Common Nail Problems: How to Repair and Revitalise Damaged Nails

by The First Refresh

Did you know that without proper care, frequent nail treatments can leave your nails brittle and thin? This can be painful, unsightly and inconvenient. 

The back-to-back process of glueing or painting on layers of chemicals on your nails can be damaging when there isn’t enough breathing room for your nails to replenish nutrients and recover, which can cause weakening of your nails overtime.

Here are some tips from us on how to prep your damaged nails for your next nail appointment! 

Use a ridge filler for unevenness.

If you notice white spots, lines or an unevenness on your natural nails, it can take anywhere between three to six months for them to go away. This is typically how long it takes for your nails to grow out completely. In the meantime, you can use a ridge filler to smooth the appearance of your nails - a concept similar to a makeup primer filling in pores or fine lines before your foundation. 

Trim often for healthy regrowth

Trim your nails regularly. Keeping them short and rounded will promote healthy regrowth. This will also prevent them from catching and breaking while going about your daily chores, work or going to the gym. 

Massage a cuticle oil into your nails and the skin around them several times a day, sealing everything in with a thick hand cream or salve. Oils absorb much better into the nail beds, and creams create an occlusive barrier so that moisture doesn’t escape. Use a clear base coat to keep your nails strong and to protect them.

You are what you eat

As strange as it may sound, your diet affects your nail health too. Nails are made of a protein called keratin. Keratin can be found in protein-rich foods like chicken, fish, eggs, and tofu. 

Go for a nail spa

Opt for a spa manicure as opposed to a regular one - a spa manicure focuses on stress relief and relaxation, with a focus on masking, moisturising and recovery. With a longer session time to reset, you’ll leave the experience more relaxed and ready to face the world. (Read more about the benefits of a nail spa in our article here!)

Commit to the aftercare routine

Avoid strenuous use of your hands for up to 12 hours following your manicure, so as not to chip or dent the applied polish or any other product. Try to wear rubber gloves whenever your hands are in contact with water or household chemicals too, to keep your nails in tip-top shape for as long as possible. 

Choose our Collagen Spa Gloves or VOESH Mani-in-a-box as an add-on refresher when you book in for any of our nail services