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Nails and hand beauty are catching - Manicure in Xiamen

Updated: 2010-02-22
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A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands, it's consist of filing, shaping of the free edge, cuticle treatments, massage of the hand and the application of polish.
Nicely manicured fingers will always look attractive. Manicured fingers will not only look stylish, but they also reflect your sense of personal hygiene.

Since the ancient times people were very careful when it came to their nails and they took care of beauty of their hands and nails. It is well known that women of ancient Egypt used alkanna and other natural ingredients to take care of their nails and fingers.
Manicures began 5,000 years ago in India. At that time, women used henna instead of nail polish for their manicures. The practice quickly spread to other parts of the world.
4,000 years ago, the people of southern Babylonia turned to solid gold tools to achieve gorgeous nails, which created the whole process of the manicure.
Originating in China in 3,000 BC, nail color indicated one's social status, as well as the length of a person's nails. The Dowager Empress of China always kept her fingernails extremely long. During the Ming dynasty, royal fingernails were painted black and red.
The Egyptians also colored their nails, using red to show the highest social class. It is said that Cleopatra's nails were painted a deep red, whereas Queen Nefertiti went with a flashier ruby shade.
The women weren't the only ones who turned to manicures. In ancient Egypt and Rome, military commanders also painted their nails to match their lips before they went off the battle. Babylonian noblemen were the most likely to use the special solid gold manicure tools to keep their fingernails in shape.
In modern times, manicures are not only related to social status, but also a sign of fashion. Many famous stars attach importance to their nails. The most famous star in Asia, Ayumi Hamasaki, who is considered a fashion icon and trend-setter, always has her nails painted in various styles.

Development of the modern manicure
The French manicure, the origin of modern manicure appeared in 18th-century Paris. The French manicures are designed to resemble a natural nail and are characterized by natural pink base nails with white tips, were popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
In the late 20th century, artificial nails for women became widely popular all over the world. Using artificial nails became a must for women who couldn't grow long and healthy fingernails naturally.
Artificial nails, also known as fake nails, fashion nails, nail enhancements, or nail extensions, are coverings placed over fingernails as fashion accessories.
There are several popular techniques that can be used to create longer, better-looking nail enhancements: acrylics, UV gel, fiberglass (or silk wraps).
Nail designing is the latest crazy among girls at the moment. You can make your nails look absolutely fabulous and freaky with the use of nail designing techniques.
Your nails can be decorated with cute, trendy paintings. There are a variety of nail polishes that add a touch of life to your nails. These polishes may be matte finished or gloss finished.
A type of nail designing accessory called glitters is used to make your nails sparkle. Many tattoos are also used to decorate nails. Your nails can also be made attractive with the help of stones and jewels. The nails can also be designed using the skills of a professional.

The most popular nails types in Xiamen:
French Manicure

This is the most popular type of manicure. It involves the application of clear or nail-colored nail polish on the body of the nail and pure white nail polish at the tips of nails. The nails are shaped round, oval or square as per desire.
Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails, also known as artificial nails, fake nails, sculptured nails are the most used artificial nails. Acrylic nails should always be glued onto the natural nail plate. Acrylic nails are made of monomer (a liquid acrylic product) and a polymer (a powdered acrylic product). The artificial nails are the most preferred by the women as they are very durable and the strongest.
Gel Nails

Gel nails are usually made of gel acrylic. Gel nails are appropriate for those women who want to achieve more natural look. The manicurist will apply the acrylic gel over your natural nail plate and will cure the gel under an ultraviolet light. Unfortunately the gel nails aren't as strong and durable as the acrylic nails. There are two types of gel nails - the first use light and the other does not. Both types of gel nails can be shaped and styles as you desire. One thing you should remember: gel nails cannot be removed easily - they must grow out and be filled down for removal.

One of the biggest advantages of gel nails is that they should be filed less often then the acrylic nails for example.
Wrap Nails

Wrap nails usually include pieces of silk, linen, fiberglass or paper that are cut to the desired shape and then are glued to the natural nails. Just like the gel nails, wrap nails also look very natural as they are thin and smooth. Most of the beauty salons use fiberglass in place of silk or linen as it is stronger and provides a lot of flexibility. Unfortunately all types of wraps are less durable than the others. Wrap nails aren’t appropriate for those women with an active life as they break easily.
Solar Nails

Solar nails are similar to the acrylic nails but they use a different product – usually white or pink acrylic nails. Solar nails often look like a French manicure. Like the acrylic nails, the solar nails also should be refilled every three weeks.

Purpose and Benefits of Manicure
The main purpose of the manicure treatment is to improve the look and feel of your hands and fingernails. Another purpose is to clean, strengthen, shape, make attractive and sometimes even dress your nails. The other benefits associated with manicure include:
1. It improves the health and texture of your hands and fingernails.
2. It helps in preventing hang - nail formation.
3. It may help in treating sore or broken skin if present around the nails.
4. It helps in preventing nail damages like fragile tips, cuts or splits.
5. Massage that often accompanies manicure helps in improving the health of the skin by increasing blood circulation.
6. By improving the health of the skin, it discourages the wrinkling of the skin on hands
Procedure of Manicure
1. Remove your old nail polish with the help of nail polish remover using cotton swabs.
2. File your nails using a nail cutter or a nail filer to desired shape in one direction.
3. Put some liquid soap in warm water and soak your hands in it for few minutes. This will help in softening the cuticles.
4. Clean the cuticle using cuticle remover.
5. Rub some amount of cuticle cream on cuticles.
6. Push the cuticle back with an orange stick or a cuticle pusher.
7. Massage your hands with a moisturizing hand lotion.
8. Apply a base coat and let it dry for a minute.
9. Apply first coat of the nail polish.
10. When the first coat of the nail polish is dried, apply the second coat for deeper color. Always start with one side of the nail and cover the nail in three strokes.
11. You can clean the left stray marks using a nail polish remover dabbed in cotton swab.
12. Allow the nail polish to dry thoroughly and then apply the top coat of the nail polish.
After completion of the manicure procedure don't forget to sanitize all the tools and supplies using sanitizing sprays. Dry them and store them until the next manicure procedure.
Good manicure in Xiamen
Echos Nails

Add: No.10 Villa Lihua Yuan, No.3 Yundang Road, Xiamen (Marco Polo Area)
Tel: 0592-5109825
Contact person: Lilian
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Buses to there: L5, 12, 26, 31, Xia 36, Xia 60, 72, 85, 87, 88, 522, 805, the nearest bus stop is Bin Bei Zhong Hang (滨北中行)
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Mister_Phoenix commented on 05 Mar 2012
My first stop on arrival in XMN is my favorite little shop for a good manicure, I have one girl on each hand, such excellent service, you are all so lucky! I have to leave the tip on the counter because they will never accept from my hand. Women of Vietnam rule the trade where I live in USA, so far I have never had the service there.