If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the nails reflect someone’s hygiene… or something like that. You can immediately tell if someone has good personal hygiene just by looking at their nails. If you’ve been in a meeting and you noticed someone take a quick glance at your nails, there’s a high chance that that person was evaluating not just your skills, but also the value that you give to yourself. That is the reason why nail salons are making a lot of money- they take good care of your nails and paint it with colors and designs that you desire. If you’re one of those manicure and pedicure enthusiasts, you know that these things can be quite expensive. While seeing how neat and clean your nails are after a session at the nail salon in Jacksonville is oh-so-worth-it, it can also be heartbreaking (and painful!) when you break your nails by accident.
Yes, these things happen. The worst part is, a single broken nail is equivalent to the removal of nail polish, cutting, and filing, of the nine remaining nails just so the height of all your nails are equal. It feels like throwing away all your money and hours spent at the Jacksonville nail salon. To keep these things from happening, it’s important that you have strong nails and you can get exactly that by following some (or all) of the tips that we listed below:
Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition
Don’t go arguing that you want to snack on chocolates, fast food, and salty chips because you and I know that those are J-U-N-K! While people say that they want to eat whatever they can eat since they only have one life to live (YOLO!), that’s also the exact reason why you need to take good care of yourself! Eat the right food, load up on the vitamins and minerals that your body needs, and we promise you’ll reap the benefits faster than you can say “chocolate truffles”. Well, that was an exaggeration but you know what we mean.
Your nails, just like your hair, needs the right amount of nutrients to grow healthy and long. Vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen which promotes the healthy growth of hair and fingernails. Since the body cannot produce vitamin C on its own, the consumption of foods that contain this vitamin is important to prevent deficiency. Biotin and other vitamins that belong to the B-group are important in maintaining the health of your fingernails. You need to munch on red meat, nuts, and leafy greens to give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to make it strong and immune to breakage.
Dip those Nails in Oil
Moisturize your nails by dipping them in olive oil and coconut oil. These oils help boost nail growth, improve the circulation of blood to the nail, and restore damaged nails. It’s an excellent way to de-stress your nails after putting them through strenuous work or intense physical activity. You don’t need to dip them in oil everyday. In fact, you only need to do this method once a week for about ten minutes and voila, your nails will be smooth and healthy!
Steer Clear of Household Cleaners
This is a bit difficult for those who are living on their own since it’s imperative that they clean the house everyday. The downside of using these household cleaners is that once the nails are exposed to the chemicals they contain, the nails begin to thin and dry out. Formaldehyde and ironically, acetone, damage the nails and it’s important that the exposure of the nails to these chemicals are lessened.
You can decrease the level of damage by putting on gloves whenever you need to use these chemicals. Use a gentle nail polish remover and avoid using acetone. You also need to switch to a nail and skin-friendly antibacterial kitchen or dish washing soap to protect your nails from any damage caused by harmful chemicals.
Play with Some Ingredients and Make Your Own Nail Mask
There are ingredients in your kitchen that you can use to improve the health of your nails Make your own hand soak by mixing warm water, freshly squeezed lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and warm water. The combination of warm water and apple cider vinegar eliminates those stubborn white spots on your nails. Moreover, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar combats all types of nail infections. The brilliant addition of sugar to this nail mask recipe provides treatment to yellow nails and gives them that healthy glow.
Your Nails are Not Tools
Using your nails as tools does not only damage that expensive manicure; it also weakens your nails making them prone to breakage. If you need to open a can or bottle, use an opener since they were designed for that specific purpose. There are also nail-friendly ways to remove stickers like using scrapers or dipping them in soap and water for easy removal.
If you find these tips a little bit overwhelming and if you’re afraid to try them on your own, you can always ask for help from the nail experts. You can find these nail salon experts in Jacksonville, FL at Polish – The Nail Bar. Enter their doors and be welcomed by their friendly staff. Their walls are donned with beautiful and modern artworks and their background music ranges from the chill songs of Stevie Wonder and today’s contemporary pop music. Their tools are sanitized so you don’t need to worry about any infection.
You can find Polish- The Nail Bar at St. Johns Town Center located at 4668 Town Crossing Drive Suite 125, Jacksonville, Fl 32246. If you wish to make reservations, call them at (904) 996-7750 or visit their website at www.polishthenailbar.com and fill out the forms. Their nail salon is open from 10 AM to 9 PM from Monday to Saturday, and 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday.