Hi, my name is Karen and I am a level 3 qualified beauty therapist I specialise in a range of nail and lash services, Acrylics, Hard Gel, Gel manicures, Polydip, Volume lash extensions, Keratin Lash Lift & Tint (LVL) whether they are for a special occasion or to just make your nails and lashes look even better; you can be confident that I will make them look fantastic.
I qualified with Essential Nails 11 years ago and have trained with some of the best in the beauty industry over the years, Crystal Nails, Kirsty Meakin, Hazel Dixon, Gemma Lambert and Pisut Masanong, Alexa Kisgyori, Steph Middleton (Flirties Lashes), Dassah Ridge (Flutter MK), The Beauty Academy. All my certificates are displayed in my studio. Every year I undertake new courses and training so my skills and abilities are constantly evolving and improving. I absolutely love what I do and am very passionate about it. I put my heart and soul into every set of nails & lashes I do. I am a perfectionist so please don't expect your nails or lashes to be done in an hour. I don't cut corners or use cheap products and I take hygiene/sanitisation seriously.
I can tailor your nails to match a special outfit or for a special day out or holiday etc and I offer lash extensions in a variety of colours. I also run a press on nails business 'Guys and Dolls Nails' these are great if your not able to or don't want to have bonded nail extensions. They can be made in any design, length or shape and are reuseable.
Every client will receive a personal consultation which will allow me to suggest the ideal service for your requirements.
Take a look around my web site and you will see all the services I offer. Maintenance and after care advice on how to look after your nail extensions and some other general good advice!. Nail care tips and Monthly specials.
My Guarantee to you:
Any problems within 48 hours will be rectified
No MMA (methyl methacrylate) used
48 hours notice is required for any cancellations. If you are not able to attend your appointment please contact me ASAP so i can offer the appt to someone else and avoid charges to you. If an appt is cancelled under 48 hours a charge of 50% of the treatment cost will need to be paid before any future appointments can be booked. All new clients are required to pay a £10 deposit to secure the appt, this will be taken off the price you pay.
No MMA used.
What is MMA?
MMA or Methyl MethAcrylate is a substance used in some salons. MMA can cause nail disfigurement as well as infections to the nail bed. It is a liquid, which can be mixed with acrylic powder to produce false nails. MMA is the cheaper alternative to EMA, Ethyl MethAcrylate, which is used by reputable nails technicians. MMA is classed as a banned substance in American, Australia and New Zealand, but incredibly it has not been banned in the United Kingdom. Once applied MMA is an extremely hard substance, which does not bond well to the natural nail plate, therefore it can only adhere to the nail through mechanical adhesion, which requires large amounts of damage to the natural nail, through the use of nail drills. Drilling of the natural nail can cause severe damage, in some cases permanent damage. Reported cases state bacterial infections, swollen cuticles, redness, itching, and soreness. Continuous wear thins the nail plate enabling the MMA to penetrate the nail bed and tissue. It has been reported; that long term wear of MMA acrylic can seriously impair your health. When the MMA applied nail, is knocked or banged it will cause severe trauma to your natural nail and in some cases the natural nail can been ripped off from the cuticle. This can be extremely painful and damaging even resulting in a trip to casualty.
Signs to tell if a salon is substandard and using MMA:
No client consultation takes place to check for allergies or medical conditions
The technicians will normally be wearing a mask to prevent inhaling the odour or dust from the MMA
Bottles are often not labeled, which makes identifying the product impossible
Prices are usually very cheap, from £15 onwards
No after-care or maintenance is discussed
I only use reputable products.
I use Nsi Attraction Liquid (Monomer) and powder (Polymer) for acrylic nails. Nsi Hard Gel & Polydip.
Other branded products used are: Millennium Nails, Crystal Nails.
Gel polish Brands I use:
IBD Just Gel, Gelaze, Gel Bottle, Premier Gel, Cuccio, Halo
Keratin Lash lift - Eyeluvlashes & Luxury Lash UK, Tint - Julienne
Lash extensions - Flirties (vegan)
Cuticle Oil, Nail Files, Home removal kits for Acrylic & Gel, Polish. Lash cleaning kits.