Not only does having long, beautiful and healthy nails make a woman feel classy and sexy, a nice set of manicured hands and feet can also boost a woman's confidence. The secret to long nails requires time, patience and constant upkeep. Depending on your current nail situation, by eliminating poor habits and incorporating a few new healthy habits, you too can have a gorgeous set of nails without using acrylics.
Do not chew on your nails or cuticles. Nails grow from an area called the matrix, which is located underneath your cuticle. The matrix is the living part of the nail that is protected by the cuticle skin. When new nail cells grow, the older nail cells are pushed out towards the fingertips.
It can take as long as four or six months for nail cells to fully regenerate so avoiding bad habits will help keep your nails growing.
Keep your cuticles from overgrowing by softening them. Submerge your cuticles in warm water and then gently push your cuticles back with a cuticle pusher. After the nail soak, put lotion on your hands and fingers to keep your hands moisturized. Moisturizer is necessary to keep hands and nails from becoming dry and brittle.
Avoid using nail polish removers that contain acetone. Acetone removes nail polish quickly, but dries out nails significantly. Instead of using nail polish remover, if it is possible, simply touch up the nails with polish. Also consider using a nail strengthener and growth formula to protect your nails.
Use manicure scissors to trim around the edges of the nails. Trim hangnails off carefully to avoid ripping the living tissue underneath the cuticle. Use a nail file to smooth each nails' edges.
Eat a well-balanced diet. If you are having difficulty growing your nails, consider the following dietary problems. If you are experiencing dryness and brittle nails, you could be lacking vitamin A and calcium. Increase intake by consuming dairy products and vegetables such as carrots, lettuce and spinach. If you have white bands around your nails, you may need to increase your protein intake. Dryness, rounded and curved ends and dark colored nails could be a result of an insufficient amount of vitamin B12. White spots on the nails could indicate not enough zinc in the diet.
Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated at all times. Not only will this help to increase your metabolism, but it will also to keep your nails healthy and growing.
Keep nail polish and nail polish remover out of the reach of children.