February 24, 2014

Basic Nail Care Tips!

Basic Nail Care Tips! How to Have Healthy Nails from Manicurity.com
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Today we're going to talk about basics of nail care! Mostly to remind myself of the things I already know but have failed to do lately. So this is like a "learn from my public, self-published shaming and also maybe remind me to moisturize more plz?" post. Nail-related blog posts have been sort of few and far between, mostly because I have been a naughty naught nail blogger caught in a cycle of less-than-awesome nails. Why? Because I've committed the #1 biggest sin - a lack of moisturizing. Please enjoy this "do as I say and not as I do because I'm clearly mucking it up lately, geeze" post!

How to Have Healthy Nails*

*A guide from a normal human, not a professional nail tech, so take that as you will. I am pretty sure these are all safe, good, sound ideas but if they are wrong I am positive someone will let me know because it's the internet.

Basic Nail Care Tips! How to Have Healthy Nails from Manicurity.com - MOISTURIZE!

#1 - Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

It is fair to say that every single one of my nail problems lately can be traced back to not moisturizing my nails enough. I've had corners of my nails break off more frequently in the past month than I can remember, and yesterday I was carelessly trying to pull a shoe on quickly and tore my nail half way across pretty deep down my nail bed. Why? Because my nails are brittle. They need lots o' luving. I bought a new soap dispenser for the bathroom and I think it spews out more soap than my last one, thus drying my hands out more this month than previous months. Psst. This issues directly relates to point #2 - I had some icky bits (hangnail type damage) because I wasn't moisturizing enough which kept me from keeping my shizz polished. Boo.

So what should I be doing? I should be doing my previous 1-2-3 whammo punch of moisture that I used to practice. I typically do:
  1. Cuticle oil! One that absorbs well instead of just being greasy is best [obvs] ((my previous favorite was from Dragon Lady Lacquer, but she seems to have disappeared from the interwebs? So sad!))
  2. Lotion! For day a light lotion that absorbs quickly and easily, for night a slightly thicker, creamier one
  3. Something waxy! This is any sort of waxy, balmy type product that really helps to seal in the oil and lotion. 
I got some tips from my favorite profesh nail tech, Bee of Bee Polished, so I'll be scooping up some new CND items at Ulta soon (I love their $3.50 off $10 coupon)!


Basic Nail Care Tips! How to Have Healthy Nails from Manicurity.com - Stay Polished

#2 - Keep That Shizz Polished!


I haven't been changing my polish when I need to. Instead I've been wearing nail art designs I like for longer than I usually do (like a week instead of days). But sometimes it gets way chippy. Like real bad. Like ARE YOU KIDDING ME, YOU ARE AN ADULT kinda bad. Let me ~suggest~ to you that it follows logic that chipped polish = chipped nails. Blech. Bad, bad Emma. Here's a ridic example: once I was zipping a zipper and had a small chip in my polish on the side of my right index finger. I was a tad overzealous in my zipping and you know what happened? A massive horizontal crack/rip/whatever you call the worst kind of nail sadness right across where there was no nail polish. I WOULD say lesson learned, but clearly it is not :(

So here's tip #2: Keep those nails polished!! It makes them stronger and less likely to chip, break, rip, peel, etc. Not to mention it looks way better that way.


#3 - Your Nails are Precious Jewels, Not Tools!
[i.e. Don't Flail So Much]

Ugh, I mean, haven't we all heard this before? But sometimes you wash the dishes to be a nice functioning member of your own household, or you are trying to smash an Antonius organizer thingy into a Helmer drawer so your makeup isn't all over the house, or you open a drawer by slamming your hand into it instead of gingerly grabbing the handle like a "normal" "poised" "adult" "person". If your nails are over a certain length, you have to be a little nicer to them to make sure they don't get damaged by your spontaneous flails. But you know what else? If my nails had been polished and I had been moisturizing more frequently I wouldn't have had breaks or splits from doing the reasonably normal activities listed in this post (dish washing, organizing, opening a drawer to get out aluminum foil to remove glitter to paint my nails, etc.).

Take home point for this is: Be aware of your nails when you're working with your hands! Don't stop doing fun hobbies and/or cleaning which involve hands just because your one true hobby is nails, but simply be aware that quick movements with your hands can result in nail tragedies.




Hope you enjoyed this post! I wanted to write a post that sort of comically explained my lack of nail-related blogging while providing you with something actually useful and enjoyable to read. These are pretty much common sense tips for 'seasoned' nail-oriented men and women (so I don't expect these to be mind-blowing innovations). If YOU have any tips, especially about remembering to moisturize, let me know in the comments! I think I need to leave a bottle of lotion next to the sink so I immediately moisturize after washing my hands.

20 comments:

  1. Hehe, I really enjoyed reading this! Definitely 'flailing' is the cause of my nail breaks, long nails is still quite a novelty for me and I do sometimes forget about them and end up catching them on things. So I will try to keep your post in mind in the future! And I'm just picking up my cuticle oil to moisturise as I type this! Xx

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    1. Yay! I am glad you enjoyed this post :) What cuticle oil are you using? I'm on the hunt for a new one!!

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  2. Same here, I've applied my cuticle oil while reading this, and will layer on the other items. I appreciate you sharing a good layering order, I wasn't sure what would be best. I was having some peeling/breaking and just unable to grow out my index and middle nails, both on my right (dominant) hand. I have been using Nail Tek Citra 2 and the peeling is pretty well solved. But could it have also been due to my obsessive moisturizing lately due to the crazy cold weather?? My cuticles have been pretty good (I use to get monster hang nails). And yeah, I tend to flail into things, break off corners that have polish chipped off, etc. (And that Orly Nail Rescue is good for crazy bad breaks)

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    1. Sadly I am not a true, trained expert but I can not imagine that your nails would be mad at you for excessive moisture?! I guess it would depend on what products you are using; some products have not-so-obvious ingredients that can be drying (like lemon). My dominant hand seems to be treated a little less nicely than my left hand, I think because it mostly is on autopilot when doing tasks and I just don't *think* about my nails as often!! Orly Nail Rescue is handy indeed; l tend to do silk wraps and resin because I think it lasts a wee bit better depending on the kind or break/crack you have. Thanks for commenting Arathael :D

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  3. Ugh, "flailing" and then breaking my nails is the tragic story of my life. I work in retail and can't even begin to tell you how many times I reach out to do something, thinking to myself "Hey self, don't do this. You're going to mess your nails up", then do it anyway and indeed mess up my nails.

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    1. Oh man, I totally hear you! I was amazed when my nails would make it through the day when I was a barista/sandwich maker/cashier/etc. at a tiny cafe place. AT LEAST you are aware before you do things that it will be bad. I am usually like "Hahahaha, slamming this drawer is good fun! Nice idea!" then "WAIT WHERE ARE THE CORNERS OF MY NAILS?!". Gee, I dunno!

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  4. I love the Sally Hansen cuticle gel. Use it everyday!!

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    1. Hey Olivia! Which SH cuticle gel do you love - the orange one in this post? The VitaSurge one I photographed smells amazing, but I feel like it sort of balls up and comes off if I try to massage it into my fingers too much. Not my current fave :-/

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  5. This was a fun post! I especially enjoyed the Kermit gif. :D

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    1. Thanks so much Anne!! I'm glad you enjoyed it :) The gif seems like it was a good choice LOL

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  6. The "flailing" gif just makes my day, it's so funny :)

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    1. YAY! So glad this post brightened up your Monday :D

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  7. Loved the post! I too have been a bit lax in my regime. But I am really loving the Barielle products that I reviewed last week: Nail Strengthener Cream and Intensive Nail Renewal Oil.

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    1. Thanks Kirsten! Sounds like some great products to check out *runs off to read your review*

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  8. This post gave me a good chuckle and also reminded me to be on top of the things I lack too, like moisturizing my cuticles. I also need to remember to wear gloves when I was dishes. I even bought cute dish gloves so I can remember, can you believe that?

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    1. Aw hooray! I'm so happy you enjoyed this post! What do your cute dish gloves look like?! I have some special purple ones but I think they've been used for too many non-dish things, so I should probably get some new special gloves for dishes :P

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  9. Thank you for the awesome post (especially Kermit) :D Do you mind sharing what CND products are on your to-buy list? I'm loving Solar Oil at the moment and would like to hear suggestions on what else to buy from the CND line.

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    1. Thanks Carol!! I don't mind sharing at all - Solar Oil and Cucumber Heel Therapy (to be used as a hand lotion) are the two items on my list! I found a bottle of solar oil at Ulta, but they were out of the CHT while I was there. Psst. If you can find those two items at a beauty supply store they are less than half the price they are at Ulta

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  10. Great tips! I've fallen down on my hand/nail care of late and I'm suffering the consequences, so I'm getting back to basics. Your rule #1 is where I tend to get lazy, and now I have 3 nails down to nubs from breakage (from my nail catching on something and bending backward, sorry!). My favourite nail and cuticle oil is Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil, and it's great for helping to heal scratches a bit faster as well. I love that it can come unscented, as perfumes bother me. Let me know if you'd like a link to her site.

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