Why do my nails break?
This is the most difficult of all questions to answer. Sometimes the reason is glaringly obvious, at other times you have many possibilities to explore. Here I have dealt with the most common.
Not protecting hands whilst performing chores, and not just forgetting to use gloves for wet work. Cotton gloves should always be used to protect the hands even when dusting or tidying.
REMEMBER, NAILS DON’T JUST HAPPEN; YOU HAVE TO MAKE THEM HAPPEN
When you file nails, use the fine side of an emery board, file from the side to the centre of the nails, leave at least 2mm at each side of the nail unfiled; this will create a bridge to help support the nail, file them into rounded or square shape as this gives a wider tip to take the brunt of any knocks, and finally always bevel the nails (file up from under the nail and down from over the nail) to give a catch free finish to them.
Don’t use your nails as tools. They won’t put up with being used to scratch labels off jars or tear open packages.
Quite often people assume that because their nails break they need to use a nail hardener. In many cases this is far from the truth. Nails can break because they are already too hard and using a hardener only makes the problem worse. What they need to do is a product like Mava-Flex serum which adds oil and moisture to the nails to increase their flexibility so when the nail collides with a solid object it bends rather than breaks.
Overuse of nail enamel removers with high acetone content will result very quickly in dry nails which constantly break. Switch to a low or nil percentage remover, but still try to use it only once to twice a week.