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The best technique for filing your nails is...

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The best technique for filing your nails is...

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"The best process is to file in one direction, towards the centre and bevel the edge afterwards to help avoid peeling," according to Julie Speed, director of operations at the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology. "Use a glass file or an emery board suitable for natural nails. Try to file once a week or if a nail were to split or break never tear it off always file to prevent further damage."

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Why could nails be cracked, peeling or weak?

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Why could nails be cracked, peeling or weak?

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"You are what you eat," says Julie Speed from the beauty industry group BABTAC, "and the same rules apply to how healthy your nails are." A healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and food high in good fats will help keep them strong and healthy.

What is the best shape for nails?

What is the best shape for nails?

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"The most popular shape for your nails is squoval (between a square and an oval)," says Julie Speed, "This is because whether long or short, they look neat, are easier to maintain, are stronger and so less likely to break." Other shapes include oval for natural nails or square, which is more common with artificial nails and extension wearers.

What's the best length for nails?

What's the best length for nails?

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"For healthy nails, length should be maintained to slightly longer than the ends of your fingers," Julie says. This keeps them healthy as they aren't too long to break and chip, and are the perfect length to maintain a healthy nail bed. Cutting them too short can cause soreness and in some cases bleeding.

Should you push cuticles back or trim them?

Should you push cuticles back or trim them?

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"People are often unsure whether to push back cuticles or to trim," Julie says. "You should always push them back with a nice soft cuticle stick, don’t trim. If your manicurist recommends they should be removed, then they can be, as long as it is done professionally and hygienically. Always avoid being tempted to bite them off as this will make them worse and often sore."

Does buffing nails…

Does buffing nails…

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"Not only does it help give a natural shine," Julie says, "buffing is also important to stimulate growth."

If your nails have been done at a salon, what nail maintenance should you do when you get home?

If your nails have been done at a salon, what nail maintenance should you do when you get home?

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Julie Speed has these nail maintenance tips: "To keep your nails in top shape, apply hand cream regularly, paying particular attention to your nail cuticles, in addition apply a cuticle oil every night ensuring to massage thoroughly and go for regular manicures."

Can nail art and nail polish stain nails?

Can nail art and nail polish stain nails?

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"If you want to keep in trend and apply the latest splash of colour or nail art it is always worth starting with a good base to prevent any staining to the nail plate," Julie Speed says. "Then apply the coats of colour in three strokes and then seal with a good top coat for lasting shine and to prevent any chipping."

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