Even Queen of the Piano, Alicia Keys gets by with a little help from her friends.
The “This Girl On Fire” singer, like so many of us, is being forced to rediscover her natural nails as she stays in place with her family. Just like us, Keys is having to rely on classic tinfoil / cetone-soaked-cotton-balls trick and her husband to help remove the nails she got before life under quarantine.
In a recent post on Instagram, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz, dove into the fake nail removal process and things got funny.
Earlier this week, Swizz Beatz posted a video to his Instagram looking super cozied up to his wife Keys as he helped her to remove her fake nails. In the video Key’s fingernails can be seen soaking in acetone while wrapped in foil while Beatz. debates different ways to remove her nails. The sweet husband is LAZER focused on the removal process, concentrating rather intently on her thumb.
“So you’re trying to get that off?” he asks while attempting to file away at a piece of the acrylic or gel stuck to her nail..
“Mhmm, but it’s not the whole thing. It’s on top of my nail,” Keys replies before her husband gives a pretty amateur resolution
“‘Cause you can use an X-Acto knife,” Swizz Beats he suggests.
And fortunately, Keys responds the same way saying “No.” Knowing full well an X-acto knife on her nail will either leed to a damaged nail bed or a sliced of finger.
“An X-Acto knife will cut this shit right off,” he persists as his wife shakes her head in calm disbelief.
According to Swizz Beatz’s post, the two stuck to the file and foil.
“Quarantine Day 33 😳 I think everyone will come out of this more handy and crafty 100% 😂😂😂,” he wrote. “FYI I was joking 🥵.”
Sure, there might be more things peskier than split ends but there’s no doubt they’re a universal issue that haunts us all.
Thanks to dryness, age, heat styling, and even just existing, split ends are a real issue that people around the globe have to deal with and manage every day. As the oldest part of our hair strands, ends need a very particular type of special care. Particularly if you ever want to avoid having those splits ends work their way up the entire shaft of your hair and wreak even more havoc. While snipping off those ends are a surefire way to fix a split end problem, if you’re trying to grow your hair out there are ways to attempt to keep your ends from splitting in the first place.
We scoured the internet for top reviewed split ends. Check out what we found below!
Oribe’s Split End Seal
“My stylist gave me a sample of this to use on my thick, fine, curly, highlighted hair after a particularly strenuous bleach session. I was so impressed, I bought this when the sample ran out.
Any good stylist will tell you, it’s pretty much impossible to actually seal an end once it’s split (beyond making it appear to be sealed for a short period). But it is possible to return moisture and other nutrients to hair that is damaged or close to splitting. And this product is very good at doing that. It seals the hair to keep the good stuff in and protect against future damage from the environment. A little goes a long way if you apply it to wet hair, before applying any other styling products. Seriously, I got six uses out of the sample. It’ll take me a while to run out of the full size bottle.
This stuff really does work miracles on dry hair. The only way I’d ever be able to get rid of all my split ends would be to just shave my head. But that doesn’t mean my hair isn’t healthy. More than one stylist has pointed that out to me. That wouldn’t be the case if I didn’t use quality products like this one.” – Amazon review
Rita HazanTriple Threat Split End Remedy
“My hair deals with a lot of heat styling and hairspray so the ends get a little worse for wear. I’m growing my hair out for my wedding next year and I’m a law student, so I can’t afford to be getting regular haircuts at this point. I got a sample of this product and can’t believe what a difference it made in my hair. I can no longer see the split ends and my hairstyles pretty effortlessly now. I just ordered the full size.”- Sephora review
Moroccanoil Mending Infusion
“LOVE LOVE LOVE Moroccanoil Mending Infusion! This product works great on the ends of my hair that definitely need to be trimmed! It fuses the tips of my hair after styling so I can go longer w out a trim. It makes the ends look healthy & the smell is terrific! I use all of the Moroccanoil products & so far they are working great for me! The only negative thing I can say is that the bottle is made of thick glass which the actual quantity of the product is less than it actually appears to be. However, it takes very little product for the ends of the hair! The product still deserves 5 stars! IF for any reason these products don’t work for you, it has to be that they have been returned “as no longer needed” & possibly tampered with by a dishonest consumer. Amazon will always make things right from my experience. From reviews I’ve read in the past, I felt I needed to add this comment as I have very difficult hair, coarse, frizzy, & unmanageable unless I use an excellent product like ‘Moroccanoil products’!!”- Amazon Review
PATTERN Jojoba Oil Hair Serum
“Love it! Smells like lavender, ahhhh. I love that you can use this on your scalp and hair. It locks in the moisture from the Pattern leave-in so well for super soft and hydrated hair. I’m so happy with everything from this line. I do believe this jojoba oil is a stand out product as well. You can use it in so many ways. I will continue to purchase this and pretty much everything else from this line. Thank you, Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross, you hit the nail on the head!! Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this line.” – Sephora review
“My hair is natural and I usually go to a salon when I occasionally want to have it flat ironed. I decided to order Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum to do it myself and I already had the Bamboo & silk HCO leave in conditioner that I used to detangle. Wow, these 2 pair together left my hair silky and as straight as if my stylist had dRead more about review stating Love this strengthening serum!” – Site review
Oh, quarantine. The not so sweet but absolutely necessary measure we all must take during the pandemic to stay healthy and alive. Sounds pretty drastic and dramatic but fortunately, the time in self-isolation means that we’ve experienced some pretty fantastically dramatic switch-ups. From work from home days to on the go cocktails, for many of us, there’s a lot to like about quarantine measures.
Recently, we asked our FIERCE readers what they’d like to hold onto about quarantine when it’s all over.
“Supporting small businesses! I can’t stress enough how many people have suddenly started coming out to keep their local businesses and mom and pop shops running. This should be a thing whether there is a pandemic or not! Keep your community strong, protect your local elotero, and give the big corporations a run for their money!!!” – itslinamarie
“Flex working. No longer an excuse that employees must be in the office.” – mixtapemcgee
Cocktails to go.
“Curbside pickup being regularly available.” –melchini
“All of it!! I feel at peace with people not getting close, knowing mugrosos are washing their hands and being covered in sanitizer, not crowding restaurants and spaces, supporting small businesses, I just feel like so much greatness has come from this but maybe I’m just a glass half full person.” –pinatapink
“6 ft apart rule should never leave! Especially those don’t know about personal space.” –artkidshirley
“Masks if you are sick or utilizing public transportation or crowded places. I lived in South Korea and I like how normalized it is there to wear it in public places. I think this will help most of us stay away from other people’s kuddies when we are out and about. Definitely wearing it in the airplane. More often than not I get some sort of cold after traveling.” – haveacupofjohanny