All of us want to have beautiful nails. Long, shiny and elastic. But most of the time, that’s not the case. So if you are like me, then you too, probably cover the imperfections with nail polish and beautiful nail art.
Every once in a while, however, I like to give my nails break. This time when I went to the salon to take off my shellac nail polish, I discovered something, that I was very excited about. My nail salon is now offering a new manicure, totally natural and organic. You may have heard of it. It’s called Japanese manicure.
What is Japanese manicure?
First of all, the professional performing Japanese manicure is not called an aesthetician, but rather a master. Very fitting title. This professional assesses your hands, and your nails, and decides how to proceed. It’s amazing what your nails and hands can reveal about your health.
All of the ingredients that are being used during the Japanese manicure are made from natural materials. The tools that are used are ceramic nail files, calfskin polishing units, and orange tree sticks. The disinfectants, oils, and creams are also made with natural ingredients. Some most commonly used ingredients include pearl powder, ginseng, rice milk, beeswax, jojoba oil, bamboo extract, seaweed extract, vanilla extract, lotus seed extract, red tea extract, and yang-ylang oil.
The whole idea behind this manicure is to allow weakend and damaged nails to be restored to their natural glory. Even though you can see amazing results right after the first application of this manicure, you’ll need several Japanese manicures for the nails to become firm, smooth, and elastic, and to acquire a healthy pink shade and natural shine.
What is the treatment like?
After removing my nail polish and looking over my hands and nails, the master put on a disinfecting liquid that was warm to touch and contained beeswax. Then she filed my nails with ceramic nail file to my desired length and shape (which traditionally is short and round).
The next step was to get rid of my cuticles. They were softened with jojoba oil and pushed in with a ceramic stick.
Then the master applied a cream to my nail-bed. The cream was made out of many different natural ingredients. This was done in preparation for buffing. Once the nails were buffed using calfskin polishing tool, it was time to apply the paste.
After that she applied a mineral paste that is supposed to strengthen the nailbed. The minerals also allow the nails to grow faster and stronger. The paste was made with sea weed, beeswax, and several different oils such as jojoba, bamboo, ylang-ylang, and red tea. The paste was gently spread all over the nail, and buffed deeply into the nailbed.
Finally, the polishing film was applied and buffed into the nailbed. It is actually a powder that is applied another buffing tool. The protective film helps achieve the smoothness and shine, and protects the nail from damage. This particular film included ingredients such ginseng and pearl powder.
Depending on the salon, this process is applied two or three times.
To finish off, I was treated to a rejuvenating hand massage, using warm essential oils that help increase blood circulation, release tension and relax you hands.
How long does it last?
I was told that this manicure should last me about two weeks. Maybe even a little longer if I don’t spend much time washing clothes or dishes by hand. Knowing me, I will be lucky if it lasts me two weeks.
So was it worth it?
Definitely! Ladies, you have to try Japanese manicure at least once. My hands feel so soft and my nails are beautiful and shiny. The best part is that all the products they used on my hands were 100% natural. Even though my nails are not colorful, I am very proud of myself that I am taking yet another step towards living my life chemical-free.