10 tips for stronger, longer nails

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So you want longer nails do you?

Well I’m here to share some of my ten personal tips on how you can achieve longer nails and stronger nails at home.

1. DO NOT bite your nails. I know this seems obvious but it might be the hardest thing to do for those who have a nail biting habit. A good trick would be to apply nail polish regularly to stop temptation.

2. Moisturize your hands/nails regularly. This part is crucial, ESPECIALLY in the winter time when your hands are most dry. Keeping your nail beds moisturized really prevents your nails from becoming brittle and break.

3. Trim your nails regularly. This may seem counterintuitive when trying to achieve longer nails, but it is imperative. Why? because just like trimming your hair, it helps move along the growth process and keeps things neat and tidy.

4. Always wash your hands after removing nail polish with remover. Make sure to wash your hands, paying special attention to your nails when using nail polish remover. This is particularly important if you are using 100% acetone as a remover. This will prevent nail bed dry-out.

5. Use nail treatments. While not imperative, I find that these do help, it’s just a matter of finding the right one. The two I use the most are OPI’s Start to Finish (Formaldehyde free) and Sally Hansen Green Tea Nail Treatment.

6. Do not peel off nail polish from your nails. Resist the urge! I know it’s tempting especially when some has already chipped off, but don’t do it boo. Just don’t. A layer of your nail will come off with the nail polish and will leave your nail damaged.

7. Use nail polish which contain hardeners. Although not necessary, it can help. Some brands like China Glaze and OPI contain these.

8. Give your nails a break. Like everything in life, moderation is key. Yes, wearing nail polish is great, but remember to let your nails breathe! Go 1 week without nail polish in between fresh/new applications and allow your nails to grow and repair.

9. Don’t get discouraged. If one nail growing method you are trying isn’t working, don’t give up, just try something else. One method cannot work for everyone so try around and see what works for you. One thing I found that works for my nails is coconut oil. Huh. Who would have thought? Yes that works for me, but it may not work for the next person, so find what works for you.

10. Drink Plenty of H2O, baby. Yes, you heard me. Drink water regularly. Not only is it good for nail growth, it’s also just plain good for you so drink up.

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12 Comments

  1. April 8, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Thank you for this post! My nails have been so brittle this winter – another great reason to drink lots of water!

    • Candace
      April 8, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Yes, water really helps!

  2. April 8, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    I love each tip you gave! I used to have such a problem with growing my nails because I would constantly bite them! Thankfully, I no longer have that problem anymore!

    • April 8, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      I actually bit my nails too when I was younger as well but ever since I stopped by nails have been a lot healthier and grow a lot longer

  3. April 8, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Often the most simple things need to be told. Thanks for this post. My nails break away due to dryness. I’ll have to set reminders for myself now.

  4. April 8, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    My nails used to be lovely but since having my second child the just will not grow anymore, I wish
    I had long nails again

  5. April 8, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I do my own nails and I love them. I have luck with my nails because they grow really fast and strong. I moisturize my cuticles with coconut oil and my hands love it

  6. alittleheavenly
    April 8, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I needed these tips! I’ve been trying to grow my nails for a while since I ruined them so much with acrylics.

    • April 16, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Yea, sometimes Acrylics can do that. but honestly you can still wear acrylics, just give your natural nails a week break or more.

  7. April 9, 2017 / 11:08 am

    i desperately need this tips! especially with spring around the corner! I feel like my nails always chip..you’re right though drinking more water does help!!

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