A New Look for a New Year

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A New Look for a New Year

Seven months ago, my sister married the love of her life in an intimate, church ceremony. I was so excited when she asked me to be the matron of honor at her wedding. Because I wanted to wear my hair in an elegant French twist at the wedding, I didn’t cut it during the first half of last year. After the wedding, I planned to cut my hair in my usual bob style. However, after receiving many compliments for my longer hair, I decided to let it continue to grow out. I’m not sure what I want to do with my hair for the New Year. However, I know I want to continue experimenting with new, exciting looks. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best hair trends for the upcoming year. Enjoy!


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Getting The Most Out Of Your Gel Nail Service: 3 Ways To Make Your Manicure Last Longer

Perfectly manicured hands can make you appear more elegant and sophisticated. When getting your nails done, gel nails tend to be more difficult to chip and tend to last for at least 2 weeks. The results look exactly the same as acrylic polish. Regardless of how you look at it, gel nail services give you the most bang for your buck. Still, whether your gel nails will last solely depends on the quality of the service. Here are 3 ways that you can make sure that your nails will look pristine for a longer period of time.

Wash Your Hands Before the Service

To ensure that the gel polish will stick without lifting or chipping, you definitely want to make sure that the technician is working on a clean slate. If your hands have any oils, dirt, dust or even cream on them, these chemicals and compounds may interfere with the gel polish, so wash your hands before you get your nails done. Use soap to get rid of any oil residues that might be clinging onto your nails, and dry your hands thoroughly.

Make Sure Your Cuticles Are Pushed Back

Watch the technician as they prepare your nails. Before they even apply a base coat, the technician will want to push your cuticles back or remove them entirely. If the polish gets on your cuticles, they are much more likely to lift and chip. Inspect your nails afterwards just to confirm that the technician didn't accidentally miss a spot.

Ensure Several Layers of Polish Is Applied

Depending on how bold or bright the color of your gel polish might be, the technician might recommend applying varying layers of polish. One layer is simply not sufficient. Even if the color of the polish is bright or bold enough, one layer of polish will chip and crack much more easily than several layers, so make sure that the technician applies at least two to three layers of polish. If you choose a lighter color, you'll need at least several layers of polish for the color to show. You can layer different colors of polish on top of one another to get varying results. 


Quality service will result in longer lasting results that are less likely to chip and break. Your manicure will also look much more pristine and elegant. It's definitely worth your time to inspect the technician's work just to confirm that they didn't miss anything. To get a gel manicure, check out a nail salon like Nails By Yen.