1. Don’t cut or manipulate cuticles.
Whether you have your nails professionally groomed or do them yourself, the number one recommendation is leave your cuticles alone. Removing cuticles exposes the nails to bacteria which affects the nails making it nasty.
2.Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle.
Moisturizing the nail bed and cuticles will help nails grow, look better and help protect nails from breaking,chipping,cracking and splitting. Oil is good in moisturizing nails.
3.Choose nail tips over full extensions.
Nail extensions are bad news for nails. It mostly leads to fungal or even bacteria infections and, sometimes to permanent damage. If you must wear nail extensions, opt for just tips. While they can still cause problems, the potential for damage is less since the surface area covered is smaller.
4.Don’t overdo hand washing and limit contact with cleaning chemicals.
If you are in a profession where frequent hand washing is mandatory, use moisturizer as often as possible and rub a little extra around the cuticles several times a day. When doing housework or laundry, minimize contact with harsh chemicals, including dishwashing liquid, by wearing rubber gloves whenever possible.
5.Maintain a well balanced diet
Just as with your skin and hair, what you eat can also affect your nails. Always make sure you eat a well balanced diet to keep strong and healthy nails.