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August 23, 2022
Who among us hasn’t had a nail break at a very annoying moment like right before a big meeting or special event? Sometimes it’s a mere inconvenience or you think it looks bad, but occasionally a broken nail can be painful. What most of us often don’t consider are the causes behind breaking nails. Sometimes that can be brittle nails or dry nails, but there are also treatment and prevention options available that you may not know about.
What makes nails more susceptible to breaking?
One of the most common breaking nail causes is brittle nails. Brittle nails are nails that are weak, peel, split, and break easily. The causes for brittle nails typically fall into two categories.
Genetic, Aging, and Medical Factors
This first category includes the factors that are difficult to control, as some of them you may have just been born with. These can all cause or contribute to dry or brittle nails.
The second category are the environmental factors that can cause brittle nails and dry nails. You have much more control over these factors and can make lifestyle changes that could significantly improve the health of your nails.
Hydration + Water
Products You Use
What can I do to make my nails healthier to help avoid broken nails?
Think of a brittle nail that tends to break as something akin to overly processed hair that frizzes and has split ends. There are a few simple tips that can really help with your nail health.
First, try to keep your nails short—the smaller surface area will make nails less prone to breaking. If you’re doing anything that gets your hands wets—from dishes to gardening and everything in between—wear gloves. When choosing a nail file, go with glass. And if you’re picking a polish remover, choose one that is acetone-free if possible. Finally, take a nail polish holiday and consider putting color or clear polish on your nails every other week—with a nail treatment in between.
We condition and protect our hair to avoid these issues and we can try some similar tactics with nails. To help avoid future broken nails, choosing products with the right ingredients is key. The Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System is a 3-step nail system that treats brittle nails with formulas backed by science. Nails look glossy and shiny in just 10 minutes. But there is no polish involved and the whole process is mess-free. You can use this manicure-in-a-box to treat or prevent brittle, weak nails or to simply create a chic, long-lasting lustrous shine without the use of polish or harmful chemicals.
What should I do when I inevitably break a nail?