Nail salon San Diego

TRENDING FOR FALL 2019

A new season is coming upon us. Although we are still feeling the heat of summer we are just right around the corner from fall. Time to plan out what your next manicure moves are.

This time of year we are seeing a mixed palette. As we transition from season to season, people are opting to hold on to the last season while tip-toeing into the new one. Brights are being mixed amongst gray hues and we are LOVING IT. We are also seeing animal prints, especially cow print in different versions. Marble/ abstract “swooshy” designs are hitting big (we have some really impressive art inks we have been playing with).

The trend that’s really catching us by surprise though is the French manicure. Although this round of trending French seem to be super modernized and the sky’s the limit on color choices. We aren’t talkin’ your mom’s good ol’ fashion pink and white’s anymore.

As always, feast your eyes on the latest coming out of Birdie!

DIP POWDER AND OUR TAKE ON IT

OPI’s Powder Perfection Dip Powder.

OPI’s Powder Perfection Dip Powder.

Dip nails are all the rage as of late amongst clients. Although you may have heard that they stay longer and are stronger, there are still some facts to know before trying.

The pros. They are made from acrylic so they are a lot tougher and can withstand more wear than gel polish. They do not require a lamp to adhere and harden so you don’t have to worry about UV exposure. Here at Hello Birdie, we use LED lamps. If you like the feel of acrylic nails, this leans more to an acrylic nail than to a gel polish nail. So you have that thicker coverage if you like that.

Screenshot of a Kiara Sky Dip Powder Tutorial Video. Dipping the client’s nails into the pot of powder.

Screenshot of a Kiara Sky Dip Powder Tutorial Video. Dipping the client’s nails into the pot of powder.

The cons. Since these are made from acrylic, the removal process takes a bit longer to soak. On that same note, if you end up peeling these types of nails off…the damage is more extensive than gel. We get a lot of people in our salon that say they are trying to "get their nails to come back” after having Dip Powder.

Dipping nail directly into product pot.

Dipping nail directly into product pot.

Another thing to be aware of is that it isn’t necessarily sanitary if the salon you are going to is actually dipping your nail in this product straight out of the tub. Even if they are pouring the product over your nail but letting the excess fall back off into that same tub. That means they are dipping EVERYONE’S nails in this SAME tub. This leaves you highly susceptible to nail infections as you don’t know what condition all the previous nails that have been dipped were in (nail fungus, cuts and open wounds, etc.).

One sanitary way to dip nails is to pour product into disposable portion cup to only use for the one appointment and to discard after as seen in OPI’s tutorial.

One sanitary way to dip nails is to pour product into disposable portion cup to only use for the one appointment and to discard after as seen in OPI’s tutorial.

Although Dip Powder is often marketed as an “organic” product it is still bonding agents and chemicals. Organic bonding agents? Just something to think about if you were hoping Dip would be a “natural” alternative.

Now personally, for Hello Birdie, we do not offer Dip Powder services. We are wary of the sanitation and since cleanliness is of upmost importance to us this just does not align with our mission. We also love, love, love hand painted nail art. Dip powder does not offer us the versatility to use the product in ways we would need to get the artistic results we continue to strive for. Theoretically, you could paint on top of dip powder, but now you are defeating the purpose of not using a lamp and may as well have just stuck with one process.

All hail hand painted!

PULLING INSPIRATION FOR NAIL DESIGNS

Have you ever wondered where people who wear nail art get their ideas and inspiration from? Clients often ask us, “Do people show you a picture from Instagram? Pinterest? Do they bring you their own ideas? How do they think of or where do they get their ideas?”. It is true that often people will present to us photos of other current nail designs. Clients will also alter designs or mix and match different designs to create their own. If you’re looking to advance to the next level of inspiration and are bored of the trending art you are seeing lately, read on for some advice on how to see with your nail art goggles on!

Inspiration surrounds us. It is literally everywhere. ANYTHING could be a nail design. Let’s start with clothing and fashion as our muse. Patterns on shirts are proving to be successful in transferring to your nails. You already know it is wearable and they are often just enough interest without being overpowering. Take a look at these examples.

This is a great example of a design that is loosely based off the inspiration. It gives you the overall vibe without being confined to the exacts.

This is a great example of a design that is loosely based off the inspiration. It gives you the overall vibe without being confined to the exacts.

The pattern on this shirt was already a really cool abstract design. On nails it’s even cooler!

The pattern on this shirt was already a really cool abstract design. On nails it’s even cooler!

Less is more in some cases and it rings especially true in this design. Clean and oh so chic.

Less is more in some cases and it rings especially true in this design. Clean and oh so chic.

Continuing on the subject of fashion, we have also seen some rad handbags offer up inspiring looks.

Taking the most interesting portion of this clutch and making it the focal part of this manicure is what it’s all about!

Taking the most interesting portion of this clutch and making it the focal part of this manicure is what it’s all about!

Wow! This bag is a work of art to begin with. Obviously a great choice for nails!

Wow! This bag is a work of art to begin with. Obviously a great choice for nails!

Now that you’ve seen some designs from what you wear, let’s move on to designs that come from the printed form. Imagery from brochures, greeting cards, paper goods, and even art prints are all great places to pull from. If you see something that is beautiful, you love to look at it, and it just makes you happy inside, why not wear it on your nails and enjoy that image every day!? Images can range from things that are simply fun to look at to things that offer a deeper meaning for you. We have seen anything from people’s personal business brands as daily reminders to continue to follow their dreams or even running marathon logos to motivate and empower them to push through the race.

Rifle Paper Co. has been a constant inspiration for our clients. We can’t get enough of it!

Rifle Paper Co. has been a constant inspiration for our clients. We can’t get enough of it!

Theme your nails to your adventures!

Theme your nails to your adventures!

How cute is this? Our very own Carla had her nail art inspired by her son’s drawing of their family.

How cute is this? Our very own Carla had her nail art inspired by her son’s drawing of their family.

So now that we have shed some light on the possibilities that surround you, let’s see some of your inspiration come through! But before you go, here is one more fun inspiration to indulge in.

Like we said, be inspired by the things that make you happy inside!

Like we said, be inspired by the things that make you happy inside!

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Owner Cindy Cate pictured in North Park

Owner Cindy Cate pictured in North Park

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Nail Art

TIE DYE TO DIE FOR

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Here's a close look at some tie dye inspired nail art by Moka!  Loving the festival vibes of this nail design.  Moka is best known for her complex nail art at Hello Birdie.  Head over to her Instagram @mokareese to see more of her work!