April 03, 2019 3 min read

Welcome back, Warriors!

We hope you’ve been well. We are back with another insightful post about nail care. This time we’re solving a problem which I’m sure many of you have experienced before in the past.

STAINED NAILS.

It’s a real pain when you decide to change out your nail colour and you realise that your actual nails have been stained. Here’s a look at mine that was stained.

As you can see, no matter how hard I rubbed at my nail with an ample amount of nail polish remover, nothing was able to remove the greenish residue that was left behind by the polish.

First of all, how does that happen?

There are several reasons why your nail polish has stained your nails.

  1. YOUR NAILS ARE POROUS

If you didn’t already know, your nails are very similar to your skin. Like your skin, your nails need hydration and will absorb water on its surface. When you have applied your polish for a particularly long time, your nails will in a way absorb the colour.

  1. Some pigments are stronger than others

Colours like vibrant reds or pinks have a stronger pigmentation than others. When left on your nails for a long time, they will transfer.

  1. The nail polish contains Formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical. When you layer it over your nails, it reacts with the keratin (a protein used to form nails) causing it to turn yellow and soft/brittle.

So now that you have an idea of how nails stain it’s time to look at the type of staining that’s occurring on your nails. If you are experiencing soft and yellowing nails - it’s likely a chemical reaction that will need some time to heal.

We recommend you take a break from applying any product on your nail and allow it to repair on its own. Just be sure to practice some basic nail hygiene and trim your nails.

On the other hand, if your nails are strong with a red, orange, yellow stain it is likely due to the dye from the nail polish. We do not recommend you scrape or forcefully remove these stains because it could permanently damage your nails.

Instead, just allow it to grow out and try your best to keep it clean. I understand stain nails are not exactly something you want to be spotted with so instead of leaving them bare, opt for some breathable nail polishes that will allow water and moisture to penetrate the nail. Trust me, your nails will thank me later.

Alternatively, you could try this method of repairing stained nails. We opted to use the most natural ingredients we could find and this was what worked best.

You will need:

1 cup - filled with 30-50mls of water

Baking soda - as much as you need to create a ‘paste’

Half a lemon juice

Any oil suitable for skin and nails - we used Argan oil.


Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together until you have formed a thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the affected nail and begin scrubbing gently
  3. Scrub until you have removed the stains on your nails.
  4. Apply the all generously throughout the fingers concentrating on the nails.

You can watch a simple tutorial here:

Great! So now your nails are stain free!

How do you prevent them from becoming stained once again? Try using a base coat. This is an extra layer of protection from the polish to seep into your nails. Depending on the type of polish you will have to adjust the thickness of your layer to ensure the colour doesn’t run.

Also, look out for nail polishes that are free from Formaldehyde which you can usually find in 5-Free polishes.

We have a great range of colours and polishes for you to enjoy to be sure to check them out here. Zahara polishes are water and oxygen permeable as well as 7-Free of the main harmful chemicals found in traditional nail polishes.

A must have, is our top and base coat for any and every nail polishes application!

We hope you’ve learned a lot from that. We will check in with you on another post!

Love from,
Zahara

 

 

 

(Written by Luxmee Sabapathy)


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