Bad nail advice you need to ignore

July 28, 2015 - 1 min read

Trying to improve your nails? We have some tips on what not to do. With all the advice out there, we’re here to clear the air.

Bad advice #1: You need to take breaks in between wearing polish
People claim that you should take breaks in between wearing nail polish, to let your nails breathe. The truth is, your nails are dead skin cells anyway, and any cracked or damaged nails are usually due to your health and not your nail care. If you’re worried about weak or yellowing nails, there are plenty of home treatments to help keep them white—and these don’t involve skipping your regular mani.

Bad advice #2: You should file in both directions
Most people will naturally file their nails in both directions without even thinking about it, but this is a big no-no! Going back and forth with a nail file will promote nail splitting and chipping and generally weaken your nails. If you’re opting to file them yourself, choose a quality crystal nail file and pick one direction to gently file them back. This will keep those nails looking smooth and keep them healthy for longer.

Bad advice #3: Cut your cuticles back for the perfect manicure
Another common mistake with home nail care is cutting cuticles; while it may seem like a way to keep them looking good in the short term, it damages your nail bed and they will just grow back to look worse. If you’re concerned about how your cuticles look with your manicure, push them back slowly after getting out of the shower or soaking them in hot water. Also make sure to apply cuticle oil to your nails to keep them soft and healthy.

What’s the worst nail advice you’ve received? Let us know in the comments below!

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