During the battle of Waterloo, Napoleon’s soldiers were well equipped with metal helmets and other shiny armour to keep their squishy insides safe. Unfortunately, the only armour your fingers are provided with to protect them during epic thumb-wars is a simple calcium-rich tip. Fortify and beautify your finger-helmets with a full manicure and French or colour gel overlays from Blend for R100.
After spending all day typing, carrying hot mugs of coffee and clapping prickly colleagues on the back, it’s no wonder hands sometimes throw down the figurative gauntlet and pick up placards of protest. Usually, it’s in the form of dry skin, cuticles more ragged than a dentally-impaired shark’s teeth and nails more chipped than grandma’s everyday china. Though you could prevent this by permanently wearing gloves, some people feel the need to have useable fingers instead of things that feel remarkably like sausages stapled to your palm. . Sitting stylish on Upper Mill Street in Vredehoek, Blend is the ideal place to give your five-pronged pals a bit of pampering and put a stop to their mutiny.
Contrary to popular belief, a manicure isn’t just about your nails; it’s like a trip to the day-spa for your entire hand. Highly trained in soothing shambolic high-five dispensers, the professional therapists can take even the most distressed digits and turn them into the glam hands you see at Oscar’s after-parties. Every part of the hand is given its moment in the spotlight. Chewed-on cuticles are trimmed and each individual nail is cleaned, buffed and moisturised till it gleams like a freshly-waxed sports car. Not to leave your wrists and palms feeling like the wallflower, even they get their moment of pampering and moisturising. After the nails that nature gave you are looking fresh again, the techs at Blend will apply a gel overlay. Less like an artificial nail, and more like an extension or more glamorous protective gear than leather gloves, the gel-overlay will actually nourish and protect the natural nail, all the while providing them with a hint of elegance. Whether you go for the glam pink and white French, or go bold with fire-truck red, the lightweight, natural looking overlays are the easiest way to protect your nails while keeping them looking fab.
Not-Quite-French Fact: Contrary to popular belief, the iconic pink and white manicure was not originally called ‘French’. Invented by explorers in Spain, the colours actually came about after a new species of cat was discovered. It was originally called the ‘Teeth’ manicure, because of the pinkish white of the feline’s canines.