How to Make Natural Nails Healthy and Beautiful: 9 Tricks for healthy nails from a Pro

by | Feb 14, 2022 | 4 comments

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“Life is not perfect. But your nails can be”.

If you’re looking for ways to make your natural nails healthier and more beautiful, you’ve come to the right place! This blog post will discuss some tricks that professional nail technicians use to keep their clients’ nails looking great, and I’ll also provide tips on how to take care of your own nails at home. So whether you’re a pro or a novice, read on for some helpful advice!

Why would you entrust me with your own nails? Let me introduce myself: my name is Evon, and I have 20 years of experience beautifying my clients’ and friends’ nails.

When it comes to nail care, I’ve seen it all, and I’m here to share some tips that will make your nails shiny and beautiful!

Nails are often neglected because they’re not seen as an essential part of the body, but in reality, they can become damaged from washing dishes or doing other chores around the house.

Nail technicians know well and take extra care to protect their client’s nails during manicures. A good nail technician will use a protective base coat under your nail polish, which will help prevent chipping and peeling.

The length of each nail should be about one-third shorter than its width for optimal strength; this is known as the “golden rule” or “one-third rule.” It’s also important to keep nails clean and dry because dirt can get trapped under them and cause infections.

The best way to maintain your nails pretty is by making sure that you take care of them every day with a little bit of love! 

Here are some tips for keeping your nails looking beautiful.

First and foremost, if you want to keep your nails healthy, avoid biting and picking them. It can damage the nail bed and make them weaker.

Second, always use a good quality base coat and top coat when you’re painting your nails, and this will help protect them from chipping and peeling.

Third, avoid contact with abrasive chemicals or solvents, which can weaken your nails over time.

Fourth, if you notice any redness, swelling, or pain around your nail beds, then it’s time to see a doctor right away because this could indicate an infection.

Fifth, get regular manicures so that they stay looking their best!

Here are my top nine secrets:

How to keep your nails healthy and strong:

#1. Never keep old nail polish for too long

Your nail polish might be your best friend, but it can also become your enemy if you don’t replace it regularly! It’s essential to replace your nail polish every two to three times a month, as the chemicals in the polish can cause nails to become brittle and more prone to breaking.

#2. Trim your nails regularly

Regular Trimming of your nails not only improves their appearance but can also help prevent infection.

It’s essential to trim your nails regularly because they grow at different rates, and if you don’t keep up with this habit, one may start growing faster than the other, causing an imbalance that could lead to pain or injury.

#3. Use Brush for your nail health and to have strong nails.

Use a nail brush to clean your nails every day and remove any dirt or polish that may be on them. That’s a trick I learned early on as a nail technician.

It will help keep your nails clean and healthy, and it’s also a great way to remove any unwanted polish without having to use nail polish remover. Or not!

Soak your nails in warm water for about five minutes, then use a moisturizing soap to scrub them gently. Rinse them off and pat them dry with a towel.

Apply a layer of cuticle cream or oil, as this will help sustain your nails moisturized.

#4. File your nails and keep a file with you at all times.

Another good habit to develop is nail filing. You must shape your nails correctly and use the “right type” of the file because some can damage your nail and the skin around it, leading to infection if left untreated.

The best method is to use a fine-grit emery board or sandpaper at least once a week.

Sharp or jagged edges on emery boards should be avoided as they can cause rips and tears in the nail. Never use a more robust grid than 180 on your nail than necessary because this will result in an uneven surface which makes it more likely that chips and imperfections can occur.

File in one direction only (from side to side), not back and forth, as this can cause damage such as splitting or cracking.

Keep a nail file with you so when there are emergencies like breaking nails, chipping polish, etc., it’ll be easy to take care of it on the go and keep strong nails.

File your nails in a gentle and circular motion when you’re finished filling them so that no rough edges are left behind. It’s also important to remember not to file down too much because this can weaken your nails over time and lead to splitting and breaking.

Never use a nail file on wet nails because it can cause the nails to become dull quickly.

#5. Cuticles should be pushed rather than cut.

Cuticles are the thin layer of skin that covers and protects the base of your nail plate. They should not be cut because this can cause infection and lead to other problems.

My best advice is to leave your cuticles alone to maintain healthy nails. They will naturally exfoliate on their own when you wash your hands or shower, which is why it’s important to keep them moisturized with a good cuticle cream, oil, etcetera.

If you want to remove some dead skin around the nail plate (for new & healthy growth), try using an orangewood stick instead of scissors.

You should also be careful not to cut too close to the nail bed because this could cause bleeding or infection so take care when trimming them down with scissors! That is why I do not recommend cutting them.

Soak your nails in warm water for a few minutes, and then use the orange stick to push back your cuticles gently. Make sure you moisturize them afterward!

If they are dry, I would recommend using a cuticle remover cream every once in a while but make sure that you don’t do this too often because it can irritate the skin around your nails.

Remember: It is crucial that you push back your cuticles every few weeks, but do it gently, and don’t forget to moisturize them afterward!

If your cuticles are overgrowing, you can use a bath towel to push them back when your skin is soft after a shower.

The best way to take care of your nails is to give them the TLC they deserve!

#6. Use a base coat and a nail strengthener.

A base coat is a clear polish that you apply to your nails before putting on any other nail product, such as color. It helps protect against staining and chipping by creating an invisible barrier between the paint and nail surface. This type of basecoat also provides more shine than regular polish because it’s mostly silicone.

A good nail technician would never apply polish to bare nails.

A nail strengthened is a product that helps strengthen brittle nails with protein, vitamins, and other nutrients, so they don’t crack or break as easily under pressure. It can be used on its own or layered over color for an extra layer of protection against chipping.

#7. Every day, drink water.

Water is essential for life, and it’s also vital for keeping your nails healthy. Drinking water every day helps keep your body hydrated, which in turn keeps your nails hydrated as well.

Remember that nails brittleness is caused not only by dryness in the air but also by dehydration within your body.

The best way to prevent this from happening is by drinking enough water every day, and this will help them look more vigorous and less brittle.

Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day (more if you’re active). If you find it hard to drink that much water at once, try spacing it out throughout the day. 

Stay hydrated, and your nails will thank you for it!

Drink water every day, but if you’re not a big water drinker like most people (and me), flavor it with lemon or orange. You can also eat watermelon or drink hot tea to get hydrated.

Try to do this at least once a week if you have more time.

Soak your fingernails in warm water and coconut oil for about five minutes, then use a moisturizing soap to scrub them gently. Rinse them off and pat them dry with a towel.

#8. Nail polish remover -avoid Acetone-based polish removers.

These base polish removers are harsh and can damage your nails over time, and they can also cause them to become dry and brittle. If you want to remove your nail polish, I recommend using an acetone-free-based remover instead. These are less damaging and will not strip the natural oils from your nails.

#9. Consume biotin supplements.

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for healthy hair, skin, and strong nails. If you’re looking to give your nails an extra boost, I recommend taking a biotin supplement, and this will help keep them strong and less prone to breaking or cracking.

#Bonus Trick; How to remove stains from your nails:

Natural nail polish remover is one of the best ways to remove those ugly stains on your nails. It doesn’t contain harsh chemicals like acetone and will not damage your skin or cuticles.

It would be best if you soaked a cotton ball in some warm water and then applied a small amount of the nail polish remover to each nail for about one minute before wiping it off with another cotton ball dipped in clean water again. Remember to moisturize your nails afterward because they will be a little dry from the polish remover.

Another simple method for removing stains is to use toothpaste with a toothbrush to scrub the nails clean and remove any dirt or debris that has built up. Allow the paste to sit on your nails for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water. 

For a more natural approach, you can also use lemon juice. Apply a small amount of the juice to each nail and let it sit for a minute before rinsing it off with warm water.

What’s the best nail polish for your nails?

As you can see, there are many different nail polish companies out there, and each one will have its formula. Some work better than others, depending on what nail you have and how often you wear it.

If your nails tend to chip easily or break off often, I recommend using a hardening nail polish, and this will help strengthen your nails and make them less prone to breaking.

If you have weak or brittle nails, I suggest using a strengthening base coat before applying your favorite color. It will add extra protein, vitamins, and other nutrients to not crack or break as easily!

Avoid washing dishes or doing other chores that damage your nails or cuticles. So sit on the couch and enjoy doing nothing. Don’t we all wish that 😁.

But, in real life, don’t forget to wear gloves when doing housework, or especially wear gloves if you enjoy gardening. The most important thing is that we don’t use our nails as tools to pick, pry or scratch things. We should also avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals and solvents.

Final Thoughts:

The nail technician’s secret is out! This blog revealed some of their best tricks for creating healthier, more beautiful-looking nails. Now it’s your turn to try them at home. Whether you’re a pro or novice, these tips can’t hurt! So go ahead and click the link below to read all about other tricks and tips.

Follow these tips, and your nails will be healthy, strong, and beautiful in no time.

And don’t forget to check back on evonhealthyhabbits.com for even more helpful advice from me on taking care of those precious little digits so they stay healthy long after my post has been published. 

If you’re unsure how to file your nails, ask a professional manicurist to show you how they do it.

Thank you for reading; till next time.

Good luck, my friend; best wishes from me to you.

Hi, I'm Evon, the face of this website and autoimmune disorder warrior. As a nail technician/business owner with a background in a business organization, I have a unique perspective on building healthy habits tailored to today's busy lifestyle. I've developed strategies that are easy to follow, and I'm excited to share them with you. Life can be challenging, but with a smile, positive steps, and good habits, we can get back on track—even when faced with curveballs!
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4 Comments

  1. Abida

    Such awesome tips. The post was really helpful for me

    Reply
    • Evon

      I’m glad you found it helpful. Thank you for stopping by.

      Reply
  2. Mihaela | https://theworldisanoyster.com/

    Call me crazy, but I hate to touch my cuticles. Somebody told me once they are dead skin. Mine are very much alive and painful if I try to do anything to them! And I had a dishwasher for decades, LOL!

    Reply
    • Evon

      Oh no, your cuticles are very alive, and if they’re dry, try some vaseline if you don’t have much time for anything else. Thank you for rerading.

      Reply

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