Republished with permission from Musely an Evio Community Partner
Keeping your nails looking good means more than choosing the perfect colour. Here are some do's and don'ts on how to keep your nails healthy and strong.
DO GET MANICURES
A weekly manicure (even for shorter nails) is key. Grooming your nails will always make your nails look great, whether you do it yourself at home or go to the salon. The most important thing for pretty, healthy nails is to start with a proper manicure so that your nails are all the same length and shape and your cuticles are groomed and pushed back.
DON'T PEEL OFF OLD NAIL POLISH
This is probably the easiest way to irritate your nail beds and lead to damage. An easy way to avoid this is by applying very thin coats of polish and letting them dry in between each layer so the polish doesn't bunch up and peel.
DON'T CUT YOUR CUTICLES
Your cuticles really aren't meant to be cut. Unless you’re a trained nail tech, you can cause more harm than good because cuticles form a barrier that protects the nail. Instead, apply a cuticle remover to soften and dissolve dry, overgrown cuticles. Then use a soft-tipped cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticles.
DO BUFF YOUR NAILS
Try buffing your nails for a healthy shine that won’t chip off! Use a buffer to shape nails, remove ridges, smooth the nail surface and give nails a super shine without even needing polish.
DON'T BITE YOUR NAILS OR USE THEM AS TOOLS
Both of these will obviously weaken or break your nails. If you're a nail biter, apply products like SuperNail Bite No More to your nails, which produces a mildly unpleasant taste to remind you not to bite.
DO EAT A WELL-BALANCED DIET
Diet plays a huge role in all functions of the body, including keeping strong and healthy nails. Nails are made out of protein, so the first thing you can try is adding more to your diet.
Genes also play a big part in having brittle nails. Taking a biotin supplement is a great way to strengthen your nails and promote their growth. Drinking lots of water is also important to keep nails and cuticles hydrated.
DO BE CAUTIOUS WITH CHEMICALS AROUND YOUR NAILS
Be careful about exposing your nails to household cleansers or harsh chemicals in your nail products. There are plenty of products that are natural and chemical-free to avoid damaging your nails.
DON'T SAW YOUR NAILS BACK AND FORTH WITH A NAIL FILE
This can weaken your nails' free edges. Instead, file nails from the corners towards the center in one direction.