HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR NAILS AND STOP THEM FROM PEELING
Do you struggle with weak nails that breaks, chip, and never grow properly long? Then welcome to my word!
Weak nails have always been a problem for me, and trying to grow them nice and long is absolutely hopeless. Once they get to a certain length the tips starts to flake, which does not look very good. This flaking issue also makes it difficult to give my hands a nice coat of polish. The only way I have managed to keep my nails looking reasonably alright is to keep them short. This works fine of course, but who doesn’t want to have long elegant nails every now and then?
I decided it was time to see if there is anything that I could do to solve this, and stared to search for ways to strengthen weak nails. As with so many other things, what you find online is endless amounts of different opinions - and I quickly drowned in too many ‘top tips’ and online advice. Ironically I’m adding to the pile with this post now, hehe.
EXPERT HELP FROM SHOREDITCH NAILS
A couple of weeks ago we were invited to come and have our nails done at the cutest little salon in East London called Shoreditch Nails. Sadly I wasn’t able to make it there at the time, but Annabell and Zsanett came back from their appointment raving about this place and their talented staff. I figured that the best way to go about finding a solution for my weak nails was to actually ask an expert. I therefor contacted Shoreditch Nails, and a few days later I went to meet up with Tina who runs the salon. Tina gave me her top tips on how to strengthen nails on a budget, whilst giving me a lovely manicure at the same time.
Tina told me that one of the main reasons why nails gets flaky and chipped like mine, is because they are dry. Moisturising your nails is therefor highly recommended to improve this problem, and Tina told me that coconut oil is a great product to use for this.
I use coconut oil quite a lot whilst cooking, and I usually get a jar of it from Whole Foods. I did however not want to use my very nice virgin coconut oil for my hands, and decided to buy a cheap option at Sainsbury's which I’m sure works just as well :) So for the last month or so my hands have been smelling of coconut, and been very soft (and also a tad greasy :P).
I was also recommended to use the strengthener polish from OPI called Envy, as this will help improve the health of your nails. They had ran out of this polish at the salon, so I decided to check at home to see if maybe I already had a polish similar to this. I'm really trying my best to use products that I have already, before buying new stuff. Already I must have close to 50 different half empty bottles of nail polish, in all sorts of colours, and I would very much like to get some use out of them before buying more. In my pile of colours, I did indeed also find a bottle of strengthener from Sally Hansen called HARD AS NAILS. Since my meeting with Tina I have made sure to apply this several times per week, as I’m sure you can see from the almost empty bottle…
REPAIR FROM THE INSIDE
There is one more thing I decided to add here, and that is the importance of repairing your body from the inside with the help of vitamins. I didn't end up speaking with Tina about this, but it is something I decided to add to my 'nail strengthening regime'.
Biotin, vitamin B7 and L-Lysine are all supplements that can help your body to improve protein production and therefor help with strengthening hair and nails. I know for a fact that I'm vitamin B deficient, which is quite common for many people and has been an ongoing thing for me ever since my teenage years. I have also gotten other signs of vitamin B deficiency then just my weak nails, with one of the most recent things being a sore cut on the corner of my mouth. Until recently, I had no idea that such a thing was due to lack of vitamin B. This is a completely different topic and I wont get into more details about this now, but I thought it was worth mentioning anyway. So if you suffer from sore corners of your mouth, it's worth looking into the possibilities of you being vitamin B deficient - luckily this is a problem which is easily solved :)
A MONTH LATER
It has been about a month since I went to visit Tina at Shoreditch Nails, and I have tried to follow her advice as much as possible since then. I can definitely say that my nails have improved, and is now a lot less chipped and flaky. Sadly they still break quite easily, but I guess these things mainly comes down to our genes and can only be improved, not completely changed.
All in all I'm pleased with the result, and will continue to follow these simple steps to make my nails as strong as possible :)