Do you find it difficult to grow long and healthy nails? Do they chip and break whenever you attempt to do so?
This article will not only provide you with tips on how to grow your nails, but also give you information on how to maintain them so they remain strong and healthy.
1 – Lemon/orange and olive oil
1tbsp. lemon juice/orange juice
3tbsp. olive oil
Mix the two ingredients and heat them up before soaking your nails in the mixture for 10 minutes every day.
Lemons and oranges contain vitamin C and folic acid, which is essential for nail growth since it aids in collagen production.
Olive oil, on the other hand, balances the lemon’s acidity and gives the cuticle the moisture it needs to allow the nail to grow. However, if your nails are already hydrated, you can use less olive oil or cut a lemon and rub it on your nails before rinsing your nails with warm water.
Remember not to use the second method if you have hangnails or cuts.
2 – Biotin
Eat biotin-rich foods since this vitamin not only promotes nail growth and strength, but it also aids in hair growth by aiding the keratin infrastructure.
Biotin-rich foods include tomatoes, almonds, eggs, nuts, legumes, milk, meat, lentils, and many others.
If you want, you can also consult with your doctor and take some biotin supplements.
3 – Flaxseed oil
Gently rub some flaxseed oil once a day on the base of your fingernails for a few minutes.
Due to its high Omega-3 content, this oil promotes nail growth and helps get rid of brittle, chipped, and dry nails.
4 – Coconut oil & honey
¼ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup of honey
Mix the ingredients, warm them up, and soak your nails in the mixture for 15 minutes twice every week.
Coconut oil and honey contain antibacterial properties that cure the nail from any fungal diseases, infections, and hangnails. Additionally, it also strengthens the cuticle, resulting in strong, long, and healthy nails.
5 – Tomatoes
½ cup tomato juice
2tbsp. olive oil
Mix the ingredients and soak your nails in it for 10 minutes once every day.
Tomatoes contain biotin and vitamin A and C, all of which promote nail growth and strength.
6 – Protein
Since protein is an essential building block of nails, make sure that you have enough protein in your diet since people with protein deficiencies are more prone to having weak and brittle nails.
Introduce more protein to your diet by eating eggs, beef, chicken, fish, nuts, green vegetables, and other foods.
More tips for growing long and healthy nails:
- Let your nails “breathe” by not applying chemicals, nail polishes, and glued-on nails too continuously.
- Use acetone-free nail polish remover.
- Keep your nails filed; remember to file in one direction only to prevent breakage and splitting.
- Soften your nails and push back your cuticles every now and then to prevent them from hindering nail growth, but do not cut them since that might cause infections.
- Don’t bite your nails.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of water.
- Trim your nails to promote growth.
- Keep your nails moisturized.
Try out these tips to enjoy long, healthy, and strong nails without worrying about their brittleness, breakage, and chipping; and always remember: break your old nail habits, not your nails!
By: Luma Kudsiova