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Beauty 101: The basics of nail care

With new nail trends popping up every other month, from nail wraps to gel manicures, it’s no wonder the nail care industry is booming. It is estimated to be worth more than $6 billion globally. But before we experiment with the latest look, have we got our basics right?


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Beauty 101: The basics of nail care 

How often should nail polish be reapplied?

Wearing a colour for a long time may stain your nails, especially darker shades like maroon or deep purple. Excessive buffing to remove the discolouration can cause thinning of the nails. To prevent discolouration, always use a base coat and apply fresh polish once a week, or even twice.

What is the ideal length for fingernails and toenails?

Some customers prefer longer fingernails, as they look nicer when painted. Filing is better than trimming to maintain the length. However, toenails should be trimmed fairly short, especially if you wear closed shoes a lot or go running. Otherwise, pressure from closed shoes may bruise your toenails, cause bacterial build-up under the nail or even cause fungus to grow there. If you’re prone to fungal nail infections, use a skin disinfectant for protection against bacteria and fungi.

Why are there sometimes white patches on the nails after removing polish?

Your nail polish remover could be too strong, especially if it’s an over-the-counter brand. Removers containing acetone can dry out your nails, too. I recommend using OPI remover, which contains aloe vera that nourishes your nails and cuticles. Using a cotton pad dampened with remover, massage the nails in a circular motion to remove the old polish.

Are nail products safe for sensitive skin?

Most of my customers have no problem with our products. If you have sensitive skin, look for products that don’t contain toluene. Nowadays, there are many brands of nail polish that are free from toxic ingredients and are safe for everyone.

Can buffing too much damage the nails?

Frequent buffing will thin your nails. Thin nails tend to crack more easily. This is also why you shouldn’t leave nail polish on for too long, as a lot of buffing is required to remove stains. Avoid buffing every week – at the very most, do it once every two weeks.

What’s the proper way to hydrate hands?

Wash your hands in cold water, as hot water dries out the skin. Dry your hands with a towel if possible – rather than a hot-air fan – and apply moisturiser immediately. This way, the skin absorbs the product more easily. Keeping your nail bed nourished is also vital for healthy growth.