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How To Grow Stronger Nails

Updated on February 17, 2016

Healthy Nails

Getting Started

Growing stronger nails takes time and dedication. Not everyone will have long nails but with the proper care, nails with grow. Lack of nutrition and improper care of nails both contribute to unhealthy nails. Being consistent using proper nail care techniques will help the nails grow healthy and strong.

Use a Licensed Manicurist

If you are someone that chooses to have a manicurist to take care of your nails, make sure she or he is licensed. This can be done by taking a look to see if their license is posted close by their work area. There are proper techniques that licensed individuals should be taking for example - not using the same supplies on clients without sterilizing them. If you are someone that notices that this is not the case, simply try visiting another shop.

Nutrition For Healthy Nails

Eating healthy plays a major role on how to grow strong nails. When iron levels are low nails tend to soften. Low biotin levels may cause brittle nails. Taking 30 micograms daily will help make nails stronger. Salmon, liver, and eggs are all sources of biotin.

White spots on the nails may be an indication of zinc or calcium deficiecy. Taking 1,000 milligrams to 1,200 milligrams for adults is the reccomended daily amount for healthy nails. Orange juice, milk, and leafy green vegetables like greens and broccoli are also great soures for calcium.

How to Polish Nails Properly

Start by making sure the hands and nails are clean. Orange wook sticks can be used to clean under the nails. Nail polish that is not too old should be used to prevent clumping and longer drying time. To maintain a longer wear, a top coat and base coat should be used. Three strokes should be used. The center of the nail should be polished first then both sides.

How to File Your Nails Properly

The way that most people file nails in a swaying back and forward position is not the correct way. This can damage the nails. The correct way would be to start on either corner making short strokes in the same direction towards the top of the nail. Then file the top of the nail. For best results try using crystal files. They cost a bit more than emory files but they last longer are more gentle on nails minimizing split nails.

How to Care For Damaged Nails

There are several ways that nails can become damaged. Nails can become cracked or torn by trauma. Nails can also be discolored by nail fungus or disorders.

Caring For Nails That Are Cracked or Broken

Nails that are cracked should bet carefully clipped and filed. Care must be given not to trim the nail down too far especially if the nail is damaged close to the finger. Once the nail is trimmed down, it should be filed and buffed so that the nail does not have any sharp edges.

Caring For Nails That Have Nail Fungus

Professional manicurist should not rendor services to clients that have any type of nail disorder that can be tranferable. Prior to offering services the manicurist will analize the hand and nails and may reccommend that the client see a doctor.

Until a doctor is seen, the nails should be kept clean and dry. There are over the counter products that will help rid the nails of fungus however if no visible results are seen within a couple of weeks then a physician should be seen. Prolonging treatment may result in loss or further damage of the entire nail.

How to Take Care of Your Cuticles

Cuticles should be kept soft and conditioned by using cuticle oil or lotion. Clipping cuticles is not necessary but if one desires caution must be taken when trimming cuticles too close to the skin. The cuticle can be pushed back with an orangewood stick gently just a little to promote faster nail growth.

The Difference in Tops Coats & Base Coats

Some seem to think the two are pretty much the same but that is not true. The base coat is used to protect the nails from pigments in the polish. The pigments may cause nails to turn yellow. The top coat is much shinier and is used to seal and protect the polish.

Growing stronger healthier nails is not hard to do. Nails come in different lengths, shapes, & sizes, but anyone can have healthy nails. In time, with proper care using the right products, nails will grow longer and stronger.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I try to take of my own nails, but can never do as beautiful a job as the manicurist. Thanks for these tips which can help me improve.