Q. I’d like to know the home-made fastest nail growth tips!
A. The absolute all-time best treatment for nails is to massage a dab of oil into each cuticle at night, when you’re in bed. It helps achieve strong but flexible nails, rather than the brittle nails which sometimes result from chemical strengtheners. (Keeps cuticles soft, too.) And you know what? Any oil will do: olive, sunflower, sesame – or preferably sweet almond oil, a small bottle of which will last you aeons. The key is to do it every night – like clockwork. (We also like Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Pen, which is cleverly designed to push back cuticles while dispensing a little oil at a time.)

Sweet Almond Oil, £8.80 from www.nealsyardremedies.com – buy here

Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Pen, £15.95 at www.lovelula.com – buy here (NB don’t forget to enter the code bb12 at the checkout to get your 5% ‘insider discount’)