Nails are an important part of a woman’s appearance. They say you will know if a person knows exactly how to keep cleanliness just by looking at her nails. For some people, keeping their nails clean and also short are enough for them.
But how about for those who want to grow their nails?
This article is intended to give tips and recommendations to people who want to grow nails faster and for those people who have long nails but are brittle and break too easily.
Common fingernail problems:
- Too soft
- It grows but it cracks at the middle
- Develops ridges
- Too brittle
- Top layer peels off
If your nails grow slower than average and also you’d like them to grow faster, there are several home remedies and also grooming methods that may help.
How to Make Your Nails Grow Faster
There is no scientifically proven method for making nails grow faster. But taking good care of your body through proper nutrition and using the following tips to strengthen your nails can help them grow strong and long over time.
Method 1 : Take biotin
Biotin is an essential type of B vitamin that allows the body to turn food into energy. It’s also highly recommended as a supplement to help boost the strength of hair and also nails.
Biotin can be found naturally in:
- nuts and nut butters
- whole grains
- brewer’s yeast
- soy and other beans
- cooked eggs
Method 2 : Use nail hardeners (sparingly)
Nail softness makes nails more prone to breaking, which increases the need for nail regrowth. To prevent nails from breaking, experts normally recommend nail hardeners. These are substances that get painted onto nails like a polish and are later removed with nail polish remover. Experts say prolonged use of nail hardeners can sometimes cause nails to become weaker and more prone to breakage.
Method 3 : Avoid glue-on nails and toxic polishes
Researchers have found that regular use of glue-on artificial nails can weaken real nails and make them more prone to breaking. The better option is to paint your nails with nail polishes that have little or no toxic chemicals, such as:
- dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
Method 4 : Practice good grooming
Regular nail grooming can also help boost the strength of your nails, encouraging growth and reducing breakage. Some ways to keep your nails well-maintained include:
- keeping your nails dry and clean, which keeps bacteria from growing beneath them
- using sharp manicure scissors or clippers to trim your nails straight across, and then using them to round the tips of your nails into a soft curve
- moisturizing your hands and nails with a lotion, making sure to rub it into your fingernails, especially at the base where the cuticles are located
- avoiding nail biting or cutting your nails too short
How Make Nails Stronger
Method 1 : Drink lots of water.
70% of our body consists of water. Just like how it is in body and hair, fingernails require certain nutrients to thrive,plenty of water could help in making nails grow longer and stronger. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.
Method 2 : Have your manicure regularly
Good nail hygiene and maintenance can both improve the health of your nails thus making them grow stronger and faster. Also pushing the cuticles back during a manicure can stimulate growth. Just be sure to push gently and never cut the cuticles. This can kill the root and cause the nail to fall off and die. You can have your manicure yourself or have it done by a professional nail technician. And take note, regularly but not too frequently.
Method 3 : Check your diet
The growth and health of your nails is reflected in your diet.Protein deficient people tend to have weaker nails. Eat protein-rich foods like chicken,eggs,lean meat,soybeans and low-fat cheese. You may also drink milk. The vitamin D content of milk will enhance nail growth.
Eating vitamin A rich foods can also be helpful. Increase your intake of vitamin A by eating like carrots, apricots and mangoes. This can help your nails grow faster.
Drinking orange juice would also be helpful since orange juice contains vitamin C which increases production of collagen.This collagen helps the skin to stay firm allowing your nails to be healthy thus making them grow faster.
Method 4 : Use a nail polish that promotes nail growth
There are some “organic” nail polishes in that market that promotes faster nail growth. Apply them on your nails regularly. Also, painting your nails gives an extra layer onto the nail that will help strengthen and help them remain strong as they grow. If you don’t want to color on your nails, use a clear nail polish.
Method 5 : Wear gloves when doing the dishes/laundry
Doing the dishes/laundry in harsh detergent may weaken the nails and make them brittle. Harsh soaps, ammonia and bleach makes nails brittle and weak. After you wash your hands or make an extreme job, always make it a habit to apply a moisturizer to your hands and fingernails.
Method 6 : Rethink your nail polish habits
If you wear nail polish every single day, your nails will never get the chance to breathe because the nail polish forms a solid barrier. Nail polish and remover are also known for being very drying to your nails. Acetone is a harsh chemical that removes nail polish quickly, but also dries out the nails. At the most, use nail polish remover once a week.
Method 7 : Give your nails some rest
Give your nails at least three days of “nail polish rest” so that your nails can have a chance to recuperate and breathe.
Method 8 : Buff your nails
A nice way to get blood circulating to your nails and improve their appearance all at once is to buff them. Buffing your nails will help to make them shiny and smooth because it exfoliates away all the ridges.
Method 9 : Consider cuticle oil
Oil is absolutely wonderful for nails. Apply oil to clean nails and rub gently into cuticles and nails. This is best to do before you sleep so you can allow the oil to get into the tissue overnight. Adding oils high in fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients to a cuticle will result to fast growing nails.
Method 10 : Keep your nails warm
Nails grow faster in hot climates. Rub some oil onto your fingernails then wear gloves and keep them overnight. A good alternative would be Olive Oil. Rub and massage olive oil onto your hands,palms and finger then wear gloves. This will not only bring benefits to your fingernails but will also do wonders to your hands! If you are from a country with cooler temperature, wear gloves to keep your hands warm. Keeping your hands warm always increases blood flow to your fingernails thus stimulates their growth.
What causes unhealthy nails?
Poor health can cause nails to grow abnormally. Some common nail growth issues include:
- changes in color
- changes in thickness or shape
- separation of the nail from the surrounding skin
- swelling or pain around the nails
- slow-growing nails
Slower growing nails come with age but can also be a sign of illness or nutritional deficiency. Having stronger nails is not always as hard as it may seem. True, it could take a lot of effort and patience to achieve the sexy and elegant hands and nails that you want, but with just the right amount of patience and discipline you’ll have longer nails in no time and the results will be well worth the effort and wait.