To get beautiful long natural nails it can take weeks.
I know and I wish I could tell you something more exciting. But I can’t.
There is no magic trick how to grow them faster, other than extensions. (Which is not bad at all if you can find a really good nail stylist).
If you are reading this article, you probably do not have long nails (yet), so, you have two main options to choose from:
- You go to the nail salon and get them done with gel or acrylics, or
- Give your natural nails a lot of time and caring love on daily bases. Wait a few weeks/months and grow them naturally.
Let me jump into the details for each one.
Nail Salon – Gel or Acrylic Nails
If you are thinking about visiting the nail salon, that is super fine, but it’s also super important, that you find a good one. In fact, search for the best one you can find in your neighborhood.
Nails, extended with gel or acrylic can be gorgeous, but 80 % of them on the streets looks like crap. Too thick, superficially shaped and without finishing details. Sorry for being harsh, but that is the truth. True nail stylist is artistic soul, obsessed with proportions and details.
Remember that good and very skilled nail technician can make you set of shorter extensions even with quality gel polish.
Don’t: never ever go to the nail salon thinking you are going to get your nails extended with gel (or acrylic) and then grow them naturally from that point.
It won’t work. Why not? Because gel (or acrylic) isn’t meant for short-term wear but long-term wear. Putting them on and a few weeks later again off would just leave you with unnecessary scratches on the nail plate. (I will talk about this in future posts.)
Ok, Let’s Talk About Naturally Long Nails
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If you did not succeed until now then you need to make some changes to get the effect that you want. Most nail problems are solved with few changes in eating habits, choosing better products and start taking care of the nails. Let’s go.
- Improve your eating habits
- Drink a lot of water
- Start filing nails as you should
- Apply a lot of Cuticle Oil
- Protect your hands and nails
So first things first – find out what is the problem?
1.) Improve Your Eating Habits
Define the problem and eat more foods that are good for your nails.
Below you can find the most common problems and most common suggestions what your body is missing and where you can start today.
Slow growth, weak nails?
Splitting and brittle nails?
Proteins, vitamin B2, calcium, magnesium, silicon, iodine, and iron
Furrows that run along the length are normal in adults and increase with age. Long lines can also cause diseases such as psoriasis, and frostbite. Those that run through the width of the nail can be due to high fever, pregnancy, lack of zinc or measles in childhood.
Zinc and silicon
Skin exfoliation around the nail:
Carotenoids, vitamin A
Where can we find them?
Peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, egg yolks, beef liver, milk, curd, nuts, sesame seeds, brown rice, soy, lentils, avocado, sweet potato, cauliflower
Oysters and all seafood, lamb, wheat germ, veal liver, beef roast, pork, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, sardines in oil, and lentils
Millet, oats, barley, rice, wheat, onion, and red beet
Liver, red meat, egg yolk, oysters, pulses, hazelnuts, oatmeal, and fish
Smoked mackerel, shellfish, crustaceans, salmon, milk, onions
Peas, oranges, corn flakes, potatoes, pork, peanuts, milk, and sunflower seeds
Beef, poultry, eggs, yogurt, milk, Brussels sprouts, almonds, nuts, and corn flakes
Wheat germ oil, almonds, soybeans, eggs, oatmeal, peanuts, avocado
Carrots, peppers, chili, tomatoes, shrimp, spinach, red onions, watermelon, melon, parsley
Flavonoids and vitamin C
Berries (cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries…), red beet, eggplant, grapefruit, lemon, chocolate, green tea
All types of meat and fish, milk products, soybeans, whey, and soybean protein drinks, pulses
Dietary supplements designed for pregnant women are great for the nails. For me, Jamieson Prenatal multivitamin has been great. I am taking them a few months now and my nails are stronger than ever.
2) Drink a Lot of Water
We all know that we cannot live without water. Dehydration also affects your nails, so drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.
3.) Start Filing Nails as You Should
Is super easy if you learn how to do it right. Get the right nail file (check post The best nail files for natural nails) and start filing as you should.
YES: Always file in one direction only! The best way is from the side to the center and so the nails will not tear or split. The edges of the nail must be perfectly smooth, which can be done with a 240 grit nail file.
NO: Never start filing wet nails (right after a shower, swimming or doing dishes). When we are in water nails get soft and can be damaged easily.
4.) Apply a Lot of Cuticle Oil
Cuticle oils are super important for moisturizing the skin. It is best to daily massage it into the nail and cuticle.
Why it is so important? Well, it improves nail growth and protects the skin around the nail. Because the cuticle becomes more healthy, nails become more flexible, moisturized, and resilient. Cuticle oil also prevents hangnails because it shrinks and tightens the cuticle.
I would recommend any one of these three:
- Organic Dadi’Oil
- SolarOil (CND)
- OPI Cuticle Cream
5.) Protect Your Hands and Nails
There are some golden rules to follow if you are not born with rock hard nails and want to have them healthy, natural, and long.
- Do not do the dishes or cleaning without household gloves. Why would you?
- Do not use nails as tools (scratching old tape from the table or food residues off the plate, cleaning your phone case…). Just don’t.
- If you live in a country where you have cold winters, wear gloves and use a lot of hand creme (best with Shea butter or similar.
- Use acetone-free nail polish removal with oils added. Even when you don’t want to wear color nail polish, use some kind of clear coat on to protect nails from water, sun rays, scratches, etc.
Take care! <3