How to Grow Longer & Stronger Nails

Easy DIY tips for achieving the best that your nails can be!

Natural, Long Nails

Having long nails is not achievable without having strong nails. Your nails need to be resilient to conditions that may jeopardize its length (i.e. typing, cleaning, sports, etc). I have set out a list of tips that I live by in order to grow and maintain my long nails. If short nails are your thing still check out the tips for stronger nails. 

What I Do For Strengthening

  • What foods are you putting into your body? A balanced diet plays a large factor in nail health! 
     
  • Drink your water daily! Create a reachable goal of drinking so many ounces to hydrate your body. Ideal goal: 8 glasses; 8 oz. each.  
     
  • Carry a travel-size bottle of lotion, cuticle cream, or cuticle oil. Massage the product all over your cuticles and nail bed to restore moisture throughout the day. Vitamin E, organic coconut oil, and argan oil are your heroes to keeping dry, brittle nails at bay. 
     
  • Gently rub your chosen oil over your nails and cuticles before hitting the pillows for an increase of moisturizing time. 
     
  • Using an acetone-based nail polish remover? Thoroughly wash your hands with gentle soap that has added moisturizing agents (e.g. SoftSoap's Soothing Aloe Vera). Though acetone is a very effective remover it is also very drying! 
     
  • Wear rubber gloves whenever exposing your nails to chemicals! Such situations include but are not limited to: washing dishes; cleaning; hand-washing clothes. Nails are 10 times more absorbent than skin, according to Dana Stern, M.D., a New York city-based dermatologist who specializes in nails and nail disorders. So it is no surprise that your nails will absorb not only water but also the chemicals that come with it.  

What I Do For Lengthening

  • File a little bit of your nails (about .4 - 1 mm) to rid of any possible chipped ends once a week. This ritual enables a smoother process of growth.
  • Do not use your nails to open containers, type on the keyboard, or any other laborious actions. Doing so will earn you a ticket to shorter, chipped nails. Instead, use the pad of your fingers.

Note: These tips are not to be used as a treatment for any health conditions nor are they medical advice. Participate at your own risk.

*This article was featured on Nail It!