Who doesn’t like to have that extra length to show off that’s better than any added accessory in your outfit? It can however get wearisome trying to take care of your beautiful long nails to ensure length along with strength. Let’s look at a few Dos and Don’ts for your nails’ healthy growth:
Apply Lemon and Coconut Oil
Rub a slice of lemon on your fingernails and toenails every day for 5 minutes and rinse off with warm water. This would ensure that the Vitamin C has been soaked in by your nails which would help you get rid of any stains on them and promote healthy growth.
Next, every day before going to bed, apply and massage warm coconut oil onto your nails in circular motions. This will help boost nail growth.
Biotin is an important supplement of Vitamin B which helps maximise the growth of hair and nails. A regular dosage of biotin (everyday) has statistically proven to strengthen nails.
Use Alternatives to Toxic Nail Paints and Avoid Wearing Glue-on Nails
Excessive application of nail paints consisting of toxic chemicals such as toluene formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) should be avoided and replaced with water-based formulations.
This will help reduce your nails’ brittleness. Regular and long wearing of artificial nails also affects the health of your nails adversely.
Massage with Olive Oil
Olive oil proves to be the best cure for brittle and damaged nails. It penetrates to the inner layer of your nails and cuticles ensuring hydration while soothing the area altogether.
The best way to make use of olive oil would be to massage your nails with warm oil for 5 minutes every day and let it rest while covering your hands with gloves overnight.
Purchase Nail Hardeners
Nail hardeners are essentially produced to make nails less prone to breakage by making them hard and strong hence promoting growth.
Hardeners are used in a similar way that nail polishes work. These are painted onto the nails with a brush and later taken off with the help of a nail paint remover.
However, prolonged usage of nail hardeners is also advised against since it may lead to even weaker nails in the long term. This is better suited to achieve a short-termed result.
Follow a Robust Grooming Routine
It is imperative to practice a healthy nail care routine to ensure longevity, length and vigour. In an ideal nail grooming routine:
- The unhealthy habit of biting or chewing nails should be rectified.
- Sharpened nail cutters are advised to be used.
- Frequent moisturisation around nails ought to be promoted.
- Keeping your nails dry and clean shall be an act of priority.