We’re stepping into my favorite arena of the beauty world today…NAILS!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been on my #OperationNailGrowth grind in an effort to whip my nails back into shape after a couple months of nubby little beds! My nail care routine has been pretty legit recently; I’ve been using some new products + techniques to stimulate growth…and they’re working!
I could talk about nails all day, but I whittled this post down to my most important care tips of the moment!
Check them out. –>
Not to beat a dead horse, as I’m sure you’ve heard this time + time again, but eating right + staying hydrated is not only important for your nails, but your overall health as well. Maintaining a balanced diet filled with lots of protein, fruits, and veggies is key. And of course, water! Lot’s + lots of water. Seriously. Drink water all freaking day!
2. Round ’em up.
This is a personal preference, but one that proves time and time again to be most effective for me when trying to grow longer nails. In my experience, round nails are far more durable than a set square ones. I swear, the corners on a square nail are begging to be broken. When my nails are very short [like so short it’s impossible for them to break any shorter], I’ll opt for a square look, but when they begin to grow, I prefer them to be round or almond. 🙂
3. Be Gentle!
I cannot stress how freakishly careful I am 24/7. I try to remember to be gentle when opening doors or cabinets, turning on the shower, picking up boxes, cleaning or organizing…when doing annnnything! I never not do something because I’m scared to break a nail [I don’t want to be that girl] I just do things more delicately lol. And gloves! Always wear gloves when doing dishes!! Your nails are jewels, not tools. 😉
4. Gimmie the juice!
Moisturizing is incredibly important. I leave moisturizer + cuticle oil everywhere + always have it on hand if I leave the house! Keeping your nails and nail beds hydrated not only keeps the nail strong, but the cuticles healthy as well. It doesn’t matter if your nails are long, short, polished or naked…as long as they’re clean + you keep them moisturized, they will look great! Tip: make it a habit to moisturize right after you wash your hands or get out of the shower.
I have taken vitamins on and off for years, but only recently began sticking to it! My boyfriends Aunt is a nail tech, and happens to have some of the longest + strongest nails I’ve ever seen! We got to chatting a few weeks ago about vitamins + she had some seriously convincing reviews on two different kinds. So naturally, I immediately went to pick them up!
- The first was biotin! I had never taken a straight Biotin pill before, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt! You can take this particular vitamin up to 5x a day. Click here to order!
- The second was this collagen beauty builder…essentially a hair, skin, and nails vitamin. After hearing about the magic it worked for not only her nails, but her hair, I could not wait to start swallowing these suckers. You can take 3 pills up to twice a day. These can be found exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond or online. Click here to order!
After using both for 2+weeks now, I can certainly say that I’ve noticed a bit of a difference! No negative effects whatsoever, but I’m curious to see how they continue to work for me!
The jury is out on gel manicures nowadays. I used to be a huge advocate, but there are a lot of mixed feelings about their pro’s/con’s lately. The UV light + acetone removal process raise concerns for many.
I haven’t abandoned my gel mani’s completely, but I do take some precautions. To combat the negative effects, I try to make each manicure last for at least 2 weeks. If I experience any lifting, I’ll buff the edges of the gel down + then paint over the gel with a regular polish to extend the life of the mani + keep my acetone usage to a minimum.
Example:Another tip is to take an old pair of gloves, cut the finger tips off, and wear them when you’re using the UV light! Just make sure the gloves don’t shed after you snip them [I made that mistake once. Mani = ruined].
For me, a gel manicure is a surefire way to keep my nails from breaking, in turn, helping them to grow. 🙂
If you’re in the process of trying to grow your nails out, I hope that these tips help you a little bit. Let me know if you give any of them a try!
Do you have your own tricks for growing long + strong nails? I’d love to hear them!