As much as it’s important to hit the parlour for a manicure routine, but as stated before, due to our hectic life, it might get missed. It is not always possible to make the salon visit a regiment as it might come in between personal plans too. The wait is over! We bring out to you the remedies that you can pamper yourself with for a longer, stronger and thicker nails.
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Lemon juice with olive oil
Olive oil has always been the solution to almost all the skin problems. Squeeze the lemon to extract its juice and mix it with olive oil. To be exact – add three tablespoon of olive oil to one tablespoon of lemon juice. Heat the mixture slightly and dip your hands into it and soak your fingers. The olive oil perforates in to the cuticles of the nails and makes them stronger. The lemon extract, on the other hand, is a natural bleach and repairs the brittle nails. This process also removes the yellow stain and helps them to grow faster.
An add-on to the advantages of beer – repair of nails! Prepare a potion made out of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and beer. The potassium, selenium and phosphorus content in beer helps in the development of stronger nails. Olive oil, alone, would help in preventing the nails from chipping off. The procedure is to heat 3/4th cup of olive oil till slightly warm, add 1/2 cup of beer and 3/4th cup of apple cider vinegar. Submerge the fingers into the warm mixture for like 15 minutes. This should be followed twice every week.
Raw coconut is considered to be the magic tonic for hair and skin, and so with the nails. Also, it is the most sought after product for health care. Coconut oil if massaged onto the nails can protect you from infections. It also helps in making the nails longer. Massaging increases the blood circulation. Pour the oil into a vessel and heat it to the extent you can tolerate the warmth of it. Apply it onto your nails and massage it gently for 5 minutes. Repeat this process twice daily.
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Apple cider vinegar
This ingredient is easily available in our kitchen, we just need to know the appropriate use of it apart from calling it an item for making meals. What makes apple cider vinegar useful in making nails strong and long are the potassium, calcium, magnesium and the vitamins content in it. Not only this, the magic and acetic acid keep infection at bay. Add water to the vinegar (in equal amount) in a bowl and immerse your nails. Let the mixture get absorbed for 10 minutes. Store the mixture in a jar for future usage.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil makes the nail thicker and stronger and prevents it from any crack. It penetrates through the nails to reach the cuticles to keep them moisturised and feel healthier. Vitamin E oil capsules are easily available in any drug store. Extract the oil and apply it on your nails to form a layer and then massage for 5 minutes. Vitamin E also helps in rejuvenating the skin and nails making them appear more youthful than ever!
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree makes the nails harder and prevents any fungal infection. Daily usage of this whitens and brightens the nails. To make this mixture, add 1/2 tablespoon of tea tree oil to 5-6 drops of olive oil. Rub this potion onto your nail for half an hour. Wash it off with warm water and pat dry. For best result, apply a lotion after this routine and practice this for a month.
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Egg Yolk and Milk
Nail breakage and weak nails are also the result of protein deficiency. Enriched with proteins, milk and egg yolk are known to moisturise your nails for a healthier looking nails. The concoction might not sound very appealing at first, but this is one of the best medicines to stronger, longer and brighter nails. This will prevent them from damage. Take one egg yolk and add 2 tablespoon of milk to it. Stir well till it gets mixed properly, then massage onto your nails thoroughly. Rinse off with water after 20 minutes.
Till now we have heard of mask for hair or skin. The concept of nail mask might sound new but the results are absolutely magical! If there can be masks for hair and skin, nails can have their own masks too! For a thick and strong nail, mix 1 teaspoon of chamomile with peppermint tea. Then add some boiling water to it. Allow the mixture to get blended properly in order to strain the tea leaves. Once done with this step, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil with 2 tablespoons of wheat flour to the liquid mixture. Mix all the ingredients well to apply on the nails. Leave it on for an hour and repeat twice a week.
Petroleum jelly helps in hydrating the nails that will in return restore its strength. Dab some onto your nails overnight to wake up to softer and moisturised cuticles. Repeat this remedy for 1- 2 months for thicker nails.
For this method, almond oil is to be mixed with equal portions of olive and jojoba oil. Heat it till it’s a bit more than lukewarm. Apply this mixture onto your hands with the help of some cotton. Cover the nails with foil paper to let them sit properly for 10 minutes. Upon removing the foil, experience soft and hydrated nails.
Apart from the above mentioned treatments, nails can be repaired with proper healthy diet. Indulge into foods which are rich in proteins, vitamins and healthy carbs to improve the conditions of your nails. For healthy nails, they need Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, along with folic acid, calcium, zinc, biotin and iron. So, it is very important to maintain a diet rich in these. Besides a proper nutrition, habits like filing your nails to give them proper shape as long nails are prone to chipping off, splurging in quality nail buffer to improve the blood supply in the nail matrix (tissues that are present below the nails), less exposure of the nails to too much water (use wear gloves while during household chores), indulging in good moisturisers to keep the nails nourished, and most importantly putting a stop to the horrendous practice of biting nails will keep your nails healthy and strong. Too much usage of nail polish remover might also add to the chipping of your nails.
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We shouldn’t be missing out on our nails. In the process of beautifying ourselves, nails get neglected. Moreover, nail art looks perfect on beautiful nails rather than dull and chipped off ones. Maintaining your nails is also an art, if not for others to see, at least for your own satisfaction. Now that we have revealed the secret to healthier and longer nails, look pretty already girls and keep flaunting those nails in every hand gestures of yours! To sum it up and put it in the words of Tammy Taylor, “a girl without beautiful nails is like a night without stars”.