Tips to fix those brittle nails

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Dry, chapped and brittle nails can be bothersome especially when they break even at the slightest pressure. It’s not just painful but heartbreaking to lose a nail, particularly when you are getting ready to go out. One of the main causes of nail brittleness is lack of Vitamin D and protein in the diet. So make sure you adequately expose your body to the sun and also include pulses and vegetables such as radish, cucumber and olives in your diet. Here are some quick tips that will help you get strong, healthy and shiny nails.

Keep them short: It’s very important to keep your nails well-groomed at all times to avoid chances of breakage. Thus, getting a manicure once in two weeks is a must to ensure that you get rid of dead nail cuticle that hinders the nail growth. You must also neatly clip your nails and apply a coat of nail hardener or a transparent nail shiner for better results.

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Oil them up: Dab a few drops of olive oil or castor oil on to your nails and massage gently till it’s fully absorbed, and leave overnight. Repeat this process for about a month and see the change for yourself. Castor oil and olive oil soften and moisturise the nails making them less prone to chipping and breaking.

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Keep it natural: Using too much nail colour not only stains the nails making them look yellowish but also makes them dry and brittle. So make sure you do not use a nail paint on a regular basis instead keep them moisturised and natural looking.

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Avoid using acetone: While removing the nail colour, do not use a remover which contains 100% acetone as it dries out the nails making them prone to breakage and damage, instead go for a remover that contains low levels of acetone or a water based remover.

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Keep nail files around: File your nails evenly and to the same length at least once a week as uneven and unfiled nails are more prone to chipping and breaking.  Make sure to file them in the same direction and avoid making them too pointed to prevent nail breakage. Replace your file every month or before the grain smooths out.

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