Nail health tends to take the backseat in most people’s lives, but nails can tell a lot about an individual’s health. The key to having strong, shiny, long, and healthy nails is a good nail routine.
1. Healthy Eating
The saying is true about healthy eating when it comes to what you put into your body. The cleaner you eat, the better off your entire body is, and that goes for hair, skin, and nails. They are all a direct reflection of what you allow to entire your body, so try eating a diet rich in protein and remember to stay hydrated.
2. Be Gentle
Treat your nails gently. The soaps that you use when washing your hands or washing dishes can dry out your nail beds, which ends up making your nails weak and brittle. When shopping for dish washing liquid or hand soaps, try looking for something with fewer harsh chemicals.
3. Regular Trimming/Shaping
Keep your nails trimmed and shaped up so that hangnails and torn nails are not getting in the way of your nail growth. A manicured look is always nice for your overall appearance, and it enhances nail growth.
If you’re not getting the right nutrition is your diet, try taking vitamins or supplements. Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, can be bought over the counter and is known to prevent nail brittleness.
Bacteria, dirt, and food can build up and stunt your nail growth. Make keeping your nails and the skin around them clean a priority.
6. NO Biting
The worst thing you can possibly do is become a habitual nail biter, something I had an issue with for years. Once I trained my brain to turn away completely from nail biting, my nails begin to flourish. You can damage your nail beds drastically when biting your nails by biting your nails too low or by tearing a hangnail.
7. Top Coats
Top coats can be your nails’ saving grace by making them stronger, shinier, and longer. Top coats harden your nails, causing them to become stronger and less susceptible to breakage. The clear polish makes nails a little shiny and keeps them looking natural, which makes it ideal for men and women who want the benefits of polish without the bright colors.
HOW TO QUIT BITING YOUR NAILS
1. Keep your nails painted. A fresh manicure or acrylics will make you not want to have your hands in your mouth.
2. Try finding a new stress reliever, since many bite their nails as a nervous habit.
3. Certain polishes give off an unpleasant taste when you go to put your fingers in your mouth. Try using one to break your nail-biting habit.
4. Stay busy. If you are continuously doing something with your hands, then you are less likely to put them in your mouth to bite.
DIY Nail Strengthener
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons sea salt
Mix ingredients in a bowl. Soak your fingernails for 10 minutes.
DIY Nail Lengthener
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 clove chopped garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
In a bowl, mix orange juice with garlic. Soak nails for 15 minutes. Then, rinse hands and soak nails in olive oil for 15 minutes.
Written by: Hillary Griffin