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C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 85 in diet. Iron defi ciency can cause a brittle nail, so adding legumes, beets, fi sh, lean red meat, and spinach to your menu might strengthen them again. Finally, just as you tell your clients, make sure you drink lots of water. Hydration is always important for maintaining healthy cuticle beds and nails. Silva Hagopian is a natural nail care specialist and director of education for Dazzle Dry in Scottsdale, Arizona. FOR MTs CUTICLE OIL Cuticle oil is a vital component of natural nail care. Not only does cuticle oil moisturize the cuticle, it also fortifi es the nail plate with essential hydration to keep the nails from becoming brittle or developing peeling and dryness. The key is to use a little bit (one drop per hand), and take about eight seconds on each nail to massage it into the nail root and the nail. This will stimulate blood fl ow and circulation to the area, which delivers oxygen and promotes a healthy nail and cuticle. Therapists will often say, "I use lotions and creams all day long. Why do I need cuticle oil?" Good question. The molecular structure of lotions and creams are often formulated to penetrate skin, not nails and cuticles. Cuticle oil is specifi cally formulated to penetrate the nail and cuticle, keeping it fl exible and supple. OTHER TIPS To help keep your nails strong and your cuticles nick-free, consider wearing rubber gloves when doing housecleaning, yard work, or other activities that are hard on the hands. Don't clip your cuticles; instead, soak your nails in warm water for 3 minutes (adding a few drops of essential oil if you choose) and then gently push the cuticles back with an orange stick. If your nails are fragile, consider a change By Silva Hagopian

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