Do At Home: Beautiful, Strong, Healthy Nails
So many people write to me that they’re having a serious problem with
their nails . . . what to do?…what to do?, they ask. Some have problems
even when they keep their nails short. You will learn here how to take care
of the top surface of the nails, as well as the nutrition it takes to develop
strong healthy nails from the inside. This part does not happen overnight – but
stick with it and it will work. You will also learn the best way to give yourself
a home manicure. But first:
When I was a model in New York City, I was a regular at a nail salon catering
to models and stars. I could do my nails at home but this was one treat I insisted
on for myself. I had a standing appointment there with the owner/manicurist.
Lucille Ball had a standing appointment with this manicurist, too, on the
same day and immediately preceding mine, so I would see her there often. Now,
I make it a point never to approach a celebrity, respecting their privacy,
but after seeing Ms. Ball so often, I couldn’t help myself. One day,
I knelt next to her chair, excused myself and said, “Lucille Ball, I
must share with you how much fun and laughter you have given me for so many
years, and I would like to thank you for that.”
What a gracious lady. She said, “Thank you for sharing that with me,
you are very kind to tell me.”
No, we never went for tea, but I will always remember her kind response and
generosity of spirit.
So what has this to do with YOUR nails? Nothing! But it was this great manicurist
who gave me a very good education in how women can have strong, healthy nails,
yet can take care of them at home, if they wished to do so.
During that period, when I was modeling, I was also beauty editor of a magazine,
called “Model’s Circle, For Women Who Want to be Beautiful.” It
was partly the information she gave me that I used to write an article for
this magazine about nails. This information is still very valid today.
||How To Get The Nail To GROW Strong and Healthy.
Fingernails—and toenails, too—are products of your epidermis and
are composed of the protein keratin. Each nail grows outward from a nail root
that extends back into a groove of skin.
Fingernails normally grow at the rate of 1/8th inch a month, approximately
2 or 3 times faster than toenails. Growth slows in old age. Sudden or significant
changes in the appearance of the nails can be a first sign of illness. Abnormal
or unhealthy nails may be the result of a local injury, a glandular deficiency, or a deficiency of certain nutrients.
Contrary to common belief, the structure of the nails is not related to the
structure of bone, and taking extra calcium will not strengthen brittle nails.
Neither will taking gelatin.
With severe malnutrition, after an injury or during a course of some kinds
of chemotherapy, nail formation is impaired. During the several weeks of such
impaired formation an area of thinning of the nails can be seen. The width
of this zone of thinning of nails corresponds to the duration of the injury
or the use of, for example, chemotherapy.
A protein deficiency can cause opaque white bands to appear on the nails or
cause them to become dry, brittle and very thin. Insufficient amounts of complete
proteins and/or vitamin A slow down the rate of nail growth (which is also
affected by various drugs). A shortage of vitamin A in the diet may also cause
dryness and brittleness. A lack of the B vitamins causes nails to become fragile,
with horizontal or vertical ridges appearing. The B complex is also a factor
in fungus infestation found underneath the nails. Frequent hangnails usually
indicate an inadequate intake of vitamins C, folic acid, and protein. An iron
deficiency can disturb the growth of the nails, causing dryness, brittleness,
thinning, flattening and eventually the appearance of moon-shaped nails. White
spots can be caused by a zinc deficiency.
Any nail abnormality indicates that the diet is not adequate; a well-balanced
diet supplying all essential nutrients is recommended.
Nutrients that may be beneficial in treatment of nail problems: Vitamin A,
Vitamin B complex, Folic acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, and Protein.
(See our Super Age Enhancer Capsule under “Vitamins & Supplements” in
www.oleda.com. I also recommend VEGGIES & FRUIT Concentrate. to alkalize your body.)
If you have a nail problem that is the result of poor diet or illness, and
you plan to do something about it, think in terms of three months because that’s
how long it will take before you see the results of improved nutrition through
your diet and supplements.
Meanwhile, here are some measures that will help strengthen your nails and
keep them that way:
1. Wear rubber gloves whenever you use soap and water or do any kind of manual
activity; and have them larger than your usual glove size.
2. Use your fingers, not your nails, to pick things up. This, of course, is
easier said than done! If you have long nails, use the sides of your fingers.
3. Carry a small Band-aid in your handbag. If a nail cracks, put it on immediately,
then mend your nail as soon as you return home. You can buy a “mending
kit” of some kind in almost any drugstore.
4. Always keep a coat of some type of polish, even clear polish, on your nails
5. For extra strength and proper conditioning apply Oleda® Nail Bed Healer and use Oleda® Hard Hard Nails. Please read about how these products
help to develop healthier, stronger nails in www.oleda.com, under “Nail Treatment .”
||How to Give Yourself a Professional Manicure At Home
Allow yourself about an hour of time and assemble everything you need before
- clean hand towel
- cuticle cutter
- hydrogen peroxide
- polish remover
- bowl of soapy water
- emery board
- cuticle oil
- orange sticks - sometimes called cuticle sticks
- nail polish
- top-coat sealer
Step 1: Clean off old polish with cotton pad soaked in polish remover. Take
care not to push the old polish into the cuticle by starting from the base
of the nail and working down to the tip.
Step 2: Be sure your nails are dry before you file them. Begin at the side
with the emery board and sweep to the center. Never use a “saw-like” motion,
and don’t round off the nails too much for that can cause them to break
easily. The longer you want your nails, the more “square” they
should be. But always take the “square” off the corners.
Step 3: Soak your fingers in warm soapy water for 2 to 3 minutes to help clean
the nails and soften the cuticles. Clean your nails with the orange stick dipped
in hydrogen peroxide.
Step 4: Apply cuticle remover or oil to your cuticles. Wrap a tiny piece of
cotton around the tip of the orange stick and gently work it around each nail
to loosen the cuticle. This is also the time to clip away any loose cuticle.
Do this gently or you may hurt yourself or cause hangnails.
Step 5: Apply a base coat. (this could be the time to applyOleda® Nail Bed Healer.) This semi-transparent “polish” puts a smooth
protective layer on the nail and is especially helpful for brittle and weak
nails. Use strong brush strokes from the base of the nail to the tip.
Step 6: After the base coat is dry, apply your polish. (Of course, it can
be clear). Thin it down if necessary with polish remover. This is one of the
secrets for professional-looking nails.
Wait until each coat of polish dries before applying the next (if it’s
thin polish, it won’t take long). In applying polish, brush the color
across the base of your nail first, keeping clear of the cuticle, then make
two strokes along the edges of your nail from base to tip. Finally, fill in
the middle with one strong stroke from the base to the tip. Never go back over
wet polish or you will get ridges. If you smudge a nail, apply a little polish
remover on the smudged part while the nail is still wet, then smooth it over
ever so lightly with the nail polish brush.
Step 7: Apply top-coat sealer. (Or, if you are using Oleda® Hard Hard Nails.this is the time to apply it.) Sealers prolong the wear of your polish,
delay chipping and make your nails thicker and stronger. Let nails dry for
Note: If you only want clear nails you can use the two Oleda nail products
for health and strength if you wish.
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