What to do about an ingrown toenail

William Morrison, MD Fri 18 August 2017 An ingrown toenail can be painful. An ingrown toenail happens when the edges or corners of the nail grow into the skin next to the nail and break the skin. It is a common condition, and it can be painful, causing swelling, redness, and sometimes infection. It usually [...]

By |February 2nd, 2018|Tips for your tips|0 Comments

7 Tips to Healthy Nails during the Fall & Winter

The cold weather is coming. You know you need to change your skin care regimen to help protect it from the cold and wind. But, did you know that your nails need special care during the winter as well? Besides the normal culprits: washing dishes, taking hot showers, using alcohol based sanitizers and nail polish [...]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Tips for your tips|0 Comments

Ways to Maintain Your Manicure

  Use a cotton swab with white vinegar to wipe down your nails before applying a basecoat. “This removes any buildup of natural oils on your nail beds.” Don’t soak your nails before adding colour. “Some manicurists do this to soften the cuticles but in doing so causes the nails to retain water and expand. Once they’re painted they’ll shrink, meaning your polish will shrink with them, request your manicurist use cuticle oil instead.” File your nails to mirror you cuticles, this prevents them from breaking. Avoid getting polish on your cuticles. “This causes the paint to lift with the cuticle, causing chipping. Push your cuticles back with a orange stick or pusher tool, don’t cut your cuticles.” Use a sticky basecoat to make the polish last longer. Apply two coats of basecoat to the tips of your nails. “Your nail tips are more prone to breaking with the use of everyday activities.” ie: typing, texting, grabbing, holding, etc. Roll your polish between the palms of your hands as apposed to shaking. “You want to prevent bubbles from forming, shaking creates these bubbles which in turn chip your nails faster.” Don’t skip the edge of your nails. “Run the basecoat, paint and topcoat around the edges of your nails to ensure it’s sealed and strong.” Dry with cool air. “Using hot air prevents your nails from drying properly, dipping your nails in cool water aids in drying as well.” Reapply a layer of clear topcoat every two to three days to enhance shine and prevent chipping. Wash your hands with mild soap; don’t use hand sanitizer since it dries out your nails. Apply nail oil daily to prevent your nails from drying out and chipping. File your nails down if you find they’re chipping then add another layer of topcoat at the edge If you need to hide your outgrown nail colour, add glitter nail polish to the top edge. “It creates an ombrè look and hides the parts of your nail exposed from growing out.” If you can’t avoid chipping at the tips of your nails, add a thin French tip. […]

By |April 28th, 2016|Tips for your tips|0 Comments