Dec 152013

thOrange has a lot of nail salons, but if you are more of a do-it-yourselfer and want to improve the condition of your own natural nails, it is possible.

If you want gorgeous fingernails for the holidays, follow these easy tips from manicurist Minda Ceasar.

How do you improve the health of your nails?


• Drink plenty of water and other fluids.


• To strengthen nails, supplement your diet with royal jelly, spirulina or kelp, which are rich in silica, zinc and B vitamins, which will help strengthen your nails


• Drink carrot juice daily. Carrot is high in calcium and phosphorous, which are terrific in strengthening nails.


• Your diet must be composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in order to supply necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes.


A good time to do your manicure is right after taking a shower, bath, washing the clothes or the dishes. These activities soften the nail edge, and the dirt under the nails are removed.


What you eat is reflected in your nails, too.


• The lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and brittleness of nails.


• Insufficient protein, folic acid and vitamin C intake can cause hang nails.


• White band in the nail plate is caused by deficiency in protein.


- Lack of fluid intake causes cuts and cracks in the nails.


Treat Cracked Nails:


• Limit remover, Using nail polish remover more than every two weeks can cause brittle nails. If you can’t cut back on the nail polish remover, at least buy those that don’t contain acetone.


• Nails that split and peel lack sufficient oil and moisture.


• Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!


• It helps out your nail beds and just makes your hands look lovely.


Manicure Tips:


For an easy manicure, follow these simple steps for pretty, polished nails:


1. Take off your old nail polish with non-acetone remover.


2. File nails into a slightly rounded square shape, (straight across the tips, but rounded edges).


3. Use a warm water and soap soak to soften your cuticles. Massage in some cream if you wish.


4. Gently push cuticles back with a special orange wood stick. Don’t cut your cuticles, because they could become irritated or infected.


5. Take a damp cloth or a cotton ball and wipe off your nails. This will remove any residue, so polish can adhere properly to your nails. Otherwise, if residue remains, polish won’t bond well to the nail, and it will chip.


6. Start with a clear base coat, followed by two coats of colored polish. Top it off with a clear top coat to guard against chips.

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