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5/7/10

6 Tips For Long Healthy Nails




This is especially for you, HD =)

I am not going to preach what I don't practice, like eat healthy, drink lots of milk and stuff like that.
These are just tips that work for me. I have pretty strong nails already, but they chip and peel all the time. So I do the following to fight back, or in this case, to scratch back....rawwwrrr!!!



1. I avoid clipping my nails, unless they are very long and it would take forever to file them short. I read in some magazine a long time ago that clipping your nails cause them to break easily, so it's better to file them instead. I use Scholl Nail Filer which looks like this one.....
2.  Buff your nails once a week. This is like exfoliating your nails. If you use a scrub on your face every week to remove dead skin, why not do the same to your nails?! This will make your nails healthier and remove the yellowness caused by nail polish. Buffing also encourages your nails to grow. I use The Body Shop Nail Buffer



3. Use a hand cream or moisturizing lotion. after every time you wash your hands. If you apply a little extra on your nails and massage the cream into your nails till it disappears, that's even better.
 

4. I soak my hands in warm Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil once or twice a month. This makes my hands soft and nails less prone to breakage and peeling. The oil makes the nails more pliable/flexible and hence they won't break and chip easily. Cartilage is harder to break than a hard bone.

5. I take Biotin supplements. They make my hair and nails healthier and grow faster. I guess calcium tablets would be good too, but I don't take them these days. I remember my grandma used to feed me those sweet orange flavored calcium tablets when I was a kid. Tasted nice. Hmm...maybe I'll start having those too.

6. Apply nail polish. Nails will not break so easily if there's a coat of polish on them. Forget all that "Let your nails breathe" stuff. You'll need the protection of a nail polish, be it colored or clear, if you want them to not break. Use a top coat to make your nail polish last longer so you won't need to use nail polish remover too often. Nail polish remover dries your nails making them brittle and more prone to breakage. Acetone-free nail polish remover has always been a better choice, so let's use that. I use Colorbar Top Coat, Street Wear/Lakme/Silkygirl gentle/ Oriflame Acetone-free nail Polish Removers. 

Hope you find these tips helpful. There are a lot more you can do, but I decided to just list the ones I follow myself :)

If you're a nail biter/eater, then I don't know what to tell you and I know I can't stop you =D


♥ Cynthia Z ^.^

23 comments:

  1. I'm going to try soaking mine in extra virgin olive oil. Thanks for the great tips! :-)

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  2. yay i need this :)
    thank you soo much for information ! ♥

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  3. THanks for the tips! My nails tend to be brittle and my hands are always oh so dry.

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  4. omg! I am the nail biter :S yikes!
    but will defo keep all the tips in mind, thanks a lot :D

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  5. @Shifa~ Rofl ;D
    Try not to girl...for beauty :D

    ♥xx♥

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  6. Thank these tips.I love your nail colour so much
    my pretty friend :)

    ♥xx♥

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  7. Liked the "soaking in oil" part. I think I need to try it..sounds very relaxing too :-)

    Btw, I dont bite :-) I mean nails

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  8. I used to be nail biter so my nails are losers when it comes to growing evenly :(

    will try your tips for sure. :D

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  9. awesome tips which i badly needed!! :)

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  10. Glad you wrote this post, Cynth. HD is gonna kill me after this. :D I generally apply olive oil/ almond oil on my nails evrey other night and they keep my nails in place :)

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  11. eee... I am a nail biter too :D

    After reading this post, I think I should grow my nails too.. just so that I can apply these b'ful nail colors!

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  12. I am terrible about buffing my own nails. The only time that happens is when I get my mani. =\ I love the tip about the oils. How long do you soak them for?

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  13. You know i tried many things but it was regular intake of milk which worked for me.:p

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  14. @GGG~ haha... :D

    @Rati~ Y would HD kill u??? :)

    @SnC~ I soak them for half an hour max. Depends on how much time I've got.

    @Anamika~ Good for u...I don't like drinking milk >.<

    @Palak~ Really! lol. Ya u should..all those nail polishes out there! :D

    ♥xx♥

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  15. Great tips girl! Your nails are gorgeous! xoxo

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  16. This is a great post. I am on a constant mission to improve my nails and am interested to read that you buff once a week. Buffing is the only thing that keeps nail polish on my nails ie I have to buff and then apply polish, but someone told me it's really bad for your nails. Oh well it can't be true as you have great nails so I am off to buff mine and get some polish on them so that they look nice again!!!

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  17. Thanks for those tipes, I swear by most of them already (=

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  18. Very good tips, Cynthia! You had mentioned it before and I still think that tip about soaking your hands in extra virgin olive oil is the best tip ever!

    Aah, how nice to have naturally strong nails. Mine aren't so, unfortunately. :(

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  19. Nice tips - i totally agree with the last one. I have very brittle nails and generally have noticed that when i have nail paint on they are much sturdier!

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  20. ^____^ that was really valuable information^_^ my nail breaks a lot^_^ thanks a lot ms cynthia <3

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  21. Hi! which biotin supplement do you take?

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  22. I love having long nails so these are very useful tips, thanks for sharing!

    http://simplybeauty123.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

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