5 Easy Tips for Stronger Nails

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best tips for stronger nailsMy nails are so weak and breaking often, how do you get stronger nails? – I’m frequently asked this question. But even though now my nails look strong and grow fast now, it wasn’t always that way. There was a time when I wouldn’t have dared to take close up photographs of my nails as I do now. If you’re curious, here you can see my shorties from 2 years ago. But the more I got into nail art, the more I learned about how to look after them properly. Now I  have a new problem, my nails are so strong, thick and grow so quickly we have to shorten them every week.

So take it from someone who suffered from weak, brittle nails for most of her life – healthy and strong nails are a result of proper nail care, good overall health* and diet. Here’s our 5 tips for stronger nails:

  1. Protect. It is ideal that you have a salon manicure done regularly but if you don’t, at least put a layer or two of nail strengthener or base coat to build up your nail’s resilience. It will protect them from external factors such as soap, water and UV rays. Use base coats/strengtheners that contain calcium and proteins to increase growth and thickness. It’s even better if nail treatments are 3- or 5-free! We particularly like Orly Nailtrition.
  2. File and Buff. Shorten and file your nails weekly to encourage healthy nail growth. Filing prevents further damage just like trimming your split ends. It also maintains a nice shape and prevents you from biting or touching damaged nails. When filing, remember to buff them lightly with a micro-fine buffer to smooth out the nail bed and remove any flaky bits. Don’t over buff though! If the nail surface isn’t perfectly even that’s fine. Too much buffing will thin and weaken your nails significantly.
  3. Moisturise. Just like your skin, your nails and cuticles need moisture daily. Your nail strength and health depends significantly on how healthy your cuticles are! We explain in great detail how to look after your cuticles in our Essential Cuticle Care Guide. Also, moisturize your hands daily with nourishing, high performance hand creams. Here’s our top 5.
  4. Prevention. Weak nails may also be the result of an injury or nail disease. The easiest way to prevent this is to wear protective gloves when you do house work and gardening and never use your nails as tools. They aren’t made of iron! Also, never pick your cuticles or tear a hangnail off as it may lead to a nail infection. Carefully cut hangnails with clippers instead.
  5. Supplement. Having a good diet, rich in protein, calcium, zinc, iron and vitamins A, B, C, E and D is the best thing you can do for your nails. It will also nourish your hair and skin as well. However, sometimes it’s difficult to eat healthy all the time so take supplements as well. You can either take multi vitamins specifically formulated for women or vitamins for nails and hair. Biotin, Silica and Iron supplements can also be helpful. We have tried a few different brands and found that Blackmores and Swisse supplements were particularly effective. It’s often a matter of personal preference, so you should try a few different brands to find out which one suits you best. In general, you should be able to see results in the second or third week.

So it is quite easy to get stronger nails but it does requires some discipline to turn the above into habit. Don’t expect any overnight transformations either. The effects of using nail strengtheners should kick in after 1-2 weeks with significant visible improvement after about 1 month.

What are your tips for stronger nails? Share with us, we’d love to hear it!

– Maria, xx

*There are some radical health conditions that may affect your nails health and strength dramatically. While the above steps can still help to improve overall nail appearance, they won’t be as effective as they could be in normal circumstances.

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  • Thanks for these lovely tips!



    • You’re welcome! Hope it helps! x

  • Bianca

    Thanks for the tips I moisturize my hands wear gloves when doing house work and wear nail strengtheners that also help my nails grow I also file and buff them I don’t cut them as I want them long but they still seem to chip or spilt a little so I don’t know what I’m dining wrong ????

    • Lacking vitamins or minerals? If you’re protecting your nails externally and they’re still breaking, it maybe an internal problem. Chipping and splitting – your nails are dry. So it maybe vitamin E, vitamins B, iron, calcium and/or vitamin D that are lacking from your diet. Also, try different nail strengtheners. I found not all are equally effective. Try Orly Nailtrition – it’s really, really good. I’ve been using it non-stop for the last 3 months and noticed visible improvement. Finally, try to use only 3 free polishes for a month – see if your nails will get better. Hope that helps!

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  • Julie

    I find all your tips so helpful, I love Sonailicious. My problem is my nails peel and flake off, I’ve used OPI Nail Envy, Sally Hansen DiamondStrength Hardner, Nail Wrap ( the worst for me), OPI Avoplex, Jojoba oil, coconut oil and still they split and I use gloves. Any ideas what I can do or another product you could recommend. Thanks

    • Thank you for your kind words about SN! As for your nails, try ORLY Nailtrition, it strengthens nails without drying them. I found with OPI Nail Envy my nails were splitting and they looked so dry too. Also, vitamins! Find some good multi-vitamins. Not just Silica or Biotin, but good multi-vitamins. You could be lacking Vitamin E, B6, D or calcium. Also, make sure you eat some good proteins – meet, chicken, fish and nuts, 150-200gr/1 portion a day is enough.
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