Nail Care 101: Unveiling the Secret to Healthy and Beautiful Nails

Nail Care 101: Unveiling the Secret to Healthy and Beautiful Nails

In a world that never stops, where schedules are tight and demands are endless, the little things can often make a big difference. 

Beauties, let's talk about nails – those tiny canvases that bear the weight of our busy lives. Whether you're a multitasking parent, a career-driven professional, or a free-spirited adventurer, we all share a common desire: to have nails that are beautiful and healthy.

With this guide, you can unravel the secrets to maintaining luscious, strong nails while hustling through life. To ease the stress of the process, bring some Nami non-toxic nail polish to achieve that perfect balance between style and health.

Lesson One: Nourishment

"Food is life" is a famous adage expressing how a person's body needs sustenance to survive and function properly. Just as your skin and hair thrive when you're well-nourished, so do your nails.

Now, when it comes to nail health, you want the following nutrients in your diet.

Biotin: The Building Block of Strong Nails

Biotin rich foods

Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that strengthens nails, making them firmer and thicker. You can increase your biotin intake by taking supplements and eating foods like bananas, eggs, and avocados.

Vitamin C: The Promoter of Nail Growth

oranges and a bottle of vitamin c

If your nails are slow to grow or suffer from brittleness, you may need more vitamin C in your diet. This vital nutrient supports your immune system, promotes nail growth, and reduces brittleness. You can take it in tablet form or eat more tomatoes, oranges, or mangoes. 

Protein: The Foundation of Nail Strength

Protein-rich foods

Have you ever chipped or broken a nail? Weak and brittle nails are often a sign of insufficient protein intake. Eating lean meats, fish, and dairy products can increase your protein supply, resulting in healthy nails that withstand daily wear and tear. 

Iron: The Blood Booster

Iron-rich foods

Iron is another nutrient that holds the key to healthy nails. It is pivotal in ensuring that your blood carries sufficient oxygen to your nail beds, promoting their health and strength. Iron-rich foods such as lean red meat, poultry, and beans should be on your plate if you want to maintain vibrant, robust nails.

Zinc: The Nail Guardian

Zinc-rich foods

You can consider zinc as the nail guardian since it aids in producing new cells, including those responsible for the growth of your nails. Including zinc-rich foods such as nuts, seeds, and whole grains in your diet can help your nails grow strong and resilient.

Water: The Ultimate Hydration  

Person drinking water in bed

Water is the unsung hero of nail health. While not a nutrient in the traditional sense, proper hydration is essential for nail health. Dehydration can lead to brittle and dry nails. To keep your nails and body in top form, remember to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. 

Lesson Two: Constant Care

Once you've curated a diet with your nail health in mind, you can move on to the more exciting part: proper nail care. You may think this is a no-brainer, but you may have developed habits that aren't healthy for your precious nails. 

Before getting to specifics, know that nail care isn't a once-a-month act. It's a continuous process that shouldn't be neglected, lest you want to end up with brittle, ugly nails. So, let's get to it!

Trimming Is a Must

Nail trim

Some people like having short nails, while others like them long. Regardless of preference, you should take the time to trim your nails at least every few weeks.

Additionally, if you clip your nails instead of filing them down, you want to soften them before the process. Cutting when they aren't soft can lead to damage, especially if your nails are a bit weak.

Another tip is to remove your favorite water-based nail polish before trimming sessions. Having them on can complicate the process since you can't see the length you're clipping off. 

Stay Moisturized

Nami nail oil dropper

When you're busy adulting, it's easy to forget the little things, like moisturizing. This shouldn't be the case since your hands are some of the first parts people notice about you. 

With this in mind, keep a handy bottle of lotion and nail oil, even when you're out and about or at the office. Moisturizing your hands and hydrating your nail beds can ensure they stay soft and healthy. 

Create a Care Routine

Nail care session

Nail care isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. Everybody has unique needs; your nails may not benefit from following someone's routine. So, take the time to assess your nails and overall health and create one that works for you.

If you need to know what to include in your routine, consider adding exfoliation, nail filing, and regular trips to the salon. These simple acts can enhance your nail strength and even help you de-stress.

Tools Are Your Friend

Nail tools

Newbie long-nailed beauties may get frustrated doing tasks they usually find easy. Avoid falling into the trap of using your nails to open cans or remove labels. Doing so can lead to a chipped or, worse, a broken nail. 

You want to use tools as often as possible when you have long nails. Rubber gloves, for one, protect your nails from water damage. They also help prevent your favorite non-toxic nail polish from chipping. 

Take Breaks as Needed

Nails painted with Nami's Run Away With Me

Painting your nails is therapeutic and an excellent way of expressing your style and personality. In some cases, they also protect your nails. Keep in mind, though, that not all nail polishes are good for your health.

Gel polish, for instance, can weaken your nails over time because of its formula and need for UV light. If possible, take breaks between gel sessions to let your nails breathe.

An alternative is to find safer products, like water-based nail polish. Nami's nail polish collection makes an excellent choice, given that all colors are non-toxic and contain nourishing ingredients. Plus, they're easy to apply, too!

Lesson Three: Gentle Beauty

 Nami's water-based nail polish

Everybody wants to feel beautiful, and cosmetics help people achieve their image of beauty. Unfortunately, while chasing magnificence, some people sacrifice their health and well-being. This is where the concept of gentle beauty comes in.

Gentle beauty is a relatively new concept, popularized in this era of self-care. Introducing it to your current lifestyle means prioritizing using products with no harmful side effects to people and the environment. One example is the water-based nail polish.

Unlike traditional polishes that contain solvents like acetone and ethyl acetate, water-based nail polish is made primarily from Polyurethane-1 and color pigments. This means it doesn't emit strong chemical odors, making your nail painting experience much more pleasant.

Some non-toxic nail polishes also contain ingredients that nourish your nails, offering a healthy and sustainable choice. Nami's water-based nail polishes, for example, have hyaluronic acid and propylene glycol, which strengthen and moisturize nails, respectively.

How to Use Water-Based Nail Polish

Nami's collection has a unique formula, so many may not know how to use the water-based nail polishes in the shop's catalog. 

Let's dive into how to use Nami's water-based nail polishes effectively.

Prepare Your Nails

Filing nails

First, ensure your nails are clean, blank canvases by prepping them thoroughly. Remove any existing nail polish with a gentle nail polish remover, taking care to wipe off all traces.

After, shape your nails with a sharp nail file. Exercise patience during this step to get your desired look without harming your nails. Once done, gently push back your cuticles. Then, take a clean, damp cloth, wipe your nails' surface, and wait for them to dry.

Apply Your Chosen Nail Polish

Nami's Happier than ever

Prepped, dry nails are the perfect foundation for water-based nail polishes. When it comes to color options, Nami has many to offer. Happier Than Ever is popular, with the pink-ish nude working for day and nighttime looks.

Applying Nami's top coat

You want to apply at least two coats of water-based nail polish to achieve a solid look. Take care to brush every layer evenly, wiping off any excess that may land on your fingers. Afterward, use a topcoat to lock the pigment in.

Follow Aftercare

Dropping Nami's nail oil on painted nails

One thing to keep in mind: you must moisturize, more so after a nail polish session. Nami's non-toxic nail polishes quickly dry, so you only need to wait a minute before they're good to go. Of course, you can wait longer to ensure the nail polish sets adequately.

Now, your care session isn't done without your favorite cuticle oil. Apply it around your nail beds so you can keep them hydrated. You don't need to limit their use to after nail polish application. It's a great habit to drop a few on your nails at least once a week. 

Final Thoughts

After everything we've covered, we can safely say that making conscious choices is the secret to beautiful and healthy nails.

Your nails are more than canvases for your favorite water-based nail polish; they are expressions of your inner beauty and well-being. By maintaining healthy habits, regularly caring for your nails, and avoiding toxic products, you can walk towards nail nirvana.

Nami's Sunset Lover bundle

Lastly, remember, it's not just about what you avoid; it's also about what you embrace. The Sunset Lover Bundle from Nami Natural is more than just a collection of water-based nail polishes; it's a testament to your commitment to self-care, a fusion of style and health. 

So why wait? Start your journey to beautiful, healthy nails today with Nami Natural's Sunset Lover Bundle. Let your nails tell the world your story.


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