FASHION / BEAUTY
Fashion/Beauty information for SSBBWs/BBWs
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Pampering Yourself with a Pedicure/Manicure
What is the best way to end the summer and celebrate back to school? Pampering! A pedicure/manicure is just the thing to perk one up. My SSBBW friend, Amanda, is a nail tech. I asked her some questions about her job and looking for the perfect nail spot. Here is what she said...
Tell Us About Yourself: Well...let me tell you about me :) I'm a 33 year old Canadian living in TX. I moved to the U.S almost six years ago after I married my husband Aaron. We live together in Houston with our two babies Buffy and Rolo. Buffy is wonderfully fluffy, loving and affectionate and Rolo is lanky, neurotic, snugly, and exceptionally smart...and yes, they are both kitties.
I'm a Specialized Nail Technician by trade...so for my day job I get to play "salon" all day. This works out quite well for me since I think that there is never enough color, glitter or rhinestones in this world for me!
Why did you want to become a nail care professional? This is interesting because I didn't become a Nail Tech until I was in my thirties...so the reason that I decided to do it then was because I really love doing nails! I learned on my own how to do acrylics and then moved on to nail art. Once I had that mostly figured out I started doing friend's nails just for fun.
So after a particularly hard and emotional visit back to Canada I had to take stock of my life. I asked myself if I was happy; and my answer was no. Well, I wasn't about to stay unhappy! My next question to me was "What makes you (me) happy?". The first answer that came to mind was "I love doing nails!". I even remember asking my Momma when I was little little, like about 4 or 5 if I could do her pedicures. I would sit down at her feet with nail files, cuticle pushers and trimmers, lotions and bottles and bottles of polish just trying to make her feet beautiful!
I guess it's just always been in me to do! :)
What do you love most about your job and where do you work? Is it crazy to say that I love everything about what I do? Cause I do, I love everything about what I do! I love that I work in an industry that puts an emphasis on beauty. I feel that too many of us women think that beauty needs are superficial needs! There is nothing wrong with being the most beautiful version of you... in fact it's beneficial. When you feel that you have put effort into yourself and that you are the best you, you are more confident, your confidence leads to taking chances and taking chances leads to success!
When I get to sit down with someone who is not feeling their best about themselves I get to help them. Sometimes it's by making their feet or their fingers look super fab, sometimes it's because all they needed was someone to be there just for them, to listen, offer some encouragement and from time to time to hold their hand and cry along with them.
I also really love that when other big girls see me in the salon that they are instantly put at ease! It's an awesome feeling when I see an insecure bigger woman coming in and looking around (let's face it, I've done that nervous walk too) and she sees me...soooo cool, right away she calms down. I get it...I'd be thinking how awesome, these people working here are accepting of her, they'll be accepting of me too!
I work at New Generation Salon and Spa in Houston. We're located right by the Energy Corridor on Hwy 6 N near I-10. It's a full service salon and offers everything from nail services, hair services, massage and waxing. We do it all!
One of the greatest things about the salon is me! Let me explain...since I am big I try really hard to make sure that everyone I work with gets to work on me as well. I think it's important that since I am already there that they can learn on me. Then I can honestly say that our salon is "size friendly".
Are there any tips or advice you have for plus size people looking for a salon? The advice that I have for plus sized people looking for a salon does not come from working in a salon but from being a super plus sized girl. Word of mouth is always great. I will check reviews for "Fat Friendly Salons in (your location here)", with things like Yelp there is always an endless resource of opinions online. Most often though, I would just stop in. You get a good sense of what a place is really like when you pop in. You can always ask for a salon menu/brochure but it's a great way to check out the size friendliness of a place.
Trust me, I totally did that when looking for a place to work. I made sure that they had extra seating without arms that I could fit into. Don't feel shy about it either! Going to a salon should be a relaxing experience...if you are going to give your money to someone make sure that you're going to be comfortable.
If you still are unsure you can always call ahead and ask if the pedi chairs have arms that raise and if they have armless chairs. It doesn't hurt to be direct and now you have your answers.
Any tips or tricks for doing things at home? Cuticle oil!!!!! Keep it beside your bed, so at night after you do all your night time things you can hop in, get under the covers and rub that cuticle oil into your finger tips and drift off to sleep. It will keep your cuticles and your nails healthy and moisturized! Don't forget to throw a little on your tootsies as well. It will prolong the look of your pedicure if you keep your toes and toe nails looking moisturized.
Sometimes size or mobility issues can get in the way of maintaining your foot health at home. I find that keeping some kind of a basin/footbath and a long handled foot file at home is very helpful. I like to sit on my couch and soak my feet with some kind of foot softener or Epsom salts and then use my long handled foot file to smooth the rougher part of my feet and I will also use a face cloth to scrub my toes (they get all kinds of dead skin build up too). I keep one towel on the floor and one beside me on the couch for me to put my leg up on for better access. I'm big with a big belly but I make it work. Please keep in mind that we only get one pair of feet... take care of them! Especially as bbws and ssbbws, we carry a lot of weight on our feet so a little pampering is in order!
A couple quick tips...
- Don't bite your nails or the skin around your nails. Keep files handy everywhere!
- Push back your cuticles weekly and clean under your nails daily.
- Biotin (a supplement) is great for hair skin and nails, it helps with moisture and shine.
- Gelatin (a supplement) is great for hair and nail growth. It turns to keratin which is what hair and nails are made of.
- For swelling in the feet use a soft bristled back brush to gently rub circles from your right foot to your knee and then do the same for the left. Repeat a few times. This stimulates your lymphatic system and will aid in the elimination of water retention.
- If you suspect fungus, don't be ashamed. See your doctor and get it taken care of.
- Always use a sticky base coat and a good topcoat. You can always use a quick drying topcoat after you paint your nails to help it dry faster, but the next day put a thick topcoat on for protection to help prolong your polish wear.
- For dry hands use a sugar scrub to get rid of dead skin and to moisturize.
Polish- China Glaze's "Tempest", "Frostbite" and "Caribbean Temptation"
OPI's "Bubble Bath" and "Aphrodite's Pink Nightie"
Wet 'N' Wild's glitters
Seche's "Seche Vite" fast dry topcoat... AMAZING!
Love OPI's Avojuice scents, yummiest lotions ever!
I've recently been loving using "BioOil" for my overly dried cuticles and fingers.
I also make a homemade sugar scrub for my hands (great for the body too just remember to put a towel down in the tub first before you scrub your body). It's incredible, I use it in the salon all the time for my clients and they always rave!
Amanda's Sugar Scrub
Sweet almond oil
Add oils to sugar and mix. You want it to be paste like. The oil will rise to the top if you make a larger "ready to use" quantity but when you use it just mix it up with your fingers a little so the oil is redistributed. You can also add the juice of half a lemon to the scrub, but not in a larger mixture...just when you're about to use it.
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Written by: Nikki Langston
Fat Positive Blogs
Blogs are a wonderful source of information. I have found them to be a useful Fat resource, especially when it comes to body positivity and fatshion. It is so helpful to see what clothes look like on bodies that are shaped like ours. It is also helpful to know that there are others out there who have the same life struggles that we have. You might get a different perspective on how to deal with things, based on the experiences of others. SSBBW mag has a blog section. If you haven't checked it out, you should! SSBBW Magazine Blogs
I recently joined a group of plus size bloggers. We are taking one fashion topic a month and doing a blog hop. Our first topic was leggings. We all did a blog about it, linked our blogs, and published them at the same time. It is so great to see the many different ways an item can be worn on a fat person, from smaller plus to super plus.
Here is a link to my blog. In it, you will find the links to all the other blogs.
Here is a list of some fat positive blogs that might help you on your journey:
I know there are plenty more. I would love to hear about blogs you visit on a regular basis! Email me! <3
Written by: Nikki Langston
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