Identifying your nail type
The best way to beautiful natural and healthy nails is to first find out which nail type you are. If you are not using the correct products for your nail type you could actually be causing more harm than good.
Just like hair and skin, nails fall into different types which need very different treatment in order to achieve their natural best. There are five main types
Post Acrylic/ Damaged/ Peeling
If your nails are flaking or splitting, you have damaged nails. These are most commonly caused by severe dehydration. Help them with a treatment base coat to heal the nail, but make sure that, as you apply it, you stipple it into any flaky spots (just like you would cover peeling paint). This will prevent air bubbles under the polish and stop flaking - which is important, as flaking polish takes nail cells with it, increasing damage. You also need to ensure that the cells that grow through next time are strong and healthy, so use cuticle oil twice daily;
If you have none of the above problems - your nails bend slightly when pressed, look pink and shiny and will grow easily - you're lucky, you naturally have normal nails. Try to keep them that way by moisturising them regularly with hand creams, and avoiding harsh detergents and overly hot water.