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Why Your Nails Break! What You Need To Know Today!

Nail Your Nail Care Today!


We've all had those moments when we're going about our day, and boom - suddenly our perfect nails we've put all out tender, loving care into for months are broken.

I know it can be frustrating, but guess what? It's common. In fact, studies show brittle nails affects women nearly twice as much as men, and cracked nails become even more common as we grow older. (1) (2)

Well, education is the best prevention, so in this blog, we're going to talk about why your nails break so you can get back to having NAILS YOU LOVE today!




Our nails seem like completely different parts of our bodies, and that's because they're mainly made of a special protein you've probably heard of called keratin.

Aside from making up your nails, keratin is a hard protein also found in your hair and skin, and is so strong that it's found in the horns, claws, and hooves of other animals as well. (3)

But underneath all that strong keratin are cells. And these cells are super important, as they're the ones doing the hard work of actually forming your nail, which you don't really see. (4)


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Though they look pretty small and simple, there's a lot going on in your nails. In fact, there are six different parts of your nail, including your nail bed, nail root, nail plate, perionychium, hyponychium, and eponychium. staff (2014). "Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014". WikiJournal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.010. ISSN 2002-4436.


And believe it or not, all six of these nail parts are important and serve a specific purpose for your body. If any one of these parts are hurt, your nail can show subsequent damage and harm. (6)

What also makes your nails so strong is the fact that dead skin cells - also known as keratinocytes - represent your nail edges. And though you may only see these hard outer components, blood circulation, cellular activity, and soft tissue activity are all happening under the surface of your nails. (7)


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We know our nails are strong, yet they keep breaking. Well, there are many reasons for this, and many are in your control.

One of the most common reason nails break is because they're wet. In fact, constantly washing our hands (use ALL-NATURAL SOAP whenever possible!), doing dishes, and constantly cleaning can soften your nails, leaving them brittle, dry, and vulnerable. (8)

The reason water plagues your nails is because your nails absorb water more easily than your skin, which causes the cells making up your nail to constantly expand and contract, thus weakening the nail. (9)


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Another reason our nails can break has to do with what we eat. And that all stems from making sure we're getting the right nutrients our body needs every single day.

Eating healthy plant-based foods such as seeds, nuts, sweet potatoes, and spinach will all boost your body with biotin, a necessary B vitamin that will strengthen your nails. (11)

Biotin does this by promoting the growth of your healthy cells, while also metabolizing the amino acids that build proteins and help your nails grow. As always, consult a health care professional if you have any questions or concerns about your diet and/or health. (12)


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Everyone knows stress is dangerous, but not everyone knows that it can be debilitating to your nails too. In fact, stress is one of the leading causes of nail breakage.

And aside from the obvious danger of biting your nails as a result of stress and anxiety, people who are stressed have naturally duller and weaker nails that are slow to grow and quick to break. (13)

This can also be seen with your hair, as emotional stress can lead to your hair falling out. Regarding your nails, horizontal lines - also called nail ridges - can result on the surface of your nails as a result of stress. (14)


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The other cause of broken nails is the way you care for them. For example, being sure you're trimming your nails first, then filing, can help alleviate the stress on the nail that can come from filing first.

Also, filing in a back-and-forth motion can weaken your nails, so it's best to file in one direction, using light strokes and doing your best to soften the corners to prevent tearing. (16)

For best results, file from the outer corner of your nails towards the center, and repeat. Poor nail filing habits can lead to frayed and jagged nails, and even cuticle damage. (17)


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