Keep them chemical-free
Warning: You’re not going to like what you’re about to read. Many of your favorite nail polishes, acrylics, and nail polish removers are full of harsh chemicals that cause nail brittleness, dryness, and thinning. If you want to make your nails stronger, it’s wise to avoid gel polishes, acrylic nail glue, acetone soaks, and acetone nail polish remover at all costs. “Avoid chemical irritants, as your nails can be damaged from chemical exposures,” says Dr. Jaber. If you can’t resist having your nails painted, stick to nontoxic nail polish, like from Zoya, Jin Soon Choi, and LONDONTOWN (which is actually vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free), and acetone-free removers that won’t strip your nails and skin of their natural oils.
Pamper your cuticles
Though your manicurist may say otherwise, there is actually no medical reason to cut your cuticles, according to webmd.com. In fact, your cuticles are part of your skin and serve the important purpose of acting as your nail’s protective barrier. Further, cutting your cuticles may lead to infection, ridges, white lines, and other nail problems. If you don’t like the look of your cuticles, have the manicurist gently push them back with a wooden stick instead of trimming them with clippers. To keep them healthy, make sure to always moisturize your cuticles with a nourishing oil like the Omega Labs Cuticle Oil or LONDONTOWN Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil.
Give the polish a rest
Many of us are guilty of trying to making our nail polish last as long as possible. We hope to extend the life of our color with constant touch-ups, then when the chips become too noticeable to bear, we head straight to a salon for a fresh coat. This all makes sense for cosmetic purposes, but having nail polish on your nails for too long greatly damages their strength and overall health. Even the safest nail polishes can leave your nails brittle, thin, and dry if left on for too long. Instead, fully remove your nail polish after five days and allow them the same amount of time to recover before getting them re-painted. Try one of these 14 easy nail art designs to make that occasional DIY manicure extra special.