I think we can all agree that long nails will be a dream not coming true as long as we do jiu jitsu. But how should we take care of our hands and nails in the best possible way in spite of abusing them on a daily basis?

Moist, moist, moist and more moist

A mix of almond and avocado oils or coconut oil keeps cuticles and nails hydrated after showering and before going to bed. (Any nutrient-rich oil or moisturizer will do – the key reallly is moist.)

To prevent your nails from drying out, get used to protect your hands when you can with gloves, for example when washing dishes.

File it!

Keep a nail file in your bag to smoothen rough edges right away after training. This will prevent the nail to split and become uneven. Always work the same direction with the nail file for a smooth finish.

What you eat is what you get

Your fingernails are made of a protein called keratin, same as your hair, which means you can improve your nails by tweaking your diet.

Add vitamins and supplements like biotin, Vitamin E, and fish oil to your daily regimen, and protein-rich foods like beans, fish, and nuts.

To strengthen the nails you can also use a strengthener, for example Nail Envy Nail Strengthener from O.P.I or any other brand you’d like. 

What about nail polish?

Make sure you buy a good product. And yes, money talks in this matter. When you spend a little extra you will notice the difference for sure!

Stay away from polishes containing toxic chemicals like dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, and toluene, as these toxins can contribute to brittleness, splitting, and cracking.

Also, roll – don’t shake the bottle. When the bottle hasn’t been used for a while the ingredients separate.

Roll the bottle between your hands otherwise the latter creates air bubbles in the formula that can also show up as tiny bubbles on your nails when you paint them.

Take care of the cuticles

Cuticles are there for a reason, like a barrier or a protection for the nail. By cutting them the space is open and you open a door for infections.

Imagine how many bacteria there are on a mat that could infect your nails. Instead of cutting, gently push them down. 

With inspiration from Good House Keeping.



Johanna Tavares is a purple belt under Renato Tavares de Moraes. She trains under Renato and Eduardo "Teta" Rios, representing Frontline Academy in Oslo. Besides jiu jitsu, Johanna is also a club manager, fitness instructor and CrossFit level 1 trainer. She contributes to the Ladies Only BJJ blog and website also teaching women only jiu jitsu classes at Novus Academy and organizing open mat for all them jiu jitsu ladies in Norway.