Let’s be honest, a beautiful set of long, natural healthy nails looks classic and sexy. Immaculately manicured long nails say a lot about your personal style and confidence. We know that growing long, healthy nails can be a challenge. Our simple tips show how you can also have a beautiful set of long natural nails.
First, a quick biology lesson:
Your nails grow from the area under your cuticle called matrix. The matrix is the living part of the nail. Your cuticle is the skin layer that protects the matrix, so cuticle is very important for nail health and growth. As new stitch cells grow in the matrix, older stitches are pushed out to the fingertips and become hard and compressed. Heredity and health determine how fast nails grow, but nails typically grow approx. 0.1 millimeters a day, which means it takes a nail about. four to six months to fully recover. Healthy nails are smooth with no combs or grooves. They are uniform in color and texture and are free from stains or discoloration.
Did you know: Nails grow faster in summer than in winter, nails on your dominant hand grow faster, and men’s nails grow faster than women’s, except when a woman is pregnant when the nail grows faster.
How long should my nails be?
This is obviously very much a matter of personal choice, but a few things to keep in mind:
The optimum practical length for your nails depends on your activities and your lifestyle. In general, the tip of the nail should not extend more than one-third of the body of the nail.
Nails break less often when they are all the same length and shaped square, oval or round.
Tips for growing, long and healthy natural nails:
Long nail tips: Do not use your nails as a tool.
Instead of using your nails, use other parts of your hand or a pen to perform tasks such as ringing the phone. Do not pick, stab, or scrape with your nails, and especially avoid opening soft drink cans with your nails.
Long nail tip 2: Wear gloves.
Cleaners are especially hard on your nails and can cause breakage and peeling. Wear gloves when washing or cleaning. You also need to wear gloves when gardening to protect your nails from infection and prevent dryness, damage and loss of natural oils.
Tips for long nails: Don’t bite your nails or choose your cuticles.
Apart from the obvious reason for biting shorten your nails, these habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor incision along your nail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter the nail bed and cause an infection. Remember, your nails grow slowly, so a wounded nail retains signs of injury for months.
Long Nail Tip 4: Take care of your cuticles.
Cuticle is a barrier that keeps bacteria from the nail matrix where new cells are formed so that it should not be cut or trimmed. On the other hand, you want to prevent cuticles from growing, which stifles nail growth. If your cuticle has grown out on the cuticle after soaking your cuticles sufficiently with warm water, use a cuticle pusher very gently to push back your cuticles. In addition to pushing your cuticles back, this will help remove dead skin and debris that may have accumulated. Keep the cuticle pusher at an angle and use small circular motions so you are as gentle and careful as possible and do not damage the cuticle. When you’re done, don’t forget to moisten your hands.
Tips for long nails: Take care of your nails.
Trim your fingernails and clean regularly under your nails. Use manicure scissors or cutters and a nail file to smooth nail edges. Never pull off hangnails – almost always do it in torn living tissue. Cut the hangnails, leaving a slight angle to the outside.
Long nail tip 6: Care of brittle nails.
Trim brittle nails after a bath or 15 minutes soak in oil, then apply a moisturizer. Do not use nail polish remover more than twice a month. Instead, touch the nail polish. When you need to use a nail polish remover, avoid those using acetone that wipes out your nails. Also consider using a nail enhancer and growth formula.
Long nail tip 7: The role of diet.
Unless your diet is deficient in protein and vitamins, dietary changes that supposedly strengthen nails will not work. However, your nails can give clear signs of diet problems, such as:
Lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and brittleness.
Lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C causes hanging nails
White strips across nails caused by protein deficiency.
Lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid causes splitting nails.
Insufficient intake of vitamin B12 leading to excessive dryness, very rounded and curved ends and darker nails.
Insufficient zinc causes the development of white spots on the nails.
Red skin around your cuticles may be caused by poor metabolism of essential fatty acids.
If you are concerned that your diet may not be balanced and healthy, consult a medical or nutrition physiologist.
Long nails tip 8: Moisten your nails.
Nails need moisture just as your hands do. Rub lotion in your nails as you moisten your hands. Make sure you apply moisturizer every time you wash your hands
Long nail tip 9: Use colored nail polish.
Use colored nail polish while growing your nails. If you prefer a softer look, try a sheer shade. Colored nail polish helps you become more aware of your hands and how to use them in a way that keeps your nail polish damaged and thus your nails protected. It also makes chips easier to see so you can make instant repairs.
Long, beautiful natural nails take dedication and special care to grow and maintain. Be patient, the average nail will take 3 to 6 months to grow.
Frequently asked questions:
My nails are weak. What can I do to strengthen them?
Unfortunately, if you have naturally weak nails, it is probably hereditary and you cannot change them permanently. However, you can do things to make them stronger. Try a nail enhancer and growth formula. Many women are confused about how to use these products, so here are a few tips:
Be sure to apply a thin coat. Because you use it daily, you don’t want it to build up too much. If you are in the beginning stages of growing your nails, just apply a strength and growth formula to your nail plate and apply it every day. When your nails start sticking out and you want to apply nail polish, use amplifier and growth formula as a base coat and as a top coat.
Why do I have ridges in my nails?
Bridges or corrugations (called Beau’s lines) in nails occur when nail growth is uneven, usually due to illness or injury. Gentle buffing can minimize back pain. A Ridge Filler also helps smooth the nail surface, smoothing flat ridges and other imperfections.
What makes my nails turn yellow, and how can I get rid of those yellow spots?
Darker colored nail polish can cause a chemical reaction between the nail polish’s dyes and the nail plate. This can cause nails to develop a yellowish color. Although different for each person, this reaction can occur within days or within weeks of wearing the nail color. To prevent the nails from yellowing, always use a base coat before applying nail polish. Not only does this prevent staining, but it can also extend the life of the nail polish. Soften nails in already yellow nails in a solution of 1/2 cup water and the juice of a lemon for up to 15 minutes, once a week
Why are my nails so tangled around the cuticles? What causes this?
Unless you have an allergy to something you are dealing with, it is probably the cause of dryness. It is important to correct this, as, as mentioned, cuticles are very important for nail health. You should regularly moisten your cuticles and hands.
My nails can grow, but after a while they start to peel and stop growing. What can I do to stop this?
Many women want long, well-formed nails, but the stress of daily life and work can make them a challenge to grow. Your nails can potentially benefit from additional protection as they reach more vulnerable lengths. A nail enhancer and growth formula can help.
What causes thin nails and what can make them stronger?
When your overall health is good and you do not handle strong chemicals that can affect your nails, it is likely heredity that produces thin nails. Your nails can also potentially benefit from a nail enhancer and growth formula.