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Brittle Nails

are your nails healthy?

One of the things we do not like dealing with (especially during the winter season) is brittle nails. Today we are going to assist in identifying common causes to the problem and offer some solutions to heal and minimize reoccurrence.

Causes
  1. Nail Polish Removers that contain acetone. Acetone strips the nail of its natural moisture, making the nail bed and cuticles dry.
  2. Cleaning products and washing detergents contain chemicals which can damage and weaken the nails.
  3. Frequent use of water and not applying any moisture to your hands afterwards either in the form of a lotion or hydration oil.
  4. Extreme drying of your nails in any external way.
  5. Over processing nails. Acrylic and gel polish bond onto the nail, and are removed using acetone. Gel polish is less harsh than acrylic, but overtime, the nail will soften and become more brittle.
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Internal Treatment and Prevention
  1. Poultry and fish
  2. Spinach
  3. Red and green peppers
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Strawberries
  6. Egg whites
  7. Bran Flakes or Weetbix
  8. Iron-enriched food
  9. Vitamin C enriched food
  10. Quick tip: Adding supplements to your daily routine contributes a great deal to the health of your nails. Here are some that we recommend:
    • Biotin
    • Vitamin C
    • Iron
    • Zinc
External Treatment and Prevention
  1. Where possible, use an acetone-free nail polish remover.
  2. Wear gloves where possible when using cleaning products and washing detergents.
  3. Keep lotion/hydrating oil in your bag at all times, using it as frequently as is required. Please make sure to pay specific attention to massaging the lotion/hydrating oil into the nail bed and the cuticle.
  4. It is advisable to give nails a break from acrylic or gel polish every 8-12 weeks where possible, or do frequent nail strengthening treatments.
  5. Quick Tip: Soak your hands in warm water for about 5 minutes and then thickly moisturize your hands. Skin absorbs better when warm and moist.

 

Recommended Studio Moma Treatments for Nail Hydration

  • Full Manicure or Pedicure (exfoliate)
  • Paraffin wax dip (add Moisture)

 

Remember, to prevent brittle nails and make sure that your nail bed is healthy and ever-ready for your next visit, by doing in-between treatment maintenance. Also remember to feel your nails after a soak-off to determine how much strength your nails have. Your nail technician will advise you on this as well.

Feel free to email through any topics you would like us to explore to ask@studiomoma.co.za

 

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