Urban Beauty nail bar 10 easy steps to the perfect nails

Urban Beauty nail bar 10 easy steps to the perfect nails

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Our team at Urban Beauty Nail Bar know exactly how important it is for your nails to always look their best. For this reason our team has put together this list of awesome tips that are simple to follow that will ensure you have perfect nails with a beautiful finish at all times.

What do you need?

  • Hand  sanitiser:
  • Cuticle pusher:
  • Nail file:
  • Nail buffer:
  • Lint free wipes
  • pH Bond:
  • Foundation/base polish:
  • Nail drying light:
  • Polish of choice:
  • Sealer:
  • Cleanser :
  • Cuticle oil:
  • Polish remover:

Glam nails in 10 easy steps:

  1. It’s essential to sanitise your hands before you start up. Trimmed nails are not enough, push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher.
  2. Clean the surrounding nail plate to ensure that no dry skin or nail polish residue is found on the nail plate.
  3. Shape your nails with a nail file and use a nail buffer to remove the shine.
  4. Remove dust and lint from nail by wiping with a lint free wipe.
  5. Time to prepare to prepare your nails for a makeover with a pH Bond.
  6. Apply a foundation polish to seal the edges of the nail.
  7. Time to dry: it’s best to use a nail light for best results (no one likes starting from scratch because your nail polish got smudged).
  8. Add some colour. Apply polish of choice from the cuticle to edge of the nail. Dry with nail light.
  9. Top it off with a sealer. Dry with a nail light to avoid any oopsies. Wipe the surface with a cleanser.
  10. The finishing touch: Apply nourishing cuticle oil to the skin of the surrounding nail.

If you liked our nail tips and would like to know more about how Urban Beauty Nail Bar could help you have great looking nails today, please do not hesitate to book an appointment today!

Urban Beauty Express Salon Kuilsriver Beauty Tips

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10 Beauty Mistakes You Are Making

Our team of talented beauticians at Urban Beauty Express Salon Kuilsriver have decided to put this list of 10 beauty mistakes most of our clients are making. We all understand that you get into your routines. You know the routines we’re talking about: wake up, get coffee, put on the same makeup in the same way you have been doing it for years, throw on a go-to outfit, and get out the door. Whatever version of this routine you are currently stuck in could be seriously hindering your beauty potential!

What was working for you years ago could now either be off-trend or maybe just age-inappropriate. Some of the most common beauty mistakes are quick fixes and can take you from a plain Jane to a smokin’ Betty, stat. Read on to discover 10 beauty mistakes you are making and how to fix them.

1. Over-plucked eyebrows. If you want to make a drastic improvement in the overall look of your face, see a professional. Getting the right brow shape can be hard if you are stuck in your ways, so seeing someone who can look at your face objectively and help guide you is priceless.

2. Washing your hair too much. Never underestimate the power of dry shampoo. Not only can it extend the life of your blowout, but not washing your hair every day is just healthier for your hair! Try to go three days between washes if possible.

3. Skipping base coat. When painting your nails at home, using a base coat is a must. Not only does it help your polish stay on longer and go on more smoothly, it keeps polish from staining your actual nails, too.

4. Overdoing it with foundation. If you have problem skin, use concealer and a small brush to cover up each individual blemish after foundation is applied, then set with powder. If you have nice skin overall, less really is more. Let that beautiful skin shine through a light tinted moisturizer, which will just even out the tone.

5. Shimmer overload. Unless you are going to a disco party, there is no place where shimmery shadow, lip gloss, and bronzer should be used. Stick to shimmer in key places. We like to use a slightly shimmery highlighter on the top of our cheekbones and on the brow bone.

6. Skipping primer. Just like we said about base coat for nail polish, primer lays the ground for a smooth, flawless layer of foundation and helps it to last all day.

7. Neglecting your brushes. We use our brushes countless times a month and how many of us are washing them? Not enough. There are many brush cleaners on the market, but a thorough washing with baby shampoo is just as effective. Aim for cleaning your brushes weekly, but anything is better than months of bacteria buildup.

8. Eyeliner around the entire eye. Lining your entire eye with liner can actually close off your eye, making it appear smaller. Instead, use liner on your upper lid and sparingly (if at all) on your lower lash line. You can substitute a swipe of shadow on the outer corner of the lower lash line to balance your makeup look.

9. Choosing the wrong foundation. We all know to carry our foundation down and blend into our neck, right? But choosing the right foundation means more than color. Make sure you match your skin type as well. Try to stay matte if you have oily skin and go for a dewy finish if you have dry skin.

10. Not giving your hair a break. Like we mentioned in number two, not washing your hair so often is a must. Not only that, try to avoid heat styling your hair every day. On rest days, throw your hair in a chic top bun for variety and hair therapy in one!

If you would like to know more about how to really bring your inner beauty out, give our salon a call today!

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Urban Beauty Express Salon Kuilsriver presents:

10 Things No One Ever Tells You About: Makeup Brushes

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Our team of beauticians at Urban Beauty Express Salon Kuilsriver based in Cape Town.  Have decided to put this list of 10 things that no one will ever tell you about make up brushes. These days with so many makeup brushes on the market, it’s hard to know which ones to choose and just how to care for them. From selection, to application and maintenance, things can get a bit tricky and we’re often left wondering,  “Am I doing this the right way?” The confusion is common, and that’s why our Urban Beauty Express Salon team are here to clear things up for you. So, put the brush down and pay attention, because we’re filling you in on 10 major things you need to know when it comes to makeup brushes.

1. You don’t need every different kind: There’s endless different makeup brushes that come in all different shapes and sizes, so sometimes we almost feel like we’re missing out if we don’t have them all. However, breaking the bank by buying every brush you see really isn’t necessary — only six brushes are crucial.

  • A foundation/concealer brush.
  • A powder brush.
  • A contour brush.
  • A crease brush.
  • A blending brush.
  • A angle brush.

Your collection is now complete and you’re more than ready to create any look you want.

2. Cleaning brushes often is a must: Dirty makeup brushes can cause all kinds of problems from causing a muddy application to creating breakouts from the built up bacteria. Cleaning your makeup brushes once a week will help keep your skin clear, your makeup looking flawless, and your brushes lasting longer.

3. A fancy cleanser isn’t necessary: Moisturizing white bar soap, antibacterial liquid soap, and even gentle shampoos are great for cleaning makeup brushes. Just rinse the brushes in water, swirl them into the soap so it lathers up, massage it thoroughly so you’re cleaning all of the brush (not just the tips), and rinse them out until the water runs clear.

4. Never soak them: Soaking the brushes will cause water to seep into the handle, which can then loosen the glue that hold its together and make the brush fall apart. To avoid this, make sure you just hold the bristles, face down, under gently running water.

5. Lay them flay to dry: Once clean, use a dry towel and gently squeeze around the bristles so they’re not soaking wet. Lay the brushes on a dry towel on a table and allow the bristles to hang off the edge of the table. Placing them so that they’re not laying flat against the table will protect their shape. Remember to always lay brushes out to dry closer to windows or fresh air. If you leave them to dry in places with no sunlight, like the bathroom, they’ll grab onto a funny odor, similar to damp laundry.

6. Know the difference between bristles: There are two different kinds of bristles — natural and synthetic. Natural makeup brushes are typically made out of various animal hair, while synthetic brushes are made up of manmade bristles, usually from nylon or other synthetic fibers.

7. Natural makeup brushes are best used with powder products: They work wonders with any powder from bronzers to eye shadows and everything in between, as they are loaded with texture so you’ll get a better application. Natural hair bristles move freely, allowing you to not only pick up enough product in one swipe, but also to blend it out beautifully.

8. When it comes to liquid and cream products, synthetic brushes are your best bet: Unlike natural brushes, synthetic makeup brushes don’t have a cuticle, which makes them great to use with liquid or cream products because they won’t trap makeup. Synthetic bristles tend to gravitate towards one another, making them ideal for precision application.

9. Size matters: The longer the bristle, the softer the application and coverage. It’s the short bristles that will give you fuller application and coverage.

10. Know when it’s time to say goodbye: If you take care of your brushes, they will last a long time, but nothing lasts forever. If your brush is shedding, or the handle breaks, or you can’t get a brush clean anymore, it’s time to toss the brush in the trash.

If you would like to know more about how to keep looking beautiful. Please do note hesitate to contact our Urban Beauty Express Salon today!

Urban Beauty Express Salon nail myth and tips explained

Urban Beauty Express Salon nail myth and tips explained

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Can You Make Your Nails Grow Faster?

Our nail technicians at Urban Beauty Express Salon are often asked by our clients how they can make their nails grow faster. Our team has decided to put this article together to offer advise and clear up some of the myths that are out there on how to get your nails to grow quickly.

In a nutshell, Dietary supplements. Rubbing garlic on your nails. Wiggling your fingers in the air for hours at a time, no matter what you’ve heard, they won’t make your nails grow faster.

You can’t hurry your nails, which grow at a fixed rate of about a millimeter a month. But if you can get the nails to not break and therefore appear longer, that’s where things come into play. First, you need to know what’s true and what’s false about nail growth.

Biotin Supplements Are Linked to Long, Stronger Nails: TRUE

You won’t make your nails grow more quickly if you take this dietary supplement. But several studies show that biotin can strengthen brittle nails, making them less likely to split or break, so you may be able to grow your nails longer after taking the supplement regularly.

Biotin is often sold by itself as a dietary supplement or as an ingredient in vitamins sold to improve the look of the skin, hair, and/or nails.

Busy Fingers Make for Longer Fingernails: FALSE

Some people believe that professional pianists, people who type all day,  and other people who spend several hours per day exercising their fingers have quicker-growing nails than other people, because the extra blood flow to the fingertips speeds fingernail growth.

Though there aren’t any studies to prove it,  people who move their fingers constantly may, indeed, have slightly quicker-growing nails.

Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean longer nails. Why not? Nails with more impact on the tips tend to break more.

Moisturizers Help Maintain Nail Length: TRUE

Keeping your nails moist won’t help them grow quicker, but it can keep them from breaking sooner.

Nails need lubrication, just like our hands and skin, during the winter months. Every time you wash your hands, put a little hand cream on; it’s much richer and thicker than just a body lotion.

Wear gloves or mittens outdoors in cold weather, and use rubber gloves when you’re doing chores around the house.

Once nails come out from under the cuticle, they’re dead tissue, so there’s no way to repair it. Detergents and dish soap can make the nails dry and split. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves around any soaps or cleansers, even if you’re only washing one dish or one window.

A High-Protein Diet Can Speed Nail Growth: FALSE

A protein deficiency can lead to weakened, slow-growing nails, so some web sites suggest that eating or drinking more protein (even specialized protein shakes) can help the nails grow more quickly.

Don’t believe it, and don’t drink protein shakes for this reason alone.

Increasing protein intake is a myth as far as strengthening your nails.

Garlic Speeds Nail Growth: FALSE

Some women with long, attractive nails swear by garlic. They say that they rub halved raw garlic on their nails regularly, or they mince garlic, stuff it into a bottle of clear nail polish, then paint their nails weekly with it. They claim to grow longer, stronger nails quicker than their friends who don’t know their secret.

Why have people targeted garlic? Possibly because the bulb is high in selenium, and some studies have linked low selenium levels to weaker nails. But no research has found a connection between garlic ingestion or application and longer, stronger, or quicker-growing nails.

If you would like to know more about how to have beautiful nails, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly nail technicians today!

Urban Beauty Express Salon 11 tips for more beautiful nails

Urban Beauty Express Salon 11 tips for more beautiful nails

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Long, strong, healthy nails are possible if you follow our easy steps below.

These days well-manicured nails are an integral part of a neat, pulled-together appearance – one that can work as an asset in both the social and the business world.

Unfortunately, there are many myths and old wives’ tales about how to care for nails. Our team of talented technicians at Urban Beauty express salon are here to put those myths to bed and offer up some real valuable information on how to keep your nails looking fantastic.Our team have put together this easy to follow list of  our 12 top tips for achieving healthy, well groomed, elegant nails.

Tip 1: Don’t cut or manipulate cuticles.

Our number one tip is leave your cuticles alone, The cuticle is the natural barrier to fungus and bacteria — and once you breach that, protection is lost. This will not only make cuticles look worse — red, swollen, and ragged — but may also land you a nasty infection that harms the nail bed and leads to permanent nail damage and while cutting cuticles holds the most potential for harm, pushing them back can cause problems as well.

Tip 2:  Use nail hardeners sparingly.

Nail hardeners can actually do more damage than good. We suggest using nail hardeners only when the nails are exceptionally weak and fragile.

Healthy nails are flexible nails, so to keep yours from breaking, avoid anything that makes them more brittle.

Tip 3: Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle.

While there is little in the way of medical data showing that moisturizing the nail bed will help nails grow, it can make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. If your nails are prone to breakage, it could mean they need moisture — and putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail, which will reduce the incidence of chipping, cracking, and splitting.

Tip 4: Take biotin supplements.

In several studies, researchers found that supplements of biotin (a member of the vitamin B family) increased nail thickness and prevented splitting and breaking. In a respected German study that evaluated 45 people with severe nail problems, 2.5 milligrams of biotin daily for several months benefited everyone — with 91% of the 45 citing significant improvement.

Some nail products also contain silicon and the supplement MSM, two other nutrients associated with nail health.

The one supplement that won’t work: Gelatin. Experts say eating or soaking in it won’t do a thing to increase nail strength — and a liquid soak may actually waterlog and eventually weaken nails.

Tip 5: Avoid acetone-based polish removers.

The one product that all dermatologists agree you should avoid if you have brittle nails is acetone nail polish remover. It has been documented time and again that it strips the nails, causing them to become brittle.

Tip 7: Avoid rough emery boards.

Those old-fashioned orange emery boards are too harsh for nails, causing small fissures and cracks that lead to breakage and tears. Instead, make sure you use, file nails with a smooth, fine file and don’t saw back and forth. Instead,  file in one direction only, and do it slowly and evenly to reduce risk of breakage.

Tip 8: Don’t overdo hand washing and limit contact with cleaning chemicals.

As healthy as it can be to wash your hands frequently, overdo it and you’ll wreak havoc with your nails. If you are in a profession where frequent hand washing is mandatory, we advise to use moisturizer as often as possible and rub a little extra around the cuticles several times a day.

When doing housework or laundry, minimize contact with harsh chemicals, including dish washing liquid, by wearing rubber gloves whenever possible.

Tip 9: Change shampoos.

While most women know when a shampoo doesn’t agree with their hair, many don’t realize it may not agree with their nails — even if their hair looks great. This, say experts, is particularly true of detergent shampoos, or those for oily hair, which are designed to strip lipids and other natural oils from the scalp. If your nails are very dry and you are using any soap product that strips the oils, there is the potential to dry the nails.

Tip 10: Remember toenails count, too!

Everything that applies to your fingernails applies to your toenails, which experts say may be even more prone to problems due to careless pedicures. “Because feet are more often inside shoes — a dark, moist environment — fungus can grow more easily. Moreover, cutting toenails at an angle — instead of straight across — increases the risk of ingrown toenails, which can be painful and sometimes develop into an infection.

Tip 11: Watch your nails for signs of health problems.

Most of the time, nail problems can be traced to environmental assaults — exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals, use of drying nail products, or just general physical abuse, such as typing or excessive use of fingertips.

The condition of your nails can sometimes reflect a problem in your overall health. Here’s what they say to look out for:

  • White nails — liver condition
  • Half pink/half white nails — kidney disease
  • Yellowing and thickening of the nail, slowed growth rate — lung disease
  • Pale nail beds — anemia
  • Yellow-tinged nails with a slight blush at the base — diabetes

Of course, if you suspect health problems, discuss any findings or concerns with your doctor.

If you would like to know more about how to make your nails look beautiful. Please schedule a session with one of our talented Urban Beauty Express Salon nail technicians today!