Are you chasing that extra length and strength? You think you are doing well at growing your nails and then one breaks and you spiral into chipped tips and uneven lengths and you’re forced to cut them, putting you right back at square 1. Yep rant over, we’ve all been there.
Here are 5 proven ways to promote nail growth for long and strong nails!
1. Nail nutrients
Start your journey to long and strong nails by making some simple dietary changes. Having good nutrition will help speed up the nail growing process as well as increase your overall health.
Biotin is an essential vitamin that encourages the growth of hair and nails. You can increase your consumption through specific foods or by taking a supplement.
Below are some biotin rich foods that you should include in your diet now:
Nails are made up of protein therefore it is crucial to have a sufficient amount of protein in your diet, not only for your nails but your overall health.
Below are some protein rich foods that you should include in your diet now:
Having a zinc deficiency won’t only slow down the growing process but may also cause discolouration of your nails.
Below are some zinc rich foods that you should include in your diet now:
- Green Beans
- Soy beans
2. Nail treatment
An easy and effective way to promote nail growth is by applying a treatment to your nails. Soft, brittle and broken nails all scream the need for some TLC. Investing in a nail treatment may just be your solution for long, strong nails.
Sally Hansen has an amazing 7 in 1 nail treatment that works as a base coat, top coat, strengthener, ridge filler, brightener, moisturiser and helps promote growth. So no need to invest in a million products when this beauty does it all in 1.
How to use
- Apply to bare nails as a base coat.
- Apply as a top coat over nail colour.
Purchase Sally Hansen 7 in 1 treatment for $16.49 from Chemist Warehouse.
3. Stop biting
Nail biting generally stems from 1 of 2 causes, anxiety or boredom. However if you’re craving long and strong nails you will NEVER get there if you continue to bite them. So let’s get to the nitty gritty of it. How can you effectively STOP biting your nails?
Investing in a “bite no more” treatment is the most effective way to knock this nasty habit. There is a whole market for bitter tasting nail polishes that are created to leave a bad taste in your mouth when you go to bite to hopefully prevent you from biting your nails.
Other proven ways to replace biting your nails include:
- Using a stress ball
- Chewing Gum
- Investing in a Fidget toy
Purchase the Manicare “Bite No More” for $10 from Chemist Warehouse.
4. Shape your nails
Trim and file your nails regularly to help promote nail growth. Using a glass file has been linked to improved growth as it is gentle and seals rather than splits the edges of the nail.
Filing tip: Always file in one direction. Going back and forth can cause fraying and nail breakage.
Purchase a glass nail file for $11.99 from Chemist Warehouse.
Applying a hand moisturiser will help to strengthen damaged nails and encourage nail growth. Vaseline intensive hand cream is enriched with keratin to improve moisture and protect the nail beds.
Massage the hand cream into your nails, cuticles and hands several times a day for the best results.
Purchase Vaseline hand cream for $4.49 from Chemist Warehouse.