Nail Care 101: How To Have The Longest, Strongest Nails

We know it’s kind of over the top, but in that split second when our perfectly shaped nail breaks, we could cry!  Plus, a broken nail can be painful too, especially if you’re wearing nail extensions! To make sure you’re nail game is always slaying. We’ve got some quick and easy tips that’ll strengthen and improve the quality of your nails .

Apply hand cream and cuticle oil daily 

We stock hand cream everywhere; on our desk, nightstand, in our bag…we could go on, but the point is hydrated nails are stronger nails!Cuticle oil is another major nail saver that’ll boost nail growth and help them retain their strength. 

Avoid nail hardeners

Dermatologists say avoid them at all costs, as they contain a chemical that’ll actually dehydrate your nails and make them even drier. The toxic ingredient is called ‘formaldeyde’ and although some claim they are formaldehyde-free they’re still legally allowed to contain 1-2%.

Limit hot water exposure

Hot water strips your nails of their natural oils that keep your them looking polished and strong. Whenever you’re doing the dishes or cleaning the bathroom, make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands and nails – they’ll look younger over the years as well.

Don’t bite your nails

If you still bite your nails, you need to stop – now! It’ll break your nail vertically which instantly weakens them, and it can cause bleeding and infection. Plus, it’s kinda unhygienic!

File nails with care

The back and forth method you often see done can actually fray and weaken your nails as it puts strain on the nail plate. Instead, use single strokes and always work at an angle, avoiding horizontal strokes. To get rid of any feathered edges, tuck the file underneath your nail and use a flicking motion. It can also damage your nails.

Avoid hand sanitizers

What makes hand sanitizers so effective at killing germs is the chemicals combined with a high alcohol content. But the problem is alcohol will majorly dehydrate your nails and hands, weakening your nails and making them more brittle. So look for sanitizers that say ‘alcohol-free’ on the bottle!

We hope you enjoyed reading and will remember these tricks .If you have any other hacks that save your nails, lets us know in the comments below!