Gel and acrylic nails are still riding high on the fashion trend, but they’re no substitute for the real deal. Sure they’re pretty, but fake nails can damage your nail beds and make them prone to breakage.
How then can you grow long, strong and beautiful nails?
Here are some tips and tricks:
1. Break bad nail habits
The first step is to break your bad habits that have kept your nails short and brittle. Nail biting is the most common culprit. A few ways to break the habit is to keep your hands busy like crocheting or sewing.
2. Increase biotin intake2. Increase biotin intake
If you regularly get nail breakage, then you may need to supplement your diet with Biotin, a B vitamin. Your nails need this vitamin to grow strong and long. You can also eat include more biotin-rich foods such as tomatoes, turkey, tuna, and mushrooms into your diet to supply your nails with the biotin it needs.
3. Hydrate nails with oils
Dry nails are more likely to break and split than they should. Hydrate your nails with oils such as rosehip seed oils and organic argan by simply massaging a couple of drops into your nails and cuticles nightly. This oil massage will also help increase blood supply to your nailbeds and hasten nail growth.
4. Nourish from the inside out4. Nourish from the inside out
While hydrating with oils is important, do not neglect to nourish and hydrate from the inside, too! Drink at least 8 glasses a day. Eat more foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, dairy, grass-fed beef, almonds, and walnuts to keep your nails hydrated.
Vitamin A is essential for healthy nail growth. Consume foods packed with this vitamin such as pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and carrots.
5. Don’t forget to take care of your cuticles5. Don’t forget to take care of your cuticles
Your cuticles are the foundations of your nails so they deserve your love and attention, too. Gently push back your cuticles with a pusher to make your nails appear longer. Do this instead of snipping your cuticles as this will leave an entry point for bacteria to crawl into and cause an infection.
6. Keep your nails at the right length and shape6. Keep your nails at the right length and shape
The best way to keep your nails looking gorgeous is keeping it at the right length and shape. There are five common nail shapes you can choose from: square, oval, round, pointed, and squoval (a combination of oval and square).
When shaping your nails, always file in a single direction, as going back and forth can cause tearing.
Read the full article by InstaNatural here to see more tips and tricks to maintaining long, strong, and beautiful nails.
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