5 basic Nail Growth Tips!
*Disclosure: I have naturally long nails. I do these things to enhance my nails. everyone's nails are different and everything i do may not work for you!*
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1.Stop getting acrylics (for more than just a week)
Just in case you've been living under a rock over the years, acrylics are fake nails placed on your real nails, either painted a color of your choosing or covered in "fillings" -- a white or clear powder substance. Ladies, we can all probably agree that whether or not we get acrylics frequently, they sure do look gorgeous on our nails. HOWEVER, they truly weaken our natural nail bed and over time- they can make it extremely hard to grow your real nails out. Many girls will stop getting acrylics and then go back a week later because they notice that their nails are breaking. This is not the time to give up. After wearing acrylics for a long period of time your nails (as i just mentioned) are going to be significantly weaker than they really should be. You need to give your nails time to shed all the damaged nail and start over fresh (which may mean having little bud nails for alittle while). It is completely worth it in the end though because you may grow natural nails you never knew you had.
2.Stop using 100% acetone to remove polish
Acetone is the most effective way to remove nail polish. Unfortunately, it's harsh and can dry out skin and nails When your nails and skin around the nails are dried out, it stunts your nails growth. I prefer to use a strengthening nail polish remover because they contain less acetone than traditional nail polishes and they provide the nails with protein to encourage growth and strength. My favorite strengthening polish remover is this one pictured to the right by ULTA. It contains black currant, calcium, flaxseed and apricot kernal botanical oils, strengthens and nourishes your nails while quickly removing polish. There are lot's of other strengthening polishes to choose from- but this one has become my go-to.
3.utalize strengthening polishes
Many people doubt the strengthening nail polishes on the market, however, they really do work. My only disclosure about them is that you have to be somewhat consistent about how often you apply it to your nails. If you are new too wearing your natural nails and you have been wearing acrylics for a very long time, I would suggest applying a strengthening polish to your natural nails as often as 2-3 times a week. Typically, I try to save money by doing my own nails at home rather than going to a salon. When I do my own nails, I use a strengthening polish as mu base coat, apply my nail color, and then use the strengthening polish again as my top coat. This method works really well for me and has drastically changed how resilient my nails are to breakage. My favorite nail polish strengthener right now is the OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener Original Formula. (pictured bottom right) This stuff is the bomb. It provides maximum strengthening with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium. It is ideal for weak, damaged nails. (Results are based on variables, each ones desired results, correct application, type of work you do. On average, you should begin to see growth within 1-2 weeks, however, everyone's nails grow at a different rate.) The only downside to this product is the price. It is quite expensive for a polish at $17.95. However, the results are really mind-blowing. If this polish is alittle too pricey for you, another cheaper alternative is the Nail Life Revitalizer Treatment (pictured bottom left) which has a much lower price point at $7.99. This polish is more of a protein treatment because it is packed with calcium and amino acids. I used to use this all the time prior to my discovery of the OPI polish and it works just as well. The only difference is that you need to be consistent with this in order for it to work.
4.keep your hands and cuticles moisturized
Cuticles, or the thin and flexible skin around the bottom of your nail beds, are a key part of nail health – they protect your nails. If the skin around your nails is extremely dry- it can stunt nail growth. I like to use 100% extra virgin coconut oil to moisturize my cuticles. There are other more expensive cuticle oils on the market, but I use coconut oil for everything else so its super easy to just apply it to my hands and cuticles as well. If you have super dry hands or cuticles, one of my favorite hand creams is the Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Hand Cream. )(pictured right). It will literally leave your hands feeling baby soft and it has a great price point for the amount of product you get at $5.99.
5.DON'T CUT YOUR CUTICLES- EXFOLIATE THEM
Dermatologists say there's no good reason to cut the cuticles.Cutting them could open the door to infection or irritation. If you remove the cuticle, that space is wide open, and anything can get in there. Cutting your cuticles can also lead to nail problems, such as ridges, white spots, or white lines. This is why I choose to simply exfoliate dead skin around my nails- rather than pushing or cutting my cuticles.There are lot's of simple ways to do this. If you use an exfoliating scrub on your face, you could simply use the left of scrub on your nails to gently exfoliate around the nail cuticle and nail bed. You could also use a regular hand/body scrub. You guys already know I'm a Shea Moisture fanatic- so I enjoy using any of their hand and body scrubs, I think they are all amazing. You can use any scrub of your choice, I just highly suggest the exfoliating method over the clipping or cutting method. The cuticles grow for protection around the nail and theres no reason to completely remove them.