HAPPY HECKIN BIRTHDAY TO MY BEST FRIEND YO!! We’ve only been friends since May but it feels so much longer, thanks for always being there for me man. Our trip to @farmsanctuary made me finally quit meat for good, and your vegan lifestyle inspires me to not only be vegetarian which I now am, but to work towards being vegan. I’ve loved all of our adventures and I know we’ll have many more, ily bby 💖🌽
(Also I edited our hair to match bc you’re my twinnie and why not lmao)
One common misconception that I hear a lot is that nails need to breathe.
The truth is, nails are not living tissue and do not receive any oxygen or nutrients from any external source. All of the oxygen/nutrients for the nail comes from our blood stream. Blood vessels provide nutrients to the hands, fingers and nail through these millions of tiny vessels. In the same way our blood provides nutrients to our nails, our blood also takes away any waste. All of this happens in what's called the matrix. The matrix homes new cells to what will eventually become your nail and is positioned beneath the proximal nail fold.
Some products that we put onto our nails may protect the keratin (our nails and hair are made up of flattened keratin cells) in the nail from harsh chemicals like soaps/detergents but do not provide any nutritional value to the nail.
When we put any type of enhancement/coating on our nails, the moisture and oils our body produces pass through the nail at a slower rate, increasing the level of moisture in the nail - this explains why they feel more 'flexible' per say after exposing our nails to air, after having an enhancement on for some time.
No damage should happen to our nails whether we choose to cover our nails with polish, gel or acrylic. Most of the damage comes from aggressive filing/drilling on the natural nail. Our nails are made up of 100s of flattened cells and during any service, only about 3-5 layers of these cells should be removed with LIGHT filing, which is totally safe and non-damaging. Aggressive filing/drilling can quickly move through 25-35 layers of nail or more! Over-filing can also cause friction/heat, which will lead to thinning of the nail and discomfort. Prolonged over-filing can lead to even more adverse effects; having your nail slowly separate from the nail bed or even blood stained nail beds due to damaged capillaries leaking blood into the nail bed.