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  • A Routine To Keep Your Nails Healthy And Growing

    13 posts, 8 voices, 898 views, started Oct 1, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 by Shopgirl1960

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      I have been a Nail Tech for more years than I can count. I belong to a group of professional nail techs from all over the world who share their thoughts, best techniques, and products to service their clients.  

      I invite you to ask me questions about your nails, or share your favorite polish colors with others. Or any other comments you might have.

      First I want to share just a few tips to help you maintain your nail length if you are trying to grow them.

      To dispell a myth to start.... YOUR NAILS ARE ALREADY DEAD and do NOT need to breathe!!!!  This should answer your question as whether or not you need to take off your acrylics, or polish, so that they can BREATHE. We nail techs do laugh at this one.

      Back to the natural nail.

      Since your nail is already dead,it is important to give them a tiny bit of oil each day. This will help to keep them from becoming too brittle. I suggest a GOOD cuticle OIL. And yes oils do differ. You want an oil that has a lot of molecules and breaks down well into the nail. I suggest “solar oil,” made by Creative.  It is helpful to keep the oil by your bedside or toothbrush so that you remember and have access to it daily.

      Next,always file the nail ONE way. Sawing back and forth causes the free edge to start splitting.

      Use a cuticle cream before you push back the cuticles. You want to GENTLY push back the cuticles and not doing so can cause damage to the nail plate. Damage to the nail plate can cause the nail to grow deformed.

      Buffing once a week is a great way to stimulate the nails into growing, since blood flow to the nails is what makes them grow.  It also helps to buff away peeling, and may prevent further peeling.

      I suggest using a polish that does NOT have formaldahyde,or tulin in it. Both are cacogenics. It is also too harsh for the nail itself.  

      I hope you find this information useful.

      Della



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • Wow, thank you for the great tips. I like my nails, they grow really well and seem to be strong enough to withstand the abuse they get, especially lots of really hot dishwater with lots of degreasing soap so I can clean up my chocolate work.

          I’m going to get some of the oil you recommended and also plan to buff them weekly. I find that buffing makes them so pretty and shiny.

          My little 80 year old mom also has really strong nails and she still puts polish on them!

          Cynthia



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • Thanks Della!
          I find that my nails are only hard when they aren’t polished. I wonder if it is because of the chemicals? Where do you get ‘safe’ nail polish.
          I am big on avoiding parabens and cancer causing agents in my skin care, but never thought about nail polish. I had actually given up on polishing (until I got horses and they started looking grubby. LOL)
          My other big issue is keeping them from chipping, probably because I use cheap polish, huh? :) I am not sure anything can hold up to farm girl activities though.

          Sharing Hope,
          Dee Dee



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          Kmarie wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • Thank you very much. Many of the steps, I always questioned if they were really necessary, steps in a manicure. I tend to skip them for my at home manicures. I have the solar oil, it was a gift and I will use it now. One question, my toes nails are strong, but my finger nails have always been more prone to breakage. they also tend to try out more. What can I do to help keep more mositure in them, so that they are less prone to breakage?



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          Ruthanne wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • Della we have something in common I am a licensed Nail Tech too!

          And yes we do laugh when clients say...I need my acrylics removed so my natural nails can breathe....

          Or I want to remove my acrylics because they are worried about damage to the natural nail...everything you do to your natural nail is damaging just different degrees of damage.

          GREAT TIPS GIRL!!!!



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          Destinyboutique wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • Ladies, have you ever used argan oil in nails?  What is the best oil to use in nails?  I use argan all the time and it keeps my cuticles and nails in great shape. (http://store.destinyboutique.com/arganoil.html)

          I heard that in Mexico they use raw garlic. They soak the garlic on top of the nails for while as a treatment.  This makes them super strong.  Is there any truth in it?



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          Alice Garza wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • Thanks for the tips on the nails. I like my nails and they are strong and healthy. I will get the oil for my cuticles.
          But I have a question, evertime I get a manicure the nail tech always cuts me, is there a problem with my nail or the tech?

          Do nail strengtheners really work?



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • Good Morning,

          I am so glad that you are finding this information helpful.
          And hello to another “Techie.” (Big Smile)  

          I will try to answer all of your questions if time allows this morning.  

          If you have hard nails that is great. You will still want to follow the regime of using a good nail oil to keep them replenished and beautiful. As I stated, I recommend “Solar Oil” by Creative. However, ANY cuticle oil is better than none at all.
          In my opionion,and of other top professionals,polish with tuline and formaldhyde is harsh and may be the reason for your peeling nails.Look for the ingredients listed on the polish.will try to find other polishes that do not have  hose two ingredients for you.  The chipping may be caused by NOT using a BASE coat. Again, Creative( And I do NOT work or advertise for them (lol) has a base coat called “Stickey” that in my opionion and others, will keep your polish lasting longer. You will want to wrap your base coat,polish, and top coat OVER the free edge. *Or another words, the edge you cannot see.

          You should NEVER EVER let anyone CUT YOUR CUTICLES. And there is NO REASON for your tech to cut your skin. EVER!
          You didn’t say if you were be cutting by nippers or by the file for acrylics. The cuticle is there to protect us from germs and should remain there. Also, cutting the cuticles will cause them too grow faster and thicker. Just keep pushing them back. ( Did you know that cuticles can grow the length of your entire nail and kill your nail ? This is NOT a myth. ) Also,most NSS (I cannot eleborate,except to say “non standard salons) do NOT use good sanitation,therefore being cut COULD be detrimental to your health.  I will eleborate more on that at another time.

          And yes,nail hardners can work. OPI “Nail Envy,” is the best.  TRUST ME!  lol  I have lots acrylic clients to this product.  lol lol   I cannot vouch for other hardners.

          I will look into raw garlic for the nails. I haven’t heard about this being used.  My friends and fellow “techies” will have heard about it I’m sure. If not.... well... I wouldn’t count on it being a worthwhile product. I will research raw garlic and it’s benefits.

          I want to give you a helpful hint today that is replenishing for both your hands and nails.

          First, coat your hands REALLY well with a quality hand cream.  Second, put each hand into either a plastic bag,or other plastic. Third, get comfortable and put those wrapped hands under a nice warm HEATING PAD.   Awwwwwwww... it feels so good and helps the hand creme do it’s job better.
          If you do not have a parafin bath,this is the second choice to help hands stay soft. *It has been noted that parafin baths DO help with arthritis.
          My 2 favorite hand creams are PURE glycerin, and “Beautiful Hands.”  You will find glycerin in nearly every hand cream. I sell “Beautiful Hands” to a lot of my nurse clients because it is the hand creme that is called a hand creme with a memory. It “reactivates” when you wash your hands.

          As I stated... I am NOT a representative for ANY company.
          All products I mention are from my experience and of those who are in the same field as myself.

          I do hope I answered everyone’s questions. As you can imagine it does take quite some time to write this and I apologize WHOLE HEARTIDLY if I missed your question.

          Note:  There are some words missing. I tried fix one letter and it caused me to have to re-write my entire message.
          The word “I” had to be left out in front of “I will.” lol
          Also, I had written that I recomend OPI as a really good polish to use. lol I have a client coming and I don’t have time to figure out how to solve this problem right now.
          lol  ( laughing out loud ) Also, hose is those.

          Have a MOST wonderful day every one!

          Della



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • Della,
          Can you buy those products in a store, or do you have to get them online? Sally’s Beauty Supply maybe? Our little town only has a Walmart, so it would have to be when we go on a ‘trip’ to the big city. LOL It is only 30 miles away...

          Thanks!

          Dee Dee



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          Alice Garza wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • Della, Thank you for answering my questions. I will find another salon to go to. They are being cut with nippers. I do not use acrylic nails. I did one time and they just felt weird. Then when I had them taken off my nails were so soft and they just kept peeling. So I stopped that right away...



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • Hi Girls,

          Dee Dee, which products are you referring to so that I can better help you. I believe the ones I mentioned are salon retail only. You can call your local Sally’s and ask them.
          If you cannot find them at Sally’s or your local beauty salon let me know.

          And Butterfly, your welcome!
          If you do like your manicurist you do NOT have to change to another one. Don’t be afraid to let her know of your knowledge and that you have read the useful properties of your cuticles. ALSO, it is illegal in a lot of states to NIP the cuticles !!!   If I can help you find a nail tech in your area, let me know!

          Warm Regards~
          Della



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • Destinyboutique,

          I have written to the board of nail professionals. I have received a reply from an educator who happens to be going to Mexico on an educators trip and she is going to ask about the "raw garlic."  I am looking forward to this answer as well.
          So far the other techs have not heard of this, but then the day isn’t over yet.

          Della



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 3, 2008
        • As an update at this time on raw garlic, I have found that it can be used as an antibotic. I think this bit of information is interesting in itself.

          I want to give you a hint to help keep your feet healthy and soft.

          Soak your feet ( in a tub of water, take a shower, or bath)
          then pat your feet mostly dry. Use a “slothing lotion,” and rub it into one foot at a time until it starts to dry. Keep rubbing the bottom foot area until you can feel the lotion nearly flaky. Next use a “slothing file” and gently sloth away excess dry skin. You will know when it is complete.
          Be careful not to reduce calluses completely, as they are there for a reason and protect your foot. Next,dappen foot slightly and rub in a sugar scrub. Sugar scrubs are the best foot care you can give your foot. It not only feels good and makes your feet soft, it is what your feet lack most... MOISTURE. The slothing is only to get your feet started in a good direction, but it is the moisture of sugar scrubs and quality lotions that will help you the greatest with the maintance of your feet.
          Note: You may find recipes online to make your OWN sugar    scrubs at home. It is good to use on hands and elbows,especially for those who live in colder climates.

          I hope you find this information useful.

          Until Next Time~ Della



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