Yesterday, I was lucky enough to snag an exclusive interview with world famous pedi- guru Bastien Gonzalez.
A charming ‘Frenchie’, Bastien is passionate about pedi’s, but very focused on the ‘-cure’. He reckons too many salons put too much emphasis on making feet look temporarily pretty, with a slick of paint and a quick scrub, but don’t bother with the long term health of your footsies.
Here’s the run down of our quick Q&A…
We know you’ve worked on a zillion celebs, but is there anyone you’re still dying to get a hold of?
Shakira – she has the most beautiful feet.
What do you wish South African women knew about nail care?
It’s not good to push your cuticles back – this can inflame them. Also, you shouldn’t wear your nail polish for days on end because then your nails aren’t able to breath. This dehydrates them in the long term. Think about it – you wouldn’t not take your make-up off at night… Also, don’t let your pedi- or manicurist clip your nails all the way up the side. This is an ancient Chinese technique and it ends up causing ingrown nails. ?
What’s the best fix for thin, brittle nails?
Buffing and tapping. Buffing will improve your circulation while tapping (gently running them along a surface, making a tapping motion) sends vibrations up the nail. This will help stimulate growth. That’s also why your toenails grow faster than your fingernails – they’re constantly rubbing against your shoes.
Is there any kind of supplement can take to make them grow stronger?
Zinc. Anything with zinc in it will benefit your nails.
What can you do about ridges?
Subtle ridges that run horizontally across your nails are generally the result of some kind of trauma to your nail’s ‘mattress’ (the nail bed) – often an aggressive manicurist. Those that run vertically are due to dryness of the mattress. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to get moisture to it and some people tend to suffer from dehydration there regardless of how much water they drink. The best you can do is just buff it away so it doesn’t look as obvious.
Glamour-addict girls like myself tend to live in killer heels. Are we destroying our feet?
Wearing high heels all the time can shorten your calf muscle, but if you do foot flexing exercises at night, you should be fine. And find a boyfriend who gives a good foot massage every night!
If I could only buy one thing from your product line, what would you recommend?
The Unguent for nails and cuticles is excellent to help moisturise and nourish your nails. You only need to use the smallest drop once a day so the tube will last for ages. In fact, you’ll probably lose it before you finish it.