumber Eye Masks to soothe those tired eyes.

Glittering Snowball Bombinator

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Sparkle inside and out for all your holiday events! Relax with the glittering vanilla-mint fizzy snowball in your bath, then step out and shine. Break it up or use it whole. Another fantastic pampering product made her in the USA.

Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Mini Gift Set

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Perfect to fit in your purse or carry-on. This hypoallergenic formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin or fragrance sensitivities. It’s easy to customize with essential oils, or as a perfect neutral base for layering under your favorite perfume. This easy three-step system absorbs quickly and provides a protective layer that lasts through several hand washings. Don’t miss out!

All the above are available from Sugar N Spice Services. We can even package them into a lovely gift basket for you! Please call ahead for gift baskets and to make sure your favorite product is in stock or order online.

Happy Holidays from Sugar N Spice! Spa la la la la, Spa la la la!!!

 

Photos by Celtic Dream Photography

10 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Nail Tech

10 Steps to consider

1-Are they currently a Licensed Nail Technician Professional? Most nail techs will display their license in the salon. If you can’t see it, ask. They should be more than happy to show it to you. Why is this important? This means that they went to school, passed state board requirements, have been approved as knowledgeable enough to safely work with the chemicals used in the nail industry, and are up to date legally.

2- Are they currently registered as a business for the state and city they are working in? Why is this important? You don’t want to support someone who works under the table. Think about it: why would a business owner not go though the proper channels to get a local business license? A business license gives approval to offer services to the community and ensures the business pays city taxes on profits–those taxes go back into the community. Also, a Fire Department approval is a part of the process. The Salon should have a fire extinguisher and emergency exits that are clearly marked.

3-Do they have good reviews and customer satisfaction ratings online? Why is this important? If busy people have taken the time to post a review, take advantage of what they have to say. If it’s a bad review, look at their concerns. If it’s a good review, look at why. 5 stars or a stream of continuous positive feedback can be a good indicator you too will have a good experience.

4-Do you like what you see in their portfolio? Why is this important? The art you see here demonstrates a tech’s technique, skill, creativity, and understanding of current trends. It’s a quick way to check out what they have to offer, and you might just see something cool and new you’ve never seen before.

5-Do you know what you want? Are you looking for acrylic nails that are sculpted, do you like traditional French tips, are you a store-front only person, or do you like the personal interaction of an in-home salon? How far are you willing to drive to your salon?Does the salon offer in-home or mobile services? Do they speak a specific language that you enjoy speaking? What days are those salons open, what are their hours, do they allow children, etc.? Why is this important? The more you know what you want, the better the salon can answer questions and help you find a perfect fit. Also, it’s important to inform the salon of any allergies or medical conditions, including pregnancy, even if you don’t think it’s a big deal. This will help them customize treatments and services to you.

6- What is your budget? Why is this important? You don’t want to set yourself up for embarrassment or sticker shock because you didn’t take the time to check the prices of their services. Most salons will have a Services Menu posted on their wall, as a brochure, or on their website. Don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t see one. Also, find out early what forms of payment they accept–cash, checks, or credit cards.

7-Do they use professional nail tools with a high level of sanitation? Why is this important? You need to protect yourself from infection and disease. Sanitation is critical to your health and too many techs and salons take short cuts in this area to save time or money.bTools should be washed with soap under warm water, soaked for 10 min in a hospital-grade solution, then dried immediately. Some techs go the extra mile with 8 min of UV light sterilization. Products should have original labels from top industry name brands. These include CND-Creative Nail Design, OPI, HEMPZ, China Glaze, SPA, GIGI, ProLin, Salt Of the Earth, Prossage, MRX, and Beauty Secrets, just to name a few. Pedicure basins should be obviously clean, and files should be brand-new for each customer.

8- Is the nail tech committed to continued education and experience? Why is this important? They reflect commitment, passion, and quality. Most training schools will offer low prices because they are not experienced. However, someone who is experienced knows what they are doing, is already trained, and will charge what they are worth. The world of nails is constantly being re-created with new techniques, products, and services. You want someone who not only stays on top of the wave of change, but can surf it with continued education.

9-Does the nail tech have social and interpersonal skills that mesh well with your personality? Why is this important? For some, this aspect of finding a nail tech may be critical while for others, it’s not as vital. Are they friendly, warm, and welcoming? Do they make you feel like a VIP guest? Do they offer suggestions for your skin and nails, home care, and color choice? Do they listen to you? Did they provide the service you scheduled? Did they answer questions you had? Were you able to book your appointment in a reasonable amount of time? Did they go above and beyond in any way to ensure your experience was exceptional? Did they work outside of regular hours to accommodate you?

10-What other services or products are you looking for? Why is this important? We’re all looking for that one-stop-shop to take care of all our beauty needs. Is your nail tech located in a full-service salon? If not, do they have recommendations for trusted beauty professionals in the area? Does the salon offer a boutique on site? If so, what items are offered? What amenities are offered: bottled water, snacks, a cooloing or heating pack? Do the restrooms offer feminine hygiene products, cramp packs, etc.?  Do they have a loyalty program offering free services or discounts? What specials or promotions do they have going on?

Once you answer the questions above and narrow down your choices, try one out. Take a pen and a paper with you and write down what you like, what could have been better, and what exceeded your expectations. I am sure using the above recommendations you will find a nail tech who is right for you.

 

Extra Extra Read all about it… New CND Brisa Lite Gel…

Brisa Lite Removable Gel System by CND now available at Sugar N Spice Services. It combines the superior performance of Brisa Gel and the Superior Removability of CND Shellac. Resulting in a superior new Technology; Brisa Lite. Does not require filing of the natural nail. Out with the old CND Gel and in with the new Soak off Lite Gel.

Same dynamic multi use in style and colors …..

 

Same super fast cure time….as Shellac and the old Gels.

More than 50% less of the removal time… that’s right out with the old Gel 45-60min hand file removal or nail drilled off costing between $20-35 and in with the new Brisa lite removals taking 10-15 min and only costing $10.00 at most salons. That’s Extra time in your life and Extra Extra money back in your wallet too!

Would you like to be one of the first to try the new Brisa lite? Would you like your nails done for free? Win a Custom Run Waylook or Traditional French Tip in CND Brisa Lite Gel.
1- Like the Sugar N Spice Facebook Page

2- Share this post the FB Contest Post

3-Post a comment with why you deserve to win

4-Text me a pic of your nails #801-368-9041

— 2 winners on March 30th 2013!!! —
Winners must be available to receive free Service at SNS Services with in 1-2 weeks of winning.

TLC for super soft sexy skin

With Valentines Day right around the corner you want to look and feel your best from head to toe.  Cherish the skin your in….. by giving it the TLC it deserves each and every single day especially in the bitter cold winter conditions.  If you did not already know your skin is the largest living orginizim on your entire body, and unlike outfits there’s no taking it to the dry cleaners for a steam press to get the wrinkles out. Tenderness, devotion, & affection on a regular basis is your Key to a beloved bod.

During the charmed month of Febuary I am going to share the home care & Body Products that I absolutly LOVE!  This article is specific to products  that will keep your skin, healthy, soft, minamize wrinkles, get it glowing, silky smooth, along with other products that will make me feel amazing.

Clean/Wash: Just like with make up we want to start with a clean surface and remove any layers of air polution, dirt, or other enviornmental influences.  My #1 pick during this sentimental season is Pure & Natural Body Wash, Moisturizing Almond Oil & Cherry Blossom by Tone. Infused with mild cleansing almond oil and cherry it’s a fruity flirt you will want to tango with.. You will be moonstruck by it’s moisturizing feel, a Hypo-allergenic heartthrob for those with extra sensative skin, and will be smitten that  98 percent of ingredients are natural in origin. It’s the Cherry on Top of the skinny to great skin.  Hair & Face Products: L’Occitane ROSE 4 Reubes Shampoo/ Rose 4 Reines Pearlescent Conditioner, &   L’Occitane Rose Face Mist all by L’occitan. Original 100% Authenitc & Made in the USA-supporting the country we love. Avoid too HOT of water during your shower or bath as the water temp can contribute to drier skin & Hair too

Exfoliate:  Time to get rough to remove dead layers of tissue which will reveal glowing newly polished skin that shines, improve circulation, boosts cell re-growth &  is beneficial for all skin types. Most body scrubs are made of sugar or salt … Sugar is softer and best for a skin sweet treat. Organic Body Scrub – natural Dead sea salt and Shea butter – Rose Vanilla.  This is the Royal Sweetheart Treatment. You will woo for it’s delicate and creamy rose aroma – yearn for it’s inspirational, romantic and sensual scent. admirer that it’s 100% USDA Certified Organic Ingredients (Organically and naturally pigmented and scented…which means  no harsh chemical, detergent, alcohol and preservative that can do more harm than good to skin). And best for last genuine natural Dead Sea salt detoxifying and nourishing with 23 trace minerals. Additionally popular picks/ seasonal scents are Rasberry Lavender.  For all you Chocolate lovers you will want Chocomania all over for the ultimate Indulgent sweet spoil ( by The Body Shop- known for % Natural products, community trade, non-animal testing among many other aspects and facts about them and why I am a strong supporter/ buyer/ user of many of there products). You can also get Chocomaia in a sweet gift set it’s guilt and calorie free.

Follow your body scrub with a relaxing rinse using warm water making sure to wash away all the sugar scrub grains off of the skin. Use a warm fluffy towel and pat body dry ( lotion can absorb better on dry skin) .

Moisturize: Love Potion may not exist by Love Lotion sure does and it’s multiple antioxidants which help protect skin make Philosophy Sweet On You Lotion one of my favorites. For extra dry skin or patches of skin that are rough such as knees, elbows, heels, etc… Hempz Pomegranate Herbal Body Moisturizer will be the new love of your life. Here’s why…. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Helps protect skin from free-radical scavengers, THC-Drug Free,Provides 12-hour moisturization- I just love long term commitments don’t you, Skin will appear softer and smoother instantly- hello instant gratification. Not only do I use this all the time myself but I also use it every day in my Nail Salon SugarNSpiceServices and my clients love it.( for those who have moved out of state to a more dry climate or a desert area this product is a god send). Hemp seed oil is one of nature’s richest sources of essential fatty acids and key amino acids containing natural proteins, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, vital for healthy skin conditioning,Pomegranate extract contains high levels of antioxidants, which helps prevent free radicals and renews your skin’s healthy radiance,Shea butter, ginseng and natural extracts help calm, soothe and condition the skin Vitamins a, c and e help protect skin from natural and environmentally triggered oxidants…. True Love!

Honey you’re skin will adore these desirable products, so be a sweetheart and embrace them into your regular beauty routine. The gift of healthy, glowing, soft skin starts now in the “present”.

Lets get “White” down to the Point

Everyone Loves a White, Bright Beautiful smile it’s why we pay hundreds of dollars a year with dentist visits, products for home care, and even have are teeth Bleached. But at the end of it all we can smile knowing they are healthier and look better.

Many people suffer with nail staining, yellowing, and discoloration. This can be embarasing, fustrating & alarming if you do not know what is causing it or how to care for it. In some situations nail dis-coloration can be taken care of with a professionally preformed Nail Bleaching Treatment. That’s right just like teeth are bleached to help whiten them nails can also be bleached as well. Most nail staining can also be prevented all together ….however sadly some can not and are a warning sign of a much bigger problem. ( ASP-All Season Professional Whitening/Bleach treatment featured in the picture above is used at Sugar N Spice Nail Services and is safe enough to be used daily).

Here is a Quick Guide of the most common reasons for nails to stain( change to an undesirable yellowish color), what to look for, and what treatments are avalible. Starting with the most common and easy to treat.

1- Most people choose not to purchase or use a base coat… who can blame them extra money, extra time putting on a clear layer. what most do not realize is that clear layer is the only thing between your natural nail which is extremely porous/ absorbent more so than your skin and the color of polish that should be on top of the base coat. Putting polish directly on the natural nail over time will leave a small layer of color in the nail which will begin to stain the nail a unhealthy yellow very undesirable. This happens even quicker for those who often wear dark colors blacks, browns, navy blue, and the famous classic reds. It’s also recommended to go all Natural for short periods of time allowing the natural nail to breath.

  • Problem: Not using a base coat / Darker Polishes/ Excessive wearing of polish
  • Solution: Prevention by using a base coat. Let Nail Breath for a day or two
  • Helpful Treatment: Nail Bleaching to lighten and whiten nails.

2- Next is a nasty habit that is no good for beauty or your health. Two major ingredients in cigarettes are sticky and greasy substances that can latch on to the smoker’s hands when he or she holds a cigarette. These are nicotine and tar. Oftentimes nicotine is responsible for the yellower stains and tar for the browner ones. Most smokers with nail staining have a yellowish brown color due to the mixture of both. Not to mention increase there chances for also getting a nail fungus because smoking can decrease blood circulation to the extremities, making them more susceptible to infection. A fungal infection can cause the nails to become not only yellow but dry, thick and dull and, in some cases, even deformed. The ideal solution for both your nails and your general health would be to quit smoking.

  • Problem: Smoking
  • Solution: Stop Smoking
  • Helpful Treatment: Nail Bleaching to lighten and whiten nails.
  • At Risk: Fungal Infection

3- So maybe your thinking to your self… I do not wear polish and I do not smoke.. so why are my nails changing color? Then the staining may be due to aging. While we love the saying “Like Wine I get better with age” this does not apply to our fingernails. For that (inevitable) condition consult a license Nail Tec Professional you can trust who can recommend a bleaching treatment that’s right for you based on the amount of staining in the nails. If the problem continues after several treatments it’s time to visit with your professional physician which takes us to our next cause…

  • Problem: Aging
  • Solution: Until we find the sought after fountain of youth we join the french in the famous saying “Se La Vie” however a life of good Hygiene and health are your best preventatives.
  • Helpful Treatment:Nail Bleaching to lighten and whiten nails.

4-You probably don’t consider your nails to be a big part of your overall health. You might be surprised, then, to realize that the condition of your nails are a mirror into your internal health and can indicate some serious health problems think of them as a Barometer of your general health state. Yellowing nails are unique in that they can have several different causes, some benign and some very serious. For example those who suffer from chronic swelling of the legs or who have diabetes will notice yellowing in their toenails often as a natural result of these. However they can also be a medical disorder in some cases including liver disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and nutritional deficiencies, most notably iron and zinc. Underlying medical problems should be ruled out if your nails have suddenly changed in color. Simple blood tests can generally rule out most causes of yellow fingernails.

  • Problem: Chronic issues, Disorders, Internal Health issues
  • Solution: Make Dr Appointment quickly, testing, get to the point of the problem
  • Helpful Treatments: Follow Doctors Orders for recommended treatments and solutions.

 

5- Early signs of a nail fungal infection is a yellow or brown discoloration of the fingernails. Fungus once embedded under the nails can produce a variety of pigments which can color the nail yellow. Soon more symptoms will join the fungal fest such as flaking of the nail as well as an unpleasant odor as the fungus breaks down the components of the nail. Most trained nail techs will recognize the difference and would recommend you visit your doctor; as a result they will not be able to offer services to you for your protection, the health and protection to other clients and there business practice. A doctor can give you a oral anti-fungal medication or specialized solution. Over the counter and topical medications don’t work as well as the ones your doctor can prescribe for you and in some cases store shelf meds can make the situation even worse. Leave this one to the medical experts.

  • Problem: Nail Fungus
  • Solution: Make Dr Appointment right away- do not let it get any worse
  • Helpful Treatments: Follow Doctors Orders & Treatment plan

Bottom line is that yellow Finger Nails or Toenails are not pretty, and yellow is not the correct color for any nails to be.

The Good news is most nail staining is eligible for nail Whitening/Bleaching Treatments a 5-10 min service which can be preformed on both Hands and feet and cost usually between $6.00-$10.00 Meaning quick and cost effective not to mention a great investment for yourself. Once you have finished your treatments the key is to prevent restraining.( Home care nail brush).

 

Going to a Licensed Nail Tech you will receive custom care for the level of stain, recommendations for how many treatments and how often, along with professional recommendations for any additional nail or skin concerns/conditions. The Products used will be of a professional quality level designed specifically for the purpose of safe nail whitening/bleaching.

 

In Summary your fingernails/Toenails are not only a reflection of your habits and the way you care for your nails on a daily basis. Nails that are yellow in color can reflect an internal health disorder or can be a product of your habits or the way you care for your hands and feet. You can have beautiful healthy nails by taking care of them with good habits, or get them white again with Nail Bleach Treatments…and with nudes, negligees, clears, and light pink polish colors on the cosmetic popularity rise healthy natural looking nails are all the rave now as long as a forever fashion. Decide to look and feel your best now that’s something to Smile about!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should feel like a Queen – just don’t sit on a Throne

When you go to a Salon to get your Pedicure you should feel like a queen inside and out. To sit at a pipe based Throne would be a royal mistake ..one that would not only gross you out but could potential cause you problems physically. The Most common are Athletes foot, Warts, Mycobacterium fortuitum ( this is why we don’t shave our legs less than 48 hours before a pedi), among others not listed here which can also cause a variety of nail/skin disorders/diseases ( I will be doing articles in the future dedicated to specifics of these).

So how do you know if the Throne your sitting on has pipes or not?  Great Question the answer is in there differences.

 * Traditional Piped-in Pedicure Chair/Throne: Has a pump and a network of pipes to create the jets which water flows through which is where the bacteria can collect.  The issue with a lot of pipes is they are hard to clean. The piped-in chairs take a lot of time for true proper cleaning, and sadly many salons don’t take them apart and clean them as thoroughly as their state boards require. It’s not a state requirement to have pipe less pedicure chairs.

*Pipe less system: Has a bowl with some type of propeller that moves the water with in the bow, creating the jet feel but without the water moving through pipes.  A key is having all parts of the basin being able to be cleaned correctly. Some examples of Pipe less systems include, basic bucket, bowls( glass, marble, etc..) Footie bath, pipe less portables, pipe less thrones.

At Sugar N Spice Services we use both a basic black bucket and Footsies Bath for our services based on the amount of people we are serving at one time. Both allow for full contact cleaning first with hot water and soap, than a 10 min soak with Hospital Disinfectant and than paper towel dried.  If clients have time and want to the Salon should be happy to demonstrate this process for you.

Be sure when you choose a salon that the salon looks out for the safety of there clients that your health is there primary interest. Not how fast they can get you in and out

Ingrown Nails and 7 Ways to Prevent and Treat them.

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What is an Ingrown Nail?
Many people seek treatments for ingrown toenails. An ingrown toenail is easily diagnosed by curving of the edges of the nail into the skin and causing inflammation, redness and pain. Ingrown Toenails are primarily caused by an inherited tendency for the nails to curve, but may be aggravated by tight shoes and incorrect nail trimming.

As we do not want you to experience the pain of an Ingrown Toe Nail here are 7 ways to prevent them… or if needed treat them.
1- Regularly trim nails to minimize trauma to the nail during everyday use and athletics. A cracked or broken nail can often lead to in growing of the nail. Never trim toenails too short- like wise do not them grow too long increasing there chances to break, catch or be ripped off.
2- Trim toenails straight across, not curved like fingernails. After trimming your toenails straight, remove the corners so there are no sharp edges. This will prevent them from getting caught or snagging on something.
3-Use correct shoes for activities. Don’t wear flip flops or go barefoot for athletic activities, be cause injury to the nail and foot is far more likely without the protection of shoes.
4-Treat nail injuries aggressively to allow proper healing and limit the chance of getting another ingrown.
5-If you develop a painful ingrown toenail, soak the foot in warm water (NOT HOT), with Epsom Salts to reduce inflammation. While in the water, gently massage the side of the nail area to help remove any infectious drainage. We Recomend our Ultimate Pedicure Treatment which includes a Soothing Soak as part of a 90 min Spa Spoiling Signature Service at Sugar N Spice Services-www.SugarNSpiceServies.com
6-Unless the ingrown ail is treated improperly, there is usually no need for antibiotics. A Majority of the inflammation is due to the body treating the nail as a foreign object. Once the nail is no longer growing into the toe, the inflammation goes down. Soaking as mentioned above will than usually remove any remaining infection.
7-The best treatment for an ingrown toenail is a minor surgical procedure at a doctor’s office. DON’T try to dig the nail out yourself or cut it off. These DANGEROUS “Bathroom surgeries” Carry a HIGH RISK for Infection and cause Unnecessary Pain.

If your still unsure if you have an ingrown toenail or decide you need further professional assistance contact your local Podiatrist. For Severe ingrown toenails a quick same-day procedure, the painful nail can be treated in the office under local anesthetic, which provides long-term pain relief and a return to regular activities.

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