Between spending a weekend makeup-free and giving your hair a hiatus from heat-styling tools, there are all kinds of ways to treat your body to a little R and R. Our personal favorite? A nailcation for your fingers and toes.
While your nails don’t technically breathe, they are nevertheless comprised of layers of keratin. Some people have more tightly woven layers of keratin and others – especially those whose nails have been altered through the constant use of strongly adhesive, long-wear polish – can have more porous keratin layers. This makes them more susceptible to air pockets (sometimes caused from long-wearing polishes), which appear as white spots sometimes referred to as delamination.
So if you’ve recently noticed chalky white patches on your fingernails or toenails, that’s a good indication that your hands and feet are due for a little nailcation. But nailcations aren’t just to repair the damage caused by long-time cosmetic wear, they’re also a proactive way to maintain healthy, happy nails. In fact, Dazzle Dry believes so strongly in the power of a good vacation (nail and otherwise), we’re breaking down how to give your nails the getaway they deserve.
When is a good time to take a nailcation?
Anytime! But especially if you notice signs of damage or distress on your nails (e.g. white spots, delamination, etc.). Eliminating the unsightly appearance of that chalky look on your toes also is easier during the cold winter months when your feet are covered up anyway.
How long should a nailcation last?
We recommend 2 to 4 weeks with no polish, depending on how unhealthy the nails appear.
What are the best products for a nailcation?
We have 3 products that will restore fingernails and toenails to their blemish-free condition.
- The first is Remove, a gentle, non-drying formula for the easy removal of lacquer.
- The second is Mend, a nail and cuticle oil that contains phospholipids and ceramides that seep into the nail crevasses, treating damage and diminishing white spots. We recommend using this oil 2-3 times per day until nails are blemish-free.
- The third product is Maintain, a nail and cuticle oil that uses 19 different oils to penetrate the nail plate, keeping it moisturized, supple, and less prone to breakage. This oil is ideal for maintaining nail health after it’s been repaired with Mend.
What’s the difference between the Mend and Maintain oils?
Think of Mend as your deep conditioning mask and Maintain as your daily conditioner. The first is intended to repair the damaged nail. The second can be used daily to maintain nail health once it’s been restored.
How often should I change my polish in the future?
Polish should be removed after 14 days or when chipping occurs. As a preventative measure for white spots, leave polish off for 2-4 days between manicures and use either Mend or Maintain twice per day.
How often should I take a nailcation?
If your fingers and toes are completely free of blemishes, by all means polish on, girlfriend. However, if you notice imperfections, such as peeling, dry patches, flaking, etc., that’s your nails telling you they’re ready for a break.