Friday, January 15, 2010

How do I make my nails and cuticles looking nice again?

I bite my nails sometime and the area above them is cut and sore. I wash them a lot in the day and put on plenty of moisturiser but they still look awful - any tips?How do I make my nails and cuticles looking nice again?
use orange cream from BOOTs nail sectionHow do I make my nails and cuticles looking nice again?
ok you need to use ';hard as nails'; its a nail polish designed to help restore your nails, next, when ever you see your cuticles starting to grow over your nails you NEED to push them back. If you do this you can avoid them from getting cut and snagged on things, just continue to maintain your nails and in about 2 weeks they should show some inprovement. Good luck.
go get a ******* manicure.

they make you pretty.

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almond oil an latex gloves wen u go to bed, an elastic band on ur wrist an ping it hard wen u go to bite or pick, hope this helps
go to a nail technician, besides the beauty parlor,that is the next place you need to be atleast every 2 weeks
Stop biting , wait three months the go to professional
stop biting
use a buffer there amazing.
First stop biting. Have you considered getting acrylic nails put on? That will break your habit pretty quick because you really cannot bite those and if you do, it will HURT! Second, use cuticle creams to heal your cuticles and DO NOT pick at them, it only makes them worse. If you do not want to try the acrylics, try Nailtiques. It's a nail polish full of vitamins that help your nails grow strong. Good luck!
Burt's Bees has some great nail products. Also a manicure once in a while would do you some good. Also keep nailpolish on them all the time. Even if its just clear. Or take Prenatal Vitamins. I am pregnant and my nails are long and hard...they look so nice!
try a good lotion
Nail Length: Keep nails at a length appropriate to the size of your nail bed and your activity level. Nails should extend no more than 1/3 the length of your nail bed.

Nails absorb and lose water and moisture 100 times faster than skin. So it鈥檚 especially important to moisturize your nails as well as your hands. Always apply a good cr猫me after having your hands in water, especially when using household detergents or cleaners. You can also massage a drop of olive oil into your bare nails every few days or whenever you change your polish.

Filing: Excessive filing can weaken the edges of nails causing them to peel. Keep filing to a minimum. If you really need to shorten your nails, clip them first, then smooth out the rough edges with a file or buffer.

File nails only when dry. Then use a buffer to smooth out rough spots.

NEVER file nails back and forth across the tip of your nail. This will weaken the nail, causing it to split and chip. File nails toward the center, first from one side then from the other.

Avoid filing deep into the sides of the nail. This also tends to weaken it. Allowing the sides to grow makes them appear longer and they will wear better.

Cuticles: Never cut your cuticles. This will make them come back thicker %26amp; faster. Instead, keep them well moisturized and use a cr猫me cuticle remover. Use a cuticle stick to push them back gently.

To soften stubborn, dry cuticles, make your own quick easy soaking solution by adding a few drops of honey or moisturizer to a small bowl of warm water. Then soak nails %26amp; cuticles for 2 to 5 minutes massaging them as they soak.

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Stains: Dark polishes can discolor nails, so you should always wear a base coat under them and never leave the color on for more than a week. Nicotine also causes skin and nails to yellow. Using a teeth whitening gel with peroxide apply it to each nail with a Q-tip and keep it on for a minute or two, this can help remove yellowing. Also try rubbing fresh cut lemons on clean nails or soaking them in denture cleaning tablets, this works amazingly well.

Nail Biting: This is typically a stress reaction. When you get the urge to bite, try substituting a different form of oral gratification such as chewing gum or a mint. A split or chipped nail is a common trigger for biting nails, so try carrying a nail file with you at all times. As soon as you get a nick, file it off so you won't be tempted to play with it and bite it off. Weekly manicures are a good way to deter nail biting, if your nails always look nice, you will be more self-conscious of them and not want to mess them up.

Splitting Nails: This is one of the most difficult conditions to correct and can be caused by several things, but generally, extremely dry, dehydrated nails will split. Just think of a piece of wood. Without moisture, it splinters and splits apart. Moisture is like glue that fills in the spaces between the nail cells to keep them together.

Use a moisturizing nail cr猫me or olive oil or one of Nutra Nail's 5 to 7 Growth treatments, to keep nails well conditioned. Massage any one of these products into the nails and cuticles as often as possible, especially after washing hands. Other culprits that can cause splitting nails are drug reaction, a condition called lichen planus (red itchy bumps), and in rare cases iron and protein deficiencies. Some diseases can also cause nails to split, like patella syndrome.

A severe trauma to the nail can also cause nails to split, and if the nail bed is permanently damaged, it will never be eliminated. The best you can do in this case is to camouflage it by filling the split with nail glue, powder, and nail wrap, then file it down to a smooth finish. In any case always see your doctor to get a professional opinion and advise on treatment if a nail condition looks like it is more than just an external problem.

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Nail Color: Red is the most popular color for nails, and there are so many shades to choose from, what is best for your nails? Well to start, look at the shape and size of your fingers, if you have short or pudgy fingers it may not be your most flattering shade. Red tends to make short or pudgy fingers look even more so. To help fingers look longer and slimmer, a neutral shade would be better, something that is closer to your own skin-tone will help elongate fingers.

If you have wide, flat nails, a little trick you can use to give the illusion of length is to apply nail color mainly to the center of the nail. Leave a thin line of unpolished area to either side of the nail. This will help minimize the width of the nail and slenderize it.

When you choose a red nail polish, consider your skin tone. If you have fair skin, look for a cool-based berry toned red. If you have an olive complexion look for warmer reds with a yellowish based red.

*Supplements: There are clinical studies that have shown that taking 2500 to 3000 mcg of the supplement Biotin can improve the quality of new nail growth, making nails thicker and stronger. This is a long-term measure to help nails condition and prevent nail problems; results would take anywhere from 3 to 6 months, taking the supplement every day. Biotin is a B vitamin, ask your pharmacist for Biotin Forte. Always ask your doctor before taking and medications to check for any contraindications.

*Consult with your Physician prior to taking supplements.

Maintenance: File nails regularly. This helps get rid of snags and tears before they become a broken or torn nail. Only use nail files with a grit between 240 and 300 for natural nails. Anything smaller will be too coarse, and anything high will work more like a buffer.

Always use a hand cr猫me after washing hands, make sure you put it on the nails and massage it into the nails and cuticles. If you get into this habit you will rarely develop nail %26amp; cuticle problems. Try not to put your hands and nails in water for long periods of time, water dehydrates nails and weakens them.

Giving yourself a quick manicure every week, it's relaxing and a little bit of maintenance will reap big rewards in the long run. Very few people are born with beautiful healthy looking nails. Most nice looking natural nails are the results of consistent nail care and maintenance.

Ways to Protect Nails: Treat your nails like jewels, not tools. It is natural for you to want to use your nails as a tool to perform a variety of everyday tasks, but try and refrain鈥?for your nails sake. With little practice, you can learn to use your knuckles, the pads of your fingers, and the backs of your hand to do most household chores. Here are some helpful alternatives to using your fingernails:

Use a pencil or pen to do limited pushing activities, dialing a phone number or turning a computer on and off.

Choose household tools that take the workload off the hands and fingertips. Use a duster with a handle instead of a cloth that you have to push with your hand.

When doing laundry, heavy, wet clothes can easily catch and break nails. Try using a barbecue or ice tongs to pull them out of the washer instead of your hands.

Slide items off a smooth surface with the edge of your hand instead of picking at them with your finger nails.

When putting on panty-hose, don't use the fingertips. Keep index fingers turned under and use the middle portion of the thumb to pull them up.

For work activities such as typing, operating a cash register or adding machine, use the pads of your fingers rather than the tips of the nail whenever possible.

Never open letters or packages with the tips of fingers. Using a letter opener, scissors or a small craft knife are great for saving nails and polish from snags and chips.

You really need to become aware of everything your hands and nails encounter and should wear the appropriate gloves to do the job to help protect nails. Household chemical agents can really dry out and weaken nails dramatically, so wear heavy-duty rubber gloves. For gardening, using gardening gloves will help prevent nail breaks and discoloration, plus provide a barrier against bacteria and infection. For arts and crafts, use surgical gloves to get the fine control you need and prevent stains on nails from paints.
Get Burts Bees hand salve and massage it into your cuticles daily. You just have to wait for them to grow back. Moisturizer isn't as great as hand salve.
Go and get a manicure and put on Acrylic cant bite those...maybe it will stop your nail biting problem. Plus it will give your natural nail a chance to grow out so they are not sore.
go to the nail salon, they will pretty u up!
u can buy special cuticle cream to put on during the night before u go to bed. it'll make them look nice again real soon. its in the nail polish section of the stores.
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Avoid raised nails. When trimming your toenails, cut them straight across and slightly rounded at the tips. Toenails that are too long can actually catch on your hosiery or shoes and lift slightly. That gives fungus a chance to scoot in under the nail. Also, don't use fingernails as levers to open items.

Go boarding. Limit the use of clippers or nail scissors on fingernails. Emery boards are best to file away rough spots and keep nails at the length you prefer.

Careful with cuticles. Cutting off the protective cuticles around your nails can open your skin to invasion by fungus. Soften cuticles in warm water or work on them just after a shower. Use a wooden manicure stick to gently push them back. Cuticle creams and removers are also helpful.

Lay on the lotion. Use moisturizing lotion after washing dishes or working around the house. Rub it into your cuticles to keep them soft.

Pitch the polish remover. Polish remover, which usually contains acetone, will dry out nails. Try to limit remover use to less than once a week. Peeling or picking off polish is not a good way to remove polish, either. It scrapes off the upper protective layer of the nails, making them more vulnerable to infection. Instead, touch up with nail polish.

Glove up. Slip on protective gloves when using household cleaners, paints, paint removers, garden products and any other chemical products that can be harsh to the hands. Be sure to dry your hands well after removing waterproof gloves to prevent fungus from getting a start on your nails. Also, be sure to air out gloves carefully between wearings.

Get some help. If you notice discoloration or thickening in your toenails or fingernails, ask your doctor for advice. You may need a medication to treat nail fungus or referral to a foot doctor 鈥?a podiatrist 鈥?for help treating toenail fungus.

How To Give Yourself A Manicure

Whether you prefer your nails to be long or short, they can still look stunning with a little know-how.

1. Wash and dry your hands.

2. Using a double-sided emery board, file nails using a gentle stroke. Avoid corners of your nails as this can weaken them.

3. Begin to shape your nails. The most popular shape to use is oval, but choose what is most suited to your hand and finger shape.

4. Check to see how well you have done. Run your nails over an old pair of pantyhose. Your nails should not snag the hose.

5. Apply a softener to your cuticles. Allow to site for a minute or so.

6.Transfer hands to a bowl of warm water and soak for an additional few minutes.

7. Gently push back the cuticles. This should not be painful. If hangnails are present, carefully clip them.

8. Apply hand lotion and begin to massage the palm of your hand with the thumb of your other hand. This will help to circulate the blood. Work your way over the remainder of the hand and then repeat giving equal time to the other hand.

9. Before color is applied to nails, they must be cleaned and the easiest way to do this is with an orange stick that has been wrapped with cotton. Dip into nail polish remover and then rub over the surface of the nail. Check the nail for any creamy residue. When none remains, your nails will be ready for polishing.

10. Time for color. Pick up a small amount of polish on your brush and paint one stroke down the center of your nail. Your brush should hold just enough color to accomplish this. Stroke the sides of the nail and you are done. The nail should be completely colored in three strokes. Allow to set for a minute or so before applying the second coat.

11. Wait until polish is set (dry to the touch) and then apply the top coat. Don't skip this step as it not only adds life to your manicure, it will protect your nails as well.

12. Sanitize all of your equipment with alcohol and when they are dry, store them away until the next manicure.
Stop biting them by putting a rubber band around you wrist and snap it each time you bite them. Either that or put hotsauce on your nails.
well my nails are perfectly healthy and i don't use anything on them i just drink lots of milk and eat lots of yoghurt and chease you could get a nail repair kits or cut them with nail sissors and let them grow natually don't put nail varnish or wise they don't grow properly and makes them less stronger
put on fake nails. that'll protect your real ones. hopefully they're get better over time.
Get a manicure
Simple. Get a manicure.
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