Rescue Your Nails: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Perfect Fingers and Toes

Rescue Your Nails: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Perfect Fingers and Toes

by Ji Baek, Barbara Smullen
     
 

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Skip the spa and give yourself an at home manicure—and here's the perfect author to show how. Ji Baek, the high-energy owner of New York's hottest nail salons, the Rescue Beauty Lounge—written about from Vogue to InStyleLucky to Harper's Bazaar, used by designers and stylists, patronized

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Skip the spa and give yourself an at home manicure—and here's the perfect author to show how. Ji Baek, the high-energy owner of New York's hottest nail salons, the Rescue Beauty Lounge—written about from Vogue to InStyleLucky to Harper's Bazaar, used by designers and stylists, patronized by actors, fashionistas, professionals, and more—presents the definitive guide to beautiful hands and feet. Emphasizing natural beauty, cleanliness, and simplicity, it covers the science of the nail, and why it's important to take vitamins, file regularly, and moisturize constantly; the care of the nail, with step-by-step illustrated directions to achieving professional-quality home manicures and pedicures, including tools, techniques, lotions, polishes; the dressing of the nail—shapes, colors, and styles; the health of the nail and the surrounding skin—how to heal split nails, brittle nails, and ingrown nails, and take care of common problems like calluses and sunspots.

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Editorial Reviews

Allure
“Ji Baek combines impeccable taste with clear-eyed practicality. When Ji talks, beauty editors listen.” –Linda Wells, Editor-in-Chief, Allure
Vogue
“Ji Baek is queen on the Manhattan manicure! Her practical, eye-opening new book is the ultimate A-to-Z resource or anyone who cares about their hands and feet.” –Sarah Brown, Beauty Director, Vogue
Marie Claire
“Ji is one of our top authorities on nails. For the next big trend, just check out her fingers.” –Ying Chu, Beauty Director, Marie Claire
Lucky
“Ji makes it fun, she makes it easy, and she makes it glamorous—this is a great read as well as a great guide.” –Jean Godfrey-June, Beauty Director, Lucky
Vanity Fair
“Ji Baek, the nail guru! It’s super simple with great tips…a very smart way to take care of your hands and feet.” –SunHee Grinnell, Beauty Director, Vanity Fair
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“Ji Baek, the nail guru! It’s super simple with great tips…a very smart way to take care of your hands and feet.” –SunHee Grinnell, Beauty Director, Vanity Fair

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761143772
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/29/2007
Pages:
166
Sales rank:
629,055
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Ten (Unbreakable) Rules of Nail Care:

1. Take your vitamins. Nails are keratin-based, so make sure you have enough calcium, protein, and nutrients in your diet.

2. Moisturize and hydrate. Dryness can cause your nails to crack and split. Use moisturizer for your outside, drink plenty of water for your inside.

3. Keep your nails clean. There is nothing more unattractive than having dirt under your nails—remember, clean is chic!

4. File your nails weekly into a smooth, even shape, whether they’re short or long.

5. Take care of your tools. Learn the three S’s—sterilization, sanitation, and storage—and be vigilant. Preventable infections are just that—preventable!

6. Trust your instincts. If it hurts, don’t do it. If it feels wrong, stop it. If (heaven forbid) it bleeds, tend to it immediately.

7. If it chips, take it off! If you can see the chip, everyone can see the chip. Uniformly lovely nails are just a swipe of remover away.

8. Don’t be a slave to the trends. If you’re seeing the same color everywhere, only wear it if you like the way it looks. Say no to peer pressure! 

9. Don’t be afraid of trends. Get out of your rut and try something new!

10. Have fun! Experiment! Remember, your nails’ style is hardly permanent. If you’re even slightly tired of your current look, change it! If you’re not happy, all it takes is some polish remover and you’re back in the safety zone.

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