We all love a good manicure, but sometimes our nails take a beating and need a little extra TLC in between our regular trips to the salon. Whether you’ve got broken or chipped nails, or just want to keep your hands and nails looking great, here’s a guide to repairing and maintaining your nails.
Introduction to Nail Care
Nail care is an important part of any self-care routine and should not be overlooked. Not only do our nails give us an indication of our overall health, but they also help us express our personality. After all, nothing says “me” quite like a stunning manicure. Taking the time to look after your nails will also help them stay strong and healthy and look fabulous in between manicures.
Causes of Broken Nails
Broken nails can be caused by several different factors, including using harsh nail care products, biting, picking, and even simply using our hands for everyday tasks like typing. While it can be disheartening when our nails become damaged, there is no need to despair. With a few simple steps, you can repair and strengthen your nails and keep them looking fabulous in between manicures.
Step 1: Gently File the Broken Edge
The first step to repairing a broken nail is to carefully file the broken edge. Use a nail file to gently even out the broken edge, taking care not to file too aggressively as this can weaken the nail. Use short, light strokes to gradually shape the broken edge and ensure it is even with the rest of the nail. Once you’re happy with the shape of your nail, use a dry brush to dust off.
Step 2: Use a Nail Hardener
Next, use a nail hardener to help strengthen and protect your nails. Nail hardeners are designed to help strengthen nails, protect them from further damage, and improve their overall appearance. Before you apply the hardener, make sure to clean your nails and remove any dirt or debris. Once your nails are clean, apply the hardener according to the instructions on the product.
Step 3: Apply a Base Coat
Once your nails have been prepped and strengthened, it’s time to apply a base coat. Base coats are designed to help protect your nails from staining and provide a smooth base for your nail polish. Make sure to apply a thin, even layer of the base coat to each nail and allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Apply the Nail Polish
Now that your nails are ready, it’s time to apply the nail polish. Choose a color that you love and make sure to apply it in thin, even coats. Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat for a more intense color payoff.
Step 5: Seal It with a Top Coat
The final step is to seal your nail with a top coat. This helps protect your nail polish from chipping and adds a glossy finish. Make sure to apply a thin, even layer of the top coat to each nail and allow it to dry completely before you start using your hands.
Tips for Keeping Your Nails Healthy
Even if you’re not looking to repair your nails, there are still a few simple steps you can take to keep them healthy and looking fabulous in between manicures. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure to wear gloves when you’re cleaning or doing any other type of activity that could cause damage to your nails.
- Moisturize your nails and hands regularly to keep them soft and hydrated.
- Here’s a bonus! Our first two tips can be accomplished with PAUME’s hydrate trio and all-in-one cuticle cream & nail cream.
- Keep your nails trimmed and filed to help prevent breakage.
- Avoid using harsh nail care products and opt for gentler formulas instead.
- All of PAUME’s formulas include our signature blend of essential oils and natural ingredients meant to boost your skin’s health and look!
- Avoid biting, picking, or tearing your nails.
With just a few simple steps, you can repair and maintain your nails and keep them looking fabulous in between manicures. Give your hands and nails the TLC they deserve! Visit PAUME's website for all your handcart essentials. With a little bit of love and care, you can have beautiful, healthy nails that are sure to turn heads.