Did those nail extensions make your nails brittle? Here are 5 quick-fixes

Nail extensions can seem to be all attractive and all—but the end result can be quite daunting if you don’t take care of your talons in the right manner.
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Before you flaunt your talons, make sure they are in good health. GIF courtesy: GIPHY
Sonakshi Kohli Published: 31 Jan 2020, 18:10 pm IST
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There’s no fashion statement that’s ever complete without coordinated nails adding more oomph to your look. But sadly, not everyone is blessed with those long, shapely nails and so, we resort to getting nail extensions from the market.

In roughly an hour, you can get your favourite shape of nails with your favourite colour painted on to them and nail art, studs, and what not to enhance them further. 

Surely, they come with the promise of helping your hands look absolutely stunning for a good 20 days, but what they also bring with them is a lot of damage to your natural nails—thanks to the excessive buffing, harmful glues to stick the acrylic nails on, and all the heat from the nail-drying lamp.

However, once you finally get them off for good, here’s how you can let your nails recover from all that damage:

1. Oil soaking
Nothing works better for over-buffed, weak nails than olive oil. So, take out some of it in a bowl, heat it up to make it lukewarm, and soak your nails in it for 5 minutes every day before sleeping.

Massage the leftover oil into the nails and cuticles and within two-three weeks, you will see a massive difference in your nails fosho.

Also, read: Castor oil for the win! An elixir for beautiful hair, fingernails, and skin

2. Petroleum jelly to the rescue
When it comes to fighting off dryness, vaseline petroleum jelly can put the best of the oils in the market to shame. Thus, applying it on your dry and damaged nails and cuticles can help you a great deal.

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Petroleum jelly on nails can keep dryness at bay.

3. Treat from within
There’s no health problem in the world that a nutritious, balanced diet can’t solve. Hence, if you want to strengthen your nails, you’ve got to add biotin-rich foods like avocado, eggs, whole grains, and cauliflower to your diet.

Also, read: Swipe right on this simple avocado toastie recipe for a nutritious breakfast

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4. Keep ‘em short
Keeping the length of your already thin and weak nails will only lead to more chipping and cracking. Hence, it is advised to trim your nails and keep them short and manageable once you get rid of the acrylics.

Also, while shaping your nails, file them in one direction to avoid peeling off the top layer or cracking.

5. Take a break
Let your nails breathe. So avoid coating them with nail paints or getting another nail extension done till your nails are back to the way they were before you set out to damage them.

So, pay attention to your nails and flaunt them like never before.

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