Five Tips To Keep Your Fingernails Happy

Every woman knows that you feel 80% more powerful when your nails are in order. They look fabulous, neatly filed and with no broken off pieces. Sadly, this condition is almost impossible to achieve. This is why most people tend to go with acrylic nails - in accordance of the motto "if you don't make it, fake it." - or they ignore the battle-wounds and move on.

Since not everyone is a big fan of spending a fair amount of money on fake nails - moi - I try to take care of them on my own. Surprisingly, I have discovered that it only takes up a little bit of time. I spend maybe half an hour per week! It's easy, and not expansive, and happily I have been met with great results: stronger nails that break off less.

Here are the five tips that have helped me the most:

Find The Perfect Length 

Not everyone is meant to have long and fancy nails. Some nails become weak and break once they're longer than medium length, while others start to chip way too easily. This depends not only on your nails but also on your lifestyle. If you work a lot with your hands, having super long nails is not going to work out.

I discovered that the perfect length of my nails is between medium and short. Then they are the strongest and break off the least. Any longer and they tend to break, or I strain them too much when using my hands.

Use A Base Coat

Nail varnish can be aggressive, and thus it is recommended to always use a base coat when painting your nails.

There are base coats under 1,50€. If you go a bit higher they often provide your nails with vitamins along with protection. Thus creating stronger nails all-together. As an added bonus when you use a base coat the applied nail varnish lasts longer.

Nail Varnish Free Days

When I wear nail varnish for month, my nails start to feel strange once removed. Not only are they hyper-sensitive but also weak.

I counter-act this by adding a nail varnish free day between different designs. Hardly, any nail varnish lasts longer than ten days. Every time I change the design, I remove the old one and leave them naked for the following day. This gives my nails enough time to recover.

Using a base coat and adding a nail varnish free day every once in awhile are the right steps towards happy nails.

Don't Bite Your Nails

This is a whole problem in itself, and easier said than done. However, I can't stress it enough how bad biting your nails is!

Often it helps if you use nail varnish regularly because you don't want to ruin the pretty art. I've sat on hands in order to stop the biting, or just becoming too aware it and actively reminding myself not to bite! Furthermore, you can try to shift the nervous habit onto something else: such as twiddling a pencil. If this is still hopeless, there is also special varnish that is meant to stop you from biting.

Not only is it unhygienic, it can also lead to inflammations and ingrown nails. Furthermore, you actively work against having happy nails ...

Worship the Nail File

To make sure that your nails remain strong, you need to start worshiping your nail file. Breaking your nails off using your own nails is the worst that you can do. The best would be to file them down. If you want to reduce the length dramatically, clip them roughly around the length that you want, and then use the nail file.

Furthermore, remove any kinks or chipped of pieces as soon as you can with a nail file. This way you can avoid them getting deeper. Please keep in mind that if you want to have strong nails that you should only file in one direction - say from left to right.

If you follow these tips, your nails are going to be happy and strong!

Do you have any further tips that you'd like to share? Then leave a comment below. 


  1. I'm one of the people who struggles with maintaining my nails. I find fake nails a bit icky so I stay away. Your tips are really helpful for someone like me.

  2. I'm very lucky in that I have always had naturally strong, long nails. The downside of that is that it's very easy to lazy with them. These are some great tips! x



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