Jaclyn Ngo, who heads the successful @LuxeWomen salon on Ang Mo Kio Avenue, is also an experienced nail educator. Is there anyone better to ask what’s the sort of thing you should never, ever do? Here are Ms. Ngo’s 7 no-good nail items. Go ahead and bookmark this post, people! It’s never too late to learn.
#1 Never bite your nails
Nail biting is a common medical condition called onychophagia. This is a stress relieving habit that occurs at all ages. Biting the nails can weaken them and possibly cause other serious complications, like infections and fungus. I helped curing a few clients of their obsessive nail biting habit by maintaining a manicure regime or getting regular extensions.
#2 Never peel off your gel polish
Getting a long lasting manicure with the revolutionary gel polish is everyone’s dream. But do you know that without proper application & removal, you can actually harm your nails? As gel polishes are designed to adhere tightly to your natural nails for that wonderful chip-free manicure, by peeling them off you will also peel off the layers of your natural nails, causing them to be thinner and brittle.
#3 Never use your nails as tools
We are always guilty of trying to pluck off that staple or open that can of soda with our nails! Such actions will increase the wear & tear of your manicured nails, causing premature chipping & breakage.
#4 Never forget your cuticle oil
Cuticle oil plays a big part in your everyday nail regime. With exposure to air conditioning, hand washing and endless paperwork, the cuticles of our nails tend to be very dry. Dry cuticles can lead to painful cracking, which might cause infections and damage new nail growth. As cuticle oil stays in the cuticle for a long time, a good cuticle oil with Vitamin E can help heal the cracked ones. You don’t need a lot of it, so start investing in a good one!
#5 Never leave your polishes on too long
All nail polishes contains pigments that vary between brands & shades. The stronger the color (ie. Reds & Blacks), the higher the pigment level. Pigment is the main culprit in causing permanent yellow stains on your nails, which show up after prolonged use. Slight buffing may remove the stain, but will thin out the nail as well. The recommended duration is no more than a week.
#6 Never be lazy
As the Chinese saying goes: ‘There’s never an ugly woman, only a lazy one.’ Our hands are the windows to our character. Showing a pair of well groomed hands not only helps getting that good impression, but also your nails’ well-being. A good regime is to have a professional classic treatment once a month and a good shaping every week. Learning some home DIY manicure can save you some money on the weekly shaping!
#7 Never stop being adventurous
The local nail industry is fast growing and set to be in league with the advanced global nail trends. So be adventurous when dolling up your nails to be unique! For nail art newbies, I recommend a glitter ombré design and some crystals so you can get used to it. Then venture into the 3Ds and extensions. When in doubt, always trust your nail artist to help you.
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