Of all the worries that one can have in this crazy world, I now have to stress about my nails – which my manicurist says are very weak, fragile and prone to peeling and breaking. So, my nails now need some serious attention. My nails! Seriously!
Anyway, what needs to be done, has to be done! I was telling my dilemma to a friend from the Dominican Republic and she spilt the beans about this traditional beauty treatment that all her countrywomen swear by to make nails stronger: Add a little bit of fresh, chopped garlic to a bottle of clear nail polish and let sit for a week; then polish your nails with this concoction.
She actually had a bottle on hand and insisted on applying it for me, despite my phobia of chasing people away with the garlicky smell. Know what? The smell actually disappeared in just 10 minutes. And my nails haven’t chipped once since I applied this “polish” 5 days ago – which is truly a rarity! I now have a pod of garlic marinating in OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat. Will report back on the long term results soon.
In the meantime, why does this work? I mean, garlic is great for pizza a dough balls but… nails? Apparently, science backs this up as well. Firstly, garlic is a strong antiseptic. So it will take care of any fungus or residual bacteria, which are completely invisible to the human eye but make nails weak and brittle. Garlic also contains selenium, which is one of the crucial building blocks of longer, stronger nails. Finally, garlic is an antioxidant, which helps keep the nail bed healthy. And a healthy nail bed means healthy nails. Voila!