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13 February 2011

Natural Nail care and NOTD

Many of you have always complimented me on my nails, but recently I had a comment on one of my posts asking if I could do a nail care post including thing I use in my nail care regime. I think I am quite lucky in the nail area, but I will give you the basics of what I do to keep them tip top.
  • NEVER saw nails when filing, always go from the left inward, then the right inwards. Sawing will only cause your nails to break,flake and split.

  • Make sure your using the right file, you don't want to use a grit that's to high for your nails, once again this will only cause breakage. I like to use the qvs nail files, you can usually find them at the till side in Superdrug. They only cost 99p.

  • Use and acetone free nail polish remover, acetone will only dry your nail bed out.

  • Cuticle oil or olive oil is your friend, massage it into your cuticles and nails after you have removed polish to re nourish them. Make sure you wash your hands after if you plan to paint your nails straight after, otherwise the polish wont adhere.

  • Let your nails BREATH! Ok we all love our nail colours but our nails need to breath to help them grow healthily and strong. Try to give nail polish a miss for 24hrs once a week at least. This will also help keep that dreaded yellow stain at bay.

  • BUFF once every couple of weeks to get the blood flowing through your nails. You don't need a professional buffer, you can pick up one of those 4 way nail files and use the shine step side to buff your nails with a little nail cream.

  • Last but not least your nail shape should slightly mimic the shape of your cuticle. I personally think sqoval(square oval) is a perfect shape for most.

    EXTRA TIPS

If your nails are extra brittle and prone to breakage keep them short and soak them in milk once a week for 15min, this will help strengthen them.

Get rid of those dreaded yellow stains by using a white block file to lightly buff the surface of your nail, don't make this a habit though as in time it will thin the nail surface.

In the past I did mess with acrylics even though I didn't need too, and I totally screwed up my nails, thankfully I nursed them back to health.

Hope this post helps those who have been curious, I am a nail technician (even though I don't dabble in that any more) so you can trust that I'm not talking rubbish lol so if you have anymore questions, feel free to fire away.

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37 comments

  1. I envy your nails so much! Mine are grotesque!

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  2. @Vexinthecity no there not u fool lol they looked cute in your gold polish post

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  3. Good post, I occasionally have trouble with my nails flaking at the tips...very annoying. I sometimes put a bit of olive oil on them, and that seems to help.

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  4. excellent post, thank you. my nails always spilt about half way down on my thumbs, i heard this was to do with hair?! anyways i will be giving that milk soak a go!

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  5. You have such pretty nails! I love the shape. My saviour is OPI nail envy!

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  6. I used to have SUPER PRETTY nails. Long, shiny, healthy and white tipped. Now they're on a chipping-rampage. They chip, break and worse. UGH it's terrible. Would you care to share some of your cuticle and nail creams that you use? I'm desperate here : (

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  7. ahhh jealous of ya bootyfull nails¬! i have short nails and have a habbit of chewin em [bad i know] :( xxx

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  8. I want your nails. This is so irrelevant to me seeing as I can't stop biting them. I will share this with others though, really informative!

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  9. @나니 I dont use anything specific, its usually whatever I walk into a shop and see. Ath the moment im using a cheap cuticle oil from Superdrug, and you could use any hand and nail cream. Drugstore wise , id reccoment nivea in the pink tube.x

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  10. Oooh la la. that colour is a beauty. looks beautiful

    http://ohsopetite.blogspot.com/

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  11. Great tips!! My natural nails are about the same length as yours but I really dont look after them & my cuticles are a mess smh!! I need to stop putting on nail polish back to back & actually look after them. Your nails are gorgeous

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  12. Thanks for doing the post, it was really helpful. I was wondering what nail polish remover would you reccomend? My nails seems to stain easily from dark polishes and with the current nail polish remover i'm using it takes forever to take off.

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  13. @Aliyah I just use a superdrug make one. but if your using dark colours make sure you use a good base coat.x

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  14. Which base/top coat do you use?

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  15. @anon I havent used one here but usually rimmels one. I think its called mirror shine

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  16. Your nails are a nice length :) Mine are similar in colour to yours, only a tad discoloured and im going to use Bubble White again......is there anything else you would recommend? What do you use for discolouration? xo

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  17. Great post very helpful. I do have a question (mostly because you said you nursed your nails back to health). For years one of my nails has looked a bit odd. The best way to describe it is that it looks like the top 'layer' of nail splits right down the middle to the cuticle. It seems like it grows this way now. This occured when i damaged my nail as a child and i simply cant get rid of it. Any suggestions?

    www.missmina-mina.blogspot.com

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  18. Gorgeous nails... Mine are getting better but they aren't anywhere near that pretty.

    Great post!

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  19. Bit of a weird quiestion BUT do you always match your toe nail polish colour to your finger nails?

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  20. Lovely blog!!

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  21. @beautyandthebeast I tend to steer clear of dark colours so I dont tend to get discolouration, but as I said in the post a light buff with a white block will remove any stains to the nail

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  22. @mina maybe your nail has been permanently damaged. Keep it low and keep massaging oil into it, maybe 3 time per week.x

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  23. @anon LOL no but one of the colours has to be neutral so although there not the same they still match ;-)

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  24. Great nail care tips :) I swear by Creative Nail SolarOil and their other products. I love that red polish on your nails, it looks gorgeous :)

    Catherine x

    www.beautyblogbycat.blogspot.com

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  25. my nails looks awful right now...maybe I'll try the milk trick :)

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  26. great blog girl!i love your stuff!the posts are amazing!i am following u now!sorry that it took me a while to answer i was moving my blog to another domain so here i am gain!!
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  27. Aw i wish i had as great nails as you! I work in a lab so can't stay away from the acetone unfortunately and you're so right about it - my nails really suffer from flaking :( Any tips about how i can strengthen them? I really try to keep them filed and i've found that helps a lot and i hardly ever paint them! All tips welcome :)

    xxShivvyxx

    Please check out my blog it would mean a lot :)

    xxshivvyxx.blogspot.com

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  28. so cute!!!
    beautiful post!!!
    love it!!!=P
    xx

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  29. @shivvy try the milk tip in the post.x

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  30. great nails and loved the tip!
    gorgeous

    www.wearnailpolish.blogspot.com

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  31. Super helpful tips, Thanks :)

    http://hannahsbeautybroadcast.blogspot.com/

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  32. GORGEOUS NAILS!!! great post. thanks! check mine out if you get time, www.segments-of-life.blogspot.com

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  33. so jealous of your nails, mine are so crap but not ad bas as they were when I had acrylics LOL

    Vikki @ Vikki-Gabrielle World Blogspot
    x

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  34. I love the article.
    And one thing you may read some more nice tips here too:

    http://beautyandtheblog23.blogspot.com/2011/02/natural-nail-care-and-notd.html

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  35. You nail shape are so good.its look so pretty..you nail care tips also so good.

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