5 Common Nail Problems & How to Fix Them

The causes of various nail problems out there are often be mistaken for something they’re not. For example, flaky nails may not mean deficiencies, but dehydration. Who knew? Whatever nail problem you may have, there is probably a solution.

1) IF YOU’VE GOT STRONG BUT FLAKING NAILS…

Often mistaken for deficiency, this is one of the most common nail problems. It’s characterised by a flaky, pastry-like appearance of the nail, and you can see the separate layers coming apart. Most people tend to reach for nail hardener, but this can often make the problem worse. If your nails feel strong, maybe even dry to the touch, you need to hydrate the nail plate and give nails the nutrition that they’re lacking. Try Mavala Mavaflex, $25, a serum designed to be massaged into bare nails once or twice a week, or more if you like. It contains things like urea, calcium and vitamin b5 which all work together to moisturise and strengthen talons. It doesn’t contain any oils either, which means you can paint right on top of it.

2) IF YOU’VE GOT WEAK, BENDY AND FLAKING NAILS…

Again, nails will have a flaky, pastry-like appearance, but weak nails usually occur after taking off gel nails, extensions or similar. For this type of problem you do need to use nail hardener, but make sure you only apply once or twice a week otherwise you could end up overdoing it and creating more problems.

3) IF YOUR NAILS JUST WON’T GROW…

If it seems like your nails never, ever get any longer this could be down to bad circulation in your hands. If you have cold hands, your nails won’t grow as fast. One way to encourage growth is to treat them daily with a product like Mavala Mavaderma, $20 an oil enriched with proteins and vitamins. Massage into the root of the nail to help feed it, whilst increasing circulation and therefore stimulating nail growth.

4) IF YOU’VE GOT YELLOW OR DISCOLORED NAILS…

Nails turn an unnatural colour as a result of a few different things: smoking, illness, or by not wearing a basecoat with a strong nail polish colour. To brighten and lighten the nail, try making a homemade scrub using lemon juice (there’s loads of recipes on the internet, but mixing it with sugar and olive oil would work). Using an optical nail whitener would make the whites of the nail look whiter and the pinks look pinker, as well as helping to neutralize yellow tones.

5) IF YOUR NAILS SNAP OR BREAK EASILY…

Nails that snap and break easily are often inflexible and too hard. There is a misconception that nails like this need to be strengthened with a hardener, however this isn’t the case. A hardening treatment will only make the nail break more often and lower down, which can be painful. Instead, you need to treat this with a product that strengthens whilst increasing flexibility – Mavaflex would help restore dry, hard nails.

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