Many women struggle with nail problems, and this may be due to bad habits, poor nutrition or even excessive manicure treatments. There are a few steps you can take to change your daily habits in order to grow strong, long and healthy fingernails. These steps may also help safeguard your nails from external irritants and causes for infection.
Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle.
Lack of moisture may make nails dry and brittle, leading to nails that easily break and appear dull. There may be little scientific evidence that moisturizers helping you lengthen your nails, but at the very least it will help them appear better and healthier. If your nails are prone to breakage it most likely means they need moisture. Putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail, which will reduce the incidence of chipping, cracking, and splitting.
Change your shampoo.
Many women are not even aware that the shampoo they are using may be having a negative effect on their nails -- even if their hair looks great. Shampoos for oily hair, or detergent shampoos, may be especially irritating to nails as these are designed to strip lipids and other natural oils from the hair follicles. If your nails are appearing dry or are prone to breaking and you are using any soap product that strips the oils, there is more risk of dry nails.
Keep nails dry and clean.
This important step keeps bacteria from growing under your fingernails and cuticles. Repeated or prolonged exposure to water may even cause or worsen split fingernails. wearing cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals will help keep your nails safe.
Quit biting your nails.
Biting your nails has very negative effects on your health. It may seem to be a harmless nervous habit, but it may introduce bacteria and infections to your hands and mouth. If you have hang-nails, be sure to clip the dry loose skin away rather than biting it. Another trick is to keeping your nails neatly polished or add nail art, as this will discourage you from biting them. Chew gum when you’re bored. In extreme situations, you may even consider talking to a therapist about anxiety and boredom issues.
Several strengthening treatments exist, one for any schedule or budget. Serums are rather expensive but produce the fastest and best results in strengthening nails. Over the counter creams are perfect for everyday use, and you can even buy intensive protein treatments in the form of a cream that you put on your nails in the morning or at night. Strengthening polishes are also very helpful and help safeguard your nails from chipping. They are also very affordable and easy to use on a daily basis.
In conclusion, you may find that even the simplest change of habits in your day to day lifestyle can help you grow long, beautiful and healthy nails. This is true even if you are short on time or have a tight budget.