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  • Did You Know This About Your Nails

    39 posts, 19 voices, 1819 views, started Oct 7, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 by Shopgirl1960

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    • Carnelian
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      Did you know:

      Your Nails DO grow faster in the summer.

      Digging in dirt can give you a “greenie“, or bacteria infection in your nails. Always wash hands well after digging in the dirt. This is for natural nails, as well as
      acrylics.

      Nail Techs call nails that grow upwards,“sloped nails.”

      *Over time acrylic CAN correct this problem

      It takes aproximately 24 hours for polish to dry completely!
      That’s right,24 hours! However, as a professional I use
      a top coat called “Rapid Dry,” that dries the nail completely in 5 minutes. Ten at the most.

      A good topical treatment for a bacterial infection is “Tea Tree Oil.”  It is an AMAZING cure for so many things. It
      would take days for me to list the benefits of Tea Tree Oil.

      You may find this hard to believe, but “Vick’s Vapor Rub” has been known to ail a client who had an extreme “bout” of
      full blown fungus ( this is what the “greenies” turns into
      without treatment.) This recommendation came from a nail tech from Sweden who had a client who was ready to have her toenail removed and “Vicks Vapor Rub” was recommended from a source. Her toenail healed completely.
      The company was called to ask if they would like to use their product for this type of treatment and they declined.

      Did you know that having a habit in which you rub one nail
      over and over can cause damage to your nail plate. This will cause a permanent ridge or split in your nail.
      Of course any damage to the nail plate can also cause this result.  

      I hope you find these “tid bits” interesting.

      Della



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          Kmarie wrote Oct 7, 2008
        • I lover the tibits. I did not know may of them and I appreciate your sharing. I am trying to make taking care of me more of a priority and I appreciate all that you have shared with us and encouraged others to share too.



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          Rene' Grandon wrote Oct 7, 2008
        • Hey shopgirl,

          Great tips! I was wondering if you or anyone else knows why
          I have mutiple ridges across my nails and toe nails. I think it looks just awful. I wonder if mani and pedicures make it worse? i would appreciate any advice anyone can give?
          Thanks,
          Bella



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Oct 7, 2008
        • Hey Della,

          I use Vick’s on my lips.  Isn’t that crazy? I'm addicted to the cool moisturized feeling...not the taste!  One thing...you sure won't lick your lips!  I put it on EVERY night before bed and have for as long as I can remember. I never have chapped lips either. Jerry, my husband hates a Vick’s good night kiss. But he’s been getting one for 25 years!  Maybe it isn’t sooooo bad...
          Vinegar is another good treatment of fungus or when you have a nail that has been damaged for a long time from a fungus or injury. You probably know that. One has to be disciplined and use it several times a day. It takes a while as the nail grows out. I put it in a syringe without the needle, of course, or just use a cotton ball and rub it all over the nail area after a bath or hand washing. I had a toe that I mashed and got a blood blister under it.  The nail would not reattach and I feared that the nail bed was permanently damaged.  My dad had a damaged toe nail for years and years. He had dropped something heavy on it and the nail came off at the quick. OUCH!  It had been that way since I was little.  He had heard about using vinegar every day and he did it... his nail looks normal now.  So, I tried it on mine, I thought why not his looked ugly and thick before.  Mine just wouldn't reattach and finally mine grew back normal after using it every day for several months.  I think I pickled my toe!  Mine had been damaged for about two years.  Now it is fine and vinegar is a cheap remedy too!



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 7, 2008
        • Thank you Kmarie, I really appreciate your kind words !!!
          I’m glad you enjoyed my “tid bits.”  ( Big Smile !!!)

          Bella, thank you also. :>)
          Also Bella could you tell me if the ridges are horizonal or vertical ???? Also, do you take any medications ? If you wish to add me as a friend and then send me a private message if you are taking meds,and the types, perhaps I could help.
          How many ridges per nail. Would you say one or two, or too many to count?
          Regarding having a manicure or pedicure, it should NOT effect your nails. HOWEVER... do NOT go to a “chop shop,” and always ask the Nail Tech about her practices pertaining to her sanitation. If it is a “whirpool” type pedicure tub you must definitely ask how it is cleaned. They MUST clean the filter between each client, otherwise you can become infected by any number of diseases. Don’t ask if this is how they clean it, but if it isn’t mentioned, I would think of going somewhere else,,,,, or watch them clean the tub.
          I do think meds, or other are the cause of your ridges.
          Let me know okay?



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 7, 2008
        • Chrissy,

          That is interesting about using Vicks on your lips and that it works! Neat!
          I have heard about vinegar being an aid to killing fungus.
          I’m so glad it worked for you !



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • A tip for helping polish last longer.

          Nail Techs that are up to date with the latest techniques have recognized that having the nails soak in a hand bath before polishing is a “no no” now. The reason for that is that when the nail is wet it is expands. When the nail then dries to it’s original state, it alters the polish adhesion.



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • Hi Jackie,

          Unfortunately some of us do have weak nails. There is not a lot we can do about it,except to apply a good cuticle oil to keep them hydrated.

          YOUR nails are not actually stronger when acryic is applied.
          It is ONLY the acrylic itself. I think we forget how weak our own nails are until we take the acrylic off.

          You may want to “give in” and just keep your nails at a shorter length. You can still have an attractive appeal by keeping them all the same length and wearing a polish color that enhances your skin color.

          You might want to try OPI’s “Nail Envy,” it is the only product that I know of that does aid in strengthening the nail.  ALTHOUGH I do have a product coming that is supposed to be EVEN better. I will certainly post it once I know for certain it is a really good product and even better than “Nail Envy.”

          I know this isn’t much help, I’m sorry!  I too live with weak nails, and acrylic is the only way for me to have long nails.

          Best Wishes~
          Della



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          Dianne67 wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • I am a nail biter.  I cut back for financial reasons on having my nails done.  I miss it soooooo much.  I would get a permanent french done with acrylic.  It would last for 4-5 weeks before I needed to go back.

          Having my nails done always made me feel mmore polished when I was dressed up.  I promise myself that when I get engaged I will go back to having my nails done.  I can’t wear a nice ring with yucky nails.

          I always take care of my toes.  A lot of the time I do it myself.  I find having my feet looking good all the time to be important.

          Hugs-
          Dianne



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          Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • Nail Envy is a good product. I love OPI, period.



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • Hi Dianne,

          I read an interesting article as to how to stop people from biting their nails. One thing mentioned was to ask them,“Would you put your nails on a sandwhich bun to chew them?”   I thought this was interesting and use it for children who bite their nails. They usually say,“Oh gross!”  ~Ha Ha  It usually helps them to think more about what they are doing.  

          I give free polishing for children who stop biting their nails and it seems to help give them an incentitive to stop.

          Dianne, try buying some new beautiful polish colors that you love, and see if that helps curb biting your nails.
          Plus, the taste is ICKY. ~Ha



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          Feathermaye wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • I’ve suffered with chronic eczema on my hands for years. The last few years it seems to have afflicted me most at my fingertips, and then I truly worsened the condition by continuing to get my nails ‘done‘.

          I read a tip about ingesting apple cider vinegar every day, as well as dabbing it on the itchy spots, and it works! I add a 1/2 to a full teaspoon to my grapefruit juice every morning. When my hands were really itchy, I would ‘rinse’ with a cap-full of the stuff, just pouring it over my hands at the sink and rubbing it in, like soap or lotion. The smell evaporates pretty quickly, too.

          It was a slow improvement, but after about 3 months my eczema has all but gone away, and my nails are more normal than they’ve ever been. They‘re still not very strong, but they never have been.

          I still do the vinegar regimen every day. I’m afraid if I stop, my hands will get bad again.



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • I can’t believe it,,,, my session was “timed out” and everything I posted is GONE!  And it wasn’t that long. Waaaaaaaaaaa

          I will write later Feathermaye. But from what I have been reading.... it sounds like you are having an allergic reaction to this particular product!!!!!!!!!!!  That is NOT good!!!



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          Feathermaye wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • Della,

          I have allergic reactions to LOTS of products. I even develop allergies to products that were previously okay.

          My eczema started as a child, though. Just in the last few years has it progressed to the ends of my fingers, where it affected my nails. Even once I stopped visiting the manicurist, the problem worsened. The vinegar has done the trick, though.

          P.S. A trick I’ve started doing, since the site seems to be a bit glitchy lately, is to copy my responses before hitting ‘comment‘. That way, if I’m timed out, I can just paste into the comment box and hit ‘comment’ again. Quick, and doesn’t disappear!! :)



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • Oh thank you Feathermaye ~!!!!!  I will definetly be doing that from now on !

          Hugs~
          Della



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • Its true Shop Girl.. you are soooo right.  I go to a nail spa and Im under solar dryers for 9 mins no more as they say it causes bubbles in the paint/  But still the next day I get indentions in my nails.  From blankets or other stuff.  Im always careful, I wish my salon had rapid dry.  Thank goodness I dont have fungus but I know those that do and its not fun.  Nice recomendation.  Tea tree oil is wonderful.. I use the shampoo by Paul Mitchell and its great, I use it twice a week to spring my scalp and hair to life.. it also makes me feel good all over.. tingles.  

          Shop Girl.. your the top.  Now .. my daughters get mad at me for having my nails filed oval but I love that shape and can work best with it.  Square tips are hard for me to type and work with and its my signature to have oval.  My daughter said its olf fashioned but I think its classic.



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • Hey Greeneyedlady,

          I have missed you girl!

          Now don’t you listen to those daughters of yours. They are like the rest of our daughters who like to tell us about our clothing and shoes TOOoooo! Ha ha
          Sometimes I admit that daughters CAN be helpful in keeping us more up to date, but they can also “over look” the fact that what may be “cool” for them, is not so cool for us. LOL

          I will tell you that it is a ratio of half and half, no matter the age,as far as what shape people are wearing. I have all the popular Professional mag’s and you can let your daughters know that “I said.” hee hee  “Nearly every professional picture of a model on the front cover is sporting oval nails.” That is a fact !

          I think both shapes are becoming to the hand. I think the preference is the most important thing. However,some people look awful with square nails. NEVER OVAL, in my opinion.

          Sooooooo you keep yours oval and tell them YOU are the one
          who knows what is popular “today.”  smilie face here.

          FYI, to best accent the shape of your nail bed and finger:
          Look at the bottom of your nail and shape the extending nail to that exact shape. It works every time.  

          Hugs~
          Della



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • Wow Della, thanks.. I miss you too, been busy on my case.  As a result.. DA has dropped some charges against some of the 12 charged... Its amazing what a PI can do...

          I will wear my oval nails.. my exes all in Texas remember me for them... HA...

          Bobbi



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • Who makes “Rapid Dry“? I am a Licensed Cosmetologist so I can buy it at beauty wholesale shops, too.  

          Which products do you like the best for natural nails as far as maintaining the polish as long as possible?  

          Thanks!



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 14, 2008
        • Hee Hee... that’s funny Bobbi about your exes in Texas! lol
          And great to hear about the charges~!



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 14, 2008
        • Hi GodsGlamour,

          I recommend Stickey as a basecoat, Essie and OPI for polish, and Seche Vehe for your top coat. All of these can be purchased at my local beauty supply. Hopefully yours will have them as well.  I LOVE “Rapid Dry” because it dries my nails so quickly. Although it is a top coat for acrylics, it has worked very well for me when I choose to go natural. Also, I have used it on my daughters nails (she is a hair designer) and it lasted very well on her. You must buy it from another supplier,unfortunately.

          I hope this helps!



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          Fxydiva wrote Nov 14, 2008
        • Hey Shopgirl! I’m new to the site, but I love this topic!!  I have found something that is working wonders for my weak nails.  A friend of mine introduced me to to this polish called “Nail Life  Nail Revitalizer” which I purchased at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  I’m a letter carrier who works ALOT with my hands, and around alot of paper and have found that this polish has given my nails new life!  They look brighter, and my nails seem more viable considering the workout I give them on a daily basis at work.  Only downfall, it contains formaldehyde.  They do make it without formaldehyde also, but I figured I needed all the help I could get! I keep them a workable length, but they have really grown significantly in the month I’ve been using it.  I do use a cuticle oil on my nails each night because I know the formaldehyde can and will dry my cuticles, and they‘re healthy looking too. Let me know if you’ve every heard of it, and what is your take on nail products that contain formaldehyde.



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Nov 14, 2008
        • Hello Michelle and Welcome to Fabulously40~!!!!
          I know that you will find this site as addictive as I have.
          Ha Ha

          Formaldehyde is a ingredient you should NEVER use! It may be helping your nails at this time,but in the “long run” it
          is not good for your nails, or health in general.

          I will address this further tomorrow. I was just getting ready to get off line and watch a movie.

          It was so nice to meet you!

          Della



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          AnneMarie Kimberling wrote Nov 14, 2008
        • Hey Shopgirl!

          Thanks for all your tips on nails...  I, too, LOVE OPI and Seche...  I recently had a pedicure (a HORRID one) and the gal complained about my OPI.  Let me back up a moment - when I walked into the shop and saw no OPI, it should have been my first flag... HOWEVER, I had someone with me and she had recommended the place...  SO - I sit down in the chair.. .the woman takes a look at my feet and grimaces...  (they weren’t THAT bad - trust me!)...  and proceeded to start taking off my polish... she complained that OPI turns nails yellow... Hmmmm, I’ve not experienced that...  and I told her that, of course...  Anyway, she wanted to SCRAPE my feet, which I would not allow...  when it came time to polish my toes, she openned my polish (which I brought from home as I usually do) and started to apply...  OF COURSE I STOPPED HER and asked if she was going to use a base coat...  “Oh, do you want one?” she asked...  NO WONDER SHE THINKS OPI TURNS NAILS YELLOW!!  ANY NAIL TECH, ESPECIALLY, KNOWS YOU MUST USE A BASE COAT!!!  Sheesh...  and then, the polish didn’t even last a day without chipping...  Needlesstosay, I won’t be going back there....

          How’s that for babble???  Have a great night....



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          Jomi wrote Nov 14, 2008
        • !http://images.fabulously40.com/uploadedimage/2497/thumbx120/hpim0690.jpg!Thank you so much for your nail tips!  I never heard of Tea tree oil.  I will definitely look into it.  I was wondering why my nails grow and I have no desire to bite them in the summer.  When it starts to get colder I can’t stop biting them and they don’t grow well if I’m not biting them.  Any ideas?


          Jomi, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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          Kmarie wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Please excuse the spelling errors. If I wore my reading glassses more while at the computer, I might make fewer spelling mistakes... happy



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Hello Everyone,

          That’s right, a base coat to the nail will help the polish to have “staying power,” as well as keeping the natural nail from discoloring from the color pigments in the polish. You go girl~!!!  And having one’s nails soaked in water before polishing can cause the polish to crack since the nail does expand when it is wet. If you want to make sure your manicure last longer, always have a DRY manicure.
          I’m so glad you did not let her scrape your feet! AND it is
          illegal in most states!!!

          Michelle, your nails are probably growing well because you are using the cuticle oil and also stimulating the nail root by rubbing it in. Stimulation will help the blood flow to the nail. I would most definitely STOP using a product with formaldhyde!!! Eventually your nails will become brittle. And as I said, formaldhyde is not a safe ingredient.  

          Jomi, maybe you are so busy in the summer and don’t think about your nails. Your nails do grow faster in the summer and slower in the winter. So I am perplexed as to how they grow faster for you in the winter. Hmmmmmm

          Lindita,
          YES,YES,YES, it will go away. It may not actually even be a fungus. Fungus is a word usually used that most people describe as the discoloration to their nail. What you may actually have are the beginning stages where a fungus could occur when not properly treated. It may be the feces and not fungus. Using a tea tree oil or a fungus treatment will eventually help your problem. (Even if it is an actual fungal problem.)     I hope you won’t give up your pedi’s by one bad experience. Always ask about the sanitation practices when you arrive, and tell them your concerns. It is their job to make you feel comfortable and happy so that you will return. (smilie face inserted here)

          The “greenies” are what we call the fecal of the start to possible fungus beginnings.  You can also develop this from playing in the dirt.  

          I so hope I have helped answer your questions. My hubby is
          probably wondering where the heck I am this morning! Ha Ha
          I am supposed to be getting ready to go out with him. ~Ha



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Did you know that you can use Denture Tablets to whiten your nails!?   There is also a product I use on my clients to whiten their natural nail. I don't think they would appreciate the "non" professional product. Ha Ha

          There is nothing more beautiful than a clear top coat on top of a nail that has a white free edge.



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Hey Hey Della,
          I have not talked to you in a long time. I’ve missed you.  You have left some great information about nail care! Thank you! My nails and hands always look sad, I keep them in dirt in the summer and crafts when I’m not working or playing in the dirt!  I’ll never be able to fool anyone about my age...My hands look ninety! LOL



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Hey,Hey, To You Too~! And I have missed you as well!!!!!
          We will have to catch up sooooooooooon my friend!

          Just put some lotion on those overworked hands, and wrap them in some type of baggie or plastic. Then put them under a heating pad. It will feel “oh sooooooo good” and help to revitilize your skin.



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • AAAAAhhhhhh....
          That sounds heavenly!!!



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Shopgirl:

          Thanks for the nail tips, I have pretty much weak nails and like Greeneyelady, I wear mine oval.  Mine are natural, but breaks easily.



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          Fxydiva wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Hey Shopgirl again and thanks for your take on nailpolish with formaldehyde!!  They do make the polish I’m using without it so I’m gonna go and buy it and hope I get the same results.  I’ve only been using it a month and hopefully I’ve done no real damage to my nails.



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • You are all very welcome, I am happy I could help.

          Michelle,your nails should be fine after using it for only
          a month. No worries!

          I wanted to mention that a lot of times when a nail is shaped oval there MAY be a tendency for the nail to be less strong, IF it is not given the strength where it is needed.
          You want to keep as much of the sides (to the free edge)as you can,so when wearing them oval you will want to have at least an 1/8” to the sides that are straight before curving.
          That is for BOTH natural nails and acrylic nails.

          I hope this makes sense, and helps to give you that little extra strength to have beautiful nails~!



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • I am with Gayle on the hands. I used to be proud of my hands and nails, but since I got my horses... well, they are showing the wear and tear. I am so not a lotion person, but have been trying to be more conscious of them. For the longest time my hands looked like I was twenty. Along comes farm work, and overnight they caught up with me. I won’t go down without a fight! :)
          I keep my nails oval too - and think it looks so odd to see square nails!



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