Secrets to Healthy Nails
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Secrets to Healthy Nails

Whether in the salon or at home, do you know the tips to keep your nails in top shape? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

In what season do fingernails grow fastest?

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The correct answer is: Fingernails grow faster than toenails, and faster over the summer than the winter.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How long does it take for nails to fully grow out?

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The correct answer is: Nails take about four to six months to fully grow out, with about a tenth of a millimeter of growth per day. Your nail growth slows as you age: at 80, your nails grow half as fast as when you were 10.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which nails are more likely to get fungus?

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The correct answer is: As nails grow more slowly with aging, nail fungus becomes more common. This is characterized by thickened, yellow nails, which become more vulnerable to infections. Toenails are more susceptible to infection because they are more often in damp and dark shoes and socks. Likewise, fingernails typically stay fungus-free because they're usually dry, and UV exposure kills fungi.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What causes the most immediate damage from gel manicures?

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The correct answer is: Mani-lovers everywhere have swooned over long-lasting, durable gel manicures. But removing the gel the usual way -- by soaking it off with acetone for a minimum of ten minutes -- can harm both the nail and the cuticle. Not only that, but the UV light required to dry the product is in the same spectrum that contributes to photo-aging, and could potentially lead to skin cancer.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What's the safest way to remove a gel manicure?

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The correct answer is: Skip the soak. When it's time to remove your next gel manicure, ask your technician to wrap nails in acetone-soaked cotton, and then cover with foil. This method requires less soaking time.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which salon item could transmit blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B and C?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Nail files, nail brushes, finger bowls, foot basins, buffers, razors, clippers and scissors can all harbor germs if not cleaned and disinfected properly, and could potentially transmit blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B and C.

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When you get your next pedicure, take note of the type of foot bath the salon is using. Which of these foot baths could harbor infections?

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The correct answer is: There is no way to fully disinfect piped foot basins without running them in a high bleach concentration for at least ten minutes and then flushing them again with clean water, which isn't conducive to a fast-paced environment. Worse, bacteria can get trapped inside the water pipes and get pushed back out the next time the tub is filled.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which scent could be a sign of a sketchy nail salon?

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The correct answer is: There are several warning signs that a nail salon might be hazardous to your health. One signal is an unusually strong odor that's sharp and sometimes fruity. This could be a sign the salon is using methyl methacrylate (MMA), a cheaper but toxic form of acrylic polish. Other warning signs? Prices that are significantly discounted compared to nearby locations. Also be wary if the salon is secretive about the brand of products they are using, shows excessive use of drills, or takes an especially long time soaking off acrylic nails.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What should you NOT do before a pedi to lower your risk of infection?

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The correct answer is: Avoid shaving right before a pedicure appointment. Microscopic nicks on the epidermis can allow bacteria to enter.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can get a black eye from getting a manicure.

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The correct answer is: It's true. You can get an allergic shiner from a manicure. This not-so-common allergic reaction occurs when blood around the eye is unable to drain, causing the appearance of a black eye. If you wake up the morning after a manicure with a sudden shiner, ask yourself: did you try a new brand? And did you maybe touch your eyes? You could be allergic to the nail polish.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How long should you boil your manicure instruments to sterilize them?

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The correct answer is: Ideally, you should bring your own manicure instruments to a nail salon. Make sure you sterilize them by boiling them for ten minutes.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What is the secret to the perfect at-home manicure?

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The correct answer is: If the edges of your nails extend beyond the bed, trim them straight across, leaving each squared off to prevent ingrowns. Next, use a file to create their shape.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Where should you store nail polish to extend its shelf life?

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The correct answer is: Store nail polish in the fridge to extend its shelf life. If the polish gets too thick, try mixing in some nail polish thinner, available at drugstores.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which type of nail file is best?

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The correct answer is: According to Los Angeles nail stylist Jenna Hipp, traditional cardboard and metal files are too harsh for delicate nails. Crystal versions smooth edges instead of ripping into them.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How can you make your manicure last longer?

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The correct answer is: To make your manicure last longer, dip your nails in white or apple cider vinegar and allow them to dry before you apply the base coat. The vinegar will remove the natural oils from your nails, allowing the polish to adhere to the nail better.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of the following could cause ingrown toenails?

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The correct answer is: Tight shoes, poor posture and improper trimming can cause a corner of the nail to curve down into the skin. Ingrown toenails can be painful and could lead to infection. See a doctor instead of trying to take care of an ingrown nail yourself. The doc can numb the toe and trim the nail.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: White marks on your nails mean you have a calcium deficiency.

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The correct answer is: This is false. White marks on your nails don't mean you have a calcium deficiency. Those random, scattered white patches are called punctate leukonychia and are most often caused by something physical, such as an overly vigorous manicure, biting your nails or banging your hand. These tiny traumas start at the nail matrix, and move upward as the nail lengthens until you trim or file them off.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

THIS breakfast food will give you longer, stronger nails.

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The correct answer is: Biotin-rich foods such as eggs, legumes, cauliflower, bananas, mushrooms and nuts are essential for nail strength and growth.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What other food could help nails grow longer?

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The correct answer is: Vitamin E, found in foods such as spinach, olive oil, almonds and various seeds, helps make your nails longer and is a common ingredient in many nail products.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these main dishes can help strengthen nails?

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The correct answer is: If your nails are brittle, it could be a sign that you're not getting enough iron. Three-bean chili, a spinach salad or a steak with onion, mushrooms and green peppers are all iron-rich meals that will net you stronger nails.

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For healthy fingernails, pamper them daily with a gentle buffing or a massage. This increases circulation to the nails, keeping them from cracking and peeling. Rubbing petroleum jelly, vitamin E or a cuticle cream into the cuticle...

s at night will keep them moisturized and also promote nail strength. Wear gloves when washing dishes or cleaning to prevent nails from becoming brittle, and don't use nail polish remover that contains formaldehyde or acetone, both of which are drying.
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