Cherry red, seductive coral, pleasing pink or shocking purple – nail polishes come in a range of shades and glitters. Nail polish has been used as nail ornamentation for centuries. Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used natural pigments to color their nails. Modern nail polishes are basically composed of nitrocellulose dissolved in a solvent and either left clear or colored with various pigments. You can get nail polish applied at a nail salon after your manicure and pedicure sessions. But there is no shortcut to healthy nails. Regular nail care goes a long way in keeping your nails healthy and attractive.
Choose a good quality nail polish. Various nail products such as nail removers and cuticle creams are toxic cosmetics. Formaldehyde and toluene are found in many nail products. Water-based nail enamels are also available. Hypoallergenic and unscented nail products are better suited for women with sensitive skin. Choose your nail polish color to suit your attire.
For regular wear, you can opt for classic shades of French manicure or even a clear nail polish – one that will form a protective layer and trap the moisture in. Choose a shade that enhances the beauty of your fingers and toes. Fair hands can take on most colors of nail polish. You can choose the all-time favorites like browns and reds or go wild with green and yellow. Nail polishes come in matte or glossy shades. Special nail enamel shades come with glitter.
You can take your own manicure kit to a nail salon. If not, ensure that you visit a nail salon that cleans and disinfects its instruments after each use. Tools must be immersed in special sterilization products for a stipulated time period. Dirty equipment at a nail salon can put you at risk for hepatitis B and C. The manicurist must wash her hands before she attends to your nails. Clean towels, pedicure tubs, tissues and cotton balls are essential for maintaining hygiene. New emery boards must be used each time. Fresh soapy water must be used for each client. Avoid letting the nail salon staff to cut your nail cuticles too closely or cut corns and calluses.
Take regular care of your nails with simple tips and you can sport healthy nails that you can be proud of. Nails absorb a lot of work and lose it just as quickly. It is essential to keep the nails well moisturized and hydrated. Regular use of cuticle oil will keep dry and ragged cuticles at bay. Nail strengthening creams can help in stimulating nail growth. Household cleaners and solvents can be damaging on the nails. Wear gloves while performing household chores or working in the garden. Excessive washing dries nails and may cause them to crack or split.
Dry and brittle nails can be indicative of deficiency of Vitamin A and calcium. White spots can develop on the nails if there is a deficiency of zinc. Protein deficiency manifests as white bands across the nails. Foods rich in sulfur and silicon such as broccoli and fish are good for your nails. Eating foods rich in biotin such as brewer’s yeast and whole grain and soy and including plenty of water in your diet works well for healthy nails. Nail care can be complemented with supplements of zinc and B vitamins.