Friday, February 24, 2017

Beauty Around the World - Turning Point Shelter



Beauty Around the World - 2/14/17 - Turning Point Shelter



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Video Blog - Quick Nail Tip - 2/17/17



Video Blog - Quick Nail Tip - 2/17/17



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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dare to Dream



Dare to Dream



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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Eponychium's Dilemma



The Eponychium's Dilemma

By Doug Schoon, Dana Point, CA


Nail anatomy terminology is confused and there is no shortage of competing ideas and not much clarity. Everyone seems to be confused about the names for the parts of the natural nail, even doctors and scientists aren't sure which terms to use. Misinformation is abundant, so it can be very difficult to know the facts, but the facts are what we need.

I've been working behind the scenes with many of the top nail educators in the world to address this problem, for indeed it is a global problem. In doing so, I created the original version of the drawing above and based it on a strict interpretation of the medical definitions. I shared that first version with many people, including world-class scientists, dermatologists, podiatrists and pathologists. Of course, I heard many different opinions, but I was looking for hard facts and would accept nothing less. As a result, I was eventually directed to conclusive evidence that brings great clarity and finally settles a long-standing debate about the eponychium, cuticle and proximal nail fold. Here is what I've learned.

The "eponychium" is defined in medical literature as the skin that covers the nail matrix and is responsible for development of the cuticle tissue that adheres to the top of the nail plate. The proximal nail fold is defined as the fold of skin at the base of the nail plate. That much is clear, but here is the Eponychium's Dilemma- where does one end and the other begin? At last, researchers have answered this question definitively by isolating and identifying the cuticle forming area.

It was discovered that the eponychium is a much thinner layer than suspected- in fact it is surprisingly thin- approximately 0.1-0.15 mm thick or about 0.004-006 inches thick! Rather amazingly, all nail cuticle tissue comes from this thin layer of cells. How can such a surprisingly thin area make all that cuticle tissue? The prevailing thought is that the eponychium must be made of a specialized type of cell called an "adult stem cell". The same type of stem cells are suspected to form the nail matrix and produce nail plate cells. Research is underway to verify that both the eponychium and nail matrix are composed of adult stem cells which behave like factories to produce nail plates and cuticles.

One insightful description I heard was that the proximal nail fold should be viewed as a "flap" of skin that covers the matrix area and its underside is thinly covered by the eponychium. I think that paints a good picture. So, in short, the eponychium creates and releases the cuticle, which is the thin layer of dead tissue that will ride the nail plate and form a seal that prevents pathogens from entering and infecting the matrix area. This should tissue should NOT be confused with the eponychium or the proximal nail fold. They are each very different.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

The History of Nails. What do you know and What do you need to know?



History of Nails

Don’t Know Much About History? Just when you thought school was behind you, here’s a short history lesson in nails. This article published in Kanhistique by Aileen Mallory reveals some little-known facts about the history of nail polish that you can use to impress colleagues and let clients know you’ve really done your homework:

Did you know that at one time black was the favorite color applied to fingernails, and that men — not women — wore it? A warrior of Babylon or Homo about to go to war often spent several hours having his hair lacquered and curled, his nails manicured and colored, and his lips tinted to match.

Excavations of the royal tombs at Ur of the Chaldees in Southern Babylonia unearthed an engraved, solid gold manicure set. It and the nail coloring — kohl —were well preserved. Experts claim it was used in 3200 B.C. The kohl is green and black. The use of color indicated status — black for the important, green for people of the lower classes. This status symbol prevailed for many years.

Queen Nefertiti, daughter-in-law of Tut-ankh-Amen and reigning Egyptian beauty 3,000 years ago, painted her fingernails and toenails red. Du Barry tinted hers the color of a rose.

Cleopatra’s nail color came from the juice of the henna plant, producing deep rusty shades with an undertone of gold. Henna on the nails was limited by a strict social code. Only a brave woman dared to color her nails above her “station.”

Women of lowly rank were permitted pastels only. Moving on up the social scale, nail shades grew deeper and deeper. The most brilliant colors appeared only on the royal fingertips of the queen.

Dyeing the nails to enhance the beauty of the hands went on for several centuries.

It took something simple and easily applied to appeal to American women. The answer was liquid nail polish. The first — completely colorless — was introduced in this country in 1916. A year or so later, the first bottle of rose-tinted nail polish appeared. And the vogue was on.

Cuticle remover came in 1911. The remover eliminated most of the tedious and difficult cutting of the cuticles. This made home-manicuring easier, but strangely enough, beauty salon manicures increased immediately. The promotion of cuticle remover had made women more conscious of their hands.

In 1911, less than 25% of the women in the U.S. used any manicure preparations on their nails — in beauty salons or at home. By 1939, 86% were using manicure products, and the manicuring business in salons flourished

Original source article taken from Nails Magazine



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Friday, December 9, 2016

Video Blog - Hero Collections - 12/9/16



Video Blog - Hero Collections - 12/9/16





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Friday, December 2, 2016

Video Blog - Laasfund - 12/2/16



Video Blog - Laasfund - 12/2/16





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