How-To: Caring For Your Nails

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well. I decided to switch up Nail Monday by including some tips on how to care for your nails. A while back, one of my lovely readers requested I do a nail care post because she had brittle nails. I’m not a nail specialist but I’ll share with you what works for me personally.

My nails with a base coat on

Avoid Nail Extensions: I know this point is very debatable, but I have found this has done my nails ALOT of good. When I was crazy for artificial nails, I found that my nails suffered. They were very brittle and discolored. Now and again, I would even get a fungal infection. So I decided to put an end to it and care for my own nails. If you are a nail extensions kind of girl, I hear there are some options available out there like Shellac that are kinder to the nails.

Keep your nails clean. This sounds pretty obvious right but apart from regular hand washes, I use a nail brush to get under my nails. Dirt and oils weaken your nail bed and can again lead to fungal infection.

Moisturise: I feel like you guys are sick of me always telling you to moisturise, lol. But to be honest, it solves most beauty problems. Keeping your hands and nails moisturised prevents your nails from being dry and brittle. I use a basic, no-frills one,  Jergens Ultra Healing hand cream or good old Bio-Oil but regular Petroleum Jelly also does wonders for the hands and nails. There are also loads of other delicious smelling hand creams out there for you to make a choice from.

Use nail tools: It might be much easier to peel/tear off your nail tips when they start to break off but it is advisable to use a nail clipper instead. Tearing at your nails will weaken and damage them. Other tools in my nail care set such as emery boards, cuticle trimmers and buffing boards all help me with my nail care. I will suggest not to share these items with anyone and change them frequently to prevent bacteria transfer.

Nail Strengtheners do just what they say: I used to think that nail strengtheners were a scam but they actually do work if you apply them religiously. OPI’s Nail Envy has nail enthusiasts all over the world going gaga. Though pricey, I hear it’s a great product that works wonders and I can’t wait to get that bad boy in my stash. Sally Hansen has a range of pocket-friendly nail strengthening polishes that will have your nails feeling healthier in a matter of time. I use Model’s Own 3 in 1 Nail Base/Gloss/Top Coat and it works wonders for me. It not only strengthens my nails but gives all my manicures a lovely base and finish.

Polish remover is NOT Polish remover: I’m always a bit fussy when it comes to buying nail polish removers because I think they make a whole lot of difference to your nails. If you are like me and you are always painting your nails, it means you will be using a whole lot of remover. If you use a bad one, it could damage your nails. It does not have to be any fancy brand name, but I always look out for the ones that say “strengthening” somewhere on the bottle.

Protect Your Nails: If possible, wear some household gloves when doing the dishes. Over exposing your nails to water will weaken them and make them break off. Not to mention that it ruins your manicure in no time. I always have a pair of gloves handy when I’m doing dishes or other chores.

This week, I’m wearing regular polish, Essie’s Masquerade Belle. It’s quite an unusual color for me because I tend to lean towards bright polishes. I’m enjoying wearing it though as it’s deep tone contrasts nicely with my skin 🙂

I hope you find my nail care tips useful and I will be glad to read any other tips you would like to share with me.

Peace and Love,



  1. Anonymous
    August 13, 2012 / 5:29 pm

    Thanks Yewande for the tips! I used to be a regular nail biter (thanks to QC boarding house *rolls eyes*. As I reached 'forming babe stage'…LOL! I thought 'oh well…I could always just fix but I honestly didn't like the effect it had on my nails. So I decided to try growing them…Omo! na work oh! (sometimes I had to seat on my hands just so I don't bite them). To be fair, UK weather helped a bit but now they just keep breaking off :(.. so these tips will definitely help…

    PS: You have beautiful natural nails 🙂

    • August 13, 2012 / 5:45 pm

      Thanks so much dear, just keep at caring for tour nails and you will love them 🙂

    • August 13, 2012 / 5:45 pm

      You're welcome..xx

  2. August 13, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    Shellac equally destroys your nails, same issue I have

    • August 13, 2012 / 5:46 pm

      Oh wow!! I've heard people say Shellac is safe..sigh.. Natural nails for the win! 😀

  3. Olaronke P
    August 14, 2012 / 6:31 pm

    Changes in weather also can do interesting things to the nails .. help or hurt – depending on person and season. It helps to switch up moisturisers – thicker (petroleum jelly or shea butter) for drier seasons and regular stuff at other times..

    Also .. remember to moisturise after sanitising.

    • August 14, 2012 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing girl.. xx

  4. Anonymous
    August 15, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    Tried all kinds of nail strengtheners, nail hardeners, my nails ALWAYS BREAK and look dodgy, i have accepted that it may be genetics, will try out the opi nail envy… yours look really healthy, lucky lucky you!

    your fervent stalker..

    • August 15, 2012 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks babe..Try the OPI one!!!I hear it works wonders 🙂

  5. Abena
    August 15, 2012 / 5:06 pm

    U have got beautiful natural well cared for nails and I'm jealous!!!
    Well let's just say my nails got a mind of it own,too bad &extra stubborn!

    • August 15, 2012 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks love..just keep caring for them, it should make a difference 😀

  6. Anonymous
    August 17, 2012 / 3:52 pm

    My nails are always breaking, what can I do to them……
    Nice blog btw 🙂

  7. August 17, 2012 / 5:06 pm

    Hi dear, if you follow the tips mentioned in the post, you should see a difference, but most importantly buy a good nail strengthener 🙂

  8. November 27, 2012 / 9:27 am

    Those are really important tips. There might be chances to get nail fungal if we use nail extensions. By the way you have wonderful nails.

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