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My opinion on enhanced gel products
#1
I have had a lot of people asking about gels and protein and vitamins and the like.

Nails are dead. No matter how many vitamins you throw at them they will never come back to life or ever be better, stronger, faster...
Erick Westcott, CEO
Gelousy Gel Nail Systems
http://gelousy.com
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#2
I pretty much agree. That is why they don't need to breathe, lol....I tell my clients that it is protein, keratin,actually that acts as a protective covering just like hair, it is only alive at the root, or matrix, otherwise you could not cut them without pain. Nourish your cuticles, and matrix, by using cuticle oil at night,anf massaging in to increase circulation and blood flow to the nail plate. This is helpful too when explaining that most nail damage, not involving the matrix, usually grows out and thereby repairs itself, just like if you fry hair, it grows back healthy from the root out...Smile
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#3
Cuticles are dead also . . .

http://www.dougschoon.com/nailpros/artic...uticle.pdf
Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. (yes, it's real)
http://www.precisionnails.com
http://shop.precisionnails.com
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#4
(06-24-2013, 01:25 AM)Erick Wrote: I have had a lot of people asking about gels and protein and vitamins and the like.

Nails are dead. No matter how many vitamins you throw at them they will never come back to life or ever be better, stronger, faster...


If you have ever taken pre-natal vitamins, you'd know this is not true. Your nails will grow thicker, stronger, and harder with these supplements - I am sure others on this board can attest.

Now, if you are saying that any topical application is not going to affect them, I agree with you there. That said, the topical application of oils, top coat, etc provide a barrier that protects them from damage, decreasing the chance for breakage, etc. So, I guess it depends on how you want to explain/market that phenomena.
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#5
(06-24-2013, 10:05 AM)plumgirl Wrote: If you have ever taken pre-natal vitamins, you'd know this is not true. Your nails will grow thicker, stronger, and harder with these supplements - I am sure others on this board can attest.


The prenatal vit will cause the new growth to 'grow' faster & stronger. But the existing nail is dead. Your nails are growing from the plate that is under the skin - that is the living portion. The vitamins can make the new growth stronger & maybe make them grow faster but you will never improve the aleady exisiting nail. That is what is being said here.

The old nail will not be improved but the new growth may be stronger. Old growth (that which has already emerged from the nailbed/plate beneath your skin) has aleady been formed & cannot absorb nutrients any longer becasue it's now dead tissue. But you can certainly improve what has not yet grown.
Same for Hair ...you can coat it & fill it a bit ...bit it's still dead - long dead
the best things in life, aren't things ...
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#6
(06-24-2013, 11:52 AM)loribe Wrote:
(06-24-2013, 10:05 AM)plumgirl Wrote: If you have ever taken pre-natal vitamins, you'd know this is not true. Your nails will grow thicker, stronger, and harder with these supplements - I am sure others on this board can attest.


The prenatal vit will cause the new growth to 'grow' faster & stronger. But the existing nail is dead. Your nails are growing from the plate that is under the skin - that is the living portion. The vitamins can make the new growth stronger & maybe make them grow faster but you will never improve the aleady exisiting nail. That is what is being said here.

The old nail will not be improved but the new growth may be stronger. Old growth (that which has already emerged from the nailbed/plate beneath your skin) has aleady been formed & cannot absorb nutrients any longer becasue it's now dead tissue. But you can certainly improve what has not yet grown.
Same for Hair ...you can coat it & fill it a bit ...bit it's still dead - long dead


Sorry - in my head that was implied and/or obvious LOL. Of course this only applies to new growth.
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#7
(06-24-2013, 08:58 AM)PrecisionNails Wrote: Cuticles are dead also . . .

http://www.dougschoon.com/nailpros/artic...uticle.pdf



(06-24-2013, 08:58 AM)PrecisionNails Wrote: Cuticles are dead also . . .

http://www.dougschoon.com/nailpros/artic...uticle.pdf


I understand cuticles are technically dead, however ,their appearance, as well as the natural nail benefit at least esthetically from products such as Solar Oil
although they may not be living tissue...the massaging of the oil into the finger tips and cuticle area stimulates circulation, there by promoting better growth, not necessarily stronger or thicker keratin, but healthier looking, more moisturized less brittle keratin...
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#8
I think when she said "throw at them" she meant topical application. Taking vitamins orally is different from applying them to the skin or nails. But even taking vitamins orally may have little impact since it is usually a vitamin deficiency that cause skin, nail or hair problems, and once the necessary amount of vitamins is there, any additional amount is useless. Most Americans don't have significant deficiencies of major vitamins.

But even that gets a bit dicey. Vitamin E is an fat soluble vitamin and when you apply it to your nails it tends to have a positive impact on overall nail health. Is it the vitamin or the moisturizing effect of the oil? Vitamin A is an antioxidant and any antioxidant will reduce deterioration even in dead cells, so does vitamin A make for better nails?
(06-24-2013, 08:50 PM)lexibunny Wrote:
(06-24-2013, 08:58 AM)PrecisionNails Wrote: Cuticles are dead also . . .

http://www.dougschoon.com/nailpros/artic...uticle.pdf



(06-24-2013, 08:58 AM)PrecisionNails Wrote: Cuticles are dead also . . .

http://www.dougschoon.com/nailpros/artic...uticle.pdf


I understand cuticles are technically dead, however ,their appearance, as well as the natural nail benefit at least esthetically from products such as Solar Oil
although they may not be living tissue...the massaging of the oil into the finger tips and cuticle area stimulates circulation, there by promoting better growth, not necessarily stronger or thicker keratin, but healthier looking, more moisturized less brittle keratin...


Cuticle is dead but the eponychium (what many people call the cuticle) is live tissue and can be positively impacted by massage, oils, etc. And, of course, just underneath the eponychium is the nail matrix from which nails grow and a healthy matrix will likely produce strong, healthy nails.
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