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The 7 Different Nail Shapes: Find What Suits You

October 10, 2017

When it comes to your fingers, there are different types of nail shapes you can choose from. Whether you prefer to shape your nails yourself at home or getting a manicure at the salon works better for you, the main seven types of nail shapes you can opt for are: oval, almond, square, squoval, coffin/ballerina, stiletto/pointed and round.

We break down each style so you can find the one that suits you best. Whether you have long and spindly fingers or your digits are short and stubby and you need guidance on short nail shapes, we have you covered.

See below for the definitive guide to nail shapes.

Nail Shapes Chart

Nail Shape: Oval (U Shaped Nail)

Overview: feminine, classy, classic.

Wear if: you have shorter fingers or shorter hands with wide, stubby nail beds, as an oval shape will create the illusion of length. It’s also a good shape on longer fingers that have wide and short/stubby nail beds.

Best with: nail art.

Nail Shape: Almond

Overview: glamorous, chic, feminine.

Wear if: you have long or short fingers but your nail beds are narrow and long.

Best with: plain, shiny and metallic polish colours.

Nail Shape: Square

Overview: stylish, clean-cut, low-maintenance

Wear if: you have long fingers and long, narrow nail beds.

Best with: block, bold polish colours.

Nail Shape: Squoval

Overview: classic, natural, suits all.

Wear if: if your nail beds are wide and long. Squoval nail shapes will look good on short or long fingers.

Best with: geometric nail art.

Nail Shape: Coffin/Ballerina

Overview: chic, glamorous, high-maintenance.

Wear if: you suit square or squoval shapes (narrow and long nail beds).

Best with: tidy and unchipped acrylic nail shapes with pale polish colours.

Nail Shape: Stiletto/Pointed

Overview: loud, high-maintenance, elongates hands.

Wear if: you have time/money for upkeep, and want to make a statement.

Best with: elborate and pretty (and unchipped) nail designs.

Nail Shape: Round

Overview: tidy, elegant, elongates shorter fingers.

Wear if: you have short fingers with short or narrow nail beds.

Best with: any shade of polish or left unpainted.

Courtesy of Grazia

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Did you know that Reed Hair Specialise in Afro Caribbean Hair?

July 28, 2017

Well, not a lot of people do!

In fact we have looked after black ladies for many years now. Our view is why do people with ethnic hair have to visit specialists salons? Hairs hair, isnt it??? Of course our stylists have been highly trained in the afro hair department and our products are second to none! As our most popular services are RELAXERS I thought Id give you an insight on how relaxers work on afro hair.

After reading through our favorite magazine www.blackhairmagazine.com  I came  across this great blog by @healthyandrelaxed. Its a perfect piece on advising the do’s and dont’s on relaxing hair…. thought I’d share it with you ………

RELAXED HAIR CASE STUDY

I was contacted by a fellow reader for hair advice. Let’s call her Amy. Amy provided a detailed hair story and I have decided to make it into a post as I believe it will help other readers.

Summary

Amy decided to go natural because her relaxed hair was damaged, so she big chopped. At first, she loved it, but soon realised that her 4c texture required more maintenance and didn’t give her the ‘desired look’ which made her self-conscious. Months later, she self-relaxed but didn’t attain the desired results. She corrective relaxed, and did a mini chop to improve the look. She was about 8 months post relaxer when she reached out. Her ends are thinning out and she is experiencing breakage on her hairline.

Overall, she wants thick, healthy hair regardless of the state (i.e.: relaxed or natural) and was contemplating whether to go natural or continue relaxing.

Response

Reading the story, 3 key things stuck out to me:

  1. Amy has 4c hair and she prefers straight hairstyles

Amy repeatedly hinted preference for straight hair throughout her story. Though she initially fell in love with her 4c natural hair, she became self-conscious of her texture as it made her “look like a boy”

I commend her for identifying her texture and for reaching out. There is so much politics surrounding black hair, but my stance is that you should do what works best for you. If you prefer straight hairstyles, then stay relaxed, as it is damaging to continually apply heat (i.e. blowout) to natural hair to achieve straight styles.

There is nothing wrong with preferring straight hairstyles to natural hair, but if you lose your confidence when your hair is not in a desired state, then there is clearly an issue. Your self-worth should never be attached to your hair.

4c hair is not meant to be straight. It coils tightly and shrinks to about 75% of its length. The only way to have ‘straight’ 4c hair is via a chemical treatment or a blowout. So, Amy, I suggest staying relaxed.

  1. Amy Prefers Low Maintenance (LM) Styles

Amy should steer clear of weaves, as she applies too much heat to ‘blend’ her weave out, which defeats the purpose of the style. Her front hair is ‘growing much slower’ because it is damaged from daily heat usage, which is a ‘no-no’ for hair. Also, note that a weave does not have the same texture as your hair, so it will not ‘blend’ seamlessly.

If you prefer LM styles, then you are better off staying relaxed. Relaxed hair may require less maintenance than natural tresses, but it is not an excuse for negligence. You must have a hair regimen that you consistently and diligently follow. I suggest styles such as braids and weaves. I highly recommend Ghana braids, as it has tremendously helped me achieve thicker hair.

  1. Amy wants thick, healthy hair and has no preference for the state (i.e.: natural or relaxed)

Thick hair has its pros and cons. The most notable pro is that hair looks amazing when styled, as it produces luscious curls.

The biggest con is that it is quite overwhelming to maintain and style, as there is so much hair! The most difficult part of styling my hair is my new growth. I have to be patient and gentle, as they are so thick and strong. I have to comb them gently to prevent breakage. #thestruggleisreal

If your goal is voluminous hair, then you must pick a hair state and stick to it. Thick hair will take time as it needs to adjust to your regimen. Jumping back and forth between #naturalhair and #relaxedhair is not good. Hair needs stability to reach its full (no pun intended) potential.

never, (EVER) go beyond 16 weeks without relaxer until you have a solid grasp of healthy hair care.

Make sure you have consistently followed your regimen for at least a year before attempting a longer stretch, or transitioning to natural hair. For transitioners, I suggest reading “The Science of Transitioning Hair” by Audrey Davis Sivasothy, the author of The Science of Black Hair.

Finally, I highly recommend a professional stylist for relaxer touch ups since they have the right products to relax and style your hair properly. If you self-relax and are never happy with the result or you experience relaxer burn, please see a stylist!

Final Note

So Amy, below are my 3 recommendations to you:

  1. Stay relaxed
  2. Never stretch your relaxer for more than 16 weeks
  3. Follow a hair regimen consistently

 

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Our Latest Photo Shoot For Wella TrendVision 2017

May 22, 2017

It started with a photo shoot…..

So here I am again, banging on about Wella Trend Vision!!

But this dropped into my inbox today and I thought you’d be interested to see how it all started.

Huge thanks to Gary Nunn for producing our video – go check him out www.nunncreative.com

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How often should we really wash our hair?

April 5, 2017

 

How often should we really wash our hair???

This is the question I asked my team last week. With so many myths flying around I thought I’d try and get to the point.

These days we certainly wash our hair more than we did a generation ago.

Latest hair-care figures show the UK sales figure for shampoo, conditioner and styling products up by 5%

According to my team their opinion differs according to their hair type and life style.

My partner in crime, Jane, washes hair every day because it gets greasy – Stylist Faye washes twice a week as the dirtier her hair gets the more versatile it is!!

Our manager Jayne, is another twice a weeker and Stylist Abbey every other day as her hair is weak and fine.

Personally, I’m every other day because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered every day!

But what I do feel is extremely important isn’t how many times we wash our hair but the correct products we use for our hair type.

If your hair looks limp on the second day, chances are you’re using a product that is too rich and weighing it down.  That starts a viscous cycle of needing to wash your hair everyday rather than changing your products. The same goes if your hair needs nourishment or smoothing.

That said it also doesn’t harm your hair to wash it every day… if it’s dirty wash it! We wash our bodies every day so why should hair be any different?

So what about not washing your hair at all… doesn’t it clean its self after a while?

Your hair can certainly be pushed back a couple of days by using dry shampoo…. Think festivals, camping and no showers! But longer than that? I wouldn’t recommend it…..trust me I’ve seen, smelt and washed dirty hair………

 

And on that note, I’ll catch up with you later

 

Vicki