Tamworth might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of high fashion--but the city is actually renowned for the textiles held in its local museum, and some of our homegrown designers are making some fantastic clothes as well. We're a group of three friends who love this city almost as much as we love fashion, and we wanted to start this blog to share what we know with you all. Read on for local guides, fashion tips and beauty hints galore, and don't rule out a trip to Tamworth to find out why we love it here so much!
There's nothing more annoying than breaking a nail and if you work with your hands or are a mom, this might happen often. Uncomfortable cracking or broken nails are a sign that you need to strengthen your nails, so check out these easy tips.
Take a Supplement
One of the easiest and most sure-fire ways to strengthen your nails is by taking a special supplement. You could find a specialty product, or just take biotin, known for helping hair and nail growth.
Wear gloves when you clean or wash dishes to limit your exposure to water and chemicals that break down your nails. You could also try all-natural cleaning products to avoid harsh chemicals. If you're going for a soak in the hot tub or bath, leave your hands out.
Try Cuticle Oil
Cuticle oil helps to strengthen your nails and moisturize them. Moisturized nails are more flexible and less brittle, so they don't break as easily. You can buy specialty cuticle oil at the beauty supply store or mix olive oil and vitamin E together at home.
Eat Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Diets heavy in processed foods often lack this essential nutrient. You can increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids by adding ground flaxseeds to your cereal and smoothies. You can also eat more fresh fish, walnuts, or take a supplement. To get the benefits of omega fatty acids directly to your nails, rub flaxseed oil on them each night for greater strength, shine, and flexibility.
Do a Nail Soak
Make a DIY nail soak at home to strengthen and clean nails. You can get creative with what you add but a few good options are green tea, tea tree oil, or apple cider vinegar. The antioxidants in green tea strengthen your nails while the tea itself removes any yellow colouring left from nail polish. Add tea tree oil to prevent fungus, remove discoloration, and repair damage. Although some people think it smells awful, apple cider vinegar is a health tonic, making it another great option for your nails, but add some essential oils to the mix to cover up the smell.
No More Gel
Although a gel manicure last longer, it strips layers off of your nails when removed, making them weaker. The same goes for acrylic nails. If you want a manicure, go with traditional polish, or better yet, none at all.
So, keep in mind these steps for excellent nail care. If you have the time and budget to devote to taking care of your nails, your effort will shine through. For more information, contact a local beauty school.