Ladies, I’ve spent a good amount of time researching this subject because it’s something I’m battling, too. And while there’s no easy one-step fix, there are several things that can help your nails to become healthier and stop splitting. Splitting nails can be caused by several different things and stopping those bad habits can be as important as starting new, healthy habits.
1. Give Them Some Time off in between Manicures
Constant manicures are hard on your nails. It’s good to give them some time off in between. I know it’s hard because you love the look of your hands when you have a fresh manicure. I feel the same way! But giving them a few days off helps your nails to be stronger and less prone to splitting.
2. Stop Dishpan Hands in Their Tracks
Having your hands in water a lot is hard on your nails. Not only can it cause chips and wear your top coat away, it can cause your nails to split. It’s drying to have your hands in water often. So use your dishwasher or use gloves when you’re doing dishes or other types of cleaning that involve water.
3. Apply Hand Lotion Often
Hand lotion is especially helpful at keeping your hands and nails hydrated. Many of us hate to wear hand lotion because it leaves our hands greasy. If you avoid hand lotion due to this, here’s the solution. Instead of squeezing hand lotion directly into your palm, apply it to the top of your hand and only apply a pea sized amount. Rub the tops of your hands together and then rub it into your palms. This works out to be the perfect amount of lotion and you’re not left with any greasy residue.
4. Stay Away from Gel Manicures
Gel manicures are beautiful and offer you the advantage of days or even weeks of wear. But they’re very hard on your nails. They can leave them dry, brittle and splitting. It’s a wise decision to not have gel manicures constantly. Go for regular nail polish most of the time and save the gel manicures for special occasions.
5. Be Choosy when It Comes to Nail Polish Remover
Not all nail polish removers are created equal. Acetone is especially drying to your nails. Look for a nail polish remover that’s free of this ingredient to help your nails be healthier. There are also nail polish removers that are formulated to be strengthening and have specific vitamins in them to help your nails. Take some time to compare nail polish removers the next time you’re shopping for one.
6. Use Nail Treatments in between Manicures
Use a nail treatment on your nails in between manicures to help strengthen them. What I usually do is give my nails a few days to breathe with nothing on them after removing my nail polish. After that, I apply a nail treatment to keep them strong until I’m ready to paint them again. There are lots of options when it comes to nail treatments. I’m currently using Essie Millionails.
7. Consider Taking a Biotin Supplement
Biotin is a supplement that can help your hair and nails to be stronger. I can tell a difference in my hair and nails when I’m taking Biotin. While splits are still an issue, I have less when I’m taking this supplement. You should always check with your doctor before you take any new supplement or medication to make sure it’s right for you. But with your physician’s okay, this could make a big difference for you, too.
These are 7 tips to help stop splitting nails. How do you deal with this issue? I’d love to hear your tips!