Chipping a perfectly good manicure is one of life’s most annoying frustrations. Since I’m constantly opening packages and typing stories, wearing gel nail polish has been a saving grace when it comes to preserving my mani. While I love the flexibility a regular manicure provides, gel polish is so much more durable—which is why I tend to stretch each manicure for as long as possible.
“With gel polish, your manicure can last from two to three weeks, but with regular polish you're lucky if it lasts five to seven days without chipping,” Kristin Pulaski, owner of Paintbucket Nails in Brooklyn, tells SELF. According to Pulaski, in addition to staying power, another great benefit of gel is that it provides a harder layer of protection over the natural nail, which can result in increased nail grow...
Whether you're the type who's always on top of the latest nail trends—like, say, cow print—or prefer a short, simple mani in pale pink, strong, healthy nails are always a good thing. But actually getting them to the point you desire before they break off in uneven pieces is easier said than done (especially if you're trying to go au naturel). Daily wear and tear leads to hangnails and snags, and polish and gel changes can weaken your tips over time. So how to actually grow nails out and keep them long? We chatted with pros to gather the best advice for stronger, healthier nails.
Maintain and hydrate your cuticles.
Remember this: Healthy cuticles equal healthy nails. “The main habit to break is picking, trimming, or manipulating your cuticles in any way,” says North Carolina dermatologi...
The Ingrown nail is a common problem affecting especially the big toe. It is favored by a bad cut of the nail and repeated traumas (shoes too narrow...) It translates into a bead around the nail, painful and red which can become infected in the absence of treatment.
What is the Ingrown nail?
A nail is incarnated when it penetrates the tissues that limit its lateral edges. This is the result of a conflict between the nail tablet and the peri-nail tissue. The edge of the nail sinks into the flesh and causes an inflammatory reaction of the peri-nail tissue, then, in the absence of early treatment, an infection.
This problem preferentially touches the toenails: the Ingrown nail is particularly frequent at the level of the big toe.
What is a nail for?
The nail is made of keratin, forming a n...
Nails can tell a lot about your overall health. When they become yellow or a little discolored, it usually means that you have acquired a fungus or a nail infection.
This may also mean that your nails have been stained by a product like nail polish, or that you have an allergic reaction. I remember my older sister with her yellow fingernails 3 months before her wedding. It was total hysteria!
The symptoms and possible causes of the yellow nails
Healthy nails are usually light-colored and should not cause major problems such as cracks, indentations or abnormal shapes. On the other hand, when you have yellow nail syndrome, all these symptoms can occur or they can happen at the same time. The possible causes of these yellowish nails are:
Aging can be considered the most natural caus...
All vegetable oils will come to nourish the nails and skin: Wheat germ oil, rose musk, avocado, Nigel... With the fatty acids they contain. On the other hand, there are some that are more suitable for these areas and that are soothing. For example to nourish the cuticles, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil are excellent.
In addition, coconut oil is the pearl of oils to nourish in depth on fragile skins. and also to make them more resistant! Castor oil is also very well known for the care of the nails. As they strengthen them and accelerate their growth slightly. There are also serums that are mixtures of several of these oils, if you fail to choose one among all this abundance.
How to use this treatment?
Apply the chosen vegetable oil to the entire nail and its edges. Massage long to make ...
How to have beautiful nails?
To maintain, nourish and strengthen their nails, our grandmothers used very effective natural products. These are their secrets!
Clean with baking soda;
Nothing is more annoying than dirty fingernails. To remove impurities, you have to think about brushing them regularly. To do this, sprinkle your food baking nail brush and brush gently under your fingernails. If you don't have a nail brush, a used toothbrush will do the trick.
The lemon to strengthen the nails;
Are your fingernails brittle and dull? Use the nourishing and whitening powers of lemon! Pour the juice of 1/2 lemon squeezed into a bowl and soak your fingers for about ten minutes. Guaranteed result!
Olive oil to strengthen the nails;
The olive oil will make your nails more resistant. To do ...
Cold, household chores, too hot baths or a bad manicure can attack your nails everyday. Are your fingernails brittle, soft, streaky or split? Wondering how to fortify them? Check out our home care recipes against damaged nails.
Tip 1: Argan Oil
To moisturize fragile nails, dip your fingers in a bath of milk and argan oil at equal doses for about ten minutes once a week.
Note that olive, castor or sweet almond oil is also very effective.
Tip 2: Salt
Salt also helps to strengthen brittle nails thanks to its iodine content.
Directions for use: Mix one tablespoon of salt in half a liter of warm water and soak your fingers in this liquid for 10 minutes.
Tip 3: Lemon
Lemon is known for its revitalizing virtues. To strengthen your nails, mix the juice of a lemon with a tablespoon of baking s...
Massage them with vegetable oils, carry out a homemade care, adopt the correct technique to file them or bleach them with the help of a lemon... Here are some easy to adopt and ultra-efficient tips for displaying sublime nails.
Dislodge the small impurities
To have nice nails, it must be perfectly clean. For this, some tips to remove any trapped dust. We can forget the limes and other small metal accessories to go dislodge the dirt under the nails: just take a small brush, why not a toothbrush with water and baking soda and rub gently. Instead of baking soda, SOAP will also perfectly do.
Use white vinegar
Nails are made of the same material as the hair keratin fiber. To make it more shiny, as for the hair, you can dip them in a small bowl filled with white vinegar.
Take care of your cut...
When you have soft nails, it is almost impossible to let them grow long because they break all the time! This can be very annoying, but these 10 tips will help you to make them stronger.
1. have a diet rich in iron
An iron deficiency can cause soft nail problems. Foods that contain the most are the offal, shellfish, chocolate or even broccoli.
2. have a diet rich in calcium
Soft and brittle nails are sometimes caused by a lack of calcium. To refuel, eat dairy products but also of egg yolks, shrimp, almonds, Black radish...
3. a priest of beer yeast
In capsule or sprinkled on your food, beer yeast promotes growth and healthy nails and hair!
4 make a royal jelly
Royal Jelly is rich in vitamin B and ideal to strengthen soft nails. Take on an empty stomach, every morning for a month.