As hair and nails are both composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin, it makes sense that many of the same rules for hair treatment apply to caring for your nails as well. Both can become dehydrated and damaged, so learning how to care for your nails can help keep them in the same good shape as your hair.
Rigorous cleaning under the nails using long, pointy tools can damage and may even cause bacterial or fungal infections. By gently scrubbing your nails with a nail brush at home, it will help keep your nails clean and healthy.
When you wash your hands, use lukewarm water as hot water depletes the oil on your skin. Also wearing rubber gloves when washing dishes helps to stop dry skin.
While dry, brittle nails can be the result of many factors, they’re ultimately in need of moisture and protection. Massage a cuticle oil or hand cream into your nails and cuticles everyday to increase their flexibility (helps to avoid breaking) and to prolong your manicure if you wear polish, shellac or gel. This is especially important when the air is dry, as dry nails split more easily.
Nail grooming is a simple yet important self-care routine. Trimming your nails regularly not only helps to avoid breaking and sagging nails, but are also less likely to harbor dirt and bacteria, which can lead to an infection.
A rounded nail shape is also the most durable and less likely to break as they prevent the nails catching on things like clothing or furniture.
Biotin is a Vitamin B that helps to keep your nails healthy and strong. Make sure you are getting enough by eating foods such as salmon, eggs, oatmeal, spinach, broccoli, bananas and whole grains. However, those with weak nails may also benefit from taking a Biotin supplement.