March 31, 2010

Nail Care Tips

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No nail care product alone can give you healthy nails. But following these simple guidelines can help you keep your nails looking their best: 

  • Don’t abuse your nails. To prevent nail damage, don’t use your fingernails as  tools to pick, poke or pry things.
  • Don’t bite your nails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even  a minor cut alongside your nail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Keep your nails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi or other organisms from  growing under the nail. Clean under the nails regularly and thoroughly dry your hands and  feet after bathing. Wear rubber gloves when using soap and water for prolonged periods.
  • Trim nails and file nails regularly. Trim nails straight across and file down thickened areas.  Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers and an emery board to smooth nail edges. Trimming  and filing are easier and safer if done just after bathing or soaking the nails.
  • Never pull off hangnails — doing so almost always results in ripping living tissue.   Instead clip off hangnails, leaving a slight angle outward.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly. Shoes that place excessive pressure on your toes or pinch  your toes may cause your nails to grow into surrounding tissue.
  • Moisturize your nails frequently. Nails need moisture just like your skin does. Rub lotion  into your nails when moisturizing your hands. Be sure to apply a moisturizer after removing  fingernail polish.
  • Watch for problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or  is associated with other signs and symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor to get it  checked out.

Excerpts from the MayoClinic Health Manager 

February 13, 2010

ENJOY THE SUMMER MONTHS WHILE PROTECTING YOUR HAIR AND SCALP.

Category: Articles — admin @ 5:13 pm

During the summer, we spend a great deal of time out doors enjoying our family and friends. We host barbecues, go boating or water skiing, lounge on the beach or swim laps in our pools.  We think about relaxing and forget about how damaging the sun can be not only to our hair but to our scalp as well. 

The sun is hot and strong and its rays are damaging.  Pool water or beach water can also damage our hair.

There are several products we should use to help maintain our shine, texture and color throughout the summer months while protecting our scalp.

Your First Line of Defense:
First, use protectants that have a sun screen in them.   There are a variety of products ranging from sprays to lotions.  Check the front of the product, it should have wording such as “Beach Protectant”, “UV Filter” or “SPF Protection.”  Like our skin, our hair, whether naturally or professionally colored, can get sunburned.  

Second, always rinse your hair with fresh water after swimming in chlorine or salt water.  Be sure to use a shampoo that protects your color but yet removes chlorine and salt. 

Your professional salon will have these products available for purchase.  Generally, purchasing professional products will be much more effective than what you will find over the counter.

Other Ways you can Protect Your Hair:

  • Wear hats (the larger the better).
  • When getting your hair cut or colored, request a deep conditioning treatment.  This will help repair damaged hair.
  • Use professional oil treatments to help retain moisture, add shine and control frizz.
  • Use leave in conditioners to help maintain dry hair.  These products are available and should indicate on the front label they are “leave in”.  
  • Minimize the use of blow dryers or hot tools such as curling or flat irons.
  • At your next salon visit, inquire about Brazilian treatments.  They can help smooth hair, maintain shine and eliminate frizz without removing body from your  hair. 

Following these suggestions will leave you with beautiful hair, even in the summer!

Kathy Savage is the owner of Christopher Street Salon, a full service salon in Commack. She has extensive experience in hair care and has been trained at Vidal Sassoon. In the next issue of Generations Magazine, look for Kathy’s article on anti-aging treatments. For further information, contact Christopher Street Salon at 631-499-1990.