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Hands On: Fig + Yarrow Nail & Cuticle Salve

You’ve heard the sad (but true) cliche, of course: You start playing guitar to meet girls and you end up talking about your nails with middle-aged men. If you haven’t heard it, it’s about time you did. In this installment of “Hands On,” we take a somewhat more literal interpretation of this column’s name to discuss Fig + Yarrow’s Nail & Cuticle Salve, “a highly nourishing blend of herbs, oils & botanical essences for strength, health & beauty of nails.”
🎸I rarely use picks. I’m pretty much strictly a fingers guy, whether I’m pickin’, pluckin’, or strummin’. I’m generally not overly concerned about my nails. I tend to them with an emery board and over the years they seem to have grown accustomed to the wear and tear of my guitar playing.
😰However, when the weather turned unseasonably cold and dry here in Seattle not too long ago, the aforementioned wear and tear started taking a greater toll – there was fraying, I’m afraid, and even a chip – so I found myself down in Pioneer Square, at 
E. Smith Mercantile, perusing a dizzying array of nail treatments, pondering the relative merits of the clear base layers and top coats, when I espied Fig + Yarrow’s wee tub of goo…
⭐The ingredients list is daunting, to be sure, but intriguing, covering everything from beeswax to tea tree oil, with oatstraw, nettle, myrrh and cannabis sativa seed oil in between.
👍I used the salve sporadically over a month or so, dipping in and massaging a bit into the nails on my right hand two or three times a week. It’s a fairly oily substance, meaning an ever so slightly messy process. The results have been encouraging – the brittleness, fraying and chipping have ended, and there’s an admittedly weird smoothness to my nail surface.
Also, I haven’t bothered to use any on the nails of my left hand and they now appear noticeably duller and dryer, even though the weather has returned to its wet and mild norm. Pardon the pun, but when it comes to nail care, it’s the balm.
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