It can be frustrating and embarrassing to have uneven nails, right? Unfortunately, dry, brittle nails are prone to breaking. Here are some tips shared by experts at Da Vi Nails which you can follow if you want healthy, strong nails:
1. Eat a well-balanced diet.
Your body needs all the necessary nutrients to function properly. By eating a balanced diet filled with nutritious foods, you can have stronger nails.
2. Consider biotin supplements.
Biotin can be obtained from foods like eggs, salmon and chicken. It’s also present in nuts, spinach, seeds and sweet potatoes. However, if your body is not getting sufficient amounts of biotin, you can also consider taking supplements.
3. Take multivitamins.
Experts always recommend prioritizing healthy foods to get your nutrients. But if you feel you need an extra boost, you can take a daily multivitamin.
4. Apply a strengthening base coat.
The right nail polish formula is actually beneficial to weak nails. Use a base coat for an extra layer of protection, as it can strengthen thin, weak or splitting nails.
5. Don’t pick or peel your nails.
If you have gel or dip nails, resist the urge to peel, pick or pull the fake nail off as this can damage it.
6. Use nail polish remover that does not contain acetone.
Acetone used to be the go-to product to remove polish but it can dry out nails. Safely remove polish using products that not only does this job well but also strengthen and rehydrate nails.
7. Stay away from acrylic nails.
Acrylic nails can cause serious damage to your natural nails.
8. Moisturize your nails.
One of the reasons for the breakage is nail dryness. So be sure to keep your hands and nails sufficiently moisturized so they can flex and bend without breaking.
9. Know how to remove gel polish.
The gel is stronger than your nails’ top layer, so when you peel it, it will take your nail off with it. Ask your nail tech how to remove your gel polish. Better yet, go to the salon and have them remove the polish there.
10. Keep your nails short.
Shorter nails avoid snagging and tearing. Just don’t cut them too short as that can be painful. Also, be sure to file your nails in a single direction.
11. Let your nails rest.
Your nails need to breathe so every once in a while, give them a break from polish, gel and acrylic.
12. Protect your nails from frequent drying and wetting.
Nails that are always breaking could be caused by external factors including the frequent drying and wetting from doing laundry, washing dishes, swimming, etc. Limit water exposure by wearing gloves if possible.
If you’ve tried all the tips we’ve outlined here and you still have a problem with your nails peeling and breaking, it’s time to see a doctor. Nails can be impacted by a range of skin and medical conditions. It could also be a vitamin deficiency, low iron and others. The only way to find out is by getting checked and evaluated by a medical professional.
Take a look at this video that shows you can determine certain nutrient deficiencies by inspecting your nails: