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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 InStyle, Lucky 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, ...
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 InStyle, Lucky 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.
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.
You’ve got nail
Ji’s story, Land of Opportunity, The Evolution of Beautiful Nails, A Field Guide to the Fingernail, The Ten Unbreakable Rules of Nail Care, You Are Your Nails, The Real Deal on Fakes
Getting started at home
The Instant Medicine-Cabinet Manicure, Lotions & Potion, Do-It-Yourself Exfoliators, Tools of the Trade: An Illustrated Guide, Three Ways to Sterilize Your Tools
The at-home rescue manicure
Manicure Mise en Place, Stage One: Trimming and Smoothing, Shaping Up, Stage Two: Cuticle Care, Stage Three: Finishing Up, Stage Four: Cleanup
The at-home rescue pedicure
Pedicure Mise en Place, Stage One: Getting Ready, Stage Two: Trimming and Shaping, Stage Three: Not-So-Cuticles, Stage Four: Out, Dead Skin!, Stage Five: Finishing Touches-Stage Six: Cleanup
Nail Polish Application 101 Polish Mise en Place, Polishing Fingers, Polishing Toes, French Manicure Tips, Nail Emergency 911!, The Big Spill, Reviving Your Manicure…Quickly! Color Theory Easy Colors and Hard Colors, Whites and Clear, Neutrals, Pinks, Reds, Brown Reds, Cutting-Edge Colors, Caring for Your Polish In the Buff: Naked Nails
The skin you’re in
Aging Hands, The Many Uses of Moisturizer, Working Hands: In the Kitchen, In the Garden, At the Office, Hands in Extreme Conditions, Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
The imperfect nail: troubleshooting
Types of Problems: Weakness, Discoloration, Ridges, Splits, White Spots, Homemade Wraps, Foot Therapy: Toenail Shape, Calluses, and other Concerns, Athlete’s Feet
NBA (nail-biters anonymous)
Twelve Weeks to a New York, Male Biters, The Emergency Kit—and How to Use It The Program Weeks 1-4: Boot Camp; Weeks 5-8: Recovery; Weeks 9-12: The Promised Land, Once the Twelve Weeks Are Over
Professional nail service
What to Look for in a Professional Salon, Spa and Salon Etiquette, Sanitation and Sterilization, Demystifying the Manicure, Keep It Up!
Posted February 2, 2009
Many women can relate to Ji Baek's childhood desire to have bright shiny nails. She remembers '....begging for little pearly seashell pink dots of nail polish on my tiny, tiny nails, but the response was always a firm no.' After all, she grew up in South Korea in the 1970s under the guidance of a very traditional mother who wanted Ji to become a concert pianist, and definitely believed that nail polish 'was only for trashy little girls.' It's been a long road from there to here for Ji . Hhere is now New York City where in 1998 she founded that city's premier nail spa, Rescue Beauty Lounge. Her accolades are numerous - she's been called 'Queen of the manhattan manicure' by Vogue's Beauty Director, the 'nail guru' by the Beauty Director of Vanity Fair, and a woman with 'straight-talk, charm, and uncompromising standards' by W's Beauty Director. After reading Ji's 'Rescue Your Nails, ' I join her list of devotees. For many years I've been doing home manicures, saving salon manicures and pedicures for very special occasions. To me, my nails looked fine - Thanks to Ji they look oh-so-much better! Her book is an easy to follow, very practical guide to nail care. She opens by introducing the ABC's - her ten rules of nail care, and explaining how much our nails reveal about who we are. (Try it - next time you're out and about take a look at people's nails, both men and women, and see what you discover.) She gives us the straight scoop on fake nails, and lists the necessities for doing at home manicures and pedicures. One of my favorite pre-pedicure treatments is her orange-mint soak, 'one of the best parts of stiletto rehab.' She also offers tips on reviving a manicure, and even instructions on how to file (Confession: I've just been sawing away!). It really does make a difference if you use long slow strokes and not short choppy ones. Full-color photos and step-by-step instructions show how to do a professional at-home manicure and pedicure. Plus Ji makes each easy, fun, and relaxing. - Gail Cooke
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Posted February 22, 2012
I was a nail biter throughout most of my life (with a few bite-free months spaced throughout). I got this book as part of my effort to really learn to care of my nails.
I loved this book! I've never had a book on nail care book before, (never had manicures, etc.) so I honestly have nothing to compare it to, but I've learned a great deal about my nails and how to keep them healthy. I especially love the explanation of the tools for feet and the tools for hands; up till now I had no idea that there was a difference or even how to keep my few tools clean! A great book for someone learning to really take care of themselves.
Posted February 22, 2010
As a self-declared fashionista and product whore, I wasn't sure if I'd learn much from this book. However, I found it useful, motivating, and helpful. It's nice to see someone who has found her passion and can share it with others. I definitely recommend the book to anyone who loves to do their nails at home and wants a little 'friendly push' on how to do it right!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2009
Ji explains many of the tricks of the trade that ensure a safe home manicure and pedicure that are as good as you would get in the saloon. She is somewhat obsessive about cleanliness and provides 3 options for sterilization of your tools. Great color tips and Nail-biters Anonymous 12 week program too. You might not have to spend money at a saloon again--well maybe occassionally.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2010
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Posted March 3, 2012
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