Nails are a specialized form of skin; they ensure our sensitive fingers and toes. And beautiful nails are considered to be a precious gift to be treasured and cared for. Because your nails are important and can even help a doctor find out if you are healthy or not, it's important to take good care of them. You know very well that growing your nails take a lot of time and patience. Therefore, when a nail breaks or chips, it is quite painful. Besides, it just does not just stop at that because one broken nail ends up spoiling the alignment, forcing you to file all your nails to one, uniform length *starts crying. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to help develop stronger nails that can grow longer without breaking and look better and smoother without polish. Keep reading to learn how to strengthen your nails quickly and easily to end your weak nail-breaking challenges.
Base Coat Is Must
Every time you paint your nails, use a base coat first without fail. Nail polish includes harsh chemicals that can wear down your nail beds and weaken your nails after prolonged, regular use. In order to prevent your nail polish from eating into your nails and weakening them, apply a generous base coat to your bare nails every time you polish them. If you visit a nail salon to get a professional manicure, request that they use a base coat before they apply any polish to your nails if they don’t do so already.
Use Strengthener Between Polishes
Healthy nails hold polish longer. A strengthening product can help repair nail damage to keep them from peeling or breaking.
Find a nail shape that works for YOU, not everyone else. Examining hundreds of other guitarist’s nails (as fun as it is to do) will not help you figure out what to do with your own. The fact is, your shape shouldn’t be determined by what David Russell or anybody else’s nails look like. The perfect shape should be found by how it feels when you play.
Moisture is key to strengthening your nails. Lifestyle bloggers and nail technicians alike recommend soaks in things like olive oil, tea tree oil, green tea, or apple cider vinegar. The moisture and antioxidants found in these natural powerhouses will not only help you grow stronger nails, but will have your hands looking beautiful and soft, as well.
Balanced Diet and Supplements
Vitamins and supplements are a great way to grow your nails strong because they help with overall body health and can help supplement a diet lacking in nutrition. Some key vitamins and minerals include biotin, vitamin B, vitamin A, and many others. These vitamins and supplements can be bought at your local drugstore or vitamin shop. Adopt a nail friendly diet you are what you eat, so it makes sense to start with making sure you’re fueling yourself with good stuff that will do you good from the inside out. Eggs, oily meat, fish, nuts, pulses, leafy vegetables, avocado, fruit and dairy should all be part of a balanced diet that isn’t only good for your health, but good for your nails. Also, keep hydrated with plenty of water and you’ll be on your way to strong, moisturized nails in no time.
Dry You’re Hands
After washing, dry your hands for at least two minutes before doing the dishes. Also, dry your toes thoroughly after swimming or showering. Leaving them damp increases your risk of fungal infection. Dry nails are stronger nails.
Leave Your Cuticles Alone.
The cuticle has a very important purpose to serve: It seals the area at the base of the nail. So when you cut or remove the cuticle, it breaks that seal of protection, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria and the possibility of infection. The better you are at leaving cuticles alone, the more your nails will thank you. Taking care of your cuticles also helps minimize those dreaded hangnails (try not to tear them to avoid infections).
How you file your nails can make or break them—literally. Filing in one direction, lifting the file each time on the return stroke is the best method to prevent damage or breakage. The most important thing is to choose the right grade file is if you use a very high grain file, it’s going to cause breakage, but if you use a fine grade file (like 400 to 600 grit) and do not file aggressively, you can file in a back and forth motion.
Weak nails may also be the result of an injury or nail disease. The easiest way to prevent this is to wear protective gloves when you do house work and gardening and never use your nails as tools. They aren’t made of iron! Also, never pick your cuticles or tear a hangnail off as it may lead to a nail infection. Carefully cut hangnails with clippers instead.
Get Regular Manicures.
Manicures remove the rough edges, dry cuticles, and hangnails we tend to pick at and get caught on things. However, make sure the treatment is gentle. Nails and cuticles are much more delicate than people realize.
Once you start to grow strong nails, you will find it easier to grow long, beautiful nails, as well.