Let’s accept it - growing your nails take a lot of time and patience. Therefore, when a nail breaks or chips, it is quite painful. Besides, it just does not just stop at that because one broken nail ends up spoiling the alignment, forcing you to file all your nails to one, uniform length *starts crying*
As annoying as it is to have brittle and weak nails that break and chip all the time, please do not lose hope. We have curated a list of really simple yet effective things you can do to prevent your nails from breaking, splitting and chipping, so you can get that manicure’s worth!
- Keep your nails rounder
- Rubber gloves are a must when washing dishes
- Keep a hand cream handy
- Paint your nails
- Give your nails a break
Keep your nails rounder
The next time you are at the salon to get your nails done, we suggest you get them filed in a round shape. This will prevent your nails from snagging against objects and prevent them from breaking easily.
Rubber gloves are a must when washing dishes
Washing dishes tend to dry out your hands and also make your nails really dry and brittle. This happens due to the harsh chemicals present in the dishwashing soap. Therefore, it is advisable to wear rubber gloves each time you do the dishes.
Keep a hand cream handy
While water is hydrating for your hands, it makes your nails really dry and brittle. In order to maintain the health of your nails and hands, always moisturise them right after washing to lock in moisture and prevent brittle nails.
Paint your nails
Applying nail polish is one of the best things you can do to protect your nails and keep them chipping off. It does not have to be anything elaborate. Just a layer of topcoat will form a protective layer and prevent your nails from coming in direct contact with water or soap, thereby keeping them strong.
Give your nails a break
If you’re someone who loves experimenting with nail art and bold nail colours, it’s time to give your nails some rest. Going from one dark nail paint to another can cause your nails to turn yellow and make them more prone to breakage. Therefore, it’s best to skip on the nail colour and opt for a transparent base coat once in a while.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Jan 02, 2020
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!