How to Grow Creative Nails

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Creative nails: Growing long and strong nails is a multi-step process.

As long as you take good care of your nails, you can grow them to the length you desire.

You need to start by making sure you stop bad nail habits.

After that, taking appropriate vitamins and manicuring properly will help you grow long, strong nails.

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Stopping Bad Habits

Stop biting your nails.

Biting your nails is detrimental to your health. Although a regular nervous habit for many.
It can cause bacterial skin infections on your hands and in your mouth.
If you have dry or loose skin around your nail beds.

Make sure to clip them away rather than biting them off.

  • Try keeping your nails neatly polished or add nail art, so you’ll be less apt to bite.
  • Chew gum when you’re bored. If you don’t have access to gum, play with a small ball, coin, etc.
  • Don’t bite the skin around your nails. You may convince yourself that by only biting the skin around your nails, you’re not actually harming the nail. This is false and will only cause your nails to weaken through the added moisture from saliva and make your nails prone to breaking.
  • Choose one nail a week that you won’t bite. Gradually add more “no-bite” nails to wean yourself off of the habit.
  • Consider talking to a therapist about anxiety, or something else that may be causing you to bite your nails, if your nail biting is severe.

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Stop wearing acrylics and gels.

Rushed removal of acrylic or gel nails leaves your nails dry, brittle, and unlikely to grow.

Even proper removal can damage your nails because it occurs with soaked nail-beds.

When your nail beds are wet, they are most sensitive.

  • If you wish to get gel or acrylic manicures, try alternating.
  • Get a traditional manicure between your gel or acrylic manicure.

Stop picking at your chipped polish.

Picking at your polish often removes the top layer of your nail bed.

This forms a weak base for your nails.

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Stop skipping base coats and topcoats.

 It is easy to skip base coats or top coats when you’re in a hurry and want your polish to dry fast.
However, when you skip these, you’re damaging your nail.
They protect your nails from staining; plus, they help the polish adhere to your nails.

So that it chips less. If it chips less, you’re less likely to pick at it and further damage your nails.

  • Carry pre-moistened nail polish remover packets in your purse for quick removal when your nails start to chip. This way, you won’t have to worry about picking at your nails.

Stop using your nails as tools.

Peeling labels, scrapping glue, or unfastening a keyring are all things that can easily damage or break your nails.
You might not even realize you’re doing it, but if you want to grow strong nails, you need to start to notice.
Also, try to keep your nails out of water for too long.

This can soften the nail and make it weak and flexible.

  • The best way to stop this is to slow down.
  • Have scissors available, or another tool, to help you open, scrape.
  • Or peel anything you need during the day.
  • Avoid doing activities that will cause your nail to bend.
  • Keep clear nail polish on nails to avoid biting your nails.

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Avoid putting stress on your nails that can lead to breakage.

For instance, if you pick off gel nail polish instead of soaking your nails.

You’re also removing some of the top layers of the nail, which weakens it.

Getting Proper Vitamins

Get plenty of Vitamin H (biotin).

Biotin promotes the growth and strength of nails, hair, and skin.

Aim to consume between 30 and 40 micrograms per day either through food or supplements.

Whole grains, mushrooms, bananas, salmon, and avocado are all great sources of biotin.

Eat foods with folic acid.

Folic acid, or Vitamin B9, helps prevent damage to your nerve cells and keeps red blood cells healthy.
It is the best vitamin for nail growth, and it is impossible to intake too much because your body naturally excretes the excess.
Fish, red meat, cheese, and fortified soy products are high in folic acid.

Consume Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is going to help strengthen of your nails.
The daily recommended dose is between 700 and 900 micrograms a day.
Sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and leafy greens are rich in Vitamin A.

Get plenty of Vitamin C.

 Vitamin C is most commonly known for aiding in immune health.
This means that it helps recovery inside the body.
This recovery helps promote nail growth and gives them strength.
Oranges, kale, strawberries, and bell peppers are high in Vitamin C.

Manicuring Properly

Shape and care for your base.

In order to grow your nails long and strong, you need to start with a proper base.
This means you need clean and healthy nails, to begin with.

File them into shape and keep your cuticles trimmed.

  • File them properly. Start from the outside edge and file toward the center.
  • Going back and forth in a repetitive motion will weaken your nails.
  • Choose the right nail shape to promote growth.
  • A basic round shape is easier to grow out of.
  • If you shape a square nail, you’re more likely to use it as a tool.

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Care properly for your cuticles.

 Soak your nails in warm water for 5 minutes to loosen your cuticles.
Do this up to 4 times a week. In order to get rid off the dead cuticle skin, put a cuticle remover on your nails and use a cuticle stick to push the dead skin back.

Rinse off the remover and debris (Recommended to do once a month).

  • For added cuticle health, put hyaluronic acid on and around your cuticles after pushing them back.
  • Keep them moisturized. Applying moisturizer around your cuticles will prevent hangnails and broken nails.

Apply strengthening treatments.

Several strengthening treatments exist. Once you’ve shaped a proper base and correctly cared for your cuticles, apply the one that fits your budget and schedule.

  • Serums are expensive but often produce the fastest and best results in strengthening nails.
  • Creams are perfect for everyday use.
  • You can buy intensive protein treatments in the form of a cream that you put on your nails in the morning and before falling asleep at night.
  • Strengthening polish will help keep your nails from chipping. It is very affordable and easy to use.
  • Use base or topcoats, and nail hardeners to keep your nails protected.
  • Keep in mind that with nail hardeners or anything similar, your nails have a better chance to snap or crack, which can be painful.
  • Jojoba oil is an oil that you can also use on your nails to make them more flexible, so rather than your nails snapping, they will bend.

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More tips

  • Do not use coconut oil and water together. And do not melt the oil.

  • Always carry a nail file. If one of your nails snags or breaks, file it rather than ripping it off.

  • Use nail polish without acetone if possible because it is better for your skin.

  • Put some olive oil and coconut oil in an old nail polish bottle, along with some lemon juice and vitamin e or d oil. You can apply this to your nails as a natural cuticle oil.

  • Leave cuticles alone! They are there to protect from fungus and infection. It has been scientifically proven that they make no difference to nail growth.

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  • Massage your cuticles 15 to 20 seconds every night before going to bed in order to improve blood circulation around the nails.

  • Petroleum jelly can lock in moisture and protect your nails from some environmental hazards. If you put petroleum jelly on your nails every night for a month, this may help them grow to be longer and stronger.

  • Keep your nails painted. This stops them from breaking during the day. If you notice your nail bending along with the polish, file it.

  • Nourish your nails and cuticles by massaging tea tree oil into your nail beds.

  • Mix hot water and coconut oil, dip your hands in it for 5–10 minutes, and dry. Then rinse your hands with cold water.
  • Never use olive oil. This just sits on the skin and nails.
  • Only use 100% jojoba oil as this is the closest oil to what we naturally produce and it will be absorbed quickly and produce growth.

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  • When filing your nails don’t trim/file them too low. Doing so may cause irritation around the tips of your nails and potentially prevent growth.

  • Stay away from taking prenatal vitamins. Although these are rumored to help you grow long nails, it puts you at risk of digestive issues.

  • Never use salt on nails! It’s very bad for them.

  • Just leave your nails alone and they will grow by themselves.

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