Emily Wang – beauty journalist in London – wrote an interesting article about various aspects of fingernails, including: beauty tips, a basic review of the nail structure, changes in nail color & texture,  and… the meaning of fingernail types according traditional Chinese medicine!

A short impression from the article:

The Truth about Your Nails:

“Interestingly enough- according to Traditional Chinese Medicine,
our nails are also able to portray our innate constitutions.

If your nail shape is naturally:

Oblong – You are harmonious and well-balanced.
Stock and square – You are earthy and balanced but mentally rigid.
Long – You are artistic and creative but lack physical strength.
Oval – You are sensitive and have a weak digestive system.

I found this to be shockingly accurate!
Some interesting reads 
here.

I used to have artificial nails, acrylic nails and gel nails consistently for two years that I never got to see my natural nails until I decided to take them off for good. My nails became so weak that they felt and bended like paper. At some point they became sensitive to touch, and were unable to grow to a normal standard length before it eventually chipped away.

It therefore took a good year before they even came close to regaining to a healthy state. During this time I had to be mentally aware of what I ate, and made sure that I had substantial amount of vitamins and nutrients that were essential for healthy nail growth.

I am writing from experience. I know what it is like to have that moment where at the time, having fake nails is beautiful. Going to a nail salon, and getting your nails done feels like luxury.
But think about it. Can you really have fake nails for the rest of your life?

The answer is no. And that is why I had decided to be more natural and love my nails as they are. I have learnt to take really good care of my nails, and as my grandmother has always said to me – that “a woman’s fortune depends on her hands and feet.”

Not that I believe in it, but at least now my fingernails look and feel healthy- without needing to spend money doing it up

A little side note…. my younger sister had a “cheese on toast” addiction for a couple of months where she ate it for breakfast before going to school almost everyday. Luckily, because of our family genes, she did not gain any weight from it whatsoever, however we all noticed that her nails improved drastically. She is the only person I know that has the strongest, healthiest looking nails. Extremely envious! I don’t think I could eat cheese on toast everyday…… maybe jacket potatoes!

FURTHER SUGGESTIONS:

Fingernails & diseases , fingernails & disorders & fingernail art

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Sawtooth fingernails: a bizar stylished nail!

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Did you ever meet a person with a likewise bizar stylished fingernail style? And what would have been your response if you had met such a person?

 
An agressive style of expression, or merely a rather remarkable joke?
 

 

The new CND SHELLAC nail polish package is available in 12 colors.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF A NAIL ART KIT

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Shellac Hybrid Nail Color is CND’s new polish that goes on in three coats like polish, dries like a gel, and lasts for 14 days with high shine. It can only be applied by a professional manicurist using a special CND UV lamp, and became available at nail salons since May 1, 2010.

Imagine going to the nail salon and getting your nails done without having to wait for them to dry. Now imagine having your manicure last for 14 days with no chips, bubbles or smudges. And after bringing your color Shellac for two weeks, a 10 minute clock is removed for a new application, and you can change color. Sound too good to be true?

The new CND SHELLAC nail polish package.The new CND SHELLAC product require the use of an UV lamp to get nails 'cured'.CND SHELLAC nail polish removal kit.

A REVIEW BY STYLIST.COM:

Grace Gold from Stylist.com test the new CND Shellac fingernail product, and these are her conclusions:

“I actually think that CND is playing it safe by claiming this manicure can last two weeks, because I can definitely push at least a week more out of my current nails, if not even more.”

“I also think this is a great option for weddings and other events. No need to get up extra early to fit a harried trip to the salon in on the day of a special occasion– you can instead comfortably Shellac a week before and be confident that your nails will look fresh and unchipped for the big day.”

“The one drawback is that similar to its cousin, the gel, Shellac can only be applied in salons. It requires less skill than sculpting a gel nail, but still uses UV and removal technology that is not yet directly available to consumers.”

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
Nail art kits: options for consideration!
The basics of Japanese Nail Art!
Remember, artificial nails may harm the condition of your nails!
More fingernail art reports!

PHOTO IMPRESSION from a CND Shellac 14 Day Manicure:
CND Shellac on Day 1.
CND Shellac on Day 1.

CND Shellac on Day 1.
CND Shellac on Day 7.

CND Shellac on Day 1.
CND Shellac on Day 14.

Megan Fox has a stubby thumb, featured with a short, broad fingernail!A tribute to the unusual thumb nails of beauty queen Megan Fox - she has BDD (Brachydactyly - type D).Megan Fox left hand fingernails - notice the short thumb nail!

Megan Hands – a tribute to her hands & fingernails!
Megan Fox thumbs: the story of her stubby thumb!

How the ‘Megan Fox thumb’ story began in the summer of 2009…

In the summer of 2009 Megan Fox’s right thumb became a hot news item in ‘gossip land’ after new photos revealed that the beauty – who was voted in 2008 by FHM as the sexiest woman in the world – has a rather remarkable ‘minor physical anomaly’ (MPA): a stubby thumb – featured with a broad, short fingernail in both hands (see the pictures below).

But the Megan Fox thumb-story became world news after a Daily mail reporter had noticed that when Megan Fox appeared on february 7, 2010 in a Motorola commercial during the Super Bowl event … her hands were replaced by a ‘hand double’ with much longer fingernails: see the pictures below!

Megan Fox’s right thumb (left) + an impression from the Motorola Super Bowl commercial (right), featured with the youtube version of the full commercial (below):

Megan Fox's thumb of her right hand.The standin 'hand double' in the Motorola Super Bowl commercial!

– MORE FAMOUS HANDS & FINGERNAILS –

Having your thumb in the form of a club, which is called brachydactyly – type D (BDD), which is a minor affliction that can be found in 1 out of every 1,000 people. Local hand surgeons know everything about it there is to know.

Dr. Steven Bendner, the leading hand surgery expert at Beth Israel Medical Center, explains that the case of the thumb that looks a bit flattened and therefore shorter, is often a peculiarity that comes down in the family:

“The nail of the thumb in this condition is often very short and wide. It is usually hereditary, although it could also have been caused by frostbite, or it could have been an injury to the growth plate in childhood. While one is young, the thumb often looks more or less ordinary, but with the passing of time its shortened condition begins to stand out more and more.”

So, contrary to ‘fingernail clubbing‘, a clubbed thumb is usually nothing to worry about!

Dr. Richard Kim, director of congenital hand surgery at Hackensack Medical Center, warns us not to play down the importance of the thumb.:

“You need it to be able to touch the other fingers and it is important for pinching. In Megan Fox’s case, it appears that only the last bone of the thumb is affected and that it does not involve the joint. For her, it looks like it’s just a cosmetic deficit.”

A few more impressions of Megan Fox’s thumbs & fingernails:

Clubbed thumbs: a Megan Fox thumb tribute.

The stubby thumb is featured with a relatively short fingernail.

A final but not unimportant notification…

Knowing about Megan Fox’s little imperfection will help other people to realize that – when not overplayed by the owner – any small cosmetic defect might only add to the charms of the person!

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:
An ‘Ode to the thumb’ – by French sculptor César Baldaccini!
Fingernail clubbing might signal various medical problems!
Scientific article: ‘Congenital thumb deformities’
Scientific article: ‘Abnormal thumbs and physical diagnosis’
Megan Fox has clubbed thumbs!

Melvin Booth has the official Guinness World Record 'longest fingernails; Lee Redmond used to have the longest female fingernails.
The photo above was taken just a few months prior to Redmond’s accident which resulted in the loss of her fingernails, for the 2010 Edition of Guinness World Records.

Lee Redmond’s nails are more famous, Melvin Booth has the world record!

The official Guinness World Record ‘longest fingernails’:
2008 – Melvin Boothe, whose nails measure 9.05m (29 ft 8in)

Female record ‘longest female fingernails’:
2008 – Lee Redmond, whose nails measure 8.65m (28 ft 4in)

In an interview with Guinness World Records Lee Redmond talked about her meeting with Melvin Booth:

“I have very, very fond memories from Melvin, he touched my life. He also broke my heart, to see this man who wouldn’t even go out of his home. Tears when I left, both he and I. I hope that some day he will realise that he’s more than his fingernails. . . I think the difference between Melvin and me, for one thing they didn’t keep me from going out in public, and they didn’t make me be secluded. I would have never, never chose to keep them if they would have had to keep me away from people or you know, living whatever normal is you know.”

“I hope he will decide to go out and interact with people and I’m sure that he felt the love that I had for him and respect. It wasn’t his fingernails; it was him that I cared for.”

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:

The full story about Lee Redmond’s world record fingernails!
Fingernails grow faster on a proteine diet!
How to grow long, strong fingernails & avoid brittle nails!
Fingernail quality depends on humidity & climate!

An impression from the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009.
Tokyo Nail Expo presents: overwhelming Japanese nail art!

TOKYO – NOVEMBER 30: Visitors look at designed nail chips that are displayed for a competition during the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009 at Tokyo Big Sight on November 30, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The nail industry has grown to nearly 200 million Japanese yen market in 2008 and the annual event attracts 50,000 visitors.

The photo above shows ‘Hello Kitty Gumball nails’ at the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009 – which still proves one thing: Japanese people likely have a lot of trouble wiping themselves. But IF they wipe, it looks for sure adorable!!!

The Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony took place on Monday at the Tokyo Nail Expo. The annual event attracts 50,000 visitors.

More impressions from the Nail Queen contests below!

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
The basics of Japanese Nail Art!
Lee Redmond’s nail art: the longest female nails!
What you should know about artificial nails
MORE FUN: How to make fingernails from onion and cheese!

PHOTO: More impressions from the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009:
Japanese actress Mao Daichi's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Japanese actress Kyoko Fukada's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Japanese singer Anna Tsuchiya's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Fingernail impression from the hand of a macaque.
Primates have ‘human-like’ short, flat fingernails!

Did you know that far most primates have ‘human-like’ short, flat fingernails? Except for marmosets and tamarins, all primates have flat fingernails and toenails instead of claws. What are the major differences between the hands of primate species and the human hand?

• 1 – Primates usually have a shorter thumb than humans – the thumb of the macaque (see photo on the left) does not rearch out behond the distal border of the handpalm.

• 2 – Primates usually have a lower ‘2D:4D digit ratio’ than humans – the hand of the macaque is featured with a much longer ring finger (digit 4) than the pointer finger (digit 2).

• 3 – Primates usually have more fingerprint- and palmar whorls than humans – the hand of the macaque is featured with 5 palmar whorls.

• 4 – Primates always have a lower ‘ridge density’ than humans.

• 5 – Primates usually have (various) palmar transversal hand creases, a.k.a. ‘simian lines’ – the hand of the macaque has one ‘simian line’.

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
PRIMATE HANDS – Finger length linked with social behavior!
Understanding our past: the human hand vs. the primate hand!
The Monkey Palmist!
Hands in the perspective of evolution!
More interesting stories about the hands of primates!

PHOTO: Impression from the hand of a chimpanzee:
Impression from the back of the hand of a macaque.

Fingernails & your health!Your fingernails can provide clues to your overall health. But do you know how to read the signs? MayoClinic presented a slideshow of various signs of possible health problems:

Learn about some nail conditions that might require medical attention. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to be going away, or is associated with other signs and symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out.

3 IMPORTANT FINGERNAIL PROBLEMS:

Causes & remedies of Beau's lines!

Causes & remedies of Beau’s lines:

Beau’s lines are indentations that run across your nails. They can appear when growth at the area under your cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness. Diseases or illnesses associated with Beau’s lines include:

• Circulatory diseases, such as peripheral artery disease;
• Illness associated with a high fever, caused by pneumonia, scarlet fever, mumps or measles;
• Uncontrolled diabetes;
• Malnutrition.

Causes & remedies of the yellow nail syndrome!

Causes & remedies of yellow fingernails:

Yellow nail syndrome concerns the yellow discoloration in your fingernails may result from a respiratory condition, such as chronic bronchitis, or from swelling of your hands (lymphedema). In yellow nail syndrome, nails thicken and new growth slows, resulting in discoloration. Nails affected with this condition may lack a cuticle and may detach from the nail bed in places.

Although this condition is often a sign of respiratory disease, it’s possible to have yellow nails and not have a respiratory condition. Yellow nails may also result from any condition that causes the growth of your nails to slow down.

Causes & remedies of fingernail pitting!

Causes & remedies of nail pitting:

Small depressions in the nails are common in people with psoriasis — a skin condition that produces scaly patches. They may also result from nail injuries. Pitting may cause your nails to crumble.

Pitting is also associated with conditions that can damage your nail’s cuticle, such as chronic dermatitis of your fingers or alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss!

MORE RELATED SOURCES:

Nail disorders in the hands of children!
Nail disorders in the hands of the elderly!
More news & facts about fingernails!

Short, clean fingernails may prevent you from swine flu - the H1N1 influenza virus!

Swine flu (H1N1) prevention starts with proper hand hygiene!

Hand sanitation for swine flu prevention begins with proper hand hygiene. Clean, short fingernails are absolutely essential for good hand sanitation because organic material can easily hide under fingernails. The circled hand in the picture above is a good example of good nail hygiene!

An overview of the latests new findings in how ‘hand hygiene’ is linked with the spread of the H1N1 influenza A virus (a.k.a. swine flu, or the Mexican flu):

Is ‘hand hygiene’ still the best strategy for swine flu prevention?
‘Hand-to-face touch’ is a crucial link to catching swine flu!
Hand washing is a defence, but may not stop the swine flu virus!
More reports on hand hygiene!
Discover the basic principles of proper hand hygiene!

A funny and provocative video on how the H1N1 virus spreads:

The fingernails of Michael Jackson: 1971 - 1984.The fingernails of Michael Jackson: 1988 - 2005.

Michael Jackson’s fingernails in time!

Were Michael Jackson’s dark fingernails + nail moons caused by his health condition? Was his nail condition the result of medication/drug abuse?? Or, did the color of his fingernails look ‘weird’ merely because the color of his skin had become lighter over the years???

Obviously, during the past few months many people got wondering about those questions. Therefore a new PHOTO ESSAY on Michael Jackson’s finger nails is presented in order to find permanent answers.

A QUOTE FROM THE PHOTO ESSAY:

“Between 1989 and 1999 his skin had become lighter, and the condition of his fingernails became a bit more ‘pink’. But at the Michael Jackson meeting with Nelson Mandela the color of his fingernails appeared as quite ‘balanced’ and ‘normal’ (possibly only a bit ‘faint’ in the center of the nail plate).

In the last period of his life (2006 – 2009) his skin had become a bit whiter, however his fingernails had become darker and appeared to have ‘brownish’ look: the condition of his fingernails could no longer be described as ‘normal’.”

RELATED STORIES & MORE:
In memoriam: the hands of Michael Jackson!
Famous hands: the hand of celebrities!
‘Hand facts’ – News reports about hands!