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9 Tips to Get Stronger, Healthier Nails

Maintain and hydrate cuticles. Healthy cuticles equal healthy nails. Cuticles are important as they act as both a seal and a barrier for keeping in hydration and keeping out infections.

Nail growth starts in the area called the matrix, which is right below your cuticle line and super important for keeping the nail healthy and hydrated. Think of your cuticles as the last line of defense, acting as a shield blocking the spread of bacteria from moving in on the nail. Cutting cuticles the wrong way and by a non trained professional exposes you to irritation or infection. To avoid this we suggest you gently push them back instead of trimming.

Reduces the use of nail hardeners. We all love a promise of "stronger nails" but products that your typically buy in a supermarket that promises to do this can actually do more damage than good.

Often these treatments leave nails so hard that they crack or break.

Moisturize Dry hands are a key contributor to nail strength and health. Remember to treat your hands and nails as you would your face...wash and apply a great moisturizer - greasier products such as Vaseline is most effective because they seal in the moisture, but if you're not into the Ghee or crisco feeling apply them at night and use lighter creams during the day.

File we all love a long talon, but keeping nails at a length that’s functional for your day-to-day life helps prevent breakage and tearing. Make sure when filing, you're doing it correctly. Nothing wrong with asking your manicurist for some tips to help you between appointments, as shaping the wrong way causyes breaks. We suggest a fine-grit file, why not take home your disposable kit from your next mani, start on the outside edge and pull towards the center. Continue to to gently swipe across your nail in that one direction.

Please don't hack saw the file back and forth, which creates too much friction and gives you frayed edges that catch and snag easily.

Base coat. When don’t have time for a full manicure, applying a good strengthening base coat can prevent the nails from peeling, fraying, chipping and becoming weak. look for base coats that contain ceramides and peptides which fortify nails and promote growth.

Diet do we need to explain this??? you are what you eat, eating proteins (e.g. broccoli, and lentils), biotin (eggs, salmon, peanuts), zinc's (green beans, shellfish, cashews) and iron (beef, spinach, kale) are key for great nails.

Remember whilst not a sin ketogenic diets, can contribute to biotin depletion.

Supplements. Nails tend to show the first signs of a vitamin deficiency, pay attention to them! Supplements such as Biotin and Omega 3 show great results for both hair and nails!

Exfoliate Regular light exfoliating, with a nail buffer on the surface of your nails in gentle circular motions to smooth and brighten the nail beds. don't want to over-exfoliate and should buff only once a week.

Regular manicures. As if you needed an excuse and no its not a sales push, manicures are beneficial. They remove the rough edges, dry cuticles, and hangnails... we know you are all secret pickers...just make sure yo manicure is gentle and they use a disposable kit.

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