Review Wednesday: Jamberry nail wraps

I have talked about my thin, peeling nails before.

For more than a year I have been trying to get them back to healthy with no more peeling.

I started using Nail-Aid after gel rescue, which seemed to help a little. I also started taking calcium every day.

My friend Heather is a Jamberry consultant. I asked her to send me a sample.

I tried the sample on my pinkies. I am hard on any nail polish on my fingers. The sample lasted on my nails until I removed them, which was nine days.

My samples only “chipped” ever so slightly throughout the time I had them on. The nail wraps don’t really chip like regular polish does.

The true test of Jamberry was when I washed my hair. After I washed my hair while wearing them and saw that they were holding strong I went to Heather’s Jamberry site and ordered a sheet of Glacier nail wraps.

One sheet is $15, plus shipping and handling. The cost is a little steep and I think the S&H is too high. What I did find out with my second order was that whether I order one sheet or four the S&H is $3.99. … Continue reading

Keeping nails, hands, feet healthy

I had my nails done recently, probably for the first time ever in Oregon. (When I lived in Oregon right after college I didn’t have a lot of money and rarely had a manicure and at that point had never had a pedicure.)

Last week as I was getting ready to dip my toes in the warm water I was asked if I had my nail kit. I had no idea what I was being asked.

It was explained to me that it is Oregon law to have my own nail kit, which consists of nail file, toe separators, foot scrubby cleaning thing (yup, that’s an official name for it–kidding!), aka pumice, and a nail buffer. It cost me just 2 bucks and I need to bring it with me every time (or pay 2 bucks every time).

After I got home I started the research on being the owner of my own nail kit.

From what I read I believe the law went into effect in Oregon in 2007.

Oregon.gov Board of Cosmetology website, which states that Oregon launched a public education campaign called Safe Salons, says, in other states, bacterial skin infection outbreaks — due to improper cleaning and disinfection of foot spas … Continue reading

The nail experiment

I believe there are things you can do for yourself and in your life to be and feel healthy.

When we look good we feel good, right? When we feel taken care of we feel good, too.

To help me with my stresses in life (and because I also deserve pampering) I regularly get massages and manicures and pedicures.

About every two to three weeks I hit Galaxy Nail Salon for a mani/pedi and the best arm and leg massages I have ever had at a nail salon.

I have super thin, weak nails. Last year I decided to try gel (shellac) manicure.

My nails looked so pretty. The polish lasted two to three weeks with no chipping. And I felt a little fancy.

One of my friends mentioned that the gel could dry out your nails. Which I had noticed. At some point I decided to give my nails a break. I had the gel removed (which is partially filed off and then soaked in acetone). I had my last gel manicure removed in September.

My nails are still peeling and look terrible. Yup, six months later …

From the American Academy of Dermatology it states: Do not … Continue reading

Cuticle cutting can be unhealthy

A classmate recently opened a nail salon and day spa in my hometown, Tucson.

Christina, the owner of greentoes, recently posted an article on Facebook she came upon titled To Cut Cuticles or Not?

I regulary get manicures and pedicures.

And I have my cuticles cut. It’s a double-edged sword. I get them cut because they look like crap if I don’t. And they look like crap soon after my mani-pedi because I get them cut.

I have heard that you really shouldn’t have your cuticles cut because they get raggedy. Pushing them back is OK, but you shouldn’t cut them.

What I didn’t realize was that having your cuticles cut can also be a health issue.

From the article: “Trimming the cuticles can break the seal that protects the surrounding skin from infection,” Dr. Eric Schweiger said.

Another doctor, Dr. Michael Gold, quoted in the article said: “the main concern with trimming your cuticles is getting an infection from instruments that are not cleaned and sterilized properly. One needs to understand that cuticles play a very important role in preventing things like bacteria from entering the area at the base of the nail.”

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It’s feet week

The theme for this week … is feet!

I personally think feet are one of the ugliest parts of our bodies. I would say I have a foot unfettish. My feet are super ticklish. So I hate having them touched.

Probably about six years ago I decided to treat myself to a mani/pedi. I had never had a pedicure before.

I am now a regular of both the mani and the pedi. But I still go nuts when they do the foot scrubbie thing. Eeek.

I have a point here …

So many of us abuse our feet. We wear bad, unsafe, uncomfortable shoes. We stand for too long with bad or good shoes. We don’t wear the right shoes when we exercise. We don’t realize the care we really need to give our feet, which I think includes pedicures and massages.

Our feet have so many pressures points that link to other parts of the body. It is truly amazing how much our feet can affect our health and wellness.

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