In Curious Planet we bring you 15 fun facts about nails that maybe you didn’t know yet. Also some tips you didn’t know about caring for him.
You can also take a look at these 19 fun nail designs.
Let’s start with the trivia about nails:
1. Did you know that nails are mainly composed of dead cells?? In addition, they are hardened by keratin, a protein with a fibrous structure. That is, it is made up of long chains of amino acids linked together, forming fibers. The basic element of keratin is sulfur.
2 The matrix is the most important part of the nail. Although the nail is made up of dead cells, the nail grows from a small area of living tissue. This section is called the matrix and it is the most important part of the nail.
3. The crescent at the base of the nail is the end of the matrix.. The lunula (the whitish crescent-shaped part at the base of the nail) is the end of the matrix. It is the visible part of the live nail.
4. Eating calcium does not strengthen the growth of the nail much.. Some believe that taking calcium strengthens your growth. However, Professor Bo Forslind, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, once said: “There is no evidence to support that idea. Analysis of the calcium content in normal nails reveals only small traces of this element.
5. Water helps keep them strong and flexible. This is due to keratin, whose filaments need water to stay flexible. The aforementioned teacher also said: “A piece of fingernail [puede estar] soft when cut [pero] it will be very brittle after drying out overnight.” And he also adds: “A daily oil treatment will be beneficial.” So the moisture keeps the nails supple and strong.
6. Massages with cream and oil in the matrix of the nail. Since the nail grows from the matrix, proper care of this part is essential. Stimulating the matrix by regularly massaging it with cream or oil can benefit the nail body, or nail. In addition, a drop of oil applied under the free edge of the nail can also help, as it prevents it from drying out.
7. Nails grow on average about three millimeters a month. The growth rate of a nail varies from one finger to another, from which hand or foot it occupies more frequently and from one person to another.
8. Without the nails we could not hold small objects firmly. Nails are useful in supporting and protecting the fragile and sensitive tips of the fingers. And if these parts didn’t have a rigid structure to press against, then they wouldn’t be able to hold small objects firmly. That is why nails are practical for carrying out different activities, such as peeling a fruit, untying knots or scratching ourselves.
9. Nails reveal your grooming habits. For many people, nails also have an aesthetic value. Because these can reveal good or bad personal grooming habits. That is why, in some job interviews, people come to see how one has their nails.
10. People who bite their nails tend to be less productive. They also have an important role in our behavior and attitude. For example, some people bite their nails due to anxiety, nerves, depression, stress, boredom, problems, or sadness. And in certain circumstances, people who bite their nails tend to be less productive, because they can’t carry out manual activities because their fingers are always in their mouths.
11. Some diseases can be detected by looking at the nails.
Some examples are:
– Beau’s line. – They occur when there is a fever or an allergic reaction to certain medications. It is also a sign of a vitamin deficiency.
– Muhrcke line. – are indicators of poor nutrition. They also occur in people undergoing some chemotherapy treatment.
– White space (Onycholysis). – It is when the nail is very separated from the finger and forms a white space, this is a reflection of some problem in the glandular system. It can also indicate that there is a deficiency of niacin or vitamin B3.
– Vertical grooves. – They are an alert of arthritis or cardiovascular diseases.
– Sunken nails. – In most cases it means that there is a lack of iron. It is also presented by constant contact with solvents derived from petroleum.
12. Strong and healthy nails are hereditary factors. Keep in mind that strong and healthy nails are, to some extent, the result of hereditary factors. This is why some people have strong and flexible nail bodies, while others have dry or brittle nails. Whatever the condition of your nails, their appearance can be improved with moderate and regular care.
13. Filing the corners weakens the nail. To cite one case, we have the way of filing and cutting the nails, as these can strengthen or weaken them. It is recommended that they be filed from the sides to the middle. Filing the corners weakens the nail. Having pointed nails makes it very weak, as it lacks support on the sides.
14. To get short and strong nailsit is recommended to let them grow straight up to a millimeter and a half from the free edge of the nail and that they have a shape similar to the contour of the fingertip.
15. Never clean your nails with a sharp object. According to certain specialists, the hyponychium can be damaged, this is the tissue located under the free edge of the nail, which constitutes a seal that protects it from below. If damaged, the nail can become separated from the nail bed and become infected. So it is recommended to clean them from below with a very soft brush.
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