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Monday Manicure with Eki: Stop Biting Your Nails! 6 Daily Habits for Strong & Healthy Nails | Part 1 



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If you’re trying to grow long natural nails, today’s Monday Manicure post is perfect for you. Today, it’s all about daily habits you can try out to help you on your journey to healthier nails and length retention.

In the past we’ve given you tips for healthy cuticles and how to do your manicure at home without having to go to the nail shop. Now that you have that covered, here are tips on how to maintain strong, healthy nails.

Keep Your Hands Clean and Be Gentle

When doing your DIY manicure at home, it’s important to be gentle with your nail bed, skin and cuticle area. Once the existing nail bed is damaged, you’ll have to wait 3-9 months for a fresh nails bed to grow out (depending on how fast your nails grow out). Also, a damaged cuticle gives room for infections because it protects your nails. Read more about that here. Avoid using metal nail tools because they can be dangerous if not used properly.

Keeping your nails clean also helps prevent infections. When having your morning shower, brush your sponge over your nails for a good scrub; this will remove dirt and exfoliate any dead skin without the need for harsh, drying chemicals or expensive scrubs. Remember to wash your nails when washing your hands after using the restroom as well. When changing your nails polish, remove all traces of your last color with an acetone-free remover (anything else unnecessarily dries out your nail).

Keep Your Nail Tools Clean

Disinfecting your nail tools between uses is just as important as regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, and for the same reason — bacteria. To keep your nails happy and infection free, wash your metal tools with soap and water and wipe down with rubbing alcohol and cotton wool.

Don’t forget to regularly replace disposable tools like emery boards. There’s no reason to continue using a tattered tool when it’s so easy to rotate in a new one so don’t manage old/faulty tools, invest in a new set! Here’s a list of nail kit essentials for the simple girl here.

Trim Regularly

Regular trims are as important to your nails as they are to your hair. Get rid of splitting nails or hang nails to avoid peeling nails and whitlow. So set aside time to clip them every two weeks, adjusting to more or less often once you see how your nails respond.

Never Forget a Base Coat

Painting your nails at home is no excuse to skip using a base coat. This step not only protects the nail from being stained by the polish, but also helps the color look more saturated and opaque with just one coat. Read more about base coats here. If you really want to take things to the next level, adding a coat of clear gloss between each layer of coloured polish adds extra shine and protection to your manicure. Just don’t forget the first layer of base coat.

Read the Labels

Just as with makeup and skincare, not all nail polish brands are created equal, so make sure you’re buying or using a good product. Avoid polishes containing toxic chemicals like Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde and Toluene, as these toxins can contribute to brittleness, splitting, and cracking. And the healthiest solution to these problems is waiting over 5 months to grow out fresh nails.


…Just STOP it!

Check back next week for the second part of this post for more tips on how to grow strong, healthy nails!

Photo Credit & Source: Dreamstime, GH

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving


  1. @edDREAMZ

    October 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    So if sweet soup get stuck in my nails i shouldnt lick it? This one na learner….

  2. Meah

    October 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    This post doesnt say HOW to stop biting one’s nails though…I’m a chronic nail biter, been on the p for almost 12 years. I opened this post in the hopes of seeing some suggestions on how to stop but alas! guess i’ll have keep looking for the ‘cure’ someplace else.

  3. LemmeRant

    October 10, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    See if I don’t bite em it will keep growing cause I hardly cut them (This is not the kinda habit nail biters develop)

  4. able

    October 11, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Meah, dis is just a part one, u mit find wot u’re looking for in d next part.

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