. . . . at least a bit longer.
I painted my finger nails recently for the first time in about 15 years. I gave up doing this during college because I would spend all of this time painting them, waiting for it to dry and then carefully getting it off my surrounding skin to only have it start chipping off 3-4 hours later. If I painted them for a special occasion, it would start to chip at the beginning of the event and then I would be self conscious about it the rest of the night. I went the acrylic route for a while after my wedding, but it burned a whole lot getting them filled and I just got tired of them after a while. Add to this that my fingers nails were never that strong and had a tendency to peel and I just quit.
A few years ago, after my kids were born (and my hair was falling out), I discovered biotin. It is a great supplement for hair, nails and skin (I take the GNC supplement which has some other vitamins besides just the biotin. It seemed to work a lot better for me than the biotin on its own). While this dramatically reduced the shedding of my hair, the other great thing was that my nails got very strong. They were growing longer than I had been able to keep them and they looked quite nice. I wanted to start painting them again, occasionally but didn’t want to go through the hassle just to have it chip off after a couple of hours.
I did some research online and discovered that if you wipe your nails with witch hazel first, it removes the oils that cause the polish to ship off. I had tried washing my nails really well. I think I had even tried rubbing alcohol and neither worked. I gave the witch hazel a try a couple of weeks ago and the polish lasted for about 48 hours. Now, that might not sound very long to many of you but for me this was huge. It’s long enough where if we are going out for a nice evening that I can paint them and not be self conscious for the evening. I can go two days with pretty hands without worry about the polish flicking off with hardly a touch. Also, since I just tried it on a whim, I didn’t take care to be very careful with the polish these two days. I went around the house and did things normally to see how it would hold up. I think if I had taken a bit more care (gloves to clean, that sort of thing) it would have lasted a bit longer. I think, depending on each women’s nail oiliness, for some women their polish would last them a week. As a bonus, I read up more on witch hazel after this experiment and it is also an excellent toner for the face!
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