There's no need for you to visit the salon regularly to have attractive nails. The conjunction of a well-balanced diet, an attentive beauty regimen, and great personal hygiene can bestow you salon-worthy nails at a fraction of the cost and chemical burden.

1. Use moisturizer

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As you rub lotion or oil into your hands, make sure you cover the cuticles and fingernails with it, too. Steady handwashing or using hand sanitizer can get your skin desiccated and nail bed swiftly, so it's rather good for you to moisturize after every wash. Coconut oil is also a perfect option for your nails and cuticles.

2. Care for your cuticles

Shun trimming your cuticles during a manicure. Cuticles are supposed to be a fence for bacteria, and cutting them can lead to excruciating infections. You can moisten and push them back with a cuticle pusher, and shave away only dead pieces of skin.

If you’re about to have a usual manicure done, then at least safeguard your cuticles by dabbing with olive oil or almond oil, to cut down the quantity of chemical that soaks in from the polish.

3. Avoid using harsh polish

Nail polish typically holds various toxic chemicals such as toluene, dibutyl phthalate, dimethyl and diethyl phthalates, camphor, and formaldehyde. It fortuned that companies such as OPI, Orly, Sally Hansen, and Revlon create some polishes that do not contain these chemicals, but don't slip up and please read the label carefully before paying for it. You can also buy water-based polishes, which don't last as long but are the safest alternative out there.

4. Seek out alternatives

There are companies recently making less toxic polishes and removers. Check out the list below and take your favorite color along as you go to the salon for your next pedicure.

  • Suncoat
  • Scotch Naturals
  • Acquarella
  • SpaRitual
  • Deborah Lippman
  • Priti
  • No-Miss Nail Care
  • Buff instead of color.
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It may not be as attractive or eye-catching as color, but a shred of buffing can be long-lasting. Take the time to trim, file, and buff your fingernails appropriately and you’ll be really surprised at how pretty they are, despite being au naturel. Never sharpen your fingernails back and forth with a file because it can make your nails become more brittle and break easily. Always file from the outside edge of the nail inward.

5. Choose a good remover

Acetone-free remover can be found almost anywhere, which is less harsh on your nails. Priti sells a remover made totally from soy and corn, and No-Miss has one called Almost Natural that full of fruit acids and vanilla.

6. Buff instead of color

It may not be as attractive or eye-catching as color, but a shred of buffing can be long-lasting. Take the time to trim, file, and buff your fingernails appropriately and you’ll be really surprised at how pretty they are, despite being au naturel. Never sharpen your fingernails back and forth with a file because it can make your nails become more brittle and break easily. Always file from the outside edge of the nail inward.

7. Make a natural nail-strengthening treatment

This recipe proceeds from a book titled There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by Gill Deacon.

Mix: 2 tsp castor oil, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp wheat germ oil. Mix and keep in a sealed bottle. Rub a small amount onto your nails. Leave for 3 to 5 minutes. Wipe off. It makes enough for 20 to 30 applications.

8. Eat well

Your regimen means a lot of preserving healthy nails. Protein is crucial, the same holds for omega-3 fatty acids. Eating foods with vitamin B reduces brittleness; zinc does away with white spots; iron prevents ridges from shaping; calcium enables them to gather their strengths; vitamins A and C obviates dullness and drying. Drinking an adequate amount of water every day is absolutely a perfect way for you to stay hydrated.