Never smudge a nail again!

Thursday, 28 May 2015


How often do you spend ages painting your nails, or leave the salon with a perfect mani, only to smudge a nail ten minutes later? Did you know that nail polish is “dent-able” for up to an hour after your top coat is applied?

Finally, a company called “Helmies” has come up with a solution that they believe can save your nails from the dreaded smudge. They’ve created “nail helmets” or “helmies,” which are silicone gel helmets you wear on your fingertips while you wait for your polish to dry. As soon as your nails are touch dry (about 12 to 15 minutes after you apply your top coat), you simply slip them on go on with your day.


They’re open on the underside so that you can use your phone (how clever!?) and because they’re so light and fit securely, you can go about your day normally. Plus, they’re reusable!

Only downside – they’re not available in SA… yet. Let’s hope they make it so our shores ASAP!

*Images borrowed from Helmies’s Instagram page. Follow them here:

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Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. mtsoka

    OK that really innovative I must say I cant wait to see if they really work

    3 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    They look ridiculous but I can appreciate the function of the product. Would be a great gift for women who do their nails frequently.

    4 years ago •

  1. Cindy Botha

    Wow, that is amazing! Smudging is one of the reasons I hate using nail polish.

    4 years ago •

  1. Kenastacia Asia

    I can’t wait for them to be available in South Africa because I will definitely buy it. I have had so many moments when I had the perfect manicure and smudged it. This is a great idea for the creators to invent this product.

    4 years ago •

  1. Liesel Grobler

    Wow, what an innovative product!

    4 years ago •

  1. Erica Abrahams

    Sounds awesome. Hope it gets to SA soon

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Nice to have when time is so important.

    4 years ago •

  1. Zakiyyah Jogi

    This is such a great product.

    4 years ago •

  1. Jan

    I love this! I would love to try this!

    4 years ago •

  1. Bath Lover

    This is an interesting idea but I am not so sure about the look! I cannot see myself wearing these, and I would rather sit and read a book and wait for my nails to dry properly ;-)

    4 years ago •

  1. Ingrid Peters

    If they do work, I’m sure it won’t be long before one of the nail salon chains imports them as an added option for their clients.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ayanda Mkhize

    This is a great idea. The inventor must be a woman!

    4 years ago •

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