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Nail Care and Beauty

Healthy nails are beautiful nails! We all want our nails to be healthy and strong, to grow without breaking or splitting, and to look great no matter how we show them off. But some of us are not so lucky; our nails are soft or brittle or they just don't seem to grow. If you have problems like that, first make sure you have a healthy diet with the recommended amounts of water, protein, calcium, folic acid, iron, vitamins (especially A, B Complex [especially B12], E, C, and Biotin), silicon, sulfur, Omega 3, phytonutrients, and zinc. Next, make sure you moisturize your nails just as you moisturize your skin (for example, after washing your hands). And finally, protect and care for your nails and don't abuse them. But even if we do everything right, some of us need that extra help, and there are products on the market that can can do wonders.
Hi Aleida,
    Since I started following your advice about how to take care of my nails it has become a regular routine for me and my nails have never been more beautiful. It's been almost three months and my hands look so much more feminine thanks to you. Usually on the weekend, when I get to wear polish, I'm amazed how much more I feel like a woman. My makeup even looks better when I have my nails done, I guess it's the feminine impulse that makes everything just seem so much more natural.
    I treasure your advice and appreciate you sharing your knowledge with me. Like you said in one of your responses, if everyone would take the time to make themselves look better the world would be a better place. I agree completely! Thank you again for your help.
—Janet, January 2015

Nail Polish

Esmaltes Previously in this section I showed and recommended a selection of rich and luxurious nail polish brands like Chanel and Dior. But Amazon stopped selling Chanel products in 2013 and Dior's nail polish selection keeps changing. Anyway there are lot of other good brands, some very affordable and some are definitely splurges! But the important thing is to use nail polishes that are “5-free”, meaning they are free of the five harmful ingredients (carcinogens, neurotoxins) traditionally used in nail polish: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resins, and camphor. Five-free brands include Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Vapour, Essie, RGB, Zoya, Jin Soon, LVX, Sheswai, Mavala, and Nubar. Other brands might also have removed some or all of the harmful ingredients but the information is constantly changing and now I'm even starting to see “7-free” brands.

  Brazilian nail-polish brands

The photos in this section are from the beautiful website of Andréa Brandão (Andy), Bolsa com Batom (“pocketbook with lipstick”) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which features Brazilian beauty products, especially nail polish. The brands shown here are Risqué, Camila Coelho, Vult, Studio 35, Realce, Mohda, Colorama, and Aspa. Some of them are available in; click on an image (or on one of the links just below the images) to see what's available for the brand shown:

Risqué nail polish Camila Coelho nail polish Vult nail polish Risqué nail polish Studio 35 nail polish Realce nail polish Mohda nail polish Risqué nail polish Top Beauty nail polish Aspa Spray-On nail polish Vult nail polish Risqué nail polish Studio 35 nail polish Colorama nail polish Colorama nail polish Colorama nail polish

Search for Brazilian nail polish brands...

Bear in mind that Amazon searches always show you “other things you might want to see”...
• Risqué • Risqué Vermelho • Risqué Pink Fluor • Colorama • Studio 35 • Camila Coelho • Color Club • Jade • Impala Glamor • Vult • Realce • Mohda • Top Beauty • Valverde • Safira • Lorrac • Anitta

Read about the unique Brazilian manicure

Products for Healthy Strong Nails

Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Nourishing Nail Color Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle Mavala Mavaderma nail growth stimulator Reviveanail Signature nail hardener and conditioner Chanel Le Vernis Qtica Natural Nail growth stimulator DermaNail

How to make my nails strong?… How to get beautiful nails?… Look below see the nail-care products in different categories; click on any link to to see individual products, read reviews (if any), and order safely and securely from Amazon.Com if you wish. Shipping policies and charges depend on the specific product, and are listed on the page for each product; CLICK HERE for details. The number of stars shows the average customer rating (if any) 1-5 as of the date when I added each product; if there are no stars, the item hadn't been rated yet. Availability and customer ratings verified 8 February 2015, can change at any time.

Dietary Supplements for Nail Health and Strength

Nail Strengtheners, Hardeners, and Protectors

Nail Conditioners and Moisturizers

Top Coats and Base Coats

Products for Damaged or Problem Nails

Manicure and Pedicure

Nail Fungus Treatments

My nails always chip & break when I try to grow them out. They are especially bad in winter. I've tried everything – vitamins, creams, strengtheners   and nothing ever seemed to help. Finally I spent the extra money on Sally Hansen's Miracle Cure, because it “guaranteed” improvement. Guess what! It works!!  –Susan, Chicago, March 2009.

  Your toes have nails too!
Books about nails…
Milady's Standard:  Nail Technology Revised 5th Edition Milady's Nail Art and Design Hand and Nail Beauty A Complete Guide to Manicure & Pedicure Professional Manicure Bible Professional Pedicure Techniques Manicure, Pedicure and Advanced Nail Techniques The Complete Nail Technician

Magazines about nails…

I have a fungus on my nails, what should I do?

Nail fungus is a common problem, mainly for toenails but sometimes also for fingernails. I'm not a doctor, but I do know that there is no magic cure for nail fungus. It rarely goes away by itself. There is a large market for treatments and a lot of controversy and misinformation about them. CLICK HERE to read about nail fungus at the Mayo Clinic.

What doctors say is that you need to take a prescription drug like Sporanox (Itraconazole), Diflucan (Fluconazole), or Lamisil (Terbinafine) for 6-12 weeks. Since these drugs can damage your liver, you have to go for periodic blood tests while you are taking them. For milder cases, a prescription solution such as Cicloprox (which can also have side effects) is applied to the nail once a day for six months. There is also a laser treatment for nail fungus that does not have the side effects of prescription drugs. Each of these treatments can be very expensive and usually is not covered by health insurance (if you have it), and none of them is guaranteed to work.

Because of the expense and/or risk of medical treatment, it might be worth trying one of the over-the-counter products first to see if they make a difference. Follow the instructions carefully, don't exceed recommended doses. You can see a selection of non-prescription antifungal products at Amazon; just go there and search for nail fungus. You can read the reviews of each product and see what customers are saying. For example, the Tineacide Antifungal Cream has mostly good customer reviews (but of course that is no guarantee).

Tea tree oil On the other hand, many people swear by Australian tea tree oil as a natural treatment for nail fungus. My clients tell me it really helps, and it has the added benefit of making your feet feel all tingly! It has a rather strong woody smell, like eucalyptus or pine, very earthy; some people like it, some don't, but it works wonders on your skin, treating not only funguses but also spots, acne, dandruff, dermatitis, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, ringworm, athlete's foot, insect bites, head lice, etc. CLICK HERE to search Google on this topic, and CLICK HERE to find tea tree oil at Amazon.

Remember that with any treatment, even when it works perfectly, it takes six, nine, even twelve months for the new nail to grow out, and you have to take precautions to prevent the fungus from coming back.

UPDATE: (March 2012) A friend who has had a persistent case of toenail fungus for a very long time writes,
“Hi Aleida, I tried many of the products on your page, including tea tree oil and Tineacide, as well as scrubbing my feet every day, spraying alcohol on them, spraying Lysol, etc. I would sometimes see a slight improvement, but the toenails remained thick and opaque, a solid yellowish white, and any improvements would be short-lived.

Recently I ordered FungiBan (also from your site) just to see if would make a difference. I don't know that the product itself is any better than the other ones, necessarily, but the directions definitely are. It comes with a whole printed sheet of instructions that I hadn't heard of or tried before, the most important being to file the surface of each toenail away until the whole nail is paper-thin so the treatment can penetrate to where the fungus is. This filing also removes most of the fungus right away. It makes perfect sense. Why didn't I think of it before? HINT: You'll need strong and highly abrasive emery boards such as this one and you should discard them after use.

Within just a couple weeks the nails were translucent though still cloudy, blotched, and crusty, but the pink could be seen showing through for the first time in many many years and further improvement is noted every day. Maybe FungiBan has some unique action, maybe not, but the final result is that, it works if you follow the directions, and for that reason alone I'd recommend it. The ingredients are listed as Terbinafine Hydrochloride, Tea Tree Oil, Clove Oil, Emu Oil, Thymol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 80, and Distilled Water.”

UPDATE #2 (April 2013):  While the combination of abrading and applying products like Fungi Ban, Fungi Cure, tea-tree oil, etc, do improve the condition, they don't seem to fully cure it. While the nails are no longer fully opaque, neither are they clear; there is still some cloudiness and some white and yellow spots, even after a full year of daily treatment. A new search on the topic turns up a product that is sold only in Britain, but that can be ordered from Scholl Fungal Nail Treatment. What distinguishes this product from the others is that it is made by a well-known foot-care company and that it actually claims to penetrate the nail and to kill “99.9% of nail fungus”. The treatment is a combination of filing and applying a liquid to the nail. CLICK HERE for more information about Scholl Fungal Nail Treatment.

UPDATE #3 (March 2016):  Fungus Stop Scholl Fungal Nail is almost impossible to find now, and if you can find it, it can be very expensive. Furthermore, it is likely to be confiscated by US Customs even if you can order it. Meanwhile a new European brand has appeared on Amazon: All-Organic All-Natural Fungus Stop by Zane Hellas. When you order it, it comes in the mail from Greece. Currently it has a 4-star rating, based on 1223 reviews. This is a better rating than any other specifically anti-toenail-fungus brand on Amazon. Fungus Stop packaging It comes in a very small bottle, but the bottle is still much bigger (10ml) than the very tiny Scholl bottle (3.8ml) so it lasts a lot longer, usually about a month, and costs only about $10. Takes a long time to arrive, though, but as a bonus the small package usually has some colorful Greek stamps! Ingredients: Organic Essential Oregano Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Almond Oil, Organic Essential Tea Tree Oil, Organic Calendula Oil, Organic Avocado Oil. The main active ingredient is Carvacrol. Carvacrol is an ingredient found in maximum content in Oregano Oil and is natural. Carvacrol has very strong antifungal properties and can kill the fungus at a rate of 100% and in a short time. Used since ancient times and there are many published scientific medical studies on the properties and effectiveness of Carvacrol.

Aleida Morel Dominicanidades
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