Many factors affect nail growth. Because we are dedicated to beauty in women, and we won’t let the troubles of having short nails worry you, we made this guide to how to grow nails fast for you.
Some of the factors that affect nail growth are certain bad habits and improper nail care. Besides choosing good nail strengthening products, it’s important to consider changing such bad habits for a good nail appearance, all of which we discuss below.
Biting Your Nails
It’s irritating that adults bite their nails. That’s not the point any way. The point, however, is that it leaves your fingernails uneven and cuts the growth of the nail short. When you bite your nails, you increase the chance of growing bacteria on your fingers.
Polish your nails. Decorate the nails with your best choice of a manicure. When you feel like biting them, you will see the polished nails and let your manicure be. You will not want to ruin the beauty.
If you feel bored, buy chewing gum or do other minor activities with your time. If you can’t understand the level of boredom, then you will want to consult a therapist.
Skipping the Base Coat
Some ladies would not use a base coat when applying nail polishes. The reason is best explained by such women. But let us tell you, the base coat creates a protective layer over your nails, preparing them for your manicure.
Overuse of Gel and Acrylic Manicures
Of course, nothing is wrong with gel nails or acrylics manicures, but you understand the word ‘overuse.’ Excessive use of the two nail types makes your nails prone to damage. And they will affect the growth of the nails at the bud.
Chipping of Nail Polish
Although using chemicals like acetone to remove nail polish isn’t advisable, chipping the polish is not good either. There are special ways to remove nail polish, but chipping polish off your nails is just bad. As you chip off, some layers of your real nails go off with it. Your nails become weaker and brittle.
Using Your Nails as Tools
Your nail isn’t a toothpick, a lid opener or a cutter. Use scissors, and openers instead. We understand you are in a hurry and would use anything nearby, but please, not your nails. Use something else, something that won’t cause harm to you or your beauty.
Not Caring Properly for Your Cuticles
The cuticle is the root where your nails grow from. Care for them, and your nails will be nourished to grow faster. Massage moisturizing cuticle oils into your cuticles. If you would push them back, apply a cuticle remover over them and use a cuticle stick. After the process, massage them with products containing hyaluronic acid.
The Age Factor
Children’s nails grow faster than adults’. But this isn’t the same when such kids are at an infant stage. The nails of an infant grow much more slowly than adults’. Once the age reaches 10, the nails grow faster than those of an adult. And it remains as such till around 14. Then, as years pass by, the rate winds down, and the nails grow slowly.
Generally, the nails on your hands grow faster than your toenails. That is common science.
To be more specific, the nails of each finger on the hand or feet have a different growth rate. The pinky finger is the slowest. The thumbnails follow. The middle and index fingernails grow faster for everyone.
There is no huge difference in the length per growth for the same period. The length, however, can be measured in the small unit of millimetres.
Dominant Hands or Handedness
If you work your fingers every day, common and honest science says, your nails will grow faster and more beautifully. Nutrients and oxygen will circulate to the nails and enhance nail growth.
Therefore, the hands you use daily and regularly tend to have the nails grow faster than non-dominant hands. Applying that, ladies who use their hands and fingers more every day – typing, playing piano etc. – tend to grow nails faster.
Hormones are a substance that regulates certain activities in the body. Hormone imbalance and fluctuations of some hormones can lead to slow nail growth. Due to the influence of these hormones, pregnant women experience faster nail growth, lactating mothers grow nails slowly, and nails might grow faster before menstruation.
Some ladies might have nails that are naturally strong and that grow fast, while others may not. This could be associated with hormones.
Health conditions can affect the growth of nails. For instance, when the blood does not circulate well around the nails, it will inhibit nail growth.
Some symptoms noticed on the nails can also be a sign of health problems. For instance, yellowing of nails is a sign of diabetes, while yellowing thick nails, which have slow growth, are a sign of lung problems. White spots present on the nails might mean zinc deficiency. Calcium deficiency makes nails break easily.
Medications and Chemicals
Some medications affect the growth of nails too. So ensure you have the full backing of professionals before you use any type of medicine.
Also, some chemicals are harmful to the nails. They could destroy them totally. You could use gloves when you work with harmful chemicals. These chemicals include formaldehyde, camphor, sulfates, phosphates, parabens, etc.
Nails will grow faster in a hot climate. In the same manner, hot climates and different times of the year influence the growth of nails.
Proper nail care leads to faster growing, healthier nails. This includes cutting the nails, filing, using cuticle and nail treatments, always applying a base coat before doing the nails and choosing quality nail polishes. Pay attention to what you eat as well, as it is directly reflected on your nails.
The layered tissue of the nails that you see is called a stratified epithelium. It is made of a form of a protein called keratin. There are many layers of these protective protein cells on the nails. Keratin is also found in hair and skin.
Usually, the hard layers you see are called the nail plate. There is a layer below it called the nail bed. The dead skin around the base of the nails is called the cuticle and it houses the material that makes the nail plate.
There is an area in the cuticle called the matrix. This is the area that isn’t dead in the entire nail. The cell grows here and pushes the other, dead parts higher. When you cut the nails, you don’t feel any pain because those parts are dead cells. The life is below, at the base.
The rate of the nail growth varies from one person to another. The average length is 2-3mm a month. And you know there are other factors that influence the length and the growth of nails.
If you love the idea of homemade and natural nail growth remedies, because you thought natural is better, we are here to help. They involve the use of natural and simple ingredients you can find in your kitchen.
Growing Nails with Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a good bleaching agent. You could use it to remove the yellow stains in nails. It contains vitamin C, which helps your nails grow. However, lemons sting if you have cut or open wounds when you apply them.
- Pour one tablespoon of lemon juice and three tablespoons of olive oil into a bowl.
- Put in a microwave and heat for 20 seconds.
- Soak your nails in the solution for 10 minutes.
- Repeat the process every day.
- Slice the lemon in two halves.
- Rub the sliced lemon on your nails.
- Then wash off your hands with warm water.
Using Coconut Oil to Grow Nails
Coconut oil can prevent cuticle and fungal infection. It is a good example of a nail moisturizer and could help the nails grow faster, in addition to the nourishing effects. You remember that cuticles help the nails to grow? This oil helps to protect the cuticles.
- Get extra-virgin coconut oil.
- Warm it and massage it into your hands and nails daily at night, before going to bed.
- Massaging should be in circular motions to circulate blood.
- You will need 1/4 cup of organic coconut oil, 1/4 cup of honey, and 4 drops of rosemary essential oil. Mix the ingredients.
- Warm the solution in the microwave for 20 seconds.
- Soak your nails in it for 15 minutes. Follow this remedy once or twice a week.
Olive Oil As a Nail Growth Remedy
Under the section above, we mentioned the importance of cuticle moisturizers. One such moisturizer is olive oil. It offers deep penetration and contains vitamin E. It nourishes your cuticles and makes your nails grow faster and healthier.
- The olive oil should be warm.
- Massage on your nails and cuticles slowly for 5 minutes before you go to bed.
- Wear cotton gloves to sleep.
- Repeat the process daily.
Orange Juice Nail Growth Treatment
Orange juice contains folic acid and vitamin C. The former helps nails to grow, while the latter is an essential ingredient for the collagen production. If you have forgotten, collagen is the structural protein, which is necessary for skin growth. It is located in the connective tissues of the skin (ligaments and tendons).
- Pour some fresh orange juice in a bowl.
- Soak nails for at least 10 minutes.
- Use warm water to rinse off.
- Pat the hands dry and apply some hand cream.
- Do this every day until you are satisfied.
Using Horsetails to Grow Nails Fast
We wouldn’t have recommended horsetails because of some precautions, but the benefits aren’t simple. You only have to use it moderately. Horsetail is an ancient Greek herb. It contains calcium, silica and more that stimulates nail growth.
- Boil 2 cups of water.
- Pour 3/4 teaspoon of dried horsetail stems in the water.
- Cover for 10 to 15 minutes to let it steep.
- Sieve and let it cool.
- Soak your nails in this solution for 20 minutes.
- Do this four times a week.
- Also drinking horsetail tea daily is a good treatment for nails.
- Be moderate in your use of horsetail
- If you would use or have used other medication with or before it, let your doctor know.
- If you are the type that has vitamin B deficiency, this homemade remedy isn’t for you. Horsetails contain enzyme and thiaminase, which can destroy thiamine B1 through overdose.
How to Grow Nails with Stinging Nettle
Do you know silica helps in building nails? The stinging nettle is a herb that contains silica and other special ingredients that help grow nails fast.
- You will need 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried stinging nettle leaves.
- Put them in a cup of hot water. Cover and let it steep for 10 minutes.
- Sieve and add a little honey.
- Take a cup of the herbal tea.
Flaxseed Oil Nail Growth Remedy
Trying out flaxseed oil is a must. It contains omega-3 acid, which helps in nail growth. The omega-3 is helpful against skin inflammation, which means, while you use it as nourishment, it is protective too.
Not only that – it contains a host of important and helpful nutrients and vitamins: B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, lecithin, zinc and protein. It is a must try, as it works against cracking in nails, splitting, drying and brittleness.
When you want to buy flaxseed oil, buy and use the ground type, not the whole type, which is hard to digest for the body.
- Rub some flaxseed oil on your nails.
- Massage it gently for a few minutes.
- After the massage, cover your hands with gloves for a few hours. This retains the moisture.
- Repeat once or twice daily.
Note: See a doctor before using flaxseed oils. It is known to react with birth control pills, diabetes medications, hormone replacement therapy, and blood thinners.
How to Grow Nails Using Tomatoes
Biotin is important in nail growth, their shiny appearance and thickness. Tomatoes have biotin and vitamin C and A. and that makes it a good option for healthy nails.
- Pour 1/2 cup of tomato juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl.
- For about 10 minutes, soak your nails in this solution.
- Continue the process daily till you start seeing results.
Protein Treatment to Grow Nails Fast
Consuming more proteins stimulates the nail growth faster. Why? Your nails are a by-product of keratin, a form of protein. When your nails lack protein, they develop white spots.
Eat more portentous food such as lean poultry, fish, beef and pork, eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds, spinach and green vegetables.
Aside from the homemade remedies that we have mentioned, there are other specific – nutrients-rich, vitamin-rich – nail strengthening products that stimulate nail growth. They include:
Vitamin H (Biotin)
Like we said earlier, biotin is important to the nails, skin and hair. This important vitamin is found in foods you consume. 30-40 grams of biotin is enough for normal human and maximum nail growth. Consume supplements or foods such as banana, avocado, and salmon. As a result, your nails will grow healthier.
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)
Folic acid aids cell growth in general. The cells of the nails will not be an exemption, if you consume more of foods rich in folic acids. Such foods include leafy greens, eggs, beets, and citrus fruits. 400-500 mcg of the acid is required for normal humans.
In this case, orange and other citrus fruits are the best. Vitamin C is a good antioxidant in fighting bacteria. You should take more of vitamin from external sources because your body relies only on external sources to get them. Other foods that are rich in vitamin C are blueberries, tomatoes, leafy greens, and strawberries.
Vitamin A is good for it removes toxins that are harmful to the body. It is famous for being an antioxidant. With the help of this vitamin, the tissues, bones, teeth, and nails in the body are strengthened. Consume foods such as grapefruit, spinach, yams, and apples, eggs, liver, and milk.
Vitamin E Oil
If you care for natural oils for nails, then, you should get this vitamin often. It is available as a capsule, which you consume like a drug. Get the oil on the market and apply it to your nails and cuticles before going to bed every day.
We can’t just leave you without some tips. You have all the information for healthier nails, but you need to know some avoidable mistakes that could mess things up and make you far from the gorgeous nail appearance that this guide promised.
Are you in? Let’s move on.
- If you can afford it, do manicures as often as possible to help your nails grow. They make the nails appear beautiful and stimulate nail growth.
- Formaldehyde, toluene or sulfonamide are the worst contents a nail polish should contain. Don’t buy them.
- Use cuticle removers, nail cutters or special tools to remove hangnails or trim nails.
- Eat well. Proteins, vitamins, calcium etc.
- If you enjoy them, consume multi-vitamins and other supplements.
- Moisturize your nails with petroleum jelly every night before you sleep.
- In the morning, expose your nails to the fresh sun and let them capture some vitamin D.
- Maximum blood circulation is good for the nail growth. Exercise daily to get the blood pumping.
- Don’t pick, trim, cut or bite your nails with teeth.
- Use a base coat during manicures. Don’t skip it.
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