Growing long nails can be a long process of constantly taking care to stop the nails from being weak and brittle. It took me about two months to get my nails into a healthy condition again. Healthy nails are the key to grow longer nails. Here are my top 5 steps for stronger, longer nails.
1. Stop damaging them.
Do not bite your nails or the skin around it. This is not just such a bad habit, it also damages your nails badly. Also, acrylics and gel manicures weaken your nails and leave them super dry. To repair my nails, I even stopped wearing nail polish for a few weeks. It really helped them to stop from breaking.
It is better to file nails towards the center. Filing them back and forth can weaken them. Choosing the right nail shape can promote growth as well. I noticed that round shapes tend to grow easier out but personally I like my nails to be in a square shape.
3. Do not forget your cuticles.
Always moisturize your cuticles with oil. I love to apply 100% natural coconut oil. Never cut your cuticles! I also never push them back but I know many women do so. For me, there is no reason for removing them as they protect the nails. I do not do anything to them. They are there for a reason ☺4. Eat healthy.
This step is so basic but still true. Getting proper vitamins helps to grow nails. Biotin promotes the growth of our nails and hair. Include nuts, salmon, eggs, grains, and avocados into your diet. They taste good and boost nail growth. There are even biotin supplements for nails & hair on the market.
5. Nail hardener.
I love to use strengthening nail polishes. They help to make the nails super strong and strong nails are more likely to not break or split. Shop my current favorite HERE.