With over 17 years experience creating nail art for editorials, campaigns, and celebrities alike, Nicole LeBlanc’s name has become synonymous with precision and detail-orientated design. Her creativity has graced the pages of such magazines as Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Fashion. This resume, in addition to an impressive celebrity client list that includes Lady Gaga, Catherine Zeta Zones, Rihanna, Fergie, Naomi Watts, Jessica Alba, Katie Holmes, Helen Hunt and Marion Cottilard, has made her one of Toronto’s most sought-after artists. Her flawless manicures have appeared in ad campaigns for Holt Renfrew, Bonne Bell, Sally Hansen, The Bay, and Danier Leather. She has also been called upon for televisions Canada’s Next Top Model, and The Shopping Channel. Nicole has perfected a technique that allows her to create a flawless, and long-lasting polish. Her secret, she claims, is all about how the brush applies the polish to the nail that makes the difference. Clients love the creativity, consistency, and professionalism that she brings to every set, which has secured her as a mainstay in the industry. Call to book your appointment with Nicole today at Deberardinis Salon & Spa !
Two words: moisture loss. “Healthy nails contain 18 percent water on average,” says Erin Gilbert, a New York City dermatologist. “In winter, you’re constantly moving between the hot, dry air indoors and the freezing temperatures outdoors. These extremes can reduce the moisture level in your nails, leaving them dehydrated.” Dried-out nails are more likely to break, split, and chip. Compounding the harsh climate conditions are stressors such as hot showers (water draws moisture from nails as it evaporates from skin) and drying products, like polish removers with acetone, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and dishwashing liquid. “Washing dishes is just about the worst activity for nails,” says dermatologist Leslie Baumann. Time to break out the rubber gloves.
The Protection Plan
Intense hydration is the name of the game. Nails are made up of flattened dead cells containing keratin, but moisturizers can make them flexible, supple, and less likely to split and break. So when you reach for that rich winter hand cream (which you should apply after every hand washing), get in the habit of slathering your nails, too. If you have polish on, just massage the cream into the cuticles to help stimulate healthy nail growth.