Dry, Cracked, Brittle, and Weak. The crimes that I have committed against my nails; between No-chip manicures and acrylic, are uncanny. I was determined to revive them naturally…at least I would try. My nail technician told me that my nails were “thirsty” and that they “needed love too” just like hair and skin. She suggested that I begin using cuticle oil. Unfortunately, she had no free samples, but I began to research cuticle oil recipes that I could make at home. The goal was to find a recipe that was easy to do, cheap and effective.
The Almond Oil recipe consisted of 3 ingredients: 20 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oils, and 2 tablespoons of almond oil. Lavender oil soothes, balances, and normalizes. Lemon oil renews and almond oil moisturizes. The combination of the 3 oils directly addressed the damage to my nails. I mixed the ingredients together and stored them tightly in a colored bottle to prevent oxidation. I shook the bottle prior to each use and applied the product daily.
Review: The oil recipe is highly absorbent which I loved because greasiness was not an issue. The most immediate improvement was to my nail bed and cuticle. Natural color was restored and nail peeling eliminated. Note: damaged nail tips do break off. The best thing to do is clip off the damage as the stronger nail grows. Patience is a virtue and results vary so give the product at least 2 weeks to work.
Preserving Your Product: Natural products don’t last as long as commercial products due to the elimination of chemical preservatives. The shelf-life of most oil-based natural products are ~1 week. You can extend the shelf-life, or reduce expiration by adding a few drops Vitamin E Oil or Rosemary Oil extract to prevent oxidation. In addition, add grapefruit seed extract (.5 to 1%) as an anti-microbial preservative. Making small batches and storing the product in cool, dry, dark places, also aid in retention.
By: Chimere Brown