The best tips for strong and long nails: There is nothing more annoying than a broken / brittle / torn nail. Because let’s be honest: if your nails look like a battlefield, it will bring down your entire appearance. A beautiful set of nails gives a confident feeling because it looks beautifully cared for.
To make sure you get the best out of your nails, here are some quick and easy tips so your nail game is always 10/10.
1) APPLY HAND CREAM AND CUTICLE OIL DAILY
Hydrated nails are stronger nails! Hand cream often contains ingredients that make your nails stronger. Cuticle Oil is another major lifesaver, boosting nail growth and boosting firmness. While almost every nail salon does this, you should actually avoid pushing your cuticles back forcibly as this is the nail’s first line of defense against bacteria. Instead, use a cuticle oil and gently press the cuticle back a little.
2) AVOID NAIL HARDENERS
This may sound a little crazy, but nail hardeners can actually weaken your nails. Dermatologists say this product should be avoided because it contains a chemical that dries out your nails, causing them to break faster. The toxic ingredient is called ‘formaldehyde’ and while some brands claim to be formaldehyde-free, they may still contain 1 to 2%. If you still want to use this stuff, check the ingredients list!
3) FILE YOUR NAILS CAREFULLY
Knowing how to file your nails correctly is essential. The back-and-forth method that you often see can fray and weaken your nails. Instead, sand once around the corner you want to file, avoiding horizontal stripes. It can damage your nails if you file them too often, so don’t do this more than once a week. At all costs: avoid coarse nail files: anything with a grain size of 180 or less means it will sand hard, so choose a file that indicates the grain size is 180 or higher.
4) USE SUPPLEMENTS
For nails, we love biotin supplements (also great for your hair), it helps your body convert essential fats and proteins so that nutrients can be better absorbed. It works really well when it comes to brittle, weak nails, and also gives them a natural shine!
5) AVOID HAND DISINFECTANTS BASED ON ALCOHOL
What makes hand sanitizers so effective at killing germs are the chemicals combined with a high alcohol content. The problem is that alcohol significantly dries out your nails, weakens them and makes them more brittle. So look for disinfectants that are alcohol-free.
6) THE GOOD NAIL SHAPE
If you’re constantly struggling with broken nails, it may have something to do with the shape of your manicure. As beautiful as some shapes may seem, they are just a lot more fragile. This is certainly the case with ballerina or stiletto nails because the long, slender tip is so fragile. Instead, opt for shorter, round nails that are less likely to break.
7) AVOID HOT WATER
Hot water strips your nails of their natural oils, that making them look shiny and strong. When doing the dishes or cleaning the bathroom, make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands and nails.
8) STOP NAILING
If you are still nail-biting, this should stop now! It splits the nail vertically, instantly weakening them. In addition to being unsanitary, it can also cause serious bleeding and infection.
9) WEAR WINTER GLOVES
Cold weather is really harmful to your nails! When it is colder, the dry air will penetrate your nails and make them brittle. Prevent this from happening by wearing gloves; not only will it keep your hands warm, but it will also help keep the nails strong.