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The "Man-I-cure" With Leighton Denny

Friday, 24 October 2008

Nail expert Leighton Denny will be telling us the latest trends for nails this season, and he will be preening and buffing Trevor's nails on the show!

Men are becoming increasingly aware of their appearance and so called male 'grooming rooms' are popping up all over the country. In fact Leighton has seen at least a 40% increase in male clients to his salon in Harrods in London.
Today we look at some simple steps for guys to keep their nails in check.

Leighton Denny -Celebrity Nail Guru:
Leighton Denny was born in Bradford in the north of England 1974. When he left school, he became a fork-lift truck driver, but after a trip to the States with his mother in 1991, he became fascinated by nails and decided to make it his career. He trained in 1991/2, and then worked on US based cruise liners to fine tune his craft and gain experience. On his return in 1993, he opened his first salon in Bradford. He moved to London in 1998 to open his second salon in Marylebone High Street, and extended his career into session and celebrity work. Leighton Denny won British Nail Technician of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, when he was voted into Hall of Fame and became a judge.
Leighton Denny has a formidable reputation in the industry. His opinions and expertise are eagerly sought by other professionals, and he is a regular contributor and columnist in 5 national trade publications.

His expertise has also been sought by multinational companies. Previously, Leighton was the nail expert and spokesperson for Max Factor, Crabtree & Evelyn, Rimmel, and Marks & Spencer. In June 2005, he launched his own brand, 'Leighton Denny'.
His first exclusive press articles in 2001 were for Vogue, Marie Claire & Harpers. Leighton Denny is in high demand for photographic features due to the creativity and quality of his work. His views and recommendations are regularly sought by beauty journalists, and his hints and tips are frequently found in beauty articles in the consumer press.

Leighton Denny's first celebrity client was Joan Collins, in 2000. Among those whose nails he has tended are Jade Jagger, Penelope Cruz, Davina McCall, Shirley Bassey, Kate Moss, Geri Halliwell, Jerry Hall, Liberty X, Gaby Logan, and Gary Rhodes.
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The Man - I - Cure

Step One
Begin with a triple action treatment to cleanse, protect and condition. This will help the skin to absorb moisturisers and conditions more efficiently.

Step Two
Exfoliation skin with a unique 2-phase, salt-free scrub. This will remove dry skin cells then deeply moisturises to visibly improved texture, leaving skin like silk. Leighton's top tip for exfoliation if you're not in a position to use a scrub is to take some ordinary hand wash and household salt, mix together and scrub. Rinse with warm water and your hands should be soft and smooth.

Step Three
Apply a twin action cuticle remover and conditioner to remove and rectify cuticles, naturally dissolving dry cuticles and bringing great shaped and groomed cuticles.

Step Four
Shape the nails using a crystal file which seals the nail edge, preventing trauma to the nail. Again, a top tip from Leighton:- any guy with a rough nail could use the edge of a matchbox in an emergency as a nail file, this should be done carefully though.

Step Five
Using a trio buffer to buff the nails, both the nail bed and the edges, removing any ridges and leaving the nails to a smooth healthy finish.

Step Six
Finish off with a hand cream which locks in moisture, nourishes and softens. It's like wearing invisible gloves, protecting against brittle nails, dryness and signs of ageing.

Facts About Male Nails:

  • Nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter.
  • Men's nails grow faster than women's (except during pregnancy and later in life when growth increases).
  • The nails on the hand you write with grow faster.
  • The longer the finger, the faster your nail grows.
  • After an illness, your nail growth increases.
  • Your nail growth rate is affected by condition, hormone imbalance and aging.
  • Nail disorders make up about 10 percent of all skin conditions.
  • condition and color your nails may indicate an underlying condition/illness, so it is important to remove nail polish and
  • check your nails periodically, particularly before your annual check up so your doctor can examine your nails for signs of anything.
  • Colour or shape changes, swelling of the skin around the nails, white lines, ridges or dents in the nail that don't go away or nail pain are things that you may want to discuss with a physician.

Leighton Denny's top tips

Peeling nails are caused by dehydration in the nail plate. Make sure you wear rubber gloves when doing household chores and always use a nail oil such as Slick Tips (find above) or moisturiser to re-hydrate them. Buffing can help remove dry and peeling nails too it's like exfoliating your skin.

Mirror the curve of your cuticle. File nails with the must-have Crystal Nail File from the outer edge to the centre, making sure you don't saw back and forth.

By moisturising your nails with Remove & Rectify three times a week, you can say goodbye to dry, cracked cuticles. Massage it in gently and your cuticles should soon be in tip-top condition.

Leighton is attending the Top Ideal Home Show at the RDS from Thursday October 24th to Monday 27th. He will be there to give talks on the do's and donts of on nail care and so on. You can see details on the The Pamper Zone where these talks will take place at