7 reasons why your nails are chipping

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7 reasons why your nails are chipping

You go to so much trouble with the manicure and yet the nails keep breaking off, cracking or splintering. How can that be? It’s simple: You’ve probably had the wrong filing techniques and habits up to now (although certainly not consciously).

But from now on these seven mistakes will no longer happen to you:

1. File held at an angle: The nail file should always be used at right angles to the edge of the nail. If you file too diagonally, the nail becomes unevenly thinner and makes it more sensitive to cracks.

2. Filed in several directions: If you always move the file forwards and then back along the tip of the nail, you save time when filing, but it roughens the nail structure extremely. To protect against splintering, it is therefore better to always file in one direction only.

3. First cut, then filed: Anyone who first shortens the nails with nail scissors or clippers and then only files them into shape runs the risk of splintering, especially with sensitive nails. Although you hardly notice it, both tools bend the nails before they cut them, leaving the surface porous. It is therefore better to only use a file – also for shortening.

4. Damp nails filed: Anyone who has no patience after washing their hands and files their still damp nails shouldn’t be surprised if they splinter. The moisture softens the nail structure slightly. If you now go over this surface with a file, tiny roughening occurs on the edges of the nail, which can later lead to splintering.

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5. Metal file or wrong grit used: Anyone who tends to easily splinter nails should use a correspondingly sensitive file. Metal files and coarse sand files can be too rough. High quality sand grain files with extra fine grain are better.

6. Too much pressure when filing: Sensitive nails in particular do not tolerate any pressure when filing. It is best to hold the file very loosely between two fingers (thumb and middle finger); in this way the pressure is automatically reduced.

7. Nails not sealed: Once the nails have been shortened sufficiently with the file, their edges must be sealed so that they do not start to splinter. Ideally, you should use a good polishing file and go over the freshly filed edge with it. Only when this no longer feels rough, but really smooth, is there an adequate seal.

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