Some tips for maintaining long, curved fingernails include not using the nails as tools to open packages or scrape off labels, as well as avoiding exposure to harsh chemicals or solvents. Long nails should also be kept out of water whenever possible as this can weaken the nail.
Whenever working with chemicals or performing a task such as washing dishes that requires the hands to be submerged in water, wear rubber gloves to protect the nails. Use non-acetone nail polish remover, as this tends to be gentler on nails. Finally, regularly shape the nails to prevent them from snagging and tearing.