How to Grow Long and Strong Nails
Today I want to talk about something that I think all women should be aware of and that is nail care. Whether you wear your nails short and square or long and pointy, it is important to maintain them and keep them healthy.
I have always been a fan of long healthy natural nails. But in my teenage years I wasn’t content with my natural nails and so I made the mistake of trying false nails. I refer to this as huge mistake because that adventure ruined my nails for the next 1 ½ years. I’m not exaggerating here unfortunately. After soaking my nails in a pod of poison of acrylic nail remover that dissolved the acrylics, my nails were utterly ruined. I had to keep them super short for many months afterwards because they were extremely dry and brittle. I was so disappointed.
Fast forwarding 8 years, I have finally found a way to maintain my natural nails in order to keep them healthy and long. This has been quite a journey with a lot of “Oh I see!” moments. So I want to share my tips with you, in case you are also struggling like I once did. I hope these tips help you and you will enjoy your long and strong nails too!
All about the cuticles
The health of your cuticles also defines the health of your nails. Healthy cuticles= healthy nails. In order to keep your cuticles healthy it is important to never ever cut them. By cutting them you are ruining their natural barrier and thus bacteria can get inside. Rather hydrate your cuticles and hands regularly using a cuticle oil and a nourishing hand lotion and gently push back the cuticles once a week.
To paint or not to paint
That’s always the big question. Some say painting your nails protects them from breakage. Some swear on nail hardeners. It’s difficult to find a definitive answer here as everybody has different experiences with this. In my experience, nail polish is not necessarily the evil here but rather the nail polish remover. Even with the most gentle nail polish remover my nails feel very dry afterwards. In my book, that’s not a sign of healthy nails. I wear nail polish on special occasions now, certainly not everyday.
Keep your hand off..
…of acrylics, gel nails or shellac. These are undeniable unhealthy for your nails and will make the process of growing them out all the more difficult.
File, file, file!
Do not cut or clip your nails if you want to grow them out. Rather file them regularly, using a fine grit file. Make sure you are filing them correctly though because doing this wrong can weaken your nails and lead to breakage. You want to file from the outside to the center, making sure to always go in the same direction. No sawing back and forth!
Exfoliate, yes even your nails!
This is another important step to healthy nails. I use this buffer, which also comes with a cuticle oil, nail file and hand lotion. Enriched with dead sea salt, it gives your nails a beautiful shine that lasts you a whole week! I’ve been using it for years and swear by it.
This one is quite obvious but we tend to forget just how much impact our eating habits have not just on our health but also our appearance. Foods rich in biotin such as nuts, seeds and avocados promote healthy nails and hair. And most importantly, drink enough water!
Nails take time to recover and become healthy, especially if you haven’t been treating them right. Don’t stress about it though, rather implement these tips and see how your nails will improve through time.
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