A quick recap of some of the most interesting nail facts would include us telling you why The Nail On The Middle Finger Grows The Fastest (karmic retribution?), and how you can Use Your Your Nail Polish To, Well, Remove Your Nail Polish!
Starting off on that light-hearted note, we take a turn for the serious, and perhaps most dramatic mani-pedi problem of them all—the nail chip. You can trim and file them with the perfect manicure set, but nail breaks and peels are all a part of the natural wear-and-tear of our body, which sometimes may be accelerated due to over-exposure to water or chemicals.
And while moisturizing them trumps our to-do list of Saving Your Brittle Nails With Some Everyday Quick-Fixes, the key to some inherent strengthening is to try some nail soaks that exfoliate, fight bacteria and improve the flexibility of your talons:
Olive Oil & Honey
Grind 1/2 cup walnuts (shelled) into a coarse powder. Add 1tbsp olive oil, 1tbsp castor oil and 1tsp honey to make a thick paste. Rub onto your nails thoroughly, leaving no corner uncovered. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Apply twice a week for best results.
Aloe Vera Gel
Soak your nails in aloe vera gel or petroleum jelly to revitalize them. Then, apply some olive oil to soften the texture without weakening the nail.
Grape Seed Oil
Take a bowl (one deep enough to comfortably submerge your hands) and fill it with grape seed oil. Then, take another one (larger) and fill it with hot water and place the smaller bowl in it. Dip your hands in the bowl with grape seed oil for 10-20 minutes. Clean the excess oil off with a warm towel and massage your hands with the residue.