Ok, so I have just realised that this whole blog post is about my long, white nails yet I recently painted my nails so I am unable to show you how white they are naturally, which is silly of me. But I promise I will take a pic of them once my nail varnish has eventually fallen off or I get sick of it and take it off myself haha.
Anyway, I believe I am very lucky to have such white nails, many people ask me if I have fake nails on because they look so white and long (most of the time). But for those of you whom may not be pleased with your nails then there are many methods you can try to improve them. Which is the best thing about all these “products” and “makeup” we have available to us!!
Step 1: Regally Trimming Your Nails
Usually use nail scissors or a nail cutter to trim your nails down to a suitable length or to the length you like. Whilst trimming your nails it is a good idea to make sure they are cut in a rounded short of shape, as that is naturally how nails grow. This also helps to stop you “bitters” out there from being tempted into bitting them because often if there is a rough end you will want to bite it. Another technique you can use to prevent biting is by adding a base coat because it won’t taste nice at all! It is also a good idea to use a nail file to soften the nail and to ensure there is no rough edges left. Cutting your nails regally can also prevent them from snapping because once they get too long they will start to snap if they are not naturally strong nails, which I’m sure you will all agree is irritating because then you have one small nail which doesn’t match the rest.
Step 2: Applying Motoriser/lotion
Just like the rest of your body, your nails need motorising too!! As they are used all of the time and are often washed a lot, which can lead to your hands feeling very dry. I know from experience of being addicted to hand cream. If you ever used hand cream then be sure to rub some on your nails and cuticles. I’d say logically there is no right or wrong technique to this part. Apply whichever lotion suits you best, it doesn’t have to be a nail lotion as I’m sure you can get a much cheaper lotion for the body.
Ideas Of Lotions:
– Look Fantastic: Perfect Hands Intense Moisture
– Nivea Hand Cream Smooth Nourishing (Best For Value)
– The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream (This one is amazing, I own it)
Step 3: Avoid Wearing False Nails
False nails are soooo beyond bad for your nails and one day you might ruin them for good. I have heard too many bad reviews of nail shops in cities. I have only ever tried fake nails once and I absolutely hated them!! I felt like I was unable to do the basis day to day tasks, for example wash my hair. Everything was so difficult and annoying. I believe this is because I bought some of those fake nails from Boots, so I obviously hadn’t glued them on properly and they kept bending my real nail back, it was hell. I couldn’t get the damn things off either. I had to soak them in warm water for ages. Definitely not worth it. Girls go through enough stress and pain! Anyway, each time you wear false nails it ruins a part of your real nails and it is so difficult to get them healthy again.
Step 4: Avoid Constantly Having Nail Varnish On
Give your nails time to “breathe” as I like to say. They don’t always want to be constantly painted as the colour of your nail can change. Often nails can get infected and go a browny colour, which is called fungal. This is the most annoying thing about nails but often it happens to toenails not so much fingernails. If it was to happen to your fingernails, it isn’t as bad because they are much quicker at growing than your toes are. I am currently suffering from fungal on my toe because I tried to hide the problem with nail varnish!!! It only got worse. Don’t do it worst mistake!!!
– Canespro do a great treatment kit especially for fungal nails
– Purpose this from Boots: http://www.boots.com
Step 5: “Have a healthy diet”
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to even add this step in as I don’t really believe it makes any difference. But my friend told me she believes it does. Different opinions and experiences can help others though. I haven’t got the best of diets but have really white and strong nails… Although one point I have heard is if you have little calcium your nails can be affected by it and this I believe. So it is important to make sure you do have enough in your diet. But it’s still cool to eat chocolate and sweets hehe.