Health & Beauty
How To Clip Your Nails In Space & More Gravity-Defying Astronaut Beauty Secrets
Astronaut Catherine Coleman, Sandra Bullock's space mentor for the Oscar-winning "Gravity," talks beauty, fitness and hair care in Zero G
To avoid the pain, keeping your nails extremely short is key, but clipping is no ordinary task in space. "Every little nail clipping will fly off and float around until it lands on a filter," says Coleman. To keep her trims discreet, Coleman's clips her nails next to vents that suck in air and filter it out. ("I do the same when I eat something with a lot crumbs," she says.) Easy enough, although Coleman says getting to your toenails is it's own beast. "Imagine trying to clip your toenails in a swimming pool," she says. "It's less about balance, like on earth, and more about keeping your foot up to your chest. I have to enlist someone to volunteer their back so I have somewhere to keep my foot somewhat still," says Coleman.
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