Long nails create an elongated and elegant look to the hand, so it’s no wonder people would go to great lengths (pun intended) to archive this look. So here’s some tips and tricks to growing your own naturally long and luscious nails…
Step 1 – STOP BITING YOUR NAILS!
I can’t stress how important this is, the gnawed nails look is NOT cute. It creates a jagged edge, and the more you nibble and chew the less chance your nails have to repair them! And if you keep going, you have a chance of damaging the nail bed which may cause your nails to deform as they grow. If you need to cut them, do so with a nail clipper; or even better a crystal nail file! So do everything you can to stop the bad habit and begin the journey to beautiful looking nails!
Step 2 – Moisturise
I’m guilty of this skipping this one. But if you tend to suffer from dry skin on your hands, it’s even more important that you keep them hydrated. Once you’ve washed your hands, apply a moisturiser straight away! Your skin will more susceptible of any moisturiser you apply to it right after you’ve washed it away. Massaging a moisturiser into your nails and cuticles too will benefit it.
Step 3 – Care
It’s pretty hard if you work with your hands a lot, but being careful not to damage or break them helps! A great tip I have between painting your nails is to apply a thin layer of coconut oil to each nail to give it some pampering before applying a new colour. Nail varnish; especially nail polish remover, strips away any moisture from the nail, so rehydrating them this way will give them some strength back. And if you’re getting your hands wet, get some rubber gloves on! Getting the nails wet make them more prone to getting damaged, so buy some fluffy trim ones if you need to.
As you may have read in the previous step, nail varnish isn’t great for your nails. But it does create a hard protective layer over your nails so it can grow. After I have finished painting my nails I like to add a clear top coat to not only prolong the colour, but by extending it over the edge of the nail it will give it a little extra protection from any chips and nicks!
So following all of these step successfully will hopefully give you longer and stronger nails! Team this with (as always) lots of calcium and water! The vitamin will help the strength of your nails and give it a beautiful white colour. Ensuring the correct oils intake may also help give it a beautiful and natural healthy glow. Sometimes it is just genetics, but stopping a bad habit and trying your best at anything will give you results if you wait!
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Finding it difficult? Don’t worry you can still have long nails without the wait, just ask your manicurist for the best option!
Do you have any tips and tricks of your own? Have you gotten over your nail biting habit?? Let us know in the comments below! And as always, like and subscribe to keep up to date on new posts!