Friday, 15 July 2016

From Fear......To Here!

Today's blog post brings such exciting news!  I've recently travelled to beautiful Gatlinburg Tennessee to attend an LCN Barefoot Corrective Toenail Reconstruction class.  What exactly does that mean?

It means you no longer have to suffer with missing or unsightly toenails!  I've been doing the odd toenail reconstruction with acrylic for years.  The problem with acrylic is that it is just too hard a material to be placing on toenails because it's not flexible enough to bend and flex with your foot as you walk.  

LCN Barefoot is a product developed specifically for toenails (as it's name implies). "Barefoot contains the ingredient Piroctone Olimine, a proven anti-mykotic substance that is time-released to keep working, even after the product is cured.  Due to the flexibility of Barefoot the product adjusts to the movements of the nails and feet, thus feeling completely comfortable and natural."   

This is the same product used in doctors' offices under the name Keryflex (Google it).   I am charging a fraction of the price to provide you with safe, beautiful toenail extensions, done in the privacy of my studio AND with the option of a beautiful pedicure to show off your stunning new toenails.  

But don't just take my word for it - here is a recent transformation I did in on this client's big toenails in the studio just two days after returning from my class. 

If you'd like to book an appointment for this service, first please email me a clear photo of your toenail(s) so that I can determine whether you are a candidate for the service or whether you should see a doctor for clearance first.  Once you receive the go-ahead from me,  you may book the Corrective Toenail Reconstruction service online under the Book Now button on my website.  

Ongoing maintenance appointments will be required and the frequency will depend on how fast the nail grows (some nails do not grow at all).  Please note this is a temporary cosmetic solution and is not meant to permanently replace the nail.  

I'm always dedicated to enhancing your natural beauty and I'm excited to be able to offer this option for your feet!  

July 2016

Saturday, 28 May 2016

100 Years of Fashion: Nails ★

I thought it might be interesting to post this quick visual trip through the last 100 years of nail trends.  Notice how they've come back around over the years.....some great, some, well, not so flattering (that 80's square nail!)

There's a reason nails are meant to be shaped to flatter your hands.  Nail professionals like myself are trained to offer options that enhance your natural beauty.  Next time you're in the salon, try a new shape like a rounded square, or even an oval or almond nail.  I send you home with your file anyway, so if you find you absolutely can't handle it, you know what to do!  

Post your comments and let me know which decade speaks to you!

Till next time,

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Know Before You Go!

Did you know that on June 1st, 2016, Durham Region Health Department will launch the new Personal Services Settings Inspection Disclosure Program called Know Before You Go Durham.  

As personal services establishments come up for annual inspection in 2016, they will be issued one of these signs which must be displayed at the entrance to the business, clearly visible to members of the public.  During the second phase of the Disclosure Program, inspection results will also be posted online for viewing by the general public.

Examples of Personal Services Settings include:
  • hairdressing and barbering
  • manicures and pedicures
  • tattooing and micropigmentation
  • body piercing and ear lobe piercing
  • massage and tanning
  • electrolysis and laser hair removal
  • various esthetic services

To briefly summarize what each colour-coded sign means:

  • Green means there is significant compliance with Ontario's Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Services Settings as of the inspection date noted on the sign.  
  • Yellow means there is significant non-compliance with Ontario's Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Services Settings as of the inspection date noted on the sign.  
  • Red means the premises are CLOSED and that the Public Health Inspector is of the opinion that an immediate health hazard exists. 
For more detailed information on this program please visit the Durham Region Health website.  

All persons in Durham Region who regularly obtain the services listed above should be aware of the new signage which will become mandatory June 1, 2016 (once the 2016 premises inspection takes place) in all Personal Services Settings, including home-based businesses.  


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Paying It Forward, 2016 Style

Once again it was my pleasure to participate in my third "Pay It Forward" Pamper Event at the City Of Pickering offices recently.  This year their charity of choice was St. Paul's On The Hill Food Bank.  

Participants received a manicure in either Shellac or polish (Vinylux or the new Creative Play) and one lucky winner won a gift basket of CND products worth over $75.  Proceeds were donated to the charity.

I look forward to this day of giving back to our community every year.  And on that note, please donate to your local food bank.  This time of year their inventory is running low but the need is still there.

Until next time,


Thursday, 28 April 2016

Creative Playing

It's been awhile since my last post, but it's time to catch up with the latest products from CND!  Recently launched, Creative Play is CND's new regular polish line, available in 80 glorious colours.  

This is regular, normal-dry polish that comes with a base and top coat.  It doesn't replace Vinylux nor does it compete with it.  Vinylux shades are fashion-forward and trendy.  Creative Play will bring your nails to the next level of fun!   If bling is your thing, this line has plenty of it.  Big chunky glitters that look lovely over solid shades.  Soft shimmers and bold bright shades with lots of pigment. 

Book a manicure or pedicure appointment to see these up close and we promise you'll fall in love with your nails again!  

Until next time,


Friday, 20 March 2015

Top Choice for Durham Region

I recently found out that Scratch My Back Nail Studio won the Top Choice Award for Best Nail Salon in Durham Region.  I want to thank all my valued clients for this wonderful honour.

The fact is, I couldn't have done this without your votes.  I value and appreciate each and every one of you and the fact that you trust me to take care of your nails is how I measure my success.  

So from the bottom of my heart, I will simply say thank you very much!  

Until next time.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

2014 - The Year In Review

I can't believe it's been half a year since my last entry!  Time surely flies when you're having fun and keeping busy!

The last few months have seen me cross the country (literally) and back.  In October I flew to Bathurst NB to teach a CND Master Painter class.  Then in early December  I travelled to Vancouver to help launch our newest collection for Spring 2015 called Flora & Fauna.   The months in between saw an absolute flurry of activity as I attended many CND Canada events including several charity functions.  I truly enjoy my association with this highly-respected brand and the support they give to me and countless other Education Ambassadors is second to none in this industry.

Flora & Faunch Collection Launch - Hotel Vancouver

November saw the 26th Annual Contessa Awards, which recognizes Canadian beauty professionals across the country.  The Gala event was held on November 9th at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.  CND sponsored the Gala webcast as well as the Manicam and we worked hard on all the stunning sets of nails for the Revlon Professional Canada stage performance.  I was a part of the CND Canada team backstage where all the magic happens prior to the performances!  

Contessa Awards

November 12th was the Greta Constantine S/S 2015 show where CND Canada provided nail looks for the models.  Our team scored a huge hit with the media.

Greta Constantine S/S 2015

I am truly grateful for my wonderful clients who support my career, not only in-studio but who encourage my participation in these events and love to hear the details.  In return, they are thrilled to experience "Runway to Real Way" at every appointment, which is only made possible by my involvement with CND.  Let's see what 2015 brings!