Leather jackets are a crucial part of any wardrobe, with an ageless look that can be paired with a number of different looks, both casual and more formal.
However, they’re also very long-lasting pieces, as long as you look after them properly, so here are some top tips to ensure that yours stays in peak condition.
Know Your Jacket
First things first, not all leather jackets are the same, so it’s important that you know what type of material yours is made from, whether that be cowhide, sheepskin, or even something else.
Different materials will have different requirements and instructions, so be sure to check the label!
Check out this post from All About Leather for a little more information on the various types of leather, you might be surprised at just how many there are!
When you simply need to give the jacket a wash and perhaps remove a stain, good old soap and water is probably the best way to go, despite some of the old wives’ tales that you might hear.
Just wipe away at the jacket with a wet sponge and dry it off with a soft cloth when you’re done.
If this won’t do the job then you may need to give it a proper wash, although this can risk damaging, discolouring or shrinking the jacket, so only do this if you’re confident that you’ve got a genuine, tough leather jacket and if you do use the washing machine, be sure to use a cold wash and a delicate cycle.
Check out this article from wikiHow for more information on some of the ways in which you can clean a leather jacket.
Whether you’ve given your jacket a wash or have just got caught in the rain and need to dry it out, it’s best not to take the risk of tumble drying.
Instead, simply hang it up somewhere that’s well ventilated at room temperature to dry slowly.
Just be sure that the jacket is completely dry before putting it back in the wardrobe or you may run the risk of mildew developing.
Try to avoid folding your jacket if you can and always try to hang it up in a wardrobe, ideally on a wide, padded hanger.
You should also try to store it out of direct sunlight as this will dry the leather out and could cause discolouration too.
There are many leather care products out there, but according to leather experts Lakeland Leather, one of the most important ones is a good leather conditioner.
Conditioner comes in many forms, although spray-on ones are generally considered to be the best as you have much more control over how much you put onto the jacket.
Be sure to properly rub the conditioner in with a cloth so that it can really penetrate into the garment and get to work.
You may also want to invest in a waterproofer, because while it’s best not to take your jacket out in the rain, sometimes it’s unavoidable, especially here in the UK!
When you go to the nail salon, there are a dizzying array of choices. However, one of the first decisions to make is what kind of manicure you want. The main reason that people choose to use anything other than their natural nail is because the manicure can last much longer with a fake or synthetic nail. It is not always easy to know the differences between gel, acrylic, and shellac nails. This article will prepare you with a summary of each, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they differ from each other.
Gel nails are fake nails applied with base and top coats and then a gel layer in the middle. People choose to get gel nails because they are more resistant to damage and can hold polish longer than regular nails. Other benefits of gel nails include a medium-length wear period, a more giving surface than acrylic nails, and less time to apply the nails. Disadvantages include being a higher price than other fake nails, being difficult to fix at home if they break, and long-term nail damage.
Acrylic nails are also fake nails. They make your nail as long as you want it to be and hide inconsistencies or nails that easily break. Acrylic nails are made of polymers that create a hard bond between the air and your natural nail. The acrylic nail must be painted after it is applied to the nail. Some key benefits of acrylic nails are that they are hard, last for a long time, are easy to take off, and easy to repair. The disadvantage are that they significantly weaken and ruin the natural nail bed and that there are chemicals involved when they are attached to the nail bed.
A shellac nail has gel in it, so many people get confused and think that it is, in fact, a gel. However, it is actually a composite of gel and nail polish. It was created and patented because of its composition. Shellac can be applied directly to nails and has a much faster drying time. Shellac is less damaging to the underlying nail then either gel or acrylic. Because it has less layers then other synthetic nails, it is more flexible. It lasts for around 14 days, and perhaps the biggest benefit is that it does not ruin the underlying nail bed at all. Some downsides to consider with shellac is that it is not useful for lengthening your nails and because it is proprietary it is not something that can be bought at home.
Which Should You Choose
The type of nail you choose at the nail salon will depend partially on your preferences and partially on your fingernails. If you want a longer lasting, less expensive option but one that definitely weakens the underlying nail bed then acrylic is a good choose. If you want a manicured look with a choice that is less damaging then gel nails are for you. Finally, if you want a product that does not actually weaken the underlying nail then shellac is ideal. For shellac nails, your underlying nail bed must be healthy.
Now you have been equipped with some more meaning behind words you have probably hear before. The choice is totally up to you between if you get any of these manicures, or if you just roll with your own nails!