Do you have brittle nails that peel and break easily? You’re not alone. Brittle nails are a very common problem (and a very annoying one too) but not that hard to fix. Here are a few tips to help you grow beautiful, long and strong nails…
1. Don’t wash your hands too often
Wetting and drying your nails constantly can damage them and make them become brittle. Thus, avoid long baths and always use gloves when you wash dishes, clean or do anything that involves getting your hands wet. Even swimming and steam rooms can make nails prone to breakage. Of course, I’m not suggesting you don’t go for a swim or never wash your hands, just avoid wetting your hands a lot of times during the day or for long periods (or both). And if you really can’t, follow tip number 2.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Always apply a good hand cream after washing your hands. If you tend to forget to do it, just keep a tube near the sink as a reminder. Choose one with humectants such as lactic acid, urea or glycerin that will draw moisture from the environment into your skin, keeping it soft and smooth. And every now and then, apply some shea butter or olive oil on your hands before going to sleep. You’ll wake up in the morning with baby soft and moisturized hands. And don’t forget to apply a hand cream after you remove nail polish too! Keeping them moisturized will prevent nails from becoming brittle.
3. Take Biotin supplements
Biotin is a vitamin found in a lot of foods such as wheat bran and egg yolk. Taking 2.5mg of Biotin increases the thickness of the nail and reduces splitting and flaking. So, if you think you’re not getting enough Biotin from food, taking a supplement can help but don’t expect results overnight! Biotin works only on nails that haven’t grown yet. That means that the effects of Biotin will show up after about 6 months as that’s the time it takes nails to grow. As for other vitamins and proteins companies include in their products claiming they strengthen nails, well, there is no proof they work so don’t waste your money.
4. File nails the right way
If your nails are prone to breakage, it is best to keep them short. When you file your nails, avoid going back and forth with the file as that will only damage them and make them weaker. Instead, file nails only in one direction. In addition, file the tips of the nails square, not round. This too will make them stronger.
Do you have any tips for brittle nails you’d like to share?