As I have grown older, I have started to have problems with my hair and nails. Are you in this position or are you one of the lucky ones?
Why are my nails brittle?
My fingernails seem to have become quite brittle and easily split. I have not been able to grow them long at all. They often split in the same place which seems to me to be the nail, rather than an external force catching the nail. My toenails are very tough and I have to continually trim them.
When researching what I should be doing to improve them I found that the best foods contain protein, iron, biotin and vitamin C and water.
I discovered that the foods should help my nails are ones that I do eat a lot of which is good news. Now that I eat less carbohydrate, the foods I require form a great proportion of my diet.
My new diet contains lots of eggs, red meat, leafy greens, green beans, eggs, strawberries, avocado, peanuts, almonds and I drink a lot more water. Everything that seems to be the best for improving my nails. A good start.
I wrote about my recent diet changes in my initial blog post all things health and beauty.
In the past couple I years, I have started to get false nails to try and build up some length. However, this does not seem to have helped. As soon as I try and grow the nail out, the end peels off and I am back to square one.
The continued treatment seems to have made them worse, if that is even possible.
Even though my nails were false, I still kept them short so that they did not catch easily whilst I am working. I work outdoors and am often undoing ropes and ties which is not helpful to nail maintenance.
I have stopped the nail treatments and have actually grown two nails to a reasonable length. Most of the others have caught and I have had to trim them down. I know that there may be still issues with the nail along with the work that I do, but it is a start.
Since I started on my diet I have seen some improvement in my nails. The ends do feel a little thicker. However, it is only a small improvement.
A bad hair day?
My hair was always oily around the scalp but in recent years has become quite dry on the ends. I have always had split ends as my hair grows long so I have kept it just a little over shoulder length. I have had lots of perms and colours over the past 30 odd years so I know that this has not been helpful.
Water is said to also help improve the quality of hair and nails. I have substantially increased the amount of water in my diet.
Other nail tips to try.
Some tips that I will be doing to improve my nails will be to always use gloves when washing dishes. This is said to stop the nail from drying out from the dishwashing liquid. I also have gloves to use when helping do oil changes and maintenance on the motor vehicles. This is to prevent oil and grease from getting in and on my fingernails.
I do file my nails with an emery board if they split, and each morning I give a quick run around the ends. This seems to reduce any small splits from taking hold and traveling down the nail.
My diet also seems to be helping my hair from drying out on the ends. I will still get my hair coloured but will aim for 6 monthly so that I have a longer time between chemical doses. The perms will stop. I cannot skip chemicals completely but aim to reduce my exposure to them.
In order to moisturize my nails, I have started rubbing oil in them twice a day. I remember being taught this tip as a teenager so will give it a whirl, It is too early to tell when this has been beneficial.
I hope that you will join me on my journey. Please leave any tips that you think may help me in the comments below. A share on social media would also be appreciated, you can find share buttons on this page.