Hydration comes from the regular use of a good cuticle oil. Be faithful to this step. Do it at least three times per day. Nailtiques has Cuticle Care Oil with a rollerball applicator so it can be rolled on quickly and then use your finger tips to massage into the nail, cuticle and surrounding skin. OPI AvoPlex Oil To-Go Pen is also makes it easy to do this step frequently and on the go. Cuticle oil penetrates through the nail plate which helps to create flexibility within the nail, making it less likely they will break.
Protection is as simple as wearing gloves when your hands are busy with cleaning chemicals or doing dishes or interacting with water.
Strength comes from regular application of a fortifying, strengthening nail treatment. It should be applied with your weekly manicure. Whether you have them done in a salon or do it yourself, a weekly file and shape (try Flowery) is essential. Then apply the treatment before applying the polish or wear it alone. SpaRitual Protein Boost Strengthening Treatment or NailTek Hydration #3 are both great choices!