Artificial coatings such as acrylics, gels, and shellac do a great deal of damage to your nails over time, leaving nails feeling weak brittle, and painful. If you're ready to start a healthy natural nail journey, follow these steps to help you bounce back after you remove your acrylics.
After Nail Removal
After you remove your acrylic nails, your nails are left straggly and fragile. It's best to keep your nails short while they're weak and thin to prevent your nails from peeling and splitting at the nail edge. When filing your nails make sure to be gentle to avoid more damage.
Look into purchasing a glass nail file as traditional metal and emery boards are more harsh and if used incorrectly can separate the layers of your nails.
~ To start the healing process, soak your nails in sweet almond or jojoba oil for at least 10 minutes a day. For better results, heat up the oil by stacking the bowl of oil into a larger bowl containing a few centimeters of hot water. Place your hands in the oil bowl and cover with a towel for insulation.
Sweet almond oil keeps nails shiny and strong. Vitamins and mineral from the oil also help nails grow faster and healthier preventing breakage.
~ Stimulate the blood flow of your hands and nails by grabbing a vitamin E oil and massaging the oil onto your nails and cuticles.
Vitamin E is a great moisturizer filled with antioxidants to restore and protect your nails and cuticles.
~Lastly, lay off the nail polish for a while. Your nails are healthiest in their natural state. Polish can dehydrate your nails and cause flakiness if worn longterm.
Follow these tips to ensure you replace moisture and strength back into your nails and start your healthy nail journey off the right way.