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Every one has a different shape of nails there are the rounded nails and
squared nails there are tall nails and short nails, there is no bad nails all
nails shape can be good .you can improve the look of nails by caring them
carefully by some tips mentioned in this book can help you to have great
and healthy nails.

What are nails??

The nail is made of a hard protein called keratin. A protein is one of the
building blocks which make up the body. The nails help protect the ends
of the fingers and toes from trauma and also help us pick up small
objects. Over the last hundred years, the nails have become more
important for cosmetic reasons and less important for protection.
Manicuring is the care of the hands and nails. Basic manicuring should
be done once a week. Every 4-6 weeks it is a good idea to seek the
services of a professional manicurist. A professional manicurist best
knows how to keep your nails looking healthy and beautiful.

Weekly Nail Care (15-20 minutes each week):

1. One of the most important parts of maintaining strong, healthy nails
for life is making sure you have the vitamins, minerals and other
important nutrients to maintain nail strength.

2. Remove any old nail polish. To remove the old polish, first moisten
cotton with nail polish remover and press over the nail for a few seconds
to soften the polish. Then with a firm movement, bring the cotton from
the base of the nail to the tip. Repeat this process until all of the polish
is gone.

3. Shape the nail, using a file or emery board. File each nail tip from
corner to center; do not file in a see-saw motion with the emery board
because doing so can cause ridges in the nail and nail splitting.

4. Soak the hands in warm, soapy water for a few minutes to remove
dirt. Clean under free edge of nail with orangewood stick.

5. The cuticle is the skin that grows from the finger onto the base of the
nail (nail root). We recommend that the cuticle not be pushed back.
Leaving the cuticle intact helps to prevent infection of the nail growing
tissue.
6. Now apply clear nail polish. There is no reason to waste money on
several different kinds of clear polishes such as a ridgefiller, base coat,
top coat or nail strengthener. They all do about the same job. After the
clear polish dries, apply a color polish of your choice if you wish. Let dry.
You may then reapply the clear polish as a top coat. This will help
strengthen the nail and prevent chipping of the nail polish.

7. Finally, apply a moisturizing cream or lotion to the hands and cuticles.
This will help prevent splitting of the nails.

Nails Tips:

Nail Care Tips:
      A good time to do your manicure is after you have taken a
       shower, bath or after washing the dishes. This is because these
       activities remove the dirt from under the nail.
      Nail polish thinner can be used to thin out nail polish that has
       become too thick. Keep the polish in the refrigerator to make it
       last longer.
      Try not to use nail polish remover more than once a week. Nail
       polish remover causes the nails to dry out. Dry nails crack and
       split more easily than nails that are well hydrated (well-
       moisturized).
      A top coat or sealer is a liquid that is applied over the nail polish.
       Any clear nail polish can be used as a top coat or sealer. This will
       minimize chipping or cracking of the nail. On natural nails, a clear
       coat can be used every day for seven days to give the nail
       protection and keep the moisture in.
      After washing your hands, apply a cream or lotion. Hands and
       nails tend to get dried out from soaps and cleansers. You should
       try to keep your hands and cuticles well lubricated, with a
       moisturizer such as Aquaphor, Moisturel, Vaseline. You should
       use an oil or moisturizer at bedtime every night.
      Sometimes nail polish, dirt and bacteria can stain the nails. This
       can be removed by using a Q-tip or an orangewood stick with a
       cotton tip. Soak the cotton in 10 parts water mixed with 1 part
       bleach, then rub the nail where the stain is. This will remove most
       stains from the nails. Scrub under the nails with a nail brush or
       toothbrush with soap or bleach solution to remove stains under
       the nails.
      A vitamin called biotin makes nails stronger in animals. Some
       studies suggest that it may help strengthen human nails. Biotin is
       available at health food stores.




Nails may be craving something

If your nails are weak, splitting, fragile etc, the problem could be traced back to
an inadequate water intake.

Most people don't drink nearly enough water. Drink up! :-)

To file or not to file

The corner of your nails should never be filed.

Why? Filing the corners of your nails will weaken the nail and you will find that
they will break more easily as a result.

Tips to Keep Your Nails Strong and Sexy

When you write down your shopping list, as you punch a phone number into your
cell, while you wash dishes, do the ironing, clean the windows, or do one
hundred other things that women do on any given day do you take notice of the
condition of your nails?

Our hands are such an integral part of our daily lives, and constantly, we risk
their health and strength, often without even noticing, because of the hustle and
bustle of our day-to-day activities. Take a few moments each day, or at least a
few times a week, to monitor the condition of your nails, the color, the texture, the
appearance of ridges or white marks.

Make a greater effort to take good care of your nails, and you will be thrilled with
the way they complement your wardrobe and your own personal style. Consider
the following tips as a way to enhance the health and quality of your nails.

Great, Healthy Nails
      Apply speed-dry nail polish when time is of the essence.

       Drink lots of water. Keep your body hydrated everyday to maintain healthy
       nails.
      Fortify your diet with FDA approved vitamins or supplements. Your
      fingernails count on you to be responsible with your health and your diet.
      Unless instructed otherwise by your physician, increase your daily doses
      of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, folic acid, protein, Vitamin B12, and zinc.

      Touch up your manicure on a daily basis to prevent chips and cracks.

      Your nails depend on you to maintain a healthy diet. Take in lots.

Nail polish tips:
      Finish with a clear topcoat to add gloss and sheen.

      Start with a base coat to strengthen and protect the nails.

      Store nail polish in the refrigerator to maintain a smooth consistency.

      Try not to store nail polish in a room that becomes cold. The nail polish
      bottles may break without warning, leaving you with a big mess.

To avoid breaking nails or brittle nails:
      Avoid using your nails as tools. This means no picking, scratching,
      digging, pinching, etc. You know who you are!

      Increase the amount of calcium in your diet.

      Use products containing alcohol, especially perfumed lotions, sparingly.
      These items can make nails prone to breaking.

      Wear rubber gloves when you do chores that involve continual
      submersion in water or contact with harsh detergents or chemicals.

Do It Yourself French Manicure

Want professional looking nails without spending your days pay in the salon?
With some practice and a little patience, you can enjoy fancy nails anytime you
want for only the cost of your nail polish!

Their pale pink base and bright white tips characterize the ever-popular French
manicures, which are a common request at nail salons everywhere. Professional
nail stylists may paint your nails alone or they may apply fake tips if you desire.
Based on your personal preferences, a nail designer will give your nails a
strengthening and conditioning workout prior to painting them. If you get your
nails done with fake tips, you may have to make a trip back to the salon to get
your French tips refilled when your nails have grown noticeably.
Keeping longer, healthy nails will be most conducive to sporting a French
manicure. To complete your own French manicure, begin with the following steps
to prepare your nails for the procedure.

      Using a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover, wipe off any old nail
       polish prior to painting nails. Wash hands and soak in warm water for a
       few moments.
      With an orangewood stick, gently push back the cuticles so they are all
       even with each other once the water has softened your skin.
      With nail clippers, beauty scissors or a nail file, shape your nails evenly.
      With a steady hand, carefully paint only the tip of each nail with a white
       hue. A second coat may be desirable, depending on the thickness and
       opaqueness of the polish. Allow polish to dry between coats.
      Using a slightly transparent pink or nude color, paint the entire nail once
       the tips have dried. A second coat may be necessary. Allow nails to dry
       thoroughly.
      Once all the coats have dried, apply a clear topcoat to protect your new
       French manicure. To lengthen the manicures lifespan, make an effort to
       paint a clear coat on each night. Be sure it has ample time to dry
       completely.
      If you are feeling especially creative and ambitious, kick off your shoes
       and match your tootsies to your fingertips!

This procedure is best performed on a lazy morning or evening when no other
pressing errands or tasks will get in the way. After painting your nails, avoid
doing things with your hands while they dry.

For an easier painting technique, check the beauty section of a drug store or
superstore for a French manicure kit. The set should contain, at the very least,
nail polish in white and pink or beige and a clear topcoat. Some manicure sets -
like COVERGIRLs French Manicure Kit will contain tiny, sticky nail guides. These
make the manicure process 100 times easier by allowing you to place the guides
on each nail individually, leaving a small margin where the polish can spill
outside the tip without tainting the rest of the nail.

As the holidays approach, let your crazy side out by concocting a wildly modified
French manicure - green and white for St. Patricks Day, pastel shades for Easter,
black and orange for Halloween and red and green for Christmas. Have fun and
remember, even if you find the do-it-yourself French manicure difficult at first,
practice will provide you with the skills you need to create beautiful and perfect
manicures all year long!

There is never been a better time to renew and revamp your image. For a fun,
flirty and attractive look that takes only a few moments to an hour to achieve,
make a conscious effort to keep your nails in tip-top shape with new nail designs
this season.
Short and metallic

Metallic are all the rage this year, and spring is a great season to sport a trendy
new look. For the best impact, keep your nails trimmed relatively short and show
off a splashy metallic look. Silvers, greens, blues, blacks anything sparkly goes.

Greens are especially hot this year, so apply a pretty green hue to get in on the
latest color craze. Take an extra step toward creativity and find a color that
matches your car�s shiny coat!

French manicure

For a lovely feminine look, consider a French manicure. Beautiful pale pink nails
with emphasized white tips accentuate your fingertips and complement any outfit,
swimsuit or occasion. For a flawless manicure, head over to the salon and get
your nails done, either naturally or with acrylics.

If you find yourself to be a little bit handy with nail polish or crafty in general, stop
at your local drugstore or beauty shop and look for a French manicure kit. Many
kits include little sticky strips to help you section off which parts of your nails will
receive the white tips and white parts will remain pink. French manicures are still
in style and many men find them sexy. Why not go for the girlie look?

Pretty and pastel nail art

It is likely that pastel colors will never go out of style. Find a shimmery lilac or
lavender, a dainty pink, peach or rose, or try other pale pastel shades.

For an extra creative touch, apply an iridescent, glossy, pearly or glittery topcoat.
Or, for a modern twist, introduce a delicate white on your tips and enjoy a unique
new French manicure.

Traditional nail design

For a no-fail look no matter what your personal style or wardrobe options,
consider a standby pink or red. Softer pinks and reds seem to be making a
strong appearance on nails, blending nicely with all skin tones, nail shapes and
clothing color choices.

Reds and pinks tend to be classics in the world of lips and fingertips, so even if
you can’t find a trendy look for your nails, you can stay in style with a tried-and-
true color scheme. To get a little daring, gradually tone down your colors until you
are moving from fire engine red and lollypop pink to paler shades of carnation,
brick and maybe even peach!
If you can’t settle on a particular color, pattern or style for your nails, take a trip to
the store and browse the shelves for ideas. You may spot a must-have color or
an adorable set of adornments and decals. Get a little wild, a little crazy and a
little unique this season. Don’t be afraid to express yourself and remember that
healthy nails are important!

Quick and Easy Designs for Stylish Nails

Whether you have a hot date or a job interview, a wedding or a casual night out
at the bar, get creative and try some new styles for your nail painting needs.
Follow the following quick and easy tips to achieve a glamorous look in only
minutes!

Basic Hues:

Perhaps the simplest style of them all is the basic solid color manicure. For open-
toed shoes, be sure to apply a coat of the same color to your tootsies to accent
your outfit and make you feel even more stylish and sexy. Basic styles in neutral
and mild tones work very well for first impressions. Save the black and silver for
future engagements.

Choose a color that complements the clothing you intend to wear. If the outfit is
patterned, pick a shade that appears within the design a bit less than the other
colors and use that same shade of nail polish to emphasize that hue.

For an even more fashionable look, do your nails in the solid color and allow
them to dry completely. When they are finished drying, use a thin brush or a
toothpick with a different color and trace a diagonal line going the same way on
each nail. Try to make them as uniform as possible, and as you become more
and more adept at painting extra designs, create your own styles for fun.

School Spirited:

If you are still in school or attending college, an exclamation of school pride
would wear well on your nails by painting them in your school colors. You can do
this in one of many ways:

      Alternate the colors by painting each nail entirely with one color and doing
       the next nail in the next school color. For example, if your school colors
       are blue and white, start with blue on your thumbnail, white on your index
       finger, blue on your middle finger, and so forth.
      Paint the nails all the same solid color, and once completely dry, paint the
       tips the other school color.
      Paint all nails one color, and using a toothpick or very thin brush, sketch a
       phrase or on your fingernails if it fits.
      Get creative and make up your own’ draw swirls, try to paint your school
       mascot, etc.

A Girl’s Night Out Styles:

Attract some attention with a wild and crazy style be it zebra stripes, metallic
glints or otherwise. Perfect for a night to the clubs or a date out on the town.

Do a quick version of a French manicure by painting the base coat of your nails
in a neutral tone, such as a salmon color. With a white hue, once dry, paint the
tips of your nails carefully and as uniformly as possible. This works best if you
are able to grow your nails out a bit so you can use your natural nails anatomy as
a guide.

Glitter and glamour choose a base color to use on all of your nails to complement
your outfit. Allow that coat to dry paint another coat if necessary. Once the nails
are smudge-proof, take a glass coat of clear gloss or a sparkle coat that matches
the chosen color and add your own special touches. Dark blue and black look
very nice with silver glitter, red with gold glitter, though the combination
possibilities are endless. These glittery styles may complement wedding apparel,
semi-formalwear and even casual attire.

To save even more time, apply a clear coat to your nails each day to protect the
polish from chipping. Experiment with decals and nail transfers if you are not up
for designing your own artistic themes. Be creative, do not get discouraged and
remember, the more practice you get, the easier it will become each time you try
a new style!

      Lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and brittleness.
      Lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C causes hang nails.
      White bands across the nails are caused by protein deficiency.
      A lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid can cause splitting nails.
      Insufficient intake or vitamin B12 can lead to excessive dryness, very
       rounded and curved ends and darkening of nails.
      Insufficient zinc can cause development of white spots on the nails.
      Cuts and cracks in the nails may indicate a need for more liquids.
      Red skin around your cuticles can be caused by poor metabolism of
       essential fatty acids.

Here are the guidelines to follow for improving the health of your nails:

      Eat a diet composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in order to supply
       necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Eat foods rich in sulfur and
       silicon, such as broccoli, fish and onions. Include foods rich in biotin such
       as soy, brewer’s yeast and whole grains.
      Drink plenty of water and other liquids.
      You may supplement your diet with royal jelly, spirulina or kelp, which are
       rich in silica, zinc and B vitamins and help to strengthen your nails.
      Drink fresh carrot juice daily, this is high in calcium and phosphorus and is
       excellent for strengthening nails.

Eat well and your whole body will be better, healthier, more beautiful!

Beautiful Nails Made Easy

Everyone wants nails to be proud of so if yours are less than perfect here are a
few quick tips to get them in great condition in no time. Stunning nails

Apply nail varnish remover before doing your nails even if don’t need to remove
any old polish, it prepares the nails by removing any grease so that your polish
will last longer
 If you’re having trouble achieving the perfect French Manicure try using a white
nail pencil underneath the nail tip instead of white polish you’ll find it’s much
easier
Give your nail varnish plenty of time for each layer to dry to ensure a lasting
finish. If you’re likely to get impatient waiting around opt for a quick drying
formula like Lancome Vernis Instant Magnetic or L’Oreal Jet Set
Always wipe the top of the nail varnish bottle with a cotton bud to get rid of any
excess polish, this will prevent the bottle from becoming glued shut
Lots of beauty companies have nail polishes available with matching lip colour for
whose seeking a totally co-ordinated look, ask at your local beauty counter
Remember it’s much better to apply lots of thin coats of colour rather that one
thick one, it will dry quicker and last longer
Try not to remove and reapply polish more than once or twice a week, as it will
dry out your nails. Choosing a remover with built in moisturisers will help limit the
damage
A hand massage will boost your circulation and encourage nail growth and is the
perfect way to pamper yourself.

How To Do Your Nails Fast

When you are in a rush, decisions have to be made. Prioritize. Do you shape or
polish? Do you quick-dry or go the long, slow route? New formulas allow for snap
decisions:

      Speed-dry enamels are worthy of their name (you can open mail, search
       for keys, or put on your tightest long-sleeved shirt within seconds), but
       there's a downside: "As fast as they dry, that's as fast they chip," insists
       manicurist Elisa Ferri, so save them for emergencies. Eke a few extra
       days out of a fast-dry manicure by doing a daily touch-up with a quick-
       drying coat.
      In the other corner, there are strong, chip-resistant formulas - the torttoise
       of the polish race. To pick up the pace of these tougher enamels, like
       L'Oreal Shock Proof, carefully submerge freshly painted nails in a bowl of
       ice-cold water for 30 seconds to harden still-groopy polish.
      Light or sheer shades are best for hasty manicures, Ferri says. "You can
       even get away with just a wide stripe down the center" rather than
       painstakingly painting the entire nail.

If a manicure is beyond the repair of a topcoat or two, face facts and call in the
remover. You can keep single-use packets of nail polish remover (Cutex and Get
Fresh make them) on hand so you can strip away color on the run.

When there is no time for polish, just clean underneath the nails, rub on a buffing
cream, and shine them with a chamois buffer.

F AQ
How do I avoid getting polish on my cuticles?
Instead of painting right from the cuticle, place the brush on the nail bed about
1/8" away from the cuticle and push backwards toward it, stopping just before the
skin.

That’s too much work…how do I remove polish from my cuticles?
Plan ahead. Paint your nails about an hour before bedtime, leaving the messy
polish on. When taking a shower the next morning, the polish will soften and peel
off. Any stubborn polish still left on the skin can easily be removed by rubbing it
with a soft towel. Polish not dry yet? In a rush? Use a cotton swab and nail polish
remover to do a quick removal.

How do I keep my polish from peeling near the skin?
Lightly buff the top of your nail near your cuticle with a fine-grained file. This will
take away the top oily enamel and allow better adhesion.

My polish doesn’t peel near the skin, it peels at the tips, what am I doing
wrong?
It’s usually one of these two things…

•You’ve used two or more coats of ridge-filler and followed with a couple coats of
polish. To avoid peeling, stick to only one coat of ridge-filler, and wait until it’s
completely dry to apply the regular polish.

•You’ve painted a couple thick coats instead of a few thin ones. Always use thin
coats, it gives better coverage, dries faster and lasts longer.

I can’t apply thin coats, my nail polish is just thick to begin with. What
should I do?
If you really want your nail polish to keep well in the bottle, keep it in the
refrigerator, this will extend its shelf-life.

I keep getting those darn bubbles!
Two things can cut down significantly on bubbles:
ROLL the bottle between your palms, instead of shaking it. Shaking just whips
bubbles into the polish. Also, use only thin coats.

Why does my polish keep cracking?
Try applying a thin clear coat of polish every other night to avoid this.

My nails keep splitting in layers at the top, will eating gelatin and drinking
milk help strengthen them?
No and no. These are just myths. Your fingernails are made of keratin, the same
protein as hair. Have you ever seen conditioner brag that it has calcium in it?
Probably not. What WILL help strengthen your nails is to avoid filing them as
much as possible, and when you have to, file in one direction only. You know
what happens if you keep bending a wire back and forth? The same thing
happens to nails, just on a different level. Other tips… use gloves when washing
dishes and doing other household chores. Keep exposure to harsh chemicals at
a minimum, especially bleach.

People say that you need different moisturizers for your nails than for your
hands…why?
Well, back to the protein thing again. Would you use hand cream on your hair?
Unlikely. The fact is that your fingernails absorb water 100 times faster than your
skin does…and they lose the moisture just as fast as they absorb it. So
considering how much hand cream you need in the wintertime, think how thirsty
your nails are, and recognize that they need just as must tenderness (if not more)
than your hands do.

I work with food, so my hands are constantly in water. What can I do to
keep my manicure nice?
I only see two choices really.
•Keep nails well-trimmed, and don’t wear polish to work (not even clear, it’ll just
crack and peel).
•Get thee to a nail salon! In my opinion, acrylic is to fingernails what Godiva is to
chocolate. Only nail enhancements will stand up to the beating your hands will
take.




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