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The best way to file your nails is...

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The best way to file your nails is...

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Always file in one direction. Going back and forth will begin to fray the nails, causing splitting.

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What could be causing your peeling, weak nails?

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What could be causing your peeling, weak nails?

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Not getting enough B vitamins like folic acid and vitamin B-12 can cause weak, ridged, and even peeling nails. A good way to get more folate is to eat more beans, whole grains, and cold cereals that have extra vitamins.

Which ingredient should you look for in a nail hardener?

Which ingredient should you look for in a nail hardener?

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Nail hardeners that contain nylon (and/or an ingredient called sulfhydryl protein) work by adding a layer on top of your nails to bolster their structure.

 

Products that contain calcium or formaldehyde harden nails, too, but they can make your nails so hard that they may be even more likely to break.

Nail lotions can actually weaken your nails.

Nail lotions can actually weaken your nails.

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Nail lotions (called “nail strengthening” creams on the labels) hydrate nails, making them flexible so they bend instead of break.

 

Look for ones that contain heavy moisturizers like mineral oil and glycerin and/or sealing ingredients like petrolatum and beeswax. The effects wear off, so you have to keep using these lotions to get the benefit.

Are you imagining it, or do the nails on one hand grow faster than the other?

Are you imagining it, or do the nails on one hand grow faster than the other?

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It’s wacky but true: Fingernails grow faster on the hand you use the most.

 

That’s not all: Your pedicure really does last longer than your manicure. That’s because fingernails in general grow faster than toenails. It's one reason pedicures last so much longer than manicures!

When your manicurist reaches for the cuticle clippers, you should:

When your manicurist reaches for the cuticle clippers, you should:

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A visit to even the cleanest salon can lead to infection if a manicurist cuts your cuticles. Nail and skin care experts say pushing back is good enough for cleanup -- and it’s your safest bet.

If a manicurist does cut your cuticles, what’s the first thing you should do when you get home?

If a manicurist does cut your cuticles, what’s the first thing you should do when you get home?

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Cutting cuticles leaves the edges exposed and separated from the surface of your nail, allowing them to quickly dry out and become ragged again.

 

Apply an oil or thick cream to trimmed cuticles as soon as possible, and reapply several times throughout the day, to keep them from drying and hardening.

There’s nothing you can take to strengthen your nails.

There’s nothing you can take to strengthen your nails.

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Even dermatologists stand behind biotin, which is vitamin B7, for weak or brittle nails. It has been shown in one study to increase nail thickness by 25%.

What you eat can affect the shape of your nails.

What you eat can affect the shape of your nails.

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People who don’t get enough iron or protein may develop soft, spoon-shaped nails that bend up and out at the edges.

Which polish color can yellow your natural nails?

Which polish color can yellow your natural nails?

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Nail polish keeps air from getting to your nail, so any color of polish can leave nails yellow. Colors with more pigment, such as reds, purples, black, or blues, can further stain the nails, making them even darker yellow.

 

Gently buffing your nails will remove the yellow stains in seconds. But never use a harsh nail file! Files are too rough and can remove too many layers from the surface.

You should give your nails a break from polish every few weeks.

You should give your nails a break from polish every few weeks.

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That allows air to reach your nail beds so you’ll have pinker, healthier-looking nails. Every so often, buff nails to a bright, natural shine instead of using polish.

Hangnails should be removed as soon as you notice them.

Hangnails should be removed as soon as you notice them.

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A hangnail is just a dead, dry piece of skin attached to your cuticle or live skin next to your nail. Rushing to tear one off can injure live skin and cause bleeding, pain, swelling, or even infection. Use clean, sharp scissors and snip away only dead skin.

Always cut toenails in a rounded shape, following the contours of your toes.

Always cut toenails in a rounded shape, following the contours of your toes.

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Trim toenails straight across, just slightly rounded in the center. That’s the best way to keep nails strong and ward off ingrown toenails. Skipping tight shoes helps, too.

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You obviously know how to keep your nails looking great! Keep up the good work.

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