Secrets your manicurist wants you to know!
It’s a popular phrase you might have heard from a girlfriend or even from your own Nail Technician, but contrary to popular belief, nails don’t need to breathe! Our nails aren’t alive, and they can’t absorb air into the nail plate. All of the oxygen needed for the nail plate comes from your blood stream. Our nails are comprised of non-living keratin cells like our hair. Take great care to condition them and hydrate, hydrate hydrate! If your Nail Technician is properly taking care of your nails and using the right products, you should never need to take a break for your nails to ‘breathe’. A high quality Jojoba based nail oil like CND’s Solar Oil or Céla’s Essential Balm will keep them looking freshly manicured between appointments- as well as acting as a plasticizer for your nail enamel which extends the wear!
Go on trend and prevent breakage with softer feminine silhouettes with your nail shape.
The number one question I believe every nail technician hears on a daily basis is ‘What can I do to strengthen my nails?’, and the answer is to use cuticle oil. Cuticle oils (especially any containing Jojoba oil) are able to penetrate deeper into the many layers of your nail plate more so than any other product. Consistency is key; and if you use your oil twice a day, every day, you will 100% guaranteed see a difference.
Many of us notice over time that we develop small ridges lengthwise on the nail plate. You may be tempted to buff them down until the nail is smooth again, but don’t! The sections that dip down in those ridges are areas where the cell production has weakened over time, and if you file everything down you’re making your nail plate level with the weakest point. Although a smooth nail plate can be more aesthetically pleasing, opt for a ridge-filling basecoat instead.
A common habit amongst many and one that we need to restrain from. Each time you peel off whichever nail coating that has been applied to your nails, you’re taking thin layers of your natural nail plate with it, which results in weaker nails every time. It can be hard to resist the temptation, but hold off until you can make it back to a salon.
As hands & eyes display the first and most prominent signs of aging, we suggest applying a professional grade physical sunblock such as SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical SPF 50. Take it a step further and put a drop of SkinCeuticals Vitamin C to prevent free radical damage.
Use pure acetone to cleanse your nails thoroughly after an at-home manicure or when polishing your nails. The acetone is actually a quite gentle solvent which vacuums oil and debris from the nail plate, allowing for excellent adhesion of your nail enamel.
See a certified Nail Technician for regular manicures 2 x a month and for a pedicure 1 x a month for optimal nail & skin care.
Appling a coat of top coat 1 x per week (like CND’s Vinylux Top Coat) will extend your mani even if it’s gel polish.