how to grow strong nails? That’s a much debated topic. But there are few basic tips which will help you maintain your nails in good shape and strength.
I remember my struggle for long and healthy nails. Long before I became a nail artist, when I was a regular teenager, I had no idea on how to take care of nails. I used to think , nails..oh..they take care of themselves. What is there to worry about nails? All I used to do was bite them off. Then when I started developing interest in nail art, I realized that, nails do need special care like any other part of body like skin, hair etc. I will walk you through some simple steps that will ease your struggle for long and strong nails.
Do not Cut Your Cuticles.
You would have heard about cutting your grown cuticles. That’s a big no no! That would affect adversely on your nail health. Cuticles protect your nails from several types of infections and bacterias getting into the nail root.
If your cuticles are very dry, then apply cuticle oil and massage it gently. Let it absorb and make it soft. Then push back the cuticles into the nail roots using a cuticle Pusher but do not cut them. Healthy cuticles promote nail growth.
Trimming and Filing Nails
As our hair needs trimming for healthy growth, same goes for nails. Trim and file your nails regularly. I generally file them once a week. There’s a common mistake we all tend to do is filing nails in every direction, this will brake your nails. Always file your nails in one direction.
Nails Need Moisture
As our skin needs moisture, nails need it too. We all apply hand moisturizer and think that nails got their share too. But in reality, it doesn’t happen that way. So apply a nail moisturizer or cuticle oil daily before sleeping. If you are experiencing constant breakage in nails, then I would recommend applying a nail strengthener on a regular basis.
Use Acetone Free Polish Remover
If you are a nail polish lover like me, you will be trying out lots of colorful polishes. While removing nail polish, use acetone free polish remover. This may take little longer to remove your polish but good for your nail health. Acetone based removers make your nails dry and prone to breakage and chipping.
When ever you remove polish from your nails, always wash your hand and apply generous amount of moisturizer or argon oil. I prefer to use Argan oil instead of moisturizer.
Let your Nails Breath
Let your nails stay without any polish for a day or two in every couple of weeks . If your nails are covered with polishes all the time, then it will develop yellowness on the nail bed. I leave my nails free from polish at least one day a week.
Take Biotin supplements. Biotin helps growth in nails and hair as well.
These are some simple steps and easy to follow tips which will give your nails health strength and shape. Let me know how you liked these tips and if you follow any other nail care routine.