The reason why so many women avoid nail enhancing products is that it may seem unnecessary, expensive, or time-consuming. In reality, it is neither of these.
With the right technique, maintaining healthy nails can be so much easier. Everything comes down to the little details.
I’m sure nobody wants dirty, weak, or brittle fingernails. Here are some tips for nail care you need to add to your beauty rituals, in order to see results!
How To Improve Nail Health
1. Moisturise a minimum of twice daily
Dryness is the number one cause of unhealthy cuticles, which can eventually lead to other problems.
The best solution is to apply hand cream, cuticle cream, or nail cream, making sure to pay special attention to the nail bed.
I’d recommend doing this after you wash your hands, so the product isn’t quickly removed and has time to soak in
2. Trim nail ends regularly
This is by far the most emphasized of out all the nail hacks I’ve ever heard of. Obviously, as is the case with hair, outgrown nails are prone to breakage.
Even if you’re trying to grow them long, it never hurts to trim a slight bit off from the top. Most people recommend cutting them straight but slightly rounded towards the corners.
3. Cut off hangnails as soon as possible
Pesky hangnails that like to peep out of the edges are just never a good sight!
Plus they’re super bad for nail health. Use a hangnail clipper to remove them from the root.
4. Gently cleanse the insides
The insides or back of the nail plate can accumulate grime and dirt over time. If you don’t want to cut them, it may be a good idea to use a quick wash.
Replace damaging metal tools for a softer brush, and use it as a scrub with soapy water. You can use a toothbrush as well.
5. Disinfectant all your tools
We’ve made it a habit to wash our makeup brushes every other week, so why wouldn’t the same be applicable for nail equipment?
The faster way to do so is by rubbing a cotton ball (soaked with alcohol or disinfectant) on their surface.
6. Wear protective gloves
I find it hard to imagine what extensive periods of contact with water/detergent can do to nails, The next time you’ll be washing the dishes or doing the laundry, grab a pair of plastic gloves first.
7. Use oil on the cuticles of nails
If you’re looking for a 5-minute how to make your nails stronger sorta thing, this is all you need to do in most cases.
Use a suitable variety such as coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil or vitamin E oil, or a combination of any of the above.
You can even add a couple of essential oils, for scent. I like to apply a few drops to each nail overnight, for maximum results.
8. Avoid gel or acrylic manicures
I know a lot of women perceive these as an indispensable habit. However, think twice before your next appointment because these are extremely damaging to the nails.
You’ll start to see gruesome effects in the later years. Instead, try press-on fake nails. Those give exactly the same look without negative consequences.
9. Opt for cleaner nail polishes
Don’t worry, nail paints are much safer than salon manicures. But, choosing formulas without sulfates or parabens is definitely smarter.
Additionally, look for eco-friendly, natural, and/or oil-based products.
10. Get rid of acetone
Acetone is the dehydrating chemical one needs to bid goodbye to! Acetone-free nail polish removers on the market can be just as effective.
Bustle’s listed out the top 4 options to try out here
. And, you can always DIY your own.
11. Add a healthy nails treatment
Whenever there’s a bit of self-care time on your hands, why not treat the nails as well?
Fustany.com has listed out a few great essentials on their website here
12. Have a diet rich in zinc, biotin, and vitamin B
All of the above-mentioned nutrients play an important role. If you don’t get these naturally, supplements are the next best thing.
This is probably the unwritten rule in the beauty rule. It may sound cliche, but you really are what you eat.
14. Always use a base coat and topcoat
The base coat makes a protective layer between the nails and polish. Thus, you’ll essentially be reducing contact with chemicals and preventing stains.
While topcoats generally make everything last longer.
15. Apply multiple thin coats
Having thick coats hurriedly splashed on, save no time in the long run! Take your time to apply thin layers. Wait for each one to dry before adding the next.
16. File the nails in a single direction
To keep your nail shape looking the best, nail files are the answer. The method is super easy too.
Start out at one corner, move towards the centre and then to the other end. Repeat until necessary.
17. Never cut the cuticles
Use a cuticle pusher to reduce their appearance, if they bother you so much.