How to Repair Damaged Nails

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Often in cases of damaged nails, most people will paint over them without allowing them time to heal. It’s really best to let nails recover from previous damage before doing anything to them. Learning how to repair damaged nails before applying nail polish will give you an even better manicure and help your nails grow stronger.

There are a number of things that can cause damaged nails. Perhaps it was a manicure gone wrong, perhaps you peeled the polish off your nails leaving them dry and brittle. Sometimes weak nails can even be hereditary. Fortunately there are numerous things that can be done to repair and prevent further damage to the nails.

Soak nails in olive oil
If you suffer from weak and thinning nails, soaking them in extra virgin olive oil will help fortify them. Do this every day for a month for 10-15 minutes. When you have noticed improvement in your nails, you can limit the treatment to once or twice a week.

Drink water
Drinking water provides hydration to nails that are dry and damaged. It’s also a great way to hydrate hair and skin, so there are bonus benefits to increasing the amount of water you drink on a daily basis!

Take multivitamins
A lack of vitamin A, C, and calcium can lead to brittle nails. Taking a multivitamin is a great way to ensure that you are getting these nutrients into your system on a daily basis.

Limit use of nail polish remover
Nail polish remover can be incredibly drying on the nails, especially if it contains acetone. Try limiting your use of nail polish remover to twice monthly if possible.

Massage nails
Massaging the hands and fingernails is a great way to get the blood flowing to your nails which will help them both grow longer and stronger. It’s also a great way to relax after a long day. Even better if you can convince someone to do it for you!

Moisturize
Keeping hands and nails moisturized is an important part of daily nail help. Moisturizing your hands will improve your nail base and help your future manicures come out even more beautiful. Moisturizing is also an important part of tending to cuticles and keeping them from drying and splitting.

Keep them protected
A protective nail hardening polish can be perfect for nails that are in recovery between manicures. This will ensure that your nails won’t get damaged any further and will keep them strong, preventing any breakage from occurring as they heal.

Water and lemon soak
Regularly painting the nails with darker colors can lead to nail stains. To help diminish the appearance of stains and yellowing, soak nails in a bowl of water and lemon juice for about 15 minutes.