Splitting Fingernails

How to Avoid Splitting Fingernails

Splitting fingernails doesn’t have to be a something you live with.  Most of the time when you split your fingernails it is not so much because of what you were doing at the time (though this can certainly contribute to it) but because of the conditions that lead you to this point beforehand.  What follows is a guide on how to reduce the conditions under which your fingernails are likely to split.

Water is the Enemy

The central cause for brittle, easy to split fingernails is good old H2O.  When a person has a problem with splitting fingernails repeatedly, it is usually because they submerge their fingers in water for too long on a regular basis.  For women, of course, the opportunities for submerging our fingernails in water go up exponentially compared to men. 

In addition, because women are more likely to have long nails this also increases the chances that they will be disproportionately affected.  So is there anything you can do to reduce the conditions that cause fingernail splitting.

Keep your Fingernails out of the Water

The main thing a person can do is also the most obvious one.  If you want to keep from splitting fingernails, then you need to keep them from getting brittle.  Since water makes them brittle, you need to avoid moisture as much as possible.  Therefore, if you need to wash the dishes, put on plastic, impermeable kitchen gloves so that the moisture is not exposed to your fingernails.

If you like to take long bathes try to avoid submerging your hands in the water.  This may also not be enough, since taking a bath inevitably leads to your hands getting wet.  Perhaps it is time to turn to showers for now and to shorten the bathing experience as much as possible.

If you go swimming a lot, maybe you need to trade in the pool for the track for a while or to cut down on the number of times that you go.

Most of these activities also involve other chemicals that may be healthy in other ways but that may be causing difficulties for your nails.  Although your dishwashing soap might make your hands softer, it might be having a different affect on your fingernails.  The same is true of the chlorine treatment in the pool.  For this reason, you may also want to avoid these conditions.

Avoid Unnecessary Cosmetic Treatments

You may also find that nail polish and nail extensions have a negative affect on your nails as well.  If other measures don’t work and you continue to split your nails despite avoiding moisture and taking better care in general of your hands, you may have to forego the cosmetic features that might be damaging your nails.  Although they may look pretty, they don’t look quite so good on split fingernails.  So try going without them for a while and see how it goes.

Protect your Nails

Sometimes a job can also involve the sorts of situations that put undo pressure on a nail.  If you have this kind of a job—working in a factory, say—then you should perhaps make sure that you use gloves whenever possible to avoid trauma to your nails and fingers. 

Sometimes, however, protecting the nails may be especially difficult since it requires that you wear gloves and since this may hinder your job.  For example, it is especially difficult to wear gloves when you are typing.  Typing however, can be one of the things that puts the most strain on a person’s fingernails.  If you can't avoid it however, you should perhaps consider simply having a plainer more natural look rather than trying to force this kind of a look on a lifestyle where it doesn’t fit.