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Cars and nails have a lot in common. Both of them require extreme care to keep them looking their best. One chip or ding can ruin the whole exterior. And while this situation may seem superficial, would you rather have your blind date show up in a Little Red Corvette or a little red 2003 Mitsubishi Galant? How does this relate to nail care? Well, your nails and your car say a lot about you. You need to keep both in prime condition. So when it comes to your prized possessions, the important question is: Is it better to buff or polish?
According to Vogue Magazine, the buff is the new polish. Editor Jordan Bickham reports, “Someone once told me that they couldn’t take anyone that wore nail polish seriously.” and from that moment, she went “from blue to buff,” claiming,”I haven’t worn nail polish since 2009.” She adds, “There’s nothing worse than chipped nails. I can’t look at them. So unless you’re going to get a manicure every three days, don’t do it.”
Echoing the pro-buff sentiment, Vogue. com Fashion News Editor Alessandra Codhina says, “Buff nails feel fresh. Less uptight. It’s just the right amount of natural. And if you have a nice bit of shine to your nail, it’s kind of the dressiest way to do nothing.”
Manicurist Deborah Lippman advises that there is a right and wrong way to go bare, stressing the importance of a healthy shine. “Taking a break from nail polish doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less maintenance. The hands have to be groomed,” she says. Lippman advises keeping regularly scheduled appointments to push back cuticles and moisturize the area. She also suggests investing in a four-sided buffer. This uses different fabrics to create different finishes on the nail. Lippman instructs starting with the side marked one. She says this slightly rough side of the buffer will exfoliate the surface of the nail gently and prep the nail for the higher settings. Avoid using the most abrasive side more than once weekly. “Less is more,” the manicurist says.
Pros and Cons of Buffing
Among the benefits of nail buffing, as opposed to polish, is the fact that buffing doesn’t involve toxic ingredients, however, buffers are made of either plastic, which is potentially toxic, or leather, which is not cruelty nor toxin free.
Also, while buffers can mask uneven nail surfaces, and give your nails a natural shine that won’t chip, repeating the treatment too often can wear away at the surface of your nails, making them thinner and weaker. Friction caused by buffing can also make the nail brittle and more likely to break.
If you’ve heard that nail buffers can boost circulation in your fingers, this is true, but nail experts say that drumming your fingers on a table can be just as effective.
So what’s your choice? Are you a sworn polisher or are you considering the buff look? Let us know!