I was really pleased to see how many of you liked my post on how to get healthy hair, so I thought I would dish out a little advice on how to get strong and healthy nails. I don’t particularly like having LONG nails, but I do love the feeling that they’re strong. Flakes, especially when you’re wearing a colourful polish, are no fun, and very unattractive. My tips are pretty simple, and again this won’t be a list of specific products (there are hundreds out there that do the same job).
- Try and maintain a healthy diet – this sounds entirely un-related to nails, but think about it; like any other part of your body (e.g. hair), your nails grow, and therefore need nutrients to do so healthily.
- Try out nourishing nail treatments – before I paint my nails, I use the Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Cuticle Pen (well, I broke that ‘no product names’ resolution pretty quickly!). The reason I did decide to mention this product specifically is because it really does work. It’s like giving your nails a little drink!
- Use a base coat before using a vibrant colour – I’ve often (and recently, oops) made the mistake of painting my nails bright green without a base coat. I was left with a very sexy (not) yellow tinge to my nails for weeks afterwards.
- Give them little trims regularly – especially if they are starting to snag. It’s better to trim a nail down once it gets a little crack than wait until it comes off itself, which can be painful and more damaging in the long run.
- Use a nail hardener – combined with the oil-based strengthener, this should really help your nails grow strong over a little while. Claire’s Accessories do a great one that is around £2/3, so it won’t break the bank.
- Smoke – remember I mentioned the yellow nails associated with a lack of base coat and green varnish? Well, smoke and you could get the same effect, but permanently and with some lovely cracking thrown in. If you need help quitting smoking, your local health service should be able to give you some support. Seriously guys, it’s not cool.
- Bite and nibble your nails – you can get special varnishes that taste disgusting to help you kick this particular habit.
- Get addicted to false nails – the glue used can really damage your own nails. My mum used false nails for years and always wishes she hasn’t, as hers aren’t that strong anymore.
I hope this has helped, let me know in the comments if you have any tips of your own!