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

Dry Nails
Dry nails lack lustre and look dull; plus, if you run your thumb over the nail, it will drag slightly instead of sliding cleanly across. The secret to treating dry nails is to rehydrate them - vitamin E is fantastic for this (just like it is on dry skin) so open a vitamin capsule and rub it directly onto the nails morning and evening. It will also help if you always wear a moisturising base coat to hydrate the nails and prevent further drying by switching from soap to hand washes. Finally, steer clear of pearlized polish which can be dehydrating.

Hard/ Brittle
Gently press the sides of your nails together. If your nail doesn't bend, chances are you have brittle nails. These have no moisture left in them at all, which also means they have no flexibility and shatter as soon as they bash on something. This causes most people to reach for the nail hardener, but this is the worst thing you can do as it makes the nail even more rigid. It's better to boost flexibility by oiling the nails nightly with almond oil instead. The shape of your nails will also add strength. The best is a squoval shape (where the sides of the nail are left straight and only the top is rounded), as this helps the nail absorb shocks better.

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;         

Weak & Soft
If your nails bend at the slightest touch and rarely grow past your fingertip you've got soft nails. To get them back into shape, you need to harden them up. The simple way to do this is to apply a nail hardener or try rubbing an oil into the nails which will help strengthen soft nails as it keeps out their main enemy, water, which softens them even further.

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.

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