We feel your pain. We’ve tried all the hacks and enlisted some of the best experts to reveal exactly how to make our nails grow longer, stronger and healthier for good. We’ve ditched acrylics/gels but still have brittle flaky nail beds so we’re on a mission to achieve long resilient talons of our dreams!
- Moisturize your nails
Image Credits: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/oh0G5WH5uU1EldrpHh0p1IOpewQ7mgUA8AFEqSZawgfmkKU9YXEqg_XRhRK8–16xp0VVEXaC5nmx3SFmNc59O6rz3LWznsRDA3Q-NACvZeSbQ41lEaEY-43Nails are a part of skin, and as such they need to be moisturized. Moisturizing is the foundation for nail care because dry nails come from lack of moisture in your body’s natural defense system. If you apply lotion then give it some extra attention on your fingernails—that means including them when applying hand cream instead of exclusively focusing on hands as well as cuticles if necessary (in case there’s already too much product). There are many products available that claim to strengthen nails but remember: no amount can replace proper hydration!
- Leave your cuticles alone
image Credits: https://listaka.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Never-cut-or-manipulate-your-cuticles.jpgThe cuticle is the nail’s natural protective seal so you should avoid cutting them. In fact, it can be more harmful to your nails than helpful even if a manicurist does it because dry and injured cuticles lead to less healthy fingernails that may grow out unevenly. To reduce damage or injuries due to unhealthy cuticles lip balm works as an effective moisturizer for your hands and protects against further damages while strengthening the fingernails which leads towards better growth of new cells in healthier ways too!
- Avoid contact with waterImage Credits: https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2020/03/13/handwashingforrealfinal_wide-59ff73e5604e2c1119b492eae33d00c7bfd9cb21.jpg?s=1400It is important to take caution when washing your hands or showering. Nails are especially susceptible within this time and may weaken in structure if excess water comes into contact with them. This can be avoided by wearing gloves while doing dishes, etc., but it’s also good practice not purposely submerging nails in the bath/shower for too long as well!
- Be gentle
Image Credits: https://resize.indiatvnews.com/en/resize/newbucket/1200_-/2018/09/winter-nail-care-1536320349.jpegThe best way to properly care for your nails is by being gentle. Many people use the pointy end of a nail file and dig underneath their nails in attempt to get rid of dirt, but this can actually separate the nail plate from its bed which will lead you straight towards getting an infection or fungus under your fingernails. You want smooth clean cuticles not rough ragged edges when it comes to maintaining beautiful healthy looking hands!
- Treat your nails like you treat your hair
Image Credits: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1769/8361/products/Hair_and_Nail_Growth_Injection_at_Nosh_Infusion_Clinic_2000-2000_1024x1024.jpg?v=1539213789What you put on your nails is essentially what you get out of them. Just like how harsh dyes, chemicals and heat treat hair in a negative manner, the same goes for our delicate fingernails. Hydration can help to repair dry and brittle nails that have been damaged from over-processing with gels or acrylics which are used frequently during nail treatments such as gel polishes!
- Watch the weather
Image Credits: https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/naildesign-1600704777.jpg?crop=0.668xw:1.00xh;0.0849xw,0&resize=640:*In the winter, it’s important to moisturize your hands and nails. The extreme changes in temperature from going indoors or outdoors can cause cells of the nail to expand and contract repeatedly causing breakage between them. It’s smart to wear gloves during this time as well because cold weather alone can dry out skin resulting into flaky patches that must be taken care of immediately with a nourishing cream such as coconut oil for best results!
- Be patient with nail growth
Image Credits: https://static.onecms.io/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2011/09/01/bc-skin-nails-2-stk67701cor_vert-2000.jpgTo grow your nails out past your fingertips, you should focus on how to strengthen them. This means practicing good nail care and waiting long enough for the health of each individual nail to improve before trimming them back down again. If you battle brittle nails, it’s smart to keep yours short until they regain strength; then there will be a foundation in place that can support longer growth.