I did something extreme today. I removed my nail gel polish. Yup. See, the extreme part about it is that I’ve had manicured nails for almost 14 years. I honestly can not remember not using a polish. When you devote to getting your nails done, and it is a commitment, it’s tough to stop. Maybe that’s why it was time.
Ya see it all started when I was working in tv production and continuously on the go with stacks of scripts in my hands. I used to do my nails myself, however because I was so active with my hands, they would always chip or break within a day or two and I ‘d have awful broke nail hands– very unprofessional looking and so discouraging.
Years earlier, a buddy presented me to a new idea: Acrylic wraps! The manicurist brushes an Acrylic covering over your nails, enthusiasts them and paints them. Because there is now a thick tough layer on top of your nails, they won’t break and since the nail edge is so much thicker, the polish won’t chip! Remarkable! This service permits you to go two; sometimes even 3, weeks between nail visits. And there’s no removal involved, just “completing” what’s grown out. Now that deserved the time and loan!
However, as I started informing myself on health and nutrition, I learned that Acrylic covering wasn’t terrific for your nails. The chemicals that allowed the toughness and appeal of these manicures consisted of things like formaldehyde, toluene and methyl methacrylate (MMA) which are poisonous to our kidneys, liver, hormonal agents and understood to cause abnormality especially in coming establishing young boys. Sooo, I switched to gel fills, as opposed to acrylic, and took pleasure in that for a couple of years.
Gel fills are allegedly “less toxic” to your nails. Okay, I purchased it. Up until a manicurist I was seeing in Santa Monica, CA accidentally stabbed my nail bed while using an electric file and it got infected. In fact, for the past four years, I’ve had exactly what I call a “boo boo” nail. My nail has actually been every color from green (indicating fungi) to white (suggesting it was not attached to the skin!) and most recently more pink, as a healthy nail bed ought to be. I continued to attempt every nail boo fixer on the market from white vinegar to green tea to emu oil without any get. It’s been a long journey and ultimately I changed hair salons, to a nail gel polish and to a manicurist who has actually been helping my nail to heal and grow back to its healthy self without a trouble.
Gel polish is expected to be even less hazardous to your nails. In reality, brand names like O-P-I and Essie have nail gel polish that are categorized as “3 Free,” meaning they are devoid of the most harmful of nail polish components: formaldehyde, toluene and the plasticizer dibutyl phthalate (which is really banned for use in cosmetics in the whole European Union, however not in the United States.) It brushes on much like regular nail polish and looks like routine nail polish, implying that there’s no thick layer on top that offers the look of ideas or “fake nails.” Another reward to using nail gel polish in specific, the color is set using LED light, so there is no issue for UV light overexposure. I really dug my gel polish manicured nails. There’s no drying time so I can go out my wallet without destroying my nails or staining my bag. I inevitably constantly need to go to the bathroom after getting my nails done, so with nail gel polish there’s no issue there either. However I digress.
Although I have terrific affection for my current manicurist, constantly receive compliments on my nails, simply like the 2 weeks of hassle totally free charm hands, and O-P-I does have this greener, more secure line … this break from polish is most likely required. Not having a bi-weekly 60-90 minute nail consultation likewise conserves me money and time. Heck, my healthy nails sans polish still look excellent (despite the fact that I soaked off the color myself which took too long, smelled dreadful and was not really extensive as I see lilac remnants.).
As a long-lasting student, I’m curious to notice if there are any changes in my skin, the health of my nails, and even my hormone balance. This is an experiment of both natural beauty (hehe) and non-toxic living. And if I just can’t stand the nakedness and lack of color expression on my nails, there’s constantly BYOP (bring your own polish) with water-based brand names such as Scotch, Keeki, or Acquarella. There’s just something unique about the feel and look of nails expertly manicured. Which hand massage is good too. Oy … habits do die hard.