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Rescue Your Nails

Rescue Your Nails

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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.
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.

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Publish date: May 28, 2008
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08/21/2013

 
 
smart fixes for everyday problems
 
 
cuticle cures
 
 
perfect polishes
  
learn to love your feet
 
 
the no-fail nail-biting cure
 
 
and more!
by Ji Baek a do-it-yourself guide toperfect fingers & toes
Ji Baek combines impeccable taste with clear-eyed practicality. When Ji talks, beauty editors listen. 
 —
L Well,
Editor-in-ChiEf 
,
 
 Allure
TM
 
Introduction
rescue to the rescue
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viii
Chapter 1
you’ve got nail
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1
Ji’s story
n
Land of Opportunity
n
The Evolution ofBeautiful Nails
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A Field Guide to the Fingernail
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The TenUnbreakable Rules of Nail Care
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You Are Your Nails
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 The Real Deal on Fakes
Chapter 2
getting started at home
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19
The Instant Medicine-Cabinet Manicure
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Lotions & Potions
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Do-It-Yourself Exfoliators
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Tools of the Trade: AnIllustrated Guide
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Three Ways to Sterilize Your Tools
Chapter 3
the at-home rescue manicure
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39
Manicure Mise en Place
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Stage One: Trimming andSmoothing
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Shaping Up
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Stage Two: Cuticle Care
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StageThree: Finishing Up
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Stage Four: Cleanup
Chapter 4
the at-home rescue pedicure
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57
Pedicure Mise en Place
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Stage One: Getting Ready
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StageTwo: Trimming and Shaping
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Stage Three: Not-So-Cuticles
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 Stage Four: Out, Dead Skin!
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Stage Five: Finishing Touches
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 Stage Six: Cleanup
contents
 
vii
Chapter 5
polish perfection
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73Nail Polish Application 101
 
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Polish Mise en Place
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 Polishing Fingers
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Polishing Toes
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French Manicure Tips
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Nail Emergency 911
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The Big Spill
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Reviving YourManicure . . . Quickly!
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Color Theory
 
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Easy Colors andHard Colors
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Whites and Clear
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Neutrals
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 Pinks
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Reds
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Brown Reds
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Cutting-Edge Colors
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Caring for YourPolish
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In the Buff: Naked Nails
Chapter 6
the skin you’re in 
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103
Aging Hands
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The Many Uses of Moisturizer
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WorkingHands: In the Kitchen, In the Garden, At the Office
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Hands inExtreme Conditions
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Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Chapter 7
the imperfect nail: troubleshooting
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119
Types of Problems: Weakness, Discoloration, Ridges, Splits,White Spots
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Homemade Wraps
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Foot Therapy: ToenailShape, Calluses, and other Concerns
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Athlete’s Feet
Chapter 8
NBA (nail-biters anonymous)
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135
Twelve Weeks to a New You
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Male Biters
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The EmergencyKit—and How to Use It
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The Program
 
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Weeks 1– 4: BootCamp; Weeks 5– 8: Recovery; Weeks 9–12: The Promised Land
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Once the Twelve Weeks Are Over
Chapter 9
professional nail service
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147
What to Look for in a Professional Salon
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Spa and SalonEtiquette
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Sanitation and Sterilization
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Demystifying theManicure
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Keep It Up!
Index
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159
Photo Credits
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166

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