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New Life Beauty

Manicure & Pedicures

I often hear the words “I really want my nails done, but they’re in such bad condition”.  What people rarely realise is that having your nails manicured regularly can help improve your nails considerably.  I offer what I call an ‘old school’ manicure.  This includes:

  • Cuticle soak and removal
  • Nail shape
  • Buff
  • Hand/foot massage (optional)
  • Nail varnish (optional)

The cuticle removal will keep the nails looking tidy, the nail buff smoothes the nail and boosts the circulation. I am happy to give any help and advice whilst carrying out the manicure/pedicure.  Treatment takes around an hour and a half, depending how much work is needed.  I can guarantee that your nails will look healthier and prettier, yes even the ones that have been bitten for years!

I also offer a gel uv varnish.  The gel varnish goes on like a normal nail varnish, has a mirror shine and will last for a good couple of weeks if looked after properly.  This treatment includes:

  • Nail shape
  • Nail buff
  • Gel base coat, which is then set under a UV lamp
  • 2 layers of gel colour, each layer set under the lamp
  • Finally a gel top coat, again set under the lamp

This treatment takes around an hour or so, depending on how much nail shaping needs to be done and if previous gel nails need to be removed before hand.  If you wish to remove gel varnish yourself, you will need pure acetone nail varnish remover, which can be found in most supermarkets. You can either pour some of the remover in a small bowl and soak nails (remember to be very careful, it can be harmful on your skin) or you can soak cotton wool with it, pop the cotton wool on the nail and then wrap foil around.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure or need help. It can be time consuming, but is worth doing properly. If you have a tendency to pick to gel varnish off, or any other varnish off, it can really damage the nail underneath, making your nails weak and flaky.  Once the varnish has been removed, it is good practice to massage some hand cream into your nails and cuticles.

Contra-indications that will prevent the treatment from going ahead

  • Fungal Infections. These type of infections spread very rapidly and often thrive in damp areas and can appear soft and spongy. For example: athlete's foot (ringworm of the foot) ringworm of the hand.
  • Bacterial Infections. This type of infection is usually characterised by swelling, tenderness and redness in the area. For example: paronychia, whitlows, onychia.