I’ve always been a massive fan of nail art, and painting my nails is more relaxing to me than it is a chore, so naturally I have to make sure I’m using the right things for my nails, and treating them right, in order to keep them strong.
Painting your nails regularly is bad for them. So I’m going to share some of the tricks I like to use in order to ensure my nails aren’t being weakened and damaged, so you can rock your natural nails and not have to buy into fakes ones or acrylics.
One of the most important things is moisture. Just as you moisturise your face to keep it smooth and youthful, you’ve got to do the same for your nails (and hands!) Using a moisturiser specifically aimed at hands and nails is best because it has the exact ingredients that your nails need. (You wouldn’t use a foot cream for your face, would you?!)
You also want to keep your nails fresh and strong, you can achieve this by regularly using a nail buffer. A nail buffer shines and strengthens the surface of your nails, meaning they don’t become brittle and break easily. I would recommend buffing your nails after removing your nail varnish and pushing your cuticles back and before repainting or applying a base coat. (Also of the utmost importance: push back, never cut your cuticles!)
As I mentioned before, pushing your cuticles back before painting your nails makes them easier to paint, and improves the look of your hands and nails. Cutting them often results in them growing back thicker and discoloured, so I would avoid that at all costs, it’s quicker and easier to push them back using an orange stick or any other manicure tool.
The next important thing for growing stronger nails is to keep them at a length that suits you and keep them like that. Growing them without trimming or filing them risks them from getting weaker at the tips. Another tip is to always file before you take off your varnish, your nails are at their weakest after coming into contact with nail varnish remover, so filing them then is very risky.
Then you come onto how you’re treating your nails before applying nail varnish. If you’re not applying anything at all, you can leave your nails discoloured once you take the varnish off; this is because nail varnish remover opens the pores of your nails, meaning they absorb whatever you put on them after. So if you go straight onto applying a fresh coat of polish, when it comes to taking it off, your nails will be yellow. Whereas buffing first reseals the pores, assisting any base that you then put on, be it a nail strengthener, base coat or cuticle oil.
A further important thing to remember when wanting to grow stronger nails is in fact, be weary of nail strengtheners. If you’re not buying a manicure nail care set, the odds are the product you’re buying will actually make them weaker, in order to get you to buy more because you think you need it.
Finally, after buffing, treating your nails and applying your chosen coat of nail varnish, it comes to drying. I was given this adorable little monkey who dries them for me, but once your nails are dry, applying a top coat can work wonders. It prevents chipping and ensures your varnish will last longer than usual. It also makes your nails look at lot shinier and healthy. (Obviously I wouldn’t recommend using a top coat when wearing a matte varnish because it’d ruin the whole effect.)
That’s it for my tips and tricks, I hope this helped you out if you’re trying to grow stronger nails! Do you have any nail saviour tricks that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!