Here's what my nails looked like before the experiment.
I knew that I had traditional crappy chemical nail polish, and that it's bad for me, so why wear it? Well, it's truly just about having fun with color. I thought that during this year I would miss my polish a lot, but that's not what happened. I actually enjoyed it! Instead, what happened was that I got a mini vacation from doing my nails. No smell, no drying time, no chipping, and no hassle. I didn't even miss the color, found other ways to express myself creativity, and really enjoyed how my natural nails looked.
Here's what my nails look like after a year of no polish.
It didn't take too long either, definitely not the whole year. The splitting and cracking stopped first, followed by the yellowing. Then the cuticles healed, followed by growing out the pits and ridges. Also, the ridges stopped forming, because there was no polish to irritate the cuticles.
So, will I go back? I haven't decided yet, and haven't painted them since. If I do, I might pick up some better polish. There are natural brands that aren't as bad and don't contain the harsh ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrance, and phthalates. Unfortunately, it still seems like there are a lot of words that I can't pronounce in these 'natural' products.
Take something like ammonium ferrocyanide, which was an ingredient in one of the natural brands, it's an exotoxin and causes organ toxicity. Well that sounds awesome! All in the name of colorful nails, right? So I just don't know if I want to do it anymore. Besides, Aaron loves how they look, and I'm sure that most would agree that they're lovely how they are when they're healthy. At least if I do go back, and paint them again, I know the consequences: One week of pretty colors traded for months of sad ugly nails.
Help a girl out! If you know of any safe, natural ways to color
one's nails let me know. I would really appreciate it.
Love Claudia xx