10 Healthy Nail Habits

Quick Easy Tips for Strong Healthy Nails

 

Even with a beautifully painted manicure, you can’t hide unhealthy nails.  Neglecting your nails can causing cracking, dry cuticles, hangnails, damage and breakage that a manicure simply cannot fix.  That is why it is important to take the time to create a healthy nail base, which will take a manicure from bleak to chic.  Luckily, there are easy tips that can help a lot, proving that a little effort can make a big difference.
 
In celebration of Bellacures 10th anniversary, the premiere nail salon franchise breaks down the top ten healthy nail habits:
 
1. Avoid over cutting cuticles
Over cutting can cause cuticles to grow back faster and jagged.  Alternate between trimming and simply pushing them back.
2. Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticles
Using a cuticle oil or even coconut oil to moisturize will keep nails healthy and looking better than ever.
3. Take supplements
Start incorporating supplements like Biotin, which strengthens nails, and fish oil, which lubricates and moisturizes nails so they don’t become dry and brittle.
4. Avoid acetone-based nail polish removers
Acetone-based nail polish remover can dry out nails and make them brittle.
5. Limit contact with cleaning chemicals
Limit contact with harsh chemicals commonly found in cleaning supplies, which can strip the nails.  Try wearing rubber gloves when cleaning to help protect hands and nails.
6. Don’t pick gel manicures
Ripping gels off damages the nail bed and makes them thin and weak.  Get gels properly removed at a salon to avoid this.
7. Apply a nail hardener between manicures
Adding a protective layer to bare nails can help strengthen nails and prevent cracking and peeling while locking in moisture.
8. Avoid using nails as a tool
Trying to open hard objects with nails can break them, be extremely painful and cause long-term damage.
9. Get regular manicures
Shaping, cleaning and cuticle care is essential for healthy, beautiful nails.
10. Make sure your salon is sanitary and uses sterile tools
Getting professional manicures promotes nail health unless the tools are contaminated, which can cause fungus and other dangerous infections.  Make sure your salon meets the required laws and safety regulations.