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It's All About Trimming

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:05 AM

A great tip for healthy nails is to keep them properly trimmed. To avoid snagging and breaking nails, regularly trimming and filing them is imperative. Luckily the current trend of nail care is to maintain neat, shorter, natural looking nails verse the longer talons of the past. When filing natural nails, using a fine grit file is best to ensure you do not tear or damage your nails in the process. If you prefer gel polish during your manicure, filing your nails with a medium grit file is most effective. Finally, coarse grit files should only be used on artificial nail enhancements and never on the natural nail.

Put Your Nails To Bed

Posted on November 6, 2017 at 5:50 AM

A great tip for healthy nails is to moisturize your cuticles. Dermatologist D'Anne Kleinsmith likens the cuticle to the protective caulking arund a bathtub. If you cut them back to far or push them around to aggressively, you damage them. That in turn leaves your nail bed open to infection. To help strengthen cuticles and manage their growth, daily moisturizing is a must. Simply rubbing cuticle oil over each nail before bedtime is an excellent healthy nail habit to develop. Additionally, following hand washing throughout the day with lotion or hand cream will aid in the maintenance of strong cuticles and healthy nails.

The Protection of Nail Polish

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 6:45 AM

A great tip for healthy nails is to enjoy nail polish! Nail polish actually serves as a protective barrier. Nail polish can be an external shield that reduces the risk of breakage and strengthens nails while allowing them to grow. The positive effects of nail polish are increased when using 5-free non-toxic polishes such as Bio-Seaweed and Sparitual. These brands do not have the synthetic chemicals that are present in traditional nail polish. Additionally, minimizing the use of acetone during polish removal is key to preserving healthy nails. Excessive acetone exposure can dry out nails causing them to be brittle. Brands like Bio-Seaweed and Sparitual can be quickly removed with limited acetone exposure.

Feed Your Nails

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 8:45 PM

A great tip to maintaining healthy nails is to consume the water soluble B7 vitamin responsible for aiding in the growth and strength of both hair and nails, Biotin. Biotin is carried throughout the body but it is not stored in the body's tissue so it must be ingested daily. There are biotin supplements available however, including biotin rich foods into your daily diet is an excellent way to naturally consume this nutrient rich supplement.

Biotin Rich Foods

  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soy Beans
  • Avocado
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Tomatos
  • Bananas
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mushrooms
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Whole Wheat
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Pork

How Safe Is Your Nail Salon?

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM

There have been blogs, medical journals and even investigative news reports highlighting the dangers of patronizing unsafe nail salons. The safety concerns most often are related to improper sanitation leading to an array of bacterial infections. At Urbane Elements we are not only concerned with the safety of the products that we use but we are also committed to providing the cleanest, most hazard free environment possible.


How Urbane Elements Is Different:

  • No Plumbing or Filters-our pedicure tubs are not connected to plumbing or filters which is where most harmful bacteria builds and is released into water used for soaking.

  • Disposable Tools & UV Sterilizers-in efforts to respect individual cleanliness we use disposal cuticle pushers, pumice stones, buffers and emery boards and our metal clippers and nippers are sterilized in a CE certified UV oven after each use.

  • Liners & Surface Covers-we use tub liners during all pedicures and place sterilized towels on all surfaces where hands and feet are placed during services.


The Perfect Pedicure

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM

A 10 Step Process

  •  Soak Tonic-Treat stressed, overworked feet with a soothing soak in aromatic plant extracts.

  • Callus Remover-Formulated to naturally dissolve thick, callused skin without stripping it of essential moisture. Follow with the gentle use of a pumice stone to manually remove dead skin.

  • Sugar Scrub-Gently exfoliate dull impurities and improve circulation.

  • Nail Shaping-Clip and file each nail to the desired length and shape. Gently buff if necessary to smooth ridges on the nail surface.

  • Cuticle & Stain Remover-Gently softens cuticles while removing stains and dead tissue. Follow with the gentle use of a cuticle pusher and nipper to remove dead tissue.

  • Clay Masque-Detoxifies impurities and helps with the appearance of smoother and firmer skin. Wrap feet and legs in steamed towels to open the pores for deeper penetration.

  • Massage Creme-Moisturize and condition skin while providing continuous massage with no greasy residue.

  • Basecoat-Formulated to bond nail lacquer to nails, extending the life of your manicure.

  • Nail Lacquer-Vegan and free of DBP, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin (all known toxic carcinogens found in traditional nail polishes).

  • Topcoat-Delivers flawless & durable shine and resists chipping & peeling, extending the life of your manicure.


A Healthier Gel Polish

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Do you love the long lasting wear of gel polish but hate the damage it does to your nails? Well, we have the perfect solution just for you. Bio Seaweed Gel Polish! Finally, we have gotten our hands on the perfect product to bring you a fabulous manicure without nail damage or health concerns.

Reasons to choose Bio Seaweed:

  • No Sanding or Primer-Bio Seaweed does not require sanding to create a rough adhesive surface or primer to remove moisture & ensure long lasting wear which weakens & dehydrates the nail.

  • No Known Carcinogens-Bio Seaweed is 5-free with no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, BHA or solvents unlike traditional gel polishes which are riddled with these toxic ingredients.

  • No UV Light Exposure-Bio Seaweed coats are cured by 30 seconds of LED light exposure unlike the 2-3 minute carcinogenic process of UV light exposure performed with traditional gel polishes.

  • Faster & Easier Removal Process-Bio Seaweed removal requires a 5-7 minute soak in acetone unlike the 20-30 minutes soak required by traditional gel polishes & does not leave behind residue requiring additional filing causing damage to the nail surface.

What Are Your Breakouts Telling You?

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM


Did you know that acne breakouts are often linked to the improper function of various organs within the body? Face Mapping, derived from ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine (holistic healing system from India), can provide great incite into the source of facial bumps and blemishes.

1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, and increase your water intake.

3: Liver — Limit alcohol, greasy food and dairy. Do regular exercise (30 minutes of light exercise daily is recommended) and get adequate sleep (6-8 hours daily is recommended) so your liver can rest. Note: This is also the area where breakouts from food allergies tend to appear.


4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration so increase your water intake.


6: Heart — Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels which are essential to many areas of the body including the formation of red blood cells and the cellular turnover of the skin. Decrease your intake of spicy or pungent food, reduce your intake of fatty meats and expose yourself to regular fresh air. Note: This is also an area of dilated pores so make sure that your makeup hasn't expired or isn't clogging them.


7 & 8: Kidneys — Increase your water intake and reduce your consumption of caffeinated beverages and alcohol as they will cause further dehydration.


9 & 10: Respiratory System — If you are a smoker or have environmental/seasonal allergies this is the area most affected. Otherwise, reduce your consumption of things that cause high levels of acid to build in the body like meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and sugar and eat more cooling foods like green vegetables. Also, make sure you are regularly getting fresh air. Note: Dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two common acne culprits and this is the area that is affected the most.


11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature area that identifies stress and hormonal changes. While both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy vegetables and maintaining a good skin care regimen.


13: Stomach — Increase your fiber intake, reduce your toxin overload (do a detox or digestive cleanse) and consume things to aid in digestion such as herbal teas and ginger.


14: Illness — Breakouts in this area is often a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Make sure you are getting enough water, exercise and sleep.


Although Face Mapping is a quick and easy method of providing guidance on facial breakouts, please remember that it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis of any medical issues.

Are You Tone Deaf?

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM

We all know that the basics of skin care are to cleanse and moisturize daily but there is an important step that we often skip; the use of a toner. Here are a few great reasons to incorporate the use of a toner after cleansing and before moisturizer to take your skin care regimen to new heights.

Reasons To Use A Toner


  1. Toners help shrink pores - Apply toner to a cotton swab and gently blot and wipe your face to remove excess oil and debris thereby giving the appearance of smaller pores.
  2. Toners help restore skin's pH balance - Skin's normal pH balance is between five and six however, after cleansing that pH balance is often disturbed. When this happens your skin works overtime to restore balance often resulting in excess oil. Using a toner helps to restore pH balance quickly before your skin overreacts.
  3. Toners add a layer of protection - Toner can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing thereby reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into your skin.
  4. Toners also moisturize - Some toners are humectants that help bind moisture to your skin thereby giving your moisturizer a nice boost.
  5. Toners refresh skin - When on the go a toner can be used in lieu of fully cleansing your skin to remove excess oil and dirt.
  6. Toners can prevent ingrown hairs - Toners that contain glycolic or other alpha hydroxy acids can help to prevent ingrown hairs making them very useful as a grooming aid.


Love is in the air . . .

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 12:15 AM

Still not sure what to get that special someone for Valentine's Day?  How about sharing the fragrance of love in the air with our new premium oil reed diffusers made by Eco Candle Co.  

Place the reed sticks into the jar and allow them to soak up the fragrance. Flip the sticks every few days or so to intensify the fragrance. They are an elegant and stylish addition to any room that you want a constant fragrant scent.