Mani Monday: Tips to Make Your Nails Stronger

Hey guys!!! Today I will do a requested post about making your nails healthier. When I was younger, my nails are too soft that I can literally bend the tip of my nails reaching my nail bed (imagine a nail limbo). When I got into nail art, I thought that I need to fix this problem fast if I wanna have nice long nails to draw into. I’m quite afraid of chemicals being applied on to my body so I researched and asked my Mami, my neighbors and of course the web to give me natural ways to help strengthen my nails. Today I will give you some methods and tips that helped me maintain long and healthy nails, so let’s go ahead and get started.

1. Garlic
Yes ladies and gentlemen, this sauté hero is not only for the kitchen but also for your nails. Many nail treatments such as LA Girl Garlic Nail Treatment, contain garlic extracts to strengthen the nails. There are several methods in using garlic as a nail treatment. First one is to juice several cloves of garlic and add the juice to your base coat. The second one is to mince 2-3 garlic cloves and apply them to each of your nails, wear disposable gloves over it for 30 minutes then wash it thoroughly after. And the third one, which I think is the easiest one, is to cut a garlic clove in half then rub it on each of your nails until it’s worn out. Half for the fingers on the left hand and half for the right hand. Wash your hands after the juice dries up. Do this about 2-3 times a week.

2. Gelatin/Keratin
Yes you gummy lovin’ jello you. This yummy things are actually collagen that is irreversibly hydrolyzed or to put it simple… It’s broken down collagen in water. Gelatin also contains Keratin that is found on the skin, teeth, hair and nails, that protects them and give them shine and luster. If you don’t like jelly, there are still some foods that are rich in keratin such as eggs, turkey, mangos, spinach, squash, broccoli,sweet potatoes and cantaloupe.

3. Calcium and Iron
Weak nails are often a sign of a calcium or an iron deficiency. Hate milk?? Spinach, orange juice, soy milk, broccoli are healthy alternatives.

4. Naturally Occurring Formaldehyde
The most common ingredient of nail hardeners that work chemically is formaldehyde. Yes… It is the chemical used in embalming corpses. Though it’s very dangerous when consumed at high level, you’ll be surprised that many of the foods you eat contain naturally occurring formaldehyde which for me is safer to consume than to use the chemical itself. Examples of those foods that contain formaldehyde are apples, apricots, cheese, poultry, liver paste, broccoli, banana, spinach and many more

5 Biotin
Biotin is also known as Vitamin H or Co-enzyme R which is a water-soluble vitamin B7 that can help thicken nails. The signs of biotin deficiency include hair loss, loss of eyelashes and eyebrows, as well as nails that break, chip, or flake easily. Biotin supplements are available in most pharmacies and recommended dose to treat deficiency for adults is about 30 mcg to 100 mcg per day. Foods that contain biotin are eggs, cauliflower, peanuts, and legumes.