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Updated on May 2, 2013


How many times have you grabbed for a door, zipped a zipper, quickly grabbed a handful of keys or simply carried something and ended up snagging your fingernail? It doesn’t matter whether you have long nails or well-manicured short ones or if you are a man or a woman - both men and women do a number of tasks each day and snag their finger nail which can be as common as getting a paper cut. Both things usually happen while you are busy and quite often when you have no nail file in sight. It’s never fun to walk around all day with a snagged nail – you end up scratching yourself or others with handshakes; snagging and ruining your clothing and sometimes catch it on something else and end up ripping the nail down further into the painful fingertip area. So it’s important to take care of this right away.

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While match books and match boxes may or may not be your particular solution in a pinch, it does work. And if you are at a hotel or restaurant, chances are you can fix this snag quickly.

But here at We Solved It we believe in prevention so you don’t have to worry about solving a problem, but rather prevent it from happening in the first place.

One of the reasons many people get snagged nails besides harsh everyday tasks, is primarily due to the fact that they do not file their nails properly in the first place. Sawing back and forth with a file is usually how most people file their nails, but all this does is it creates a more porous edge and compromises the health of your nails to breaking more frequently. Think of it like a cheese grater – if you grate cheese in the motion of where the grates are slanted, you’ll end up with nice shreds of cheese that are smooth and not crumbly. Versus if you saw the block of cheese back and forth without lifting before the cheese block hits the edge, you’ll end up with more crumbly cheese, right?

Same can be said for fingernail filing. Shaping a nail either straight across or rounded at the tip requires using the file in a smooth and even direction, not sawing. This can help prevent future snags.

Don’t forget to bone up on your Vitamin D supplements also. Most people tend to think it’s only calcium supplements. But Vitamin D3 is more easily absorbed into the body and is the body’s preferred form of Vitamin D to support teeth, bone, immune health as well as nails. It is truly best to get Vitamin D3 the natural way. Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D3 – 5-10 minutes a day… a quick walk’s worth. You can also get Vitamin D3 in fatty fish like tuna, sardines, mackerel and salmon as well as dairy foods, whole grains and other fortified Vitamin D foods like orange juice and cereals.

We know that during winter, it’s not always possible to get certain foods or sun exposure, so this is when supplements come in handy.

Don’t forget that if you also happen to take calcium supplements to make your nails stronger, that calcium can only be properly absorbed into the body to make your bones, teeth and nails stronger IF you have the proper magnesium that is required to help the calcium become absorbed.

Regularly moisturizing your nails with olive oil is also helpful in preventing them from becoming too brittle.

But remember, in a pinch if you are without a nail file in reach of your fingertips – your perfect snagged nail match is a matchbook cover or match box.


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