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Rescue Your Nails: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Perfect Fingers & Toesby Ji Baek
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Why do women care so much about their nails? It's simple: Well-groomed nails make your hands seem more alive, more important, and definitely sexier. And suddenly it's not just your hands feeling that way, but your whole self—which is why nails, and nail salons, are a huge and growing business, with more than 53,000 salons in the U.S. doing some $6.4 billion in business each year.
But now you can skip the spa and do your own nails—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—how to heal split nails, brittle nails, and ingrown nails. She demystifies the salon, from dealing with technicians to explaining exactly what is in that bottle of mysterious pink lotion; tells how to care for the skin around the nails, including solutions to common problems like calluses and sunspots; and even starts a virtual NBA (nail-biter's anonymous), with tips for quitting the nailbiting habit.
What you’ll learn:
Change your nails, change your attitude. With well-groomed nails, your gestures become livelier and more important, and your look definitely sexier. And suddenly, it's not just your hands feeling that way, but your whole selfand#8212;which is why nail care is a huge and growing industry, with over 53,000 salons in the U.S. doing some $6.4 billion in business each year.
Now you don't have to go to a salon to enjoy a spa-worthy manicure or pedicure. Ji Baek, the stylish, high-energy queen of nail careand#8212;the go-to expert for fashion designers, actors, fashionistas, and media ranging from Vogueto The New York Times, and owner of New York's hottest nail salons, the Rescue Beauty Loungesand#8212;presents the definitive guide to beautiful hands and feet, emphasizing natural beauty, cleanliness, and simplicity.
In her witty, approachable voice, Ji explains why it's important to take your vitamins daily, file weekly, and moisturize constantly. Her illustrated step-by-step directions demystify professional nail care and make it easy to replicate the results at home using the right tools, products, and techniques. From nail length and shape to the right polish color for every occasion, no topic is left unexplored. Even the most irksome of problems get foolproof solutions: how to avoid split nails, fill ridges, fade sunspots, and soften calluses. She even has her own twelve-step program for the very worst of the nail care offenders: NBA (nail-biters anonymous), a no-fail, guaranteed system to get anyone's nailsand#8212;no matter how raggedand#8212;into tip-top shape.
About the Author
Ji Baek founded Rescue Beauty Lounge, New York's top nail salon, in 1998, and soon after started garnering attention in Vogue, InStyle, Allure, New York, Lucky, Jane, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, The New York Times, WWD, and more.
Table of Contents
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
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