For something that’s dead, nails are important since they perform many different functions. Without them, it would be impossible to do certain things.
Nails or claws (if you want to be more specific) help animals catch and tear the food they eat. Humans who are blessed with eating utensils don’t rely on nails to eat. However, they protect the ends of the fingers and toes, and enable us pick up small things. Some male guitarists, particularly classical and finger style players, grow long nails to serve as guitar picks and help them pluck strings. Without nails, it would also be impossible to scratch whatever itchy part you have!Nails grow from the nail root that is found underneath the skin. They are made of keratin, the main protein in skin and hair. The hooves of a horse and bird feathers are also made of keratin. This makes the nail cells harden. As new cells form underneath, they push out the hard cells that we see as nails.
Contrary to popular belief, nails don’t grow after death since they are already dead in the first place. They appear to be growing since the skin shrinks. Neither do nails perspire since they don’t have sweat glands. What gets wet is the skin around the nails. Since they are dead, nails don’t need food or nourishment either. Their pink color comes from the tiny blood vessels underneath.
The nail plates are dead cells and contrary to the popular belief, they don’t breathe. So they don’t require oxygen. However, the nail beds and the cuticles are live cells and they do need oxygen, vitamins and minerals. Toenails are thicker than fingernails but the latter grow faster. It takes about four to six months for fingernails to grow back while toenails take from 12 to 18 months. In general, men’s nails grow faster than women’s nails. Young people and pregnant women also have fast growing nails.
“Seasons and weather also affect nail growth. Nails grow faster in warm climates and during daytime, than in cold climates and at night. Nails grow at different speeds on both hands. If you are right-handed, the nails on your right hand will grow faster than the nails on your left hand and vice versa. Light trauma, like typing on a computer stimulates nail growth.
Nails reflect a person’s state of health. When you are sick, it will definitely show in your nails. One of the most common nail problems is onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the nails that can make your nails ugly and deformed. To prevent this, take good care of your nails by washing and drying them thoroughly, wearing well-ventilated shoes and synthetic socks that absorb perspiration, and using a good foot powder.
In busy day and you wanted your nails be taken cared by professionals, visit Nailholics Nail Salon and Spa near you! Nailaholics’ has skilled nail technicians that can take care and let you relax while making your nails clean. The Hamptons-inspired nail salon ambiance can also refresh your mind.
This coming 17th of October, Nailholics bring back their National Pampering Day. A nationwide celebration to give every Juan a pampering they always wanted.
The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.
“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.
“With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM. Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas” added Amaro.
So save the date and get ready to go to NAILHOLICS branch near you! Get that FREE relaxing manicure, foot spa and food massage on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM!
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