This Is the Secret to Healthier Cuticles and Longer Nails

Amy Lawrenson
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My nails are long, like acrylic extensions long but without the acrylic extensions. When I tell you I moved house last week—ferrying and unpacking boxes without breaking a nail—you'll realise that's a pretty impressive statement for me to make. When I tell you that only a month ago my nails were short and brittle, and my cuticles looked like they'd been ravaged by tiny finger-sized bears, I'm pretty sure you'll want in on my secret.

In the world of my nails, a lot has changed in a month. Four weeks ago, I headed down to see my boyfriend's parents and while we were there his sister, also called Amy (yep, it can get confusing), was visiting too. She's a part-time nail technician based in Essex—AMF Nails—so while I was there I had a Gelish manicure (FYI, this isn't why my nails have grown, I'll get to that soon). Not only was the manicure great, but my cuticles looked miles better too. At the end, Amy handed me a small bottle of Dadi'Oil and told me to apply it twice a day; yes my cuticles were that bad. Keep scrolling to find the before and after results...

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I politely accepted the oil but didn't have very high hopes; you see I've dabbled in cuticle oils before but never really noticed a change, but this little bottle came so highly recommended I had to give it a go. At first I sporadically applied it, but once my Gelish was removed, I started trying to slather it on as often as I could remember, which was about one to two times per day. I keep it by my bed as a reminder. A week after the Gelish was removed, I noticed my cuticles still hadn’t reverted back to their pre-manicure state, which had it not been for the oil they would have done. My nails were also growing and they were strong. And I know it's the oil making the difference, because nothing else in my nail routine has changed (and when I say routine, I mean the routine of doing nothing with them). The oil launched here in 2012 and was created by Jim Nordstrom, who formulated CND’s Solar Oil. It’s 95% certified organic and contains 20 naturally derived ingredients and essential oils, including lavender, bergamot and vanilla to toughen your nails up while keeping them flexible not brittle.

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Amy Lawrenson

On the left: a week into my Gelish manicure. One the right: after four weeks (obviously they are in need of a shape and polish!).

Four weeks since I started using Dadi'Oil, I still have one stubborn hangnail, but I used to have one on every finger. My nails are getting so long that I’m actually going to have to have a manicure to make them shorter, whereas in the past when I was asked what shape I wanted at the salon, I would just sheepishly reply, “Whatever you can do with them.” It’s a manicure miracle.

Next up! 45 short hairstyles that will persuade you into the salon.

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