How to grow your nails longer and stronger

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After a childhood as a chronic nail biter I thought I was destined to deal with short, weak nails forever, but finally I got my nails to grow longer and stronger. It took a lot of time, a lot of willpower, nail appointments  and some magic products to get my natural nails to be the nicest and strongest they have ever been. Today I want to share with you what I did to improve my nails and give you some tips on how you can grow yours too.

♥ Get in a relationship with a nail artist

I think the thing which helped me and my nails the most was having regular nail appointments with someone who got to know my nails and also knew what I wanted from them. My best friend and I started a little social habit of going to get our nails done together about once every three weeks and it all kicked off from there. I told my nail artist I wanted longer and stronger nails, but I didn’t want to go down the acrylic route and she helped me out. I got a new set of gel nails at each appointment, including having my nails properly shaped. When they got a bit brittle or weak I would ensure that I got them a little shorter as I decided early that it was better to have nice, healthy short nails than rubbish long ones. The gel polish has stopped me picking at my nails so much, made me love the way they look and also made them much stronger.

♥ Never, EVER pick off your gel polish

This is one of the worst things you can do to your nails and it is a habit I had to break. Picking off the gel polish damages your nail severely, the gel needs to be soaked and removed carefully. It took a lot of will power not to pick if a bit of polish did come off my nail naturally, but I always took that as a reminder to book in my appointment. You can also soak them off yourself at home if you can’t get in to a salon, but whatever you do don’t pick and pull at the gel!

♥ Remain calm if you have a split or a break

Although having a little split in your nail which your hair keeps getting caught in is the most annoying thing in the whole wide world, it is important to stay calm. These little breakages can be a real tough trigger to ignore if you are a past nail biter. Try and be careful with the nail, but also try and forget about it a bit until you can deal with it, with either a nail file or clippers. Usually all it takes is a gentle file to get rid of a small split.

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♥ Take pride in your newly fabulous nails

If they look good you’ll take more/better care of them. This is one of the reasons I went and started getting proper manicures in the first place, however you can do exactly the same thing at home too. Take your time to shape and paint your nails and always make sure you give them enough time to dry fully. Click here for some awesome nail inspo!

♥ Look after your nail beds (and your health in general)

Your nail beds are the areas of skin on your finger underneath your nail and they pay an important part in whether your nail is healthy or not. I care for mine by using nail oils or hand moisturisers regularly and paying special attention to the nail bed area when I am applying and rubbing them in. I prefer ones with natural oils, and I just use coconut oil if I don’t have anything else at the time. Being healthy and taking care of yourself will assist the health of your nails too. Things like making sure you are eating enough vegetables and drinking enough water will be good for your nails in the long run. I focused on drinking more water while at work and have seen the benefits in my nails and my skin.

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At the moment I’m using this Weleda Nail Care Pen and it works perfectly!

♥ Cut them short when you have to

There’s no point trying to hold on to a long nail when it is half gone or going to break at any moment. Like I said before, it’s better to have short healthy nails than weak long ones. Just think that even though it sucks now they will grow back even stronger than before. I had to do this quite a few times and was always so gutted, but as time as gone on it’s happened less and less. I have had no breakages in the last two months!

What kind of nail struggles have you dealt with in the past or are you dealing with now? What are your top tips for keeping you nails growing long and strong??? Share them in the comments below! To can check out snippets of my nail journey over on our Instagram @lauralovesbeautyblog 

  • Kaz

    Love this!! I’m so slack and completely forget to take care of my nails. Mine are usually always long, but they’re extremely weak and constantly break. I might keep my nails short for a while, try some hand and nail cream and also some strengthening polishes to see if they help xx

    • I was exactly the same! I would grow them out long, but because they were so weak they would just split and break and end of looking terrible. I find that massaging nail cream into the nail bed along with nail oils works really well.

  • I find that if you really take care of your nails you can go without nail polish and they can still look really nice – I have yet to accomplish this but I definitely try very hard haha 😉

    Kathy x

    http://www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

    • Yeah totally! Natural healthy nails look amazing! I have been tempted to go natural with my nails for a bit just because they have been always covered in gel polish for so long, but I’m nervous to. I guess I’m worried they won’t be as strong without the gel, but I’ll have to give it a go at some point.

  • I’m also a reformed biter! Having them painted was a big help for me. I always do the dishes and cleaning with rubber gloves on so I can protect my nails from the water too.

    • I use to go with the saying that if they looked nice then I would treat them nice, so having them painted really helped. Rubber gloves are a really good idea, I need to get some gloves for when I’m doing things out in the garden to protect my nails.