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"It is much easier to avoid hang nails than to get rid of them. Every evening I gently massage the cuticle about the nail with a cotton-wrapped orangewood stick dipped in olive oil. This, I find, softens the skin about the nails so that there is no accumulation of dead, hardenend tissue which forms hang nails.
When I manicure I was away as much as I can of the cuticle loosened by shaping the nails. Then I wipe the residue with a soft piece of cotton. Snipping ends of the skin with scissors encourages hardened cuticle and hang nails I find."