Updated: Dec 26, 2019
Do you ever feel like your natural nails aren't long and strong enough to pull off some of the gorgeous nail colours and pretty nail art that you're seeing everywhere? Fear not — healthier, longer nails are within your reach. All you need to do is show them a little TLC.
Natural nails will grow at around one eighth of an inch per month, their rate of growth can be affected by lots of different things. Diets, hormones etc., which is why pregnant women often report their natural nails growing faster than ever. Growth can also be influenced by the seasons — speeding up in the summer when it's warm and there aren't such harsh elements to contend with. Of course, like your hair, it also just depends on who you are. Eveyone's nails will grow at different rates. There isn't one thing that will make your nails grow crazy fast, but there are various things that you can do to help them grow strong and healthy.
1. Maintain a proper healthy diet.
As with all parts of your body, your nails are affected by what you eat — or don't eat. A good healthy diet will mean strong, healthy nails. Protein rich foods, fish oil and Vitamin E. Will all give your nails a boost.
2. Keep them shaped and tidy.
Similar to your hair, keeping your nails properly clipped prevents damage and breakage, thereby aiding their growth. I would recommend a file and tidy every 2 or 3 weeks, or more often if your nails already tend to grow quickly. Keep a nail file on hand so you'll always be able to file your nails smooth when necessary, especially if your work might lead to breaking nails. Or you could book a regular manicure.
3. Moisturise and hydrate your natural nails throughout the day.
Air conditioning, frequent washing, and day to day life can make your hands dry out quickly. It is a good idea to use hand cream throughout the day. Massaging the lotion into your cuticles will really help to keep your nails healthy. At night it is a good idea to use a cuticle oil, this will work wonders while you sleep.
Tip: after you coat your hands with lotion, try not to touch your face. Hand creams are often thicker or differently formulated than what you’d put on your mug, and you don’t want to risk a breakout.
4. Treat your nails like jewels not tools.
Take extra care of your hands and nails. When cleaning and washing up, and gardening make sure to protect your hands by wearing gloves. Be careful when opening cans and pealing labels etc. 'Treat your nails like jewels not tools'
5. Remove all nail products properly.
I know that it is so very tempting to pick at and peel both nail polish and gel polish. But this is so very damaging to your nails. Peeling them will take away the surface layer of the nail, which will in turn make them weaker. Always use nail polish remover for traditional polish, or get your gel nails soaked off by a professional.
Regular manicures are a great way to give your nails a boost. I offer intensive treatments to nourish both your hands and nails. Filing and shaped the nails to stop them from catching and breaking.
If you are looking to grow your nails, gel overlays can help to protect them as they grow. They are hard wearing, with chip free colour. As your natural nails grow they protect your them from wear and tear enabling them to grow naturally.