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Natural Tips for Pretty Nails

Natural Tips for Pretty Nails

There is a happy medium between shiny, bright, toxic red holiday fingernails and scruffy unloved fingers. Skip the salon and go natural–make your nails look beautiful with these non-toxic tips from Nonie Crime, creative director of Butter London natural nail salon based in Seattle.

Remove old polish with acetone-free remover that contains protein to strengthen nails and lanolin to moisturize.
Wash and dry hands thoroughly.
Scrub dirty nails with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a paste made of 1 tablespoon baking soda and a few drops of water.
Shape with a file.
Brush cuticles with vitamin-E-rich oil, which helps heal and condition, and let sit for two minutes. With your finger, gently rub in oil, pushing cuticles back and exfoliating dead skin. Wash hands.
Battle winter dryness by massaging 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil into hands. Dab off the excess with a clean towel.
Gently buff nails with a three-sided buffer. To avoid stripping away too many layers, use the gray side once a month, the pink side once a week, and the white side as needed to add shine.
If desired, apply a translucent polish that doesn’t contain toxins, such as toluene, formaldehyde, or dibutyl phthalate.

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9:22PM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

one of my nails is half bluish and other half pinkish. what shall I do about it?

11:42PM PDT on Jun 23, 2010

my nails are dry and look unhealthy! please help me whats the best that I can do for it.

11:07PM PDT on Mar 16, 2010

Hey, just like Allison below, I would love a suggestion for a natural nail polish. I just bought nail polish remover last night, and it is non-acetone and has proteins which after reading this blurb, appears to be a good thing. Yay! Still would love to know the true difference between acetone and non-acetone.....

7:50PM PST on Jan 12, 2010

thanks for the tips. i try really hard but my nails are a wreck, i eat very well and get plenty of vitamins, but they are just rotten!

5:15PM PST on Dec 2, 2009

the vitamin e oil really works. I poke a hole in a vitamin e supplement and sqeaze the oil out and rub into skin.

8:24AM PDT on Apr 28, 2009

i didnt know that epsom salt was so good how do i go about it for treating fungus nail

5:37PM PST on Feb 4, 2009

I am a nurse and have to constantly wash my hand. Any suggestions as to what natural products I could make to make my hands younger and prettier?

10:35AM PST on Jan 12, 2009

Zoya is a good brand and is available at some salons and Whole Foods

10:11AM PST on Jan 12, 2009

I love this article! Any suggestions of a brand name of nail polish that is natural?

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