By Diana Zarowin

Let me start off by saying that I’m a manicure-aholic…well, I was.

Allow me to elaborate.

For as long as I can remember, my nail regimen has consisted of strict manicure appointments, a full case of Essie and Deborah Lippmann shades ranging from the classics, like Waltz and Chinchilly, to metallic Loophole and fierce On The Beach.

I would rarely be spotted without some fantastic color adorning my nails, and that was just the way I liked it. As a non-makeup wearer, I take my polishing habits very seriously! Always experimenting with a new trend, glittering it up for nights out – you name it.

But a few months ago I noticed that my nails were unhealthy. They were weak, constantly breaking and soft to the touch. I feared that I had done a number on them with all of my nail-scepades.

So, I decided to experiment with something on the opposite end of the spectrum: a mani-vacation.

It’s been almost two months now that I’ve been mani-free. I file my own nails and condition my hands with lotion on a daily basis. My uncovered nails are not breaking and peeling, and they are strong to the touch.

I encourage all of you beautiful ladies to take a break from your manis – a day, a week, a month, whatever it may be. Two months may be two-months too long for some girls, but even a mini mani-vacation can help let your nails regain strength and shine for periods of time.

Something I’ve learned from the process? My true nails are gorgeous in themselves. And, while I’m sure I’ll start back on my fabulous mani-routine soon, I want to let the girls show themselves off and prove to ladies everywhere that natural, healthy beauty is so. darn. beautiful.

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