Woman with a blue manicure.

Follow These 6 Tips for Strong, Beautiful Nails

How well do you care for your nails? From exposure to the elements to breakage from everyday activities, our fingernails go through a lot. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Huntsville we know a thing or two about nail care. Here are six tips for strong, beautiful nails!

1. Don’t Cut Cuticles

The cuticle is there to prevent infection. When cuticles are cut away, it allows bacteria and fungus to get inside the nail bed. You might think trimmed cuticles look better, but clipping them just causes damage. Additionally, frequent cutting of cuticles probably means you’ll need to cut them more often because they will grow back unattractively. Instead of cutting your cuticles, push them back instead. It will still make things look neat and clean without causing any lasting damage.

Cuticles being pushed back with cuticle stick.

2. Moisturize Nail Bed and Cuticles

Keeping on the subject of the oh-so-delicate cuticle, you need to make sure your cuticles and nailbeds are moisturized. Dry, cracked cuticles don’t just look bad, they can let in that nasty bacteria and fungus we mentioned. When you start to notice dry, cracked cuticles, it’s time to treat them with cuticle cream, cuticle oil, or coconut oil. These products will soften your cuticles and nourish them at the same time.

Woman applying cuticle oil to her hands.

3. Take Supplements

Vitamins and minerals like biotin, zinc, folic acid, and iron are known to strengthen nails. Biotin (B7) in particular is well known for strengthening hair and nails because it promotes healthy cell growth and helps protein-building amino acids. Foods rich in biotin include organ meats, egg yolks, salmon, avocados, nuts and seeds, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower. Include these foods in your diet and make supplements a part of your daily routine for strong, healthy, beautiful nails.

Person holding a glass of water and a supplement.

4. Avoid Acetone

Acetone is an extremely powerful chemical that can be found in nail polish removers. However, it’s such a harsh solvent that it can strip your skin of natural oils. If too much acetone is used, the skin will start to look white and dried out. Non-acetone nail polish remover still uses solvents but they are less aggressive. These non-acetone removers often include moisturizing ingredients like glycerin or soy so the product is less harsh on the skin. Keep in mind that non-acetone polish remover takes longer to work, so you’ll have to work a little harder to get all of the nail polish off.

Girl removing her nail polish.

5. Limit Gel and Acrylic Nails

Gel and acrylic nails look great and are a great way to fake long, beautiful nails. Unfortunately, using them too often can cause damage. Frequent gel or acrylic manicures can cause your natural nails to peel and weaken. Additionally, exposure to the UV light when receiving a gel manicure can age the skin on your hands. If you love gel or acrylic nails, you don’t need to stop getting them altogether. Just make sure you’re receiving the manicure from a professional who uses a reputable brand like OPI.

Woman with long acrylic nails.

6. Take it Easy on Your Nails

At one point or another, we’ve all been guilty of using our nails to do things. Whether it’s peeling off a sticker, opening a package, or opening a can of soda, using your nails as a tool can cause damage. Using a pair of scissors to open a package is faster, easier, and won’t break your nails. When you’re popping open a can of soda, use the pads of your fingers instead of your fingernails. Take it easy on your nails and avoid chipping, breaking, and brittleness.

Girl biting her fingernail.

Get Your Best Nails Ever

AT TSPA Huntsville, we work with the brand OPI to provide a variety of manicure, pedicure, and other nail services to guests. Whether you want a classic manicure, gel color manicure, or paraffin dip, we can help you get beautiful, strong nails! Contact us now to schedule an appointment.

All services performed by students under the supervision of licensed professionals