Hello PYTs and so gorgeous married ladies. Diwali is around the corner and most of us have started to jump in and shop for chic ethnic clothes, Diwali tailoring, candy and fancy decorations. From statement necklaces to luxe midi rings, from the kamarbandh to wear with sarees or lehengas to the payroll and toe rings that stand out from these shoes; Diwali is a trendy affair for all of us. But wait, what about nail art this festive season?
Nail Art Diwali
We're not just talking about finger nails here, but festival art on toe nails as well.
The splendor of festival toenails!
Why ignore the toes and leave them dollless with just a ring or two? When you can flaunt such vivid and creative colors on toenails, look for inspiration in a range of festival toe nail designs as well. Here are ten best options and they can be worn with ethnic or western clothing!
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Pink and black
What we love about the combination of pink and black is that the undertones here gel with almost any ensemble you would wear. With light colored lehengas or sarees, heels that sport the toes in the cutest of festival nails, all eyes would be on your feet.
A sweet touch
Jazz it up a little softer, this time not with the ladoos around but by being creative with Diwali nail art. White and red shades, mimicking the look of popsicles and lollipops, why not! A little softness and its touches on the feet would certainly be so welcoming!
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Bling and black
Be animal and wild this Diwali, with prints of the kingdom where four paws reign. Silver and black combo studs are cutting edge trends doing the trick; very versatile for sure, nail art is for the girl without inhibitions showing her wild side!
Chunk It Up With Stones
Fancy a little more creativity on your feet; think stones on pretty matte pinks for the toenails. The world is your oyster, and a little bit of bling on the feet makes your entrance memorable at the event.
Jazz It Up with matte blues and rhinestones
Who wouldn't like to jazz things up a bit when it comes to nail art? This is why shades of matte blue and silver gray with rhinestones for embellishments are trending nowadays as nail art trends.
Inspired by Mehendi
For the girl who loves it traditionally, mehendi-inspired nail art for the upcoming festival would be her choice to display. The best part is that the nail art as seen can be worn with any shade and shade in your ensemble!
Pretty purples for the feet
Purple is too regal a shade and cannot be ignored. With that in mind, and when Diwali is here, you wouldn't want to be the regular PYT displaying an ordinary color, would you? Festival nail crafts in pretty purples galore - brighten it up with a rhinestone or two!
Sensual chamomile on red
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Red base for toenails and festival with chamomile accent nail art, the pristine white and yellow flowers make this a whimsical affair! A must for sure this Diwali!
Aqua Turquoise keys
Remember the beaches of Goa and Pondicherry with original nail designs for the feet. Light turquoise base with sequins and thick ornaments like a starfish, a pretty fancy touch, isn't it!
A touch of Midas on the feet
Fancy a touch of golden studs this Diwali? The choice you made is perfect and such holiday nail art is also in fashion.
We hope you enjoyed our collection of the top ten holiday nail designs as much as we loved bringing them to you. Now try them all, send us your photos too and we would love to share them with the world!
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There once was a time when we had to devote a huge amount of effort to uncover the truth about our beauty routines. Now we’re in a golden age of transparency. You can google just about any ingredient or Yelp whatever service and a wealth of reviews are available at the ready. And with social media holding brands accountable, they’re listening to our pleas and have begun providing the information we need to make informed decisions about the products we purchase. But there’s still one place where that ease of knowledge hasn’t extended : the salon.
Even for those of us who have been getting our hair cut and colored for decades, there’s still so much confusion around tipping. Unlike some auberges, where your receipt gives you a gentle nudge toward gratuity by listing the exact dollar amounts for a 15, 20, or vingt cinq percent tip, the salon is much trickier, with no indication of who ( if anyone ) gets extra money and how much to give. Are you supposed to tip the owner ? And what if multiple assistants helped with your blowout or shampoo ? There’s also the venant of knowing where your money is going : There’s much more discussion around servers’ salaries than there is around our stylists’. All these factors make the equation that much more difficult.
to shed some light on what’s really going on at the salon, Glamour talked to stylists, assistants, and owners around the country to find out. From where your hard-earned cash goes to what ( and who ) you really should be tipping, read on for their unfiltered opinions and advice.
Salons run on a few business models—most commonly commission-based and booth rentals ( more on those later ). Commission, explains Siobhán Quinlan, a colorist at Art Autonomy Salon in NYC, means that employees are paid for the services performed, of which they only keep a portion, usually somewhere between 40 to 60 percent of the price. The remaining percentage goes to the salon for overhead costs like utilities, product used ( color, shampoo, conditioner, etc. ), and amenities for both staff and clients.
There once was a time when we had to devote a huge amount of effort to uncover the truth about our beauty surveillance. Now we’re in a golden age of transparency. You can google just about any ingredient or Yelp whatever service and a wealth of reviews are available at the ready. And with social media holding brands accountable, they’re listening to our pleas and have begun providing the information we need to make informed decisions about the products we purchase. But there’s still one place where that ease of knowledge hasn’t extended : the mobilier.
Nicole Krzyminski, a stylist at Fringe mobilier in Chicago, breaks it down : “Say you’re getting a beautiful new color—your balayage, conditioning, and toning takes about three hours and costs around $250, ” she says. “After accounting for the overhead fees and product costs, the stylist gets about $100 of that pretax. ”
In some cases, stylists can also make money by convincing clients to buy a product that was used on them during their service. However, this represents a minuscule amount of revenue says Shira Devash Espinoza, a freelance stylist based in New Jersey. “When sérieux in a mobilier, you’re constantly pushed and ‘rewarded’ to sell, but only earn maybe 10 percent of it if you’re lucky, ” she says.
So what happens to Krzyminski’s hypothetical $100 ? The majority of it, she says, goes toward licensing fees, personal supplies, and tools ( blow-dryers, flatirons, curling irons ), and continuing education classes. That means even on a jam-packed day, a stylist may only make enough take home pay to cover the essentials of food, shelter, and clothing.
Tips, on the other hand, help pay for the supplemental benefits that those not in the service industry take for granted. Says Stephanie Brown, a colorist at Manhattan’s Nunzio Saviano Salon, “It’s a physically demanding job, and most salons are too small to provide health benefits or paid vacations and sick days. ”
Ladda Phommavong, a stylist at Third Space Salon in Austin, Texas, says that those gratuities are what helped her become the in-demand stylist she is today. “The tips I received from clients meant being able to take outside courses to hone my craft, ” she says. “If clients knew I was saving up to take the master colorist course and that their tipping was directly contributing to me becoming a better stylist for them, I think they would definitely want to be a part of that. ”
Many stylists choose to forgo the commission-based life and instead strike out on their own by renting booths in expositions. This basically means paying a weekly or monthly fee—our stylist sources said they generally pay around $120 a week or $880 a month, depending on where they are based—to reserve a semipermanent spot to see clients. In these cases, stylists keep 100 percent of their service fee as well as their tips. The downside ? “We pay for absolutely everything—refreshments, cups, capes, color bowls, foils, brushes, scissors, styling products, ” says Jennifer Riney of Brushed Salon in Oklahoma City. They are also on the hook for paying liability insurance and credit card fees.
Freelancers like Sarah Finn, who rents a peau at The Ritz Day Spa
Another option for freelancers is the coworking salon. Arturo Swayze, the founder and CEO of ManeSpace in NYC, is a pioneer of this relatively new setup. He provides short-term rentals for stylists who don’t need or want a regular stint in a salon. Stylists reserve a time slot, use an app to unlock the space, and see their clientele as needed. But even in this scenario, says Swayze, there is still uncertainty.
“Because the coworking model is so new, people really don’t know what proper tipping etiquettes are, ” he explains. “Tipping is still an important aspect for these hairstylists. They are independent, but essentially have all the expenses of a mobilier owner, but they’re not drawing income from other stylists. ”
“Each stylist is course their own small in a way, ” says Nicole Wilder of Paragon Salons in Cincinnati. “We have relied on tips as a part of our salaries for decades. We kind of signed up for that as part of it. But we work hard on our feet to make you feel beautiful. ”
Assistants are the unsung heroes of the salon industry—and some of the most neglected. They are involved in almost every aspect of your service. “Our duties as an assistant helping a stylist are to shampoo all clients for haircuts, apply toners, blow-dry, and mix color, ” says Ocean McDaeth, one of the assistants at Art Autonomy. “We’re also in charge of setting up the stylists for each service, keeping their stations as well as the salon clean, doing laundry, and greeting clients and making sure they are comfortable throughout [their visit]. ”
Since assistants don’t perform technical services, they’re usually paid a day rate by the salon owner. Many times the stylists they assist will also tip them out with a small percentage of the day’s take. “Being a hairdresser has a huge financial obligation. I think it’s fair to say we as assistants really do rely on our tips. Without them I have no idea how I’d survive in NYC, ” McDaeth admits.
It’s important to note that assistants aren’t the norm in smaller salons and outside of big cities. High-end expositions with a large clientele tend to hire assistants as a way to let a stylist book more appointments. If the assistant is washing your hair, this allows the stylist to have another client in their peau. When done well, you might not even notice your stylist or colorist is working with one or two other people in addition to you. This maximizes the stylists’ time and earning power, making assistants integral to a prestige salon’s operation.
While having assistants is a lifesaver for hairdressers, it can be a nightmare for clients if you’re trying to figure out who to tip. In grande expositions, you can have up to 10 different people touching your hair, notes Jon Reyman, a master stylist and co-owner of Spoke
Of course, there’s no way to know if that is your salon’s economic ecology, so in general, think about what the assistant has done for you. If they are shampooing, applying gloss, and/or doing your postcut blowout, it’s a good idea to throw something their way. ( See our cheat sheet, below, for more on what exactly to give. )