Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Exploding the Nail Myths!!

Think you know everything you need to know about your nails? Think Again! We are about to separate fact from fiction when it comes to your hands…
1. White Spots on Your Nail Bed is an Indication of Calcium Deficiency…..FICTION!! This is actually due to pressure or trauma to the nail plate – which is completely normal and completely harmless!
2. My Nails Need to Breathe……FICTION! Nails do not have lungs, therefore they do not need to breathe! They aren’t a living tissue although obviously they do grow. Nail Polish can actually help to strengthen and protect your nail!
3. Won’t Nail Enhancements Ruin My Nails?…….FICTION! The products and techniques used by fully trained Nail Technicians will not damage your nail plate. You are more likely to do more damage by nibbling on your nails or by picking existing Enhancements off which then thins the nails by stripping away layers – it is always advisable to have them removed properly by a professional or keep your Enhancements regularly maintained by your trusted Nail Technician.
4. Gelatin / Seaweed Supplements will make my Nails healthier……FICTION! Nails are made of Keratin which is a protein and no amount of supplements be it Gelatin, Seaweed or Hemp will strengthen them up. The best thing you can do for your nails is regularly use Cuticle Oil.
5. UV Lamps Used for Nail Enhancement/Gel Polish can cause Cancer…….FICTION! The risks are extremely low as the exposure time is extremely short and at a very low level. Did you know that your Nail actually contains its very own natural version of SPF equivalent to Factor 40 which helps to protect your hands and nails from the low-level UV rays.
6. Acrylic Enhancements are not as good as Gel….…FICTION! Apart from the application techniques there is very little difference. Gels are a little bit more flexible in terms of wearability but it depends on client preference. The removal process is one of the only differences as Acrylic will dissolve over time in Acetone Polish Remover whereas Gel does need to be buffed away by your Nail Technician. 
7. I Have Browny Green Patches under my Nail Enhancements, My Nails are going Mouldy!!…….FICTION!! Your nails are not going mouldy…the appearance of discolouration is caused by bacteria developing in air pockets from moisture trapped between your nail and your Nail Enhancement.
8. I Can Cut My Cuticles with Scissors Right?……..FICTION! Take note, cutting our own Cuticles can cause untold damage! If you must do them yourself then use a pair of Cuticle Nippers on loose cuticles only – However it is best to leave this task to the professionals!
TOP TIPS: To maintain healthy nails and hands we advise you to treat your hands with oils and lotions regularly to prevent the skin and nail bed from drying out. Wear rubber gloves when washing up or cleaning to protect the hands from harsh chemicals and from the water which could dehydrate your skin and nails! Use Cuticle Oil regularly as it contains a carrier oil that will direct the nutrients to the areas where they are needed.
Here at The Vinery we offer Manicures, Shellac and Acrylic Enhancements as well as a simple File & Polish by our experienced Beauty Therapist Rachel Brooker.
For further advice just get in touch with The Vinery Hair Salon on 01484 536899 or by emailing us at:

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Street Chic for the Clubstar Team!

The Vinery Senior Stylist Gemma Noon found herself collaborating with award winning stylist Kai Wan for the latest British Hairdressing Fellowship Clubstar Team collection in London this season.
The photoshoot with Kai Wan led with the brief of Street Glamour “Capturing the essence of chic but edgy street style” with each individual team member developing and creating their own interpretation to fit. Gemma carefully chose her model based on her unique look and established undercut which had already been worked on in-salon.
Gemma’s model accompanied her to London to the GHD Studios where the photoshoot was held and Gemma styled the hair, creating three different looks culminating in the final look which made it into the official collection as seen below:
“It was great to work once again with everyone on the Clubstar Fellowship Team. As this was our first collection it was particularly exciting and inspirational, and both an honour and privilege to work with Kai Wan, someone who I look up to and aspire to emulate one day!” 
Gemma Noon x

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Neo-Soul at The Vinery...

This week  The Vinery welcomed back one of our favourite client's Sarah to the salon, who enjoyed a visit with Senior Stylist Gemma Noon for a colour refresh followed by Cut & Blowdry.
Whilst in the salon, Sarah mentioned that she is in a neo-soul band that performs all across the region and we found the band's background story really interesting, especially as we have a fair few jazz and funk fans on our staff team!
Obviously the hair industry is extremely creative and draws its influences from fashion, couture, make-up and music, with each season bringing something new to the fore. With the ever increasing popularity of soul, blues and jazz, which itself is steeped in history we thought we would have a listen to Sarah's music and share her story.
The Dana Ali Band (Sarah is the backing singer) is the brainchild of American singer-songwriter Dana Ali and her bass-playing partner Dave Hewitt (of British band Babe Ruth). They describe themselves as a neo-soul group taking influences from iconic greats such as Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack to develop their distinctive fusion of jazz, funk, soul and latin music.
The Dana Ali Band have some local gigs planned (of which is at one of The Vinery's favourite Leeds bars..Smokestack!) so do make sure you head along to hear them perform!
To find out more about The Dana Ali Band check out their website at: 

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The Vinery plays host to some of the region's top hair professionals. With a combination of experienced and trainee Stylists, Beauty Consultants and Creative Designers we are able to cater for every need!