I’ve always preferred rocking my own natural nails rather than using stick ons, acrylic, gel nails e.t.c. People who use artificial nails regularly usually end up with weaker and sometimes even damaged nails. The glues used and contents of the acrylic mixtures are highly toxic not to mention the solutions used to dissolve acrylic and gel nails.
Your nails deserve grooming and attention just like your skin and hair do. Your diet and health have a lot to do with how your skin, hair, and nails look so we should all really start from there. Drink lots of water, eat a good balanced diet with enough calcium. A daily serving of fresh yoghurt is a good way to keep your calcium level up.
I highly recommend the use of a moisturizer regularly on your nails to keep them healthy and strong. I use a lot of Shea butter and my own specially formulated cuticle oils. Cuticle oils are widely available and quite easy to come by. Rub the moisturizers and cuticle oils over your nails and cuticles and gently massage them. This even helps to improve circulation in your fingers. This practice is better done at night so that the moisturizers stay on and work while you sleep. Once in a while you could pamper yourself by applying generous amounts of moisturizer to your hands, feet, and all your nails, then wearing gloves and socks to bed. The gloves and socks trap the moisture while it is absorbed by your hands, feet, and nails.
Trim or cut your nails after you have soaked them for a while, or right after a shower or bath. This prevents rough edges or damage to your nails. Also, avoid cutting or shaving your cuticles but rather use a cuticle stick to gently push them back after you have soaked them. You can repair cracked cuticles and remove dead skin by soaking your fingertips in lemon juice and vinegar. After the soak, you can use the lemon peel to gently rub against your nail and cuticle before using the cuticle stick to push back on the cuticle.
I’m not a fan of too much buffing when doing a manicure. Just a little buff to smooth the nail over is fine. Over-buffing can weaken the nail and cause damage. A nice quick buff is great, followed by a good hand and nail moisturizer preferably organic, and one that includes Shea or cocoa butter.
Use a good quality nail polish and clear top coat to give extra protection to your nails. I am discovering a whole lot of non toxic nail polish brands and can’t wait to try them all. Here are a few:
Ultra long-wearing, glossy, vegan friendly nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that have been known to contribute to various health problems. Other organic and Eco – friendly brands include Scotch Naturals,
Even short, natural nails can look really fabulous if they are well taken care of. Even though I love having long nails I’ve been keeping them shorter since I had my son almost almost two years ago. I can’t wait to have long nails again!
My last tip would be to use softer nail files rather than metal ones, and to be gentle and not so rough when filing your nails, also better done after a soak or after your bath or shower.
Till next time! Stay natural, stay fabulous! ♡