By Rukaya Mosavel
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 5 of VARSITY News.
Nail care! What comes to mind? A trip to a salon or spa to get a manicure and get those nails beaming! Applying nail polish before a date or buffing the nails as a pass time. But—nail care ain’t just nail polish or acrylics. Nail care begins at the root, no pun intended. Here are 5 tips to care for your nails:
1) Do not bite or remove nail cuticles
I know! Some people might have a habit of biting their nails or pulling the cuticles off. But this is bad for nail growth and removes the protective layer and keratin of the nail. This can impede nail growth and make your nails look shabby. If you have a habit of biting your nails or cuticles, try your best not to damage your nail, no matter how tempting this might be.
2) Trim your nails regularly
Use a nail clipper and keep your nails in top shape by cutting them straight and lined or curved (as preferred) so that they grow quicker, healthier and straighter. No one likes crooked girls.
3) Natural nail treatment
Occasionally, it is a good idea to treat your nails to a natural treatment. You can find many of these natural DIY nail treatments on YouTube, Pinterest or Instagram. These can promote nail growth, strengthen your cuticles and maintain keratin shine.
4) Go easy on the acrylics
Yas, fake nails be popping, but they can be highly damaging to your natural nails if you regularly apply and re-apply artificial nails. But I get the vibe, and I know acrylics can make you feel like a totally different Felicia. So as long as you care for your natural nails, you can enjoy the acrylics without the damage afterwards.
5) Keep your hands moisturised
Flaky Fridays are over. Regularly moisturise your hands and nails with a good moisturiser, lotion or nail cream of choice. Preferably one that is hydrating and offers sun protection.
That’s it! Your tips to nail it! Pun intended.