Why your nails feel so brittle in winter and what you can do to stop it

Winter is upon us, and this means a lot of frustrating changes for your hair, skin and nails. The cool dry air may feel refreshing at times – especially when you think about those hot Texan summers – but suddenly your whole beauty regimen seems to go out the window!

Here at On Stage Hair Design, we want to help you look and feel great in between appointments at hair salons in Beaumont and Magnolia. Previously on this blog, we suggested embracing shaggier styles to counter the terrors of hat hair. Today, we'll talk a bit about the state of your nails this season – and what you can do to get them in shape!

"In winter, you're constantly moving between the hot, dry air indoors and the freezing temperatures outdoors. These extremes can reduce the moisture level in your nails, leaving them dehydrated," New York City dermatologist. Erin Gilbert explained in an interview with Real Simple Magazine. 

While it may not get downright freezing in this neck of the woods, you probably are experiencing these ups and downs to some degree. Thankfully, the solution is pretty simple. If you constantly carry hand lotion in your purse, just make sure to coat your nails the next time you slather up. Or, if you've just treated yourself to a manicure, the source suggests applying lotions to your cuticle beds instead.

In addition, do what you can to moderate the temperature your hands are exposed to. If it's particularly chilly out, make sure you wear gloves! Plus, as good as it my feel to wash your hands in hot water, avoid anything too extreme. Trust us, you'll be glad you did.

Stay tuned for more tips on staying beautiful rain or shine, or swing by one of our salons and treat yourself to a fresh cut and color.