How to have healthy nails at home:
- To prevent nail damage, don't use your fingernails as tools to pick, poke, or pry things
- Don't bite your nails or pick your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed and allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause infection.
- Moisturize your nails frequently. Rub lotion into your nails when moisturizing your hands and always after removing fingernail polish.
- Wear cotton lined rubber gloves when using soap and water for prolonged periods.
- Keep your hands and feet out of water for 3 hours after a mani / pedi. Your polish will last longer!
- When pushing back your cuticles (it is not necessary to cut them), come in at a 45-degree angle and be very gentle. Otherwise the cuticle will become damaged, weakening the entire nail.
- Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Dry your hands for at least two minutes after doing the dishes, taking a bath/shower, etc. Also dry your toes thoroughly after swimming or showering. Leaving them damp increases your risk of fungal infection.
- Air out your work boots and athletic shoes. Better yet, keep two pairs and switch between them so you're never putting your feet into damp, sweaty shoes, which could lead to fungal infections.
- Wear 100 percent cotton socks. They're best for absorbing dampness, thus preventing fungal infections.
- Stretch out the beauty of a manicure by applying a fresh top coat every day
- Add a glass of milk and a hard-boiled egg to your daily diet. Rich in zinc, they'll do wonders for your nails, especially if your nails are spotted with white, a sign of low zinc intake.
- File your nails correctly. To keep your nails at their strongest, avoid filing in a back-and-forth motion -- only go in one direction. And never file just after you've gotten out of a shower or bath -- wet nails break more easily.
- Massage your nails to keep them extra strong and shiny. Nail buffing increases blood supply to the nail, which stimulates the matrix of the nail to grow.
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About Stacey Isaacs, Founder and Owner, Mani & Nanny:
William was born in July, 2007. Missing my time with friends during our mani/pedi outings, I wanted to offer moms and friends of moms the opportunity to relax, catch-up, and enjoy a great quality service without needing to leave their tots at home with a sitter. I designed the service with all the elements that are important to me: great pampering with a warm lotion massage and hot towels, sterilized tools and an uber-clean salon, non-toxic products and great air quality (no acrylics)….all performed in a super comfy, luxe and contemporary, light-filled space.
Moms and kids have a wonderful experience - typically neither wants to leave when playtime and pampering are finished! We've hosted little girls parties, mom's groups, baby showers, but most of all mani & nanny is a great place for mom's and kids anytime mom needs a great mani/pedi.