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How to get long nails

How to get long nails

Having short or brittle nails can be a huge pain—both literally and figuratively. Whether you’re devastated about breaking a nail you’ve worked so hard to grow or have suffered some sort of nail trauma that is causing pain or discomfort, we know you want regrowth to happen, stat. And while Dr. Kathleen S. Viscusi tells us that increased trauma may actually speed up nail growth—breaking a nail triggers your body to send more blood and an influx of nutrients to the area to help repair it—that’s not to say that you should intentionally break a nail to stimulate growth (phew).

Instead, there are solutions to make your long-nail dreams come true—and they don't involve tips and overlays, either. According to Viscusi and nail expert Syreeta Aaron, with proper care, maintenance, and education you can be well on your way to achieving healthy nails, and in turn, nail growth.

Meet the Expert

  • Syreeta Aaron is a LeChat Nails educator and professional nail artist.
  • Kathleen S. Viscusi, MD, FAAD, FACMS, is the co-founder/partner of Dermatology and Surgery Specialists of North Atlanta (DESSNA).

Keep scrolling to learn how to grow your nails faster.

Protect Nails

Acrylics may help you beat that nasty nail-biting habit but they can also do a number on your nails. “Avoiding nail enhancements prevents your nails from weakening, which also helps with less breakage and allows your nails to harden,” explains Aaron. Also, protecting your nails from harsh chemicals—including popular nail polish remover ingredient, acetone—will keep nails healthy and moisturized. Opt for a non-acetone natural remover like Sign Tribe Remove and Chill Nail Polish Eraser Cream or a non-traditional option—you won’t regret it.

Try a Keratin Supplement

How to get long nails

Keratin is not just a hair treatment—it’s actually the main protein that makes up your nails. So taking a keratin supplement could help build strength and resiliency, much in the same way it works on your hair. Taking it orally or applying it topically as an oil may bring you one step closer to long and healthy nails.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Apart from ingesting protein as a keratin supplement, you should also be incorporating food with protein into your diet. Not only is it important to eat the right amount of protein for your overall health and nutrition, but it can also affect your nails and the speed at which they grow. “Vitamins and eating healthy promotes better conditioning from within to help with the growth of your nails,” says Aaron.

Use Cuticle Oil or Serum

How to get long nails

Staying hydrated is an important part of any self-care routine—cuticles included. By using cuticle oil regularly, you’ll avoid breakage and picking while simultaneously keeping your nails healthy and flexible, too. Dry nails will break and chip while well-moisturized ones will grow nice and long. “Keep in mind that it takes about 12 weeks for a nail to fully grow out from cuticle to tip. Healthy cuticles lead to healthy nails (as a healthy scalp leads to healthy hair),” comments Aaron.

Practice Good Grooming

When we hear the word “grooming” our minds first jump to men’s facial hair and Tom Hardy; but, practicing good grooming is also key to having healthy nails. “Grooming nails on a regular basis may protect your nails from breakage,” says Aaron. “When grooming your nails, you are removing dead skin and replenishing nutrients such as oil/moisture giving growth of your nails a better chance,” she explains. Viscusi adds, “Frequent nail clipping can help stimulate circulation in the nail bed, and help nails grow.”

Filing is also a part of nail grooming. If your nails are brittle, we recommend switching to a crystal nail file—a gentler alternative to your traditional emery board—to maintain their shape.

Apply a Nail Strengthener

In order for nails to grow long (without breaking), they need to be strong. Viscusi recommends applying a dermatologist-approved nail strengthener daily. Her pick? ISDIN SI-Nails. “This innovative formula has been clinically proven to help strengthen nails by increasing thickness, density, and durability of the nail and cuticle in just 14 days. SI Nails also promotes keratin and silicon in the nails to help improve growth specifically,” she tells us. Meanwhile, Aaron likes IBX Nail Treatment. “There is a trio pack that includes repair, strengthener, and oil that completes for a great at-home manicure,” she says.

When nails absorb too much water or are exposed to harsh chemicals they can weaken and become dry, which leads to breakage and cracks that stunt growth. So any time you're doing dishes or household chores be sure to protect your nails by wearing rubber gloves.

How to get long nails

The only process more annoying than growing your hair really, really long is trying to get your nails to do the same (grow, my bbs! GROW!). But, unlike the strands on your head, which grow roughly a quarter-inch to half-an-inch each month, your nails will probs only grow 2-3 millimeters in the same amount of time, says board-certified dermatologist Oma N. Agbai, MD. Which, uh, isn’t exactly fast.

So what to do? Welp, sorry to be the party pooper, but aside from slapping on press-ons, there’s no way to get longer nails in under an hour or even within a few days. Sorry, but unless you have a medical disorder affecting your nails (which only your doctor could tell you), there’s not much you can do at home to help speed up the process. That doesn’t mean you can’t help encourage healthy nail growth, though—as long as you know what you’re doing. And that’s where I come in. Keep reading to find out the nine best tips for growing your nails super fast and super long , uh, healthily.

1. Load up nail-growing nutrients.

Fun fact: “Poor nutrition has been shown to slow nail growth,” says Dr. Agbai. The most important part of any routine is incorporating healthy foods into your diet so your body can get all the nutrients it needs to function at its best. “A balanced diet incorporating plenty of protein and a variety of fruits and vegetables is the key to maintaining healthy nails through nutrition,” she explains. “Eating a variety of foods such as meat, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and colorful fruits and vegetables can provide the nutrition needed to support healthy nail growth.” Eat your veggies, and you might not even need the other steps on this list.

2. Talk to your doctor about collagen.

According to Dr. Agbai, there actually has been some interesting research looking at treatments that can accelerate nail growth and improve the appearance of nails, and one has to do with collagen supplements. As Dr. Agbai explains it, a recent research study showed that taking bioactive collagen peptides by mouth once daily for 24 weeks can increase the rate of nail growth and decrease the frequency of broken nails as soon as four weeks into treatment. “This supports the concept that consuming adequate dietary protein is important for healthy nail growth,” Dr. Agbai explains. But as is the case with any beauty supplement, talk to your doctor first before making any changes to your regimen.

3. Check your iron.

If you read our super-informative breakdown of nail supplements, you’re well aware that another nutrient that could affect your nail health and growth is iron. To make your nails as strong as iron, you’re gonna need, well, iron. If you’re experiencing brittle, broken nails, pay a visit to your doctor to test your levels and see if you’ve got an iron deficiency that could be preventing you from reaching your long nail goals.

4. Apply a hair-loss treatment to your nails.

Yup, you read that right. Dr. Agbai points to another research study that showed applying 5 percent over-the-counter minoxidil (which is an over-the-counter treatment commonly used for hair loss) topically to the nails twice daily may increase nail growth as soon as the first week of application. “This may be due to increased blood flow to the nail caused by applying topical minoxidil,” Dr. Agbai explains. “Increased blood flow can deliver more nutrients and oxygen to the nails, promoting healthy nail growth.”

5. Treat your fingernails to a nail treatment.

Are gel polishes inherently bad for your nails? No. But if you got fed up and picked yours off instead of removing gel nail polish the right way, your nails are probs the furthest from healthy. And guess what? You’re gonna need to fix that if you want to grow them out any time soon. One way to restore your sad nails is with a nail hardener or nail-strengthening treatment . A key ingredient to look for is pantothenic acid, which studies show can help keep your nails flexible and less prone to breakage. If your nails could use a little reinforcement, try one of our favorites below.

How to get long nails

We have no problem with faking it—beautywise, at least. The blonde streaks in our hair aren’t from the sun. And we rarely leave the house without a couple of coats of mascara. When it comes to nails, though, we’ve always left well enough alone. We thought fake nails would look glaringly artificial. But then we asked a few of the women we know with gorgeously groomed hands how they keep their nails so even, glossy, and strong. And this is what they said: “Acrylics.” “Gels.” And “Fiberglass wraps.”

  • Acrylics
  • Gels and Wraps
  • Safe Nail Application
  • Virtual Nails

The good news: Traditional acrylics (powder and liquid) are generally considered the strongest type of artificial nails. “They’re great for what I call crashers and bashers, women who do a lot of gardening or play sports,” says Jan Arnold, cofounder of Creative Nail Design, a company that’s been working with acrylic formulas since the seventies. (Their latest version, the Custom Blended Manicure, goes on in very thin layers and can be matched to your natural nail color.) The durability of acrylics also means that they can be sculpted beyond the nail edge, so you can get more length without gluing on a plastic tip first. Like other artificial nail options, they protect polish from your nails’ natural oils, so it will last up to three weeks, says manicurist Bernadette Thompson.

The bad news: Acrylics have become more refined since they were first introduced, but they can look thicker and more obviously fake than other nail overlays if not applied in thin coats. Acrylics need to be soaked in an acetone-based solution for about 45 minutes before they can be safely removed.

Our tester says: “The whole process took an hour and a half. I found the acrylic smell wretched, but I loved how perfect my nails were afterward. They felt a bit strange, though—like an added pressure on my own nails; not painful, but they took a little getting used to. And because they’re thicker than real nails, even though I kept them short, sometimes it was tricky to pick up a piece of paper or open my mail. After a week and a half, my nails had grown enough that I needed to go back to have the space between my cuticles and the fake nails filled in.”

Average cost: (according to an annual survey by the industry trade publication Nails Magazine): $46 for a full set; $28 for fill-ins (these averages hold for most artificial nail services).

The good news: Gels are also made from an acrylic substance, but there is no liquid-and-powder mixing required and they can easily be brushed on in a thin coating. (A much less durable variation sometimes referred to as “glue gels” layers liquid glue with acrylic powder to get a similar effect.) Gels can be completely clear—ideal for women who just want a smooth, glossy finish on their nails to protect against chipping, peeling, and breaking. Unlike traditional acrylics, which can have a pretty powerful chemical smell, they’re odorless.

The bad news: Gels are more flexible than regular acrylics, so they’re not generally used to extend the nails. Most manicurists will glue a plastic tip underneath if you want extra length. Because the gel coating is less resilient, Arnold recommends gels for women who aren’t too hard on their nails. Gels can be more difficult to remove than acrylics and need to be filed down a bit before they can be soaked off (for an average of 30 minutes).

Our tester says: “Two of my nails had broken quite far down, so the manicurist put tips on those to make them the same length as the rest before she brushed on the gel. I loved the result! My nails looked shiny and perfectly even, and I don’t think anyone would have known they weren’t mine. After a few days, they started looking a little chipped near the cuticle, though. They were definitely ready for a touch-up in ten days.”

The good news: If your nails aren’t very strong, wraps are a way to bolster them against breaks. They can be applied on all your nails or used just to patch up a tear in an individual nail until it grows out. “Wraps are great for women who keep their nails short but want a little extra strength,” says Thompson.

The bad news: The glue that attaches wraps to the nails is water soluble, so this technique isn’t a great option for women who like to swim, lounge in steam rooms, or cook a lot. Even with just daily showers and hand washing, “you’ll probably need to have them glued back down every week,” says Thompson.

Our tester says: “The manicurist glued tips on all my nails first because they were so short—I’m a biter—and then glued the silk on top. There wasn’t the strong chemical smell that I’ve experienced with acrylics, so the process was quite pleasant—but, at an hour and 15 minutes, long. I thought the results were very natural. The wraps looked really good only for a week, though; after that you could see my real nails growing in underneath.”

Manicurists may call these techniques “nail enhancements,” but they’re not improving the health of your nails. After you remove acrylics, gels, or wraps, your nails will probably feel thinner and more brittle because they’ve been smoothed down with a file to help the overlays adhere. That said, if you take the proper precautions, no permanent harm should be done. “It’s like dyeing your hair; you can damage the existing hair, but once you stop and let it grow out again, it will be the same quality as before,” says manicurist Deborah Lippmann. And she knows: A longtime acrylics wearer, she went back to her natural nails eight years ago when she started her own nail care line. The transition will take time—about four to six months to grow an entirely fresh, virgin nail, according to Lenora Felderman, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Medical College. To use artificial nails safely, the experts recommend that you:

    Say no to drills. They file down the surface of the nails more quickly than a regular nail file, but they can traumatize your cuticles and nail plates. “If your manicurist takes out a drill, just tell her to put it right back,” says Thompson.

One national nail salon chain claims it has a faster, cheaper way to get a tippety-top perfect ten. Dashing Diva’s Virtual Nails system simply glues clear, full-cover plastic nails over your natural ones. The plastic nails are amazingly thin and come in 160 sizes, so you can get a perfect fit for your nail bed. Best of all, the process doesn’t involve filing the surface of your own nails. We sent a staffer to try them out, and she was thrilled with the results. A full set runs only $26, and the nails look incredibly natural. Too good to be true? Kind of. The salon says the nails should last two weeks, but they began popping off after five days. (“And I’m the opposite of active,” says our tester.) The bottom line: Consider them an option if you want to enjoy a few days of gorgeous nails.

As you probably know, I’m really into nails. So much so that I actually took a three-month nail course, and now I have a pretty little diploma declaring that I know my stuff when it comes to manicures. As such, I’ve racked up my share of tips—and now, I want to bestow that wisdom onto you!

Many of you guys have asked me how I get my nails to grow so long. Trust me, they weren't always this way. But what I've learned over the years could help you.

Here's my best advice for getting (and keeping) some length:

1. No Cuticle Cutting, Please!

How to get long nails

I've never cut my cuticles. Not so bad, right?

Whatever you do (or whatever your manicurist does), DO NOT cut your cuticles! 

You see, our cuticles are a very important barrier that stops yucky bacteria, germs and fungus (ew!) from getting into the nail bed. Guess what happens when you snip, snip, snip them away? That barrier is dunzo and your fingernails just became the entrance to Germchella. The result could be irritation, inflammation and even infection—all of which could slow down nail growth!

As if those things weren’t bad enough, once you cut your cuticles, they can grow back thicker and tougher. That's because your body recognizes that something’s gone (terribly) wrong, and is trying to protect you by re-growing your cuticles, and then some. So you enter a vicious, never-ending cycle of cutting off your cuticles because they keep growing back ugly—because you keep cutting them off! 

The bottom line: don’t be shy to tell your manicurist to lay off the cuticle cutter. Seriously. 

And if you’re an OCCC (obsessive compulsive cuticle-cutter) yourself, then STOP! Your cuticles just need some TLC in the form of a moisturizing oil and an orange wood stick. Massage the oil into them every night before bed, and push them back with the stick every few days. Your cuticles will thank you. 

A few products to try:

2. Stop Filing Back and Forth

How to get long nails

Nail files that look like they're sparkly are my fave.

One direction is the way to go—and I'm not talking about the band! You may not know this, but filing your nails back and forth does more harm than good. When you file in all kinds of directions, you actually cause teeny tiny breaks in your nails, which may be why they can’t grow past your fingertips without chipping or cracking. 

To up your chances of growing nails that are long and strong, try your best to file your nails in one direction only. It’s going to feel weird and take twice as long, but it’s the best thing you could do for your nails. Promise.

Now you just need a cute nail file:

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3. Be Careful, Will You?

How to get long nails

Nothing could have saved my most recent break, which forced me to chop all my nails off (sob!).

The number one comment I usually get re: my nails is “How do you get them so long?” followed by “I could never grow my nails out.” 

Trust me, if you knew me at 17, you’d know that my nails were never long or strong. (In high school, I even let my nail polish chip completely off my nails because I ran out of remover. Cringe!) My nails were always short, brittle and absolutely terrible… until I really started taking care of them. 

That means I became actively conscious of how I used my nails, and I still am today. Your nails are not tools, so don’t go around opening soda cans with them. Don't do anything with your nails that you could easily be doing with your fingertips (so, type with the pads of your fingertips, not your nails). 

I swear, as soon as I realized how I used (and abused!) my nails, I became more cautious of them, and things started looking up. They didn’t magically grow overnight, but it was a step in the right direction.

4. Go Round, Not Square 

How to get long nails

My best nail decision was going round.

True story: I used to loathe round nails. Seriously, I couldn’t stand them. And now look at me, with my rounded-off, almond nails! 

What happened? I noticed that square nails were a major hassle to keep long. A corner would always break, crack or chip off every few weeks, forcing me to file the whole lot down again. But when I rounded off my nails into the almond shape that they are today, it meant no corners, and that meant fewer breaks. 

So if you’re having a hard time growing out square nails, I totally recommend giving a rounder shape a shot. It might take some getting used to, but you’ll be able to grow them way longer with less breakage. It worked for me!

5. Keep ‘Em Painted

How to get long nails

Can't grow your nails? Paint them!

If your lifestyle permits you to have painted nails at all times, do it. 

I almost never have naked nails, and it’s 100 percent part of the reason why they grow long. 

Think about it: there’s base coat, two or more coats of coloured polish, and then a top coat on your nails. That’s at least four extra layers serving as protection to your nails. 

In my opinion, having polish on your nails keeps them stronger and free from breaks.

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Experts answer all the questions you’ve ever wondered about lengthy manicures.

How to get long nails

Long nails are a divisive beauty topic, but lately, you can’t deny the allure of the sleek, coffin-shaped tips on your Instagram feed (and worn by celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Cardi B). But if you have never had extreme lengths like that, you may have wondered: How do you deal with long nails?

You can extend your tips in a myriad of ways, from wearing long acrylic nails to press-ons or by simply growing your natural ones out. Regardless of your method, one truth remains: Long nails are a commitment in every sense of the word. Nail artist Sarah Nguyen promises that you’ll get used to the length — it just takes time. “The same way you learn to drive a car or another new skill, it’s literally the same thing with long nails — you just find a way to make doing things easier,” she tells Bustle.

Financially, things can get expensive (usually starting at $100 for a professional treatment) if you decide that your lengthy manicures are actually canvases for intricate art — in this case, plan on spending at least three hours for removal (for acrylics or extensions) and nail art at a salon. Your mani could also be of the stick-on variety, which would come as no surprise: The pandemic has transformed the press-on nail market into a vast and affordable way to DIY your tips at home. And these come in short and lengthy manicures that cling directly onto your regular nails (and can be removed just as easily).

Whether you’re rocking stiletto-shaped acrylics or press-on extensions, there are some basic nuances you’ll have to get acclimated to while doing various lifestyle activities, including household chores and your beauty routine. For tips on how to function with long nails, Nguyen and Elissa Schell, nail artist and owner of Nails by Elissa, give Bustle a full rundown.

How Do You Do Chores With Long Nails?

Nguyen says the questions she’s most frequently asked are about the benign tasks in life (including how to go to the bathroom — which is just the same as everyone else, she says). When cooking or cleaning, it helps to wear something to protect your tips. “I wear nitrile gloves when cooking and rubber gloves for cleaning,” she tells Bustle. That’s particularly important for preserving 3D nail art like jewels on your mani.

How Do You Take Contacts Out With Long Nails?

It can feel like a horror movie when a long nail comes close to your eye — hence why the pros commonly get asked about dealing with contact lenses. Here’s the deal: “Clients who wear contacts say they’ve gotten used to taking them out by using the pads of their fingers rather than the tips,” says Schell.

How Do You Type With Long Nails?

Wearing extra-long nails for the first time can make it suddenly feel weird to type — on both a phone and a keyboard. This definitely takes getting used to, but there’s a tactic the pros swear by. “I generally use the balls of my fingertips rather than my actual nails to type,” says Schell, who notes this tends to work better (as opposed to using the tips of your nails when you’ve got short lengths, she says). So rely on your finger pads when texting. Added perk? You may hear that satisfying clickity-clacking sound when your nails touch your phone screen or keyboard, which is a popular form of ASMR.

Can You Use Long Nails As Tools?

Although your long nails seem like they could come in handy for slicing or cutting things open as makeshift scissors, this is not advised. “They’re not tools, they’re jewels!” says Nguyen. Schell also stresses this point: “Please don’t use them to open or peel things.” Instead, she advises learning little hacks like using a butter knife or the end of a spoon to open a soda can — it’ll keep your nails healthy and your mani intact.

Can You Wear Delicate Clothing?

Sometimes your nails can dictate what you decide to wear on a given day. “I definitely avoid wearing lace, silk, knit, and other delicate fabrics as you can snag them [with long nails],” says Nguyen. But once you’re acclimated to the length, this can change. “If you’re used to having length, then it becomes second nature,” she says. Either way, you’ll have to be careful when there’s a risk of snagging — so Nguyen recommends adding an extra few minutes into your schedule for the process.

How To Keep Your Long Nails Healthy

This is the case with a regular manicure, but the same rule applies: Keep your nails healthy, and you’ll be better able to maneuver the world with super-long tips. “Water and chemicals can cause dryness, chipping, and lifting [of your manicures],” says Nguyen. Maintain your nail beds by applying a cuticle oil every day and investing in rubber gloves for cleaning dishes and your home. Other than that, practice patience, and you’ll soon grow to love the long nail life.

How to get long nails

Some people are blessed with naturally strong nails, while others (such as ourselves) rely on the power of gel, acrylic, or press-on nails. If you belong to the brittle nail crew, you must be well aware of how devastated we feel when a nail we’ve worked so hard to grow breaks. Brittle nails aren’t just annoying, they can be downright painful too.

However, if overlays aren’t your thing and you wish to take an au naturale route in the manicure department, don’t give up on your long-nail-dreams just yet cause we’ve rounded up some nail-saving DIYs and hacks to help you grow your nails crazy-fast. If you wanna know how to grow nails faster at home, keep scrolling.

Home Remedies To Grow Nails Faster

Wanna know how to grow nails faster without bleeding your bank account? These uber-nourishing DIYs will help you out!

The Orange DIY

A nourishing nail and cuticle treatment!

You’ll need:

  • Fresh orange juice
  • Grated orange zest
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil

Method:

Step 1: Firstly, finely grate some orange zest and squeeze out the fresh orange juice. Put 1 tablespoon of fresh orange juice and 2 teaspoons of grated orange zest into a bowl.

Step 2: Next, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with 1 tablespoon of warm coconut oil to the previous mixture and blend everything well together. Wash your hands to remove dirt, then dip your fingertips into your nail growth serum. Let ‘em soak in this solution for at least 10 minutes. Then, wash off the nail serum and apply hydrating hand cream.

The Vaseline DIY

This easy-peasy DIY will harden and protect your nails to prevent future brittleness and breakage.

You’ll need:

Vaseline/ Petroleum jelly

Method:

Step 1: Wash your hands and apply vaseline over your entire nails.

Step 2: Rub it for at least 3-5 minutes and let it absorb completely. For best results, keep it on overnight and wash it off the next morning.

Coconut Oil DIY

This uber-nourishing formula provides the nails with the much-needed TLC it requires for growth.

You’ll need:

  • Coconut oil
  • Honey
  • Rosemary

Method:

Step 1: To a bowl, add 1/4 cup each of organic coconut oil and honey along with 4 drops of rosemary essential oil.

Step 2: Warm the mixture in the microwave for around 20 seconds. Once it cools down, soak your nail beds in it for 15 minutes. Repeat this 1 to 2 times a week for best results.

Colgate Home Remedy

It delivers a rich wave of hydration to the nails to improve their strength and overall appearance.

You’ll need:

Method:

Step 1: To grow nails overnight, scrub some Colgate onto your nails for 3-5 mins.

Step 2: Leave it on overnight for best results. Then, wash it off the next morning and follow it with a moisturiser.

Olive Oil DIY

This DIY is super easy and will help you achieve brighter, stronger, and breakage-proof nails.

You’ll need:

  • Olive oil

Method:

Step 1: Apply warm olive oil to your nails and cuticles before going to bed, leave it on overnight. You can repeat this daily to grow your nails really fast.

Citrusy DIY

It delivers a rich wave of hydration to the nails to improve strength and overall appearance.

You’ll need:

  • Colgate toothpaste

Method:

Step 1: To grow nails overnight, scrub some colgate onto your nails for 3-5 mins.

Step 2: Leave it on overnight for best results. Then, wash it off the next morning and follow it with a moisturiser.

Tips On How To Grow Nails Faster At Home

There are a few things that keep those babies from reaching their full potential and here are some hacks that can give you long, glorious nails of your dreams. Want to know the tips to grow nails faster? Keep swiping.

Avoid Acrylic and Gel Manicures

Acrylics can seriously damage your natural nail beds making them prone to breakage. Application of acrylic nails involves filing the nail’s surface as well as dipping it in harsh chemicals including acetone which leads to thin, brittle, weak, and peeling nails. Hence, it’s best to avoid acrylics as much as possible if you want to grow your nails.

Keep ‘Em Moisturised

We all follow a rigorous skincare regime and by now you must be aware that hydrating is the core of any solid beauty routine, the same goes for our nails and cuticles. Using cuticle oil can help avoid picking and breakage while keeping your nails healthy, hydrated, and flexible too. Dry nails are prone to chipping while well-moisturised ones will grow nice and strong.

Don’t Pick Or Peel

Just as we are supposed to resist the temptation to pick at our skin when we have a breakout, likewise it’s best to leave your nails alone when your polish is peeling. Instead, replace this habit with self-care by coating your nails with a keratin-based strengthener whenever you notice the damage.

Invest In A Nail Hardener

The primary thing worth remembering when on a quest to grow nails faster is to make sure they don’t break. You can invest in a keratin-based nail strengthener that will curb the breakage and will grow nails faster. Nail strengtheners are good, especially for those of us with brittle and thin nails. However, keep in mind that it’s always better to use them in concoctions with better moisturizing habits to enhance healthy growth.

Take Keratin Supplements

Yes, keratin isn’t just for your hair but it can actually make your nails grow long and strong. Keratin supplements build strength and resilience in our nails, much in the same way it works on our hair. It can either be applied topically in oil form or can be taken orally.

Eat Your Vitamins

Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid is extremely important to maintain your nail’s health. Although it’s naturally available in foods such as whole grains or legumes, if you are planning to take supplements, it’s best to consult your doctor beforehand. Folic acid can actually make your nails grow more quickly and make them stronger as well as less prone to breakage.

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Now that you know how to grow nails faster, it’s time to treat your nails with a ‘gram-worthy manicure.

How to get long nails

Whether you're the type who's always on top of the latest nail trends—like, say, cow print—or prefer a short, simple mani in pale pink, strong, healthy nails are always a good thing. But actually getting them to the point you desire before they break off in uneven pieces is easier said than done (especially if you're trying to go au naturel). Daily wear and tear leads to hangnails and snags, and polish and gel changes can weaken your tips over time. So how to actually grow nails out and keep them long? We chatted with pros to gather the best advice for stronger, healthier nails.

Maintain and hydrate your cuticles.
Remember this: Healthy cuticles equal healthy nails. “The main habit to break is picking, trimming, or manipulating your cuticles in any way,” says North Carolina dermatologist and nail specialist Chris G. Adigun, M.D. Cuticles act as both a seal and a barrier, keeping in hydration and keeping out possible infections. “Your cuticles are the last line of defense, acting as a shield to block the spread of bacteria from moving in on your nail,” celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann explains. “Cutting them can potentially irritate or infect your nail.” To avoid both, gently push them back instead of trimming.

Skip the nail hardeners.
While it may seem like a good idea to reach for a hardener that promises stronger nails, such products can actually do more damage than good. “They often cause nails to become so hard that they crack and break more easily,” Dr. Adigun says.

Moisturize more.
Dry hands are a major problem when it comes to maintaining nail strength and health. “Women don’t think that their nails and hands need to be treated like the skin on their face,” Lippmann says. “It wouldn’t occur to most of us to wash our face and not apply a moisturizer, but we wash our hands over and over and don't apply lotion.” Dr. Adigun says “greasier” products such as Vaseline and Aquaphor are most effective because they seal in the moisture, but if you're not into the Crisco feeling while you're tapping on a keyboard, apply them only at night and use lighter creams with dimethicone or ceramides during the day. Also: Use a cuticle moisturizer every day (we like Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil). Ditto if you've exposed nails to drying solvents like acetone.

File strategically.
Keeping nails at a length that’s functional for your day-to-day life helps prevent breakage and tearing. When you file your nails, make sure you're doing it correctly. “Shaping your nails may seem like a mindless activity, but it can actually weaken and break your nails if executed improperly,” Lippmann explains. Use a fine-grit file, start on the outside edge, and pull toward the center—then continue to gently swipe across your nail in that one direction. Don't saw the file back and forth, which creates too much friction and gives you frayed edges that catch and snag easily. Lippmann also recommends holding the file tilted underneath the tip. “This prevents overfiling by allowing you to see exactly what you are doing,” she says.

Always wear a base coat.
Even if you don’t have time for a full manicure, applying a hydrating and strengthening base coat can prevent the nails from peeling and becoming weak. Celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson recommends Chanel Le Base. “It's packed with ceramides and peptides to fortify nails and promote growth,” she says. Dr. Adigun also recommends Dermelect Makeover, which has a keratin protein, peptide, for stronger tips.

Or try ridge filler.
Another option instead of a base coat: If your nails are looking a little rough around the edges, ridge filler can give them new life. Nail artist Naomi Yasuda paints one coat of Inglot Ridge Filler onto each nail for a matte, neutral finish that makes nails look smooth and clean.

Maintain a balanced diet.
Just as with your skin and hair, what you eat can also affect your nails. Dr. Adigun suggests upping your intake of protein (get it from pork, broccoli, and lentils), biotin (eggs, salmon, peanuts), zinc (green beans, shellfish, cashews), and iron (beef, spinach, kale) for better nails. She also recommends avoiding a ketogenic diet, which is low in carbohydrates and high in fat (think Atkins), due to the biotin depletion it promotes within the body. (If you’re prescribed this diet for medical purposes, take biotin supplements to replace the loss.) Also, you might want to steer clear of the vending machine, she says—a recent Dutch study showed improvement in nail growth among subjects who maintained an organic, minimally processed diet.

Consider supplements.
“Nails tend to show the first signs of a vitamin deficiency,” says Johnson. Try adding supplements such as Biotin NeoCell Biotin Bursts or omega-3. And although it’s primarily used for hair growth, Johnson says she’s seen great results on nails with Viviscal.

Exfoliate regularly.
“I believe nails need to be exfoliated on a regular basis to maintain their strength and health," Lippmann says. To do so, use a nail buffer like Deborah Lippmann’s Smooth Operator 4-Way Nail Buffer on the surface of your nails in gentle circular motions to smooth and brighten beds. But—in the same way that you don't want to overexfoliate your skin—you should buff only once a week.

Get regular manicures.
As if you needed an excuse. “Manicures remove the rough edges, dry cuticles, and hangnails we tend to pick at and get caught on things,” Johnson says. However, make sure the treatment is gentle. “Nails and cuticles are much more delicate than people realize."

Acrylics are a great way to keep your nails looking perfect for weeks on end, however, pesky chips, lifting and breakage can all get in the way of nail perfection! If you’re looking for how to make acrylic nails last longer, you’ve come to the right place; here at Naio Nails, we’re talking all things acrylics, divulging some of our top acrylic care tips to keep your nails looking gorgeous all the way through to your next salon trip.

How long do acrylic nails last?

The first question is – exactly how long do acrylic nails last?

Well, generally, it depends on a few factors, the key ones being how quickly your natural nails grow and how well you take care of them. Acrylic nails are exceptionally strong and with the right care will last 2-3 weeks, after which they will begin to naturally grow out. Without the right care and maintenance, your acrylics can lift, chip or peel sooner than the 2-3 week mark.

How to make acrylic nails last longer

We’ve all been there; one more week until payday, and two-week-old acrylics that are beginning to have seen better days. So, is there a way to make acrylic nails last longer?

While nothing can be done about the natural growing out process, there are a number of ways you can ensure your acrylics are looking their best until your next salon visit. Be sure to:

  • Visit a trusted nail technician. A bad or inexperienced technician can damage your nails, making acrylics deteriorate at a much faster rate. Always check reviews online if you’re visiting someone new, and make sure you’re completely happy and confident with your choice.
  • Be careful doing housework. Put down that scrubbing brush! Strong chemicals often found in cleaning products can damage your nails. Soaking acrylics in warm soapy water is also bad news, as it can cause them to lift. Make sure you’re fully equipped with a quality pair of rubber gloves before you dive into any housework, and keep your nails looking spic and span for longer.
  • Avoid pressure on your nails. We all recognise that sound of acrylics tapping on a phone or keyboard. But the truth with this is, putting too much unnecessary pressure on your acrylics can mean you need them replaced more frequently. Try, where possible, to type or pick things up using as much of the pad of your finger as possible, rather than getting the nail involved.
  • Top up your topcoat. Lock in that glossy finish and prevent chips by topping up your topcoat at home. At Naio Nails you can explore Top Coats for use with a UV/LED lamp, or the Air Dry Top Coat to seal and protect your nails for longer.

How to care for acrylic nails

The right care and maintenance are vital for keeping your acrylics looking their absolute best until your next top-up at the salon. When it comes to how to care for acrylic nails, alongside the tips above, you should also ensure you’re engaged in a regular handcare routine to keep your hands and nails healthy.

The key with hand and nail care is to avoid your skin drying out, as this not only leaves you with unsightly hands but can lead to damage and lifting of your acrylics. Try to avoid any products that will dry out your hands and nails, for example, alcohol-based hand sanitisers, and be sure to moisturise regularly – especially after washing your hands.

You should also moisturise your cuticles daily with cuticle oil to keep nails happy and healthy. Finally, apply a heavier hand cream before bed to wake up with hands and nails that look and feel fantastic!

So there you have it – a little bit of TLC, and you can enjoy your gorgeous acrylics for longer. For all the goods you need to keep on top of your nail care, be sure to check out the full Prep, Removal & After Care collection here at Naio Nails.

How to get long nails

W hen it comes to nail growth, many factors are not within our scope of control. Nevertheless, it’s not a hopeless situation that you should leave entirely to chance. Practicing good nail hygiene as well as eating right will help push you towards the solution for this common beauty issue: how to grow longer nails!

Learning how to grow longer nails is not just about quick tips to grow your nails overnight but also about understanding that your nails need to be strategically cared for, just like every part of your body.

Your nails are made up of fragile layers and, as such, should be treated delicately. Long gorgeous nails are not necessarily made in nail salons. On the contrary, allowing your nails to breathe every now and then is a great start towards growing long, healthy nails.

Here are some effective methods on how to grow longer nails fast…

#1 . Stop nibbling on your nails; it’s not dinner

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“I love how my nails look after chewing them,” said no one ever. Unfortunately, this is a habit that’s surprisingly hard to stop, but if you are tired of hiding your hands under your sleeves in gatherings and want to grow long nails, then it’s time to desist from it.

To make a conscious step towards quitting this habit, try keeping your nails polished at all times. Preferably, use bitter nail polish to discourage any form of biting. Observe the triggers that lead to it and create an alternative activity. For instance, some people bite their nails when they’re bored or nervous, so try to distract yourself with something else whenever you feel the need to indulge.

#2 . Keep your nails dry often

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That hot bathtub soak is well endorsed, but regular prolonged baths would leave you squeaky clean and your nails extremely soft and easy to bend. While this will weaken your nails, it is sometimes unavoidable because laundry has to be done and dishes washed. You can wear gloves for activities that involve soaking your hands in water for a long time. Also, avoid opening cans with your nails, as this is a sure way to weaken or break them.

#3 . Try taking Biotin supplements

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This vitamin thickens the cuticle and prevents nail splitting, ultimately helping you grow longer nails. It is advisable to take this vitamin orally, either through foods that contain biotin or supplements. Foods that contain biotin include raw cauliflower, nuts, legumes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, etc.

The dosage of biotin supplements in adults should be 30mg daily. Biotin is not harmful to people who constantly ingest it. Although, there are cases when you need to seek medical help before taking biotin, like during pregnancy, because the prenatal supplements should already have high doses of biotin or if you’re taking drugs for seizures. Check with your doctor first to avoid interference with any other medications you may be taking.

Side note: Vitamin D has also been proven to help grow longer nails fast. Be sure to inquire with your doctor to know the right amount of supplements to take.

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#4 . Apply olive oil

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Olive oil has been around for a very long time and is found in many religious homes. Fortunately, it’s not just an anointing oil like many have relegated it to but is indeed rich in vitamin E and polyphenols. This oil gives the same results as most over-the-counter nail treatments when applied daily because it is absorbed easily into the nails to produce stronger and healthier nails.

Gently massage warm olive oil into your nails for at least 5 minutes, then let it sit pretty in a glove overnight, or soak your nails in warm olive oil for 20 minutes. Do this as often as possible, depending on how fast you want your nails to grow. Also, after using nail polish remover, work some olive oil into your fingers to help keep nails intact.

Here’s hoping these tips help you get the long and strong nails you’ve always dreamed of!

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