How To: Get Strong, Healthy Nails

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).

DO:

  • 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.

DON’T:

  • 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!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

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14 Comments

  1. May 30, 2011 / 12:20 pm

    Oh Em Gee, am I the first? xD

  2. Gloria
    May 30, 2011 / 6:16 pm

    Nicee. 🙂 Funny how excited I was when I saw that I had a mail informing me that you updated your blog! 😀
    I really love how you advocate the smoke-free lifestyle. It’s awesome. A lot of people in my campus smoke and think it’s cool, but it so isn’t I don’t really dare to tell them though.. ):

    Thanks for the post! 😀

    • May 31, 2011 / 10:21 am

      Aww glad you were excited! And I really dislike smoking as a habit, it’s not worth it in any way! xx

  3. Sofie
    May 30, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    I bit my nails for many years when I was younger. I’m so happy I quit and my nails are long and healthy right now 🙂
    I think it’s a really good thing you disapprove of smoking, it’s so bad!

    xoxo

    btw, I think ”Use a nail hardener – combined with the oil-based strengthener” belongs under Do’s, not Don’ts

    • May 31, 2011 / 10:22 am

      Glad your nails are super healthy now 😀 and thank you about the tip, I did put it in the wrong place! xx

  4. Julia
    May 30, 2011 / 11:36 pm

    Me & my mom swear by Sally Hansen nail products !
    They really do work brilliantly (:

  5. May 31, 2011 / 12:35 am

    Thanks for the handy tips! 🙂

    • May 31, 2011 / 10:22 am

      No worries 😀 xx

  6. May 31, 2011 / 2:54 am

    Very helpful but it seems it takes time to take care of them because I’m a super lazy person. For me I clean it with lemon from time to time and just use hand and nails serum to get nails strong. 😀

    • May 31, 2011 / 10:22 am

      Hehe, it is worth it 🙂 and cool tip! x

  7. Petra
    June 1, 2011 / 4:31 am

    Very helpful! I’ll have to look into that varnish to get me to stop biting my nails. I use the SEACRET Nail Kit to keep mine healthy and looking great. Ever use it?

  8. Jassii. :D
    June 1, 2011 / 7:42 am

    Even if these tips aren’t something for me (my nails have to be really short, because of playing piano), they are good.
    thanks for every of your helping blog posts. 🙂
    I love you. xx

  9. Victoryisalways
    June 1, 2011 / 4:27 pm

    Oh wow! Thank you so much for this post! I absolutely love it! I have like long nails, and I usually have them long, but I don’t know how to take care of them so I always end up cutting them short.
    My nails thank you! 😀

  10. Deanna
    June 1, 2011 / 5:33 pm

    so loving the tips you give on here… hope you’re having an awsome day Chyaz!

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