Stay Healthy and Strong.

I have been asked how to keep your nails healthy and strong.  At first my answer was “I dunno.” But I have spent some time walking up and down the nail care aisle at the drug store. And then I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply and found nothing more than base coats with nail strengtheners.  I returned home with nothing, but found websites like Reader’s Digest and Good Housekeeping, that had great tips to keeping your nails healthy and strong.

My nails were always peeling.  I never knew why, but If you think about it, nails are hard extensions of your skin.  If your skin gets dry and peels, then so will your nails. This brings us to our first tip, hydration.  A little lotion never hurt anyone.  Reader’s Digest suggests using petroleum jelly on your cuticles and nails whenever they feel dry.

Tip #2: Buffing your nails.  Buffing nails helps to increase blood circulation to the nail allowing your nails to grow through stimulation. So if you have time during Real Housewives of Orange County (or whatever your guilty pleasure), start buffing.

Tip #3: Milk does a body good…and so does a hard boiled egg apparently.  Both are rich in zinc that are essential for your nails.  If you have white spots it might mean you have a zinc deficiency, so drink up!

Tip #4:  If you want nails as hard as horses hooves or tiger claws (ok not really), biotin is your answer.  At Walmart I purchased a bottle of Hair, Skin, Nails which has 28 key ingredients including 3,000 mcg (or 3mg) of biotin per serving.  

Those are just some quick tips I found scattered around the internet. Hope this helps!

Happy polishing!

Yellow nails?

Painting your nails too much? Are your nails left with a slight yellow tinge after removing your polish? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  I did a little research to find some answers.

Based off research by Discovery Health, yellowing of nails comes from the nail lacquer color.  Your nails, although hard, are very porous.  Whenever you paint your nails with that hot candy apple red or purple grape color, chemicals used for red tints, like iron oxide, can seep into and stain your porous nails.  How do you get rid of the color you ask? It’s actually really simple.

1. Base coats.  If you’re already in the nail lacquer game, you know to always start with a base coat.  This may not fully prevent yellow tinge, but it does keep it at a minimum.

2. Sources say to change cotton pads/balls frequently to avoid reapplying the color.

3. Bleaching.  Not as serious as it sounds.  This bleaching technique is a great home remedy and it takes almost nothing.  One tablespoon of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and 2 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda makes a paste that can be used under the nail tips and on the nail bed.  Allow the paste to rest on the nail for approximately 3 mintues and rinse with warm water.

4. Time heals all. Instead of removing nail lacquer and immediately applying a new color, wash hands to remove the nail polish remover and let your nails rest for a day or two.

5. Marie Claire magazine suggests using lemons to fade the yellow color. not sure about this one, but it’s worth a try.

That’s it for today!

Happy polishing!

First Things First.

First things first, right?  Before painting my nails I always give my cuticles a good look.  What’s the point in painting your nails that cute color you’ve been eyeing if your hands look like “man hands?”

Alright.  I’m a broke, UC graduate that doesn’t have money for the nail salon. When I was in school I would do a quick cuticle job and call it a day.  Now that I have a little more time on my hands, I figure I would give my hands a little TLC for all the work they do.  I literally just came from Walmart and I grabbed a few things to give myself a “semi-professional” manicure.  Here are a few quick tips to a good manicure.

1. Always remove your old nail polish.

2. File nails in one direction, not back and forth. This helps to prevent peeling and splitting.

3. If you have time soak your hands in warm water.  If the water is too hot, it will dry out your hands even more.

4. Cuticle remover is a must.  Cuticle nippers can be too harsh and you may cut yourself which could lead to infection! (eek!)

5. Rinse your hands off and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

That’s it! Happy polishing!