Aug 23, 2012

how to get strong and healthy nails - guest post by Tara

Strong, healthy nails are beautiful. However, many of us struggle with brittle nails that break, chip, crack, or flake off. There are many products that promise to help you grow stronger, healthier nails. However, you don't need to spend money on expensive products. You can just practice a few natural remedies at home.

Here are a few ways you can get stronger and healthier nails:

File Nails Correctly
Filing your nails can keep them smooth and free of chips and cracks. It can help prevent breaks and strengthen your nails. However, you have to file them correctly. Don't run the file back and forth over your nails. Instead, file in one direction only.

Also be sure not to file nails after they have recently been wet, such as after a shower. Your nails will be more fragile and more prone to breaking.

Buff Your Nails

After you file your nails, buff the surface. Buffing them not only smoothes out any rough edges that can make your nails vulnerable to breaking, it also stimulates blood flow to the area to stimulate new, healthy growth.

Again, avoid buffing your nails after they have recently been wet. You'll risk doing more damage to your nails.


Dehydration is one of the biggest contributors to weak and fragile nails. Nails that are too dry are more likely to crack and break. Make sure you keep them properly moisturized to make them stronger.

Use a lotion, cuticle cream or petroleum jelly to moisturize them. Use it daily or after you notice your nails drying out. Rub it into the cuticles, as well as the nail bed.

Use Polish

Polish does more than make your nails look pretty; it helps to protect them. If you don't like to use color, just use a clear coat. Keep the polish fresh and change it at least once a week. Use an acetate-based remover instead of acetone so you don't strip your nails or over dry them.
Protect Your Nails

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Be proactive and protect your nails to prevent damage. Wear gloves to wash dishes or do household chores. Don't get your nails excessively dirty or expose them to harmful chemicals. Don't submerge them in water for extended periods of time.

The better you protect your nails, the stronger they will be and the fewer cracks and chips you will experience.
Simply taking these proactive measures to care for your nails can help you to make them stronger and healthier, without having to buy expensive serums or products.

How do you keep your nails strong and healthy? Share your tips in the comments!

Tara Spenser is currently the resident writer for, where she researches the most affordable business capital loans available. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging, swimming and being a mom. 


  1. Excellent post! I struggle with how brittle my nails are and have a habit of picking (not biting) at them. But the wedding is giving me motivation. However, the longer they get, the more inclined I am to pick. Ugh


  2. Great post! The more I keep my nails perfectly polished the less I pick at them. If they are bare I go to town. Not biting, I just pick. I have trouble filing because it gives me the shivers so I just clip them very strategically too.


  3. God, i really needed these tips!! my nails are so frail and horrid!! thankyou so much,

    love K

  4. I know I have think nails but I never have the problem of break, chip, crack, or flake off until I moved to Germany. Now I use plastic or rubber gloves everytime I´ve to deal with water, be it in the kitchen or taking a shower.

    Great tips!

  5. Wonderful tips! I didn't know that you couldn't go back and forth with the file, I do that all the time!


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