Cuticle Care

Here is my daily regimen: cuticle oil and an orange wood stick. I keep one of each at my apartment and at my desk at work.

Every morning when I get into the office I put cuticle oil on each nail and let it sit for a minute or so.  Then I use the orange stick to push back my cuticles.  I repeat this process as many times as I can throughout the day – the more the better. Then at night just before bed, I swipe some oil on my nail and toe cuticles to let it sink in overnight. Use the orange stick gently. I was a bit too aggressive at first and am now noticing that I have little white spots on my nails from pushing too hard in sensitive spots.

I use Beauty Secrets cuticle oil at home (found at Sally’s Beauty Supply), and a basic Sally Hansen oil at work. I don’t really prefer one oil to the other, but the pictured oil smells like pineapple and is quite delightful:)

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I strongly recommend using the orange wood stick pictured below:

ImageThe angle on it allows you to get directly underneath the cuticle to push it back thoroughly.  They are bit harder to find, the sticks with two flat sides are more frequently sold.  But hold out for this one, it’s the best.  And DO NOT use a metal cuticle pusher, they are so damaging to your nails.  Get the right tools and you’ll see the right results.

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Miracle Nail Fix

Until recently, I could NEVER grow my thumb nails out to an even square shape.  The corners always broke really low and deep into my nail.  And then I’d have to cut them down so the break wouldn’t snag on anything and rip into the really sensitive portion of the nail.  But having one ugly short nail would throw off the aesthetics of the mani so I’d cut them all down…you see where this is going – meatball problems.

So I’ve been on the hunt for both an emergency solution to a break and a preventative coat.  I tried nail wraps, crazy glue, nail glue, anything you could imagine.  Then one day, as I strolled the aisles of Sally’s Beauty Supply, I stumbled on this gem.  Our eyes met and I knew I just had to take him home with me. So I purchased this ‘Miracle Nail Fix’ along with some pineapple cuticle oil and a glass file.

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I didn’t save the box it came in or I would’ve included that picture as well.  I’m not sure what the brand name is or if ‘Miracle Nail Fix’ is the brand? I don’t know.  I figured a life-size photo included below would help you to identify it on the shelf.  I bought mine at Sally’s, not sure where else it is sold.  I’ll keep researching and if I can clarify a brand name I’ll post another blog on where to find it.  (the other sides of the bottle say Miracle Nail Fix in Spanish and other languages)

This stuff is fantastic.  I don’t know what’s in it- I don’t even care. It works. I have a huge break in my nail right now (I ripped it trying to zipper my jeans over a month ago) and this little Miracle has allowed me to grow the nail out and continue with beautiful manis as if the break weren’t there.

How I use it: I use the Miracle on bare nails that are ready to be polished.  I dab a little of it right on the break and allow time for it to dry.  Then I swipe a streak of it from the bottom to the top of the nail and over the side edge as well, trying to seal the break in so to speak. I don’t recommend doing another swipe after this-the only draw back of this Miracle is that too many coats can easily start to peel under your mani and just look ugly.  I like to put one swipe on the sides of my other nails that are prone to breaks just to be safe.  This absolutely works as a preventative coat. Definitely do this if your nails are a little thin or weak in some spots and you want to ensure that they will hold up through a mani.  Allow the Miracle to dry completely and then continue as you would with any other polish.

If you struggle with odd shaped nails due to frequent breaks and tears, you’ll love this. You’re welcome.