The Secrets to Long Nails: A blog around the secrets of long healthy nails and how to care for them. Also, some of my own tips on growing out your nails.
I have always been fascinated by long nails, but I could never get them to grow past my fingertips without breaking or splitting. That was until I started researching what it took to get them to grow and how to strengthen them. What I learned was that having long nails is not difficult, but maintaining them can be a challenge.
If you want long nails you must first understand how your nail grows, then you can watch for signs if something is wrong. Your nails grow from the base of your fingers. What you see when you look at your finger is the nail plate or “nail body”. The nail plate sits on top of your cuticle (the skin that overlaps your nail). The cuticle is a protective barrier that helps keep bacteria and other contaminants from getting under your nail plate.
So when you see someone who has perfectly manicured nails with no sign of any cuticles, it means they had their cuticles pushed back and removed. This can take away the protection of your nails, which may result in infection and possibly damage to the growth center-which will result in
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When it comes to long nails I often get asked how and why mine are so strong. The secret to my long nails is a good maintenance routine. I’ve been blessed with strong naturally healthy nails so I haven’t had to work that hard at keeping them in tip top condition. But the key is regular care and attention.
So here are my top tips for long nails:
Keep your nail beds short, this means less breakage.
Keep them filed into a rounded shape – square ends snap off more easily than rounded ones.
Make sure you moisturise your cuticles regularly, I do this every day after I’ve finished doing my make up and once a week I have a proper cuticle treatment (see below).
Use a hardener if you can – very occasionally I use one if they feel weak or brittle but they need to be used sparingly as they can make your nails too hard and then they just shatter.
I have to say I am a little bit obsessed with having long healthy nails. My obsession started when I was about 10 years old. I remember looking at my mothers hands, which were beautiful, and she had the prettiest nails I had ever seen. Her hands were clean, her nail tips were perfect and her cuticles were always trimmed back. She didn’t chew on them, she didn’t pick at them, and she just had these elegant nails that looked like they came from a salon.
When I asked her about it, she simply said “I take good care of them” and “a ladies nail should be clean and tidy, don’t chew on them”.
She taught me all that she knew about keeping your nails nice and over the years I have learned a few more things along the way.
I am going to give you some tips on how to have long healthy nails…
When it comes to long nails you will notice that they often require more attention than short nails. This is because long nails are more prone to chipping and breakage than short nails. If your nails have a tendency to break often, don’t worry there is still hope. A few simple steps can ensure that your nails stay intact for longer periods of time.
The first step in ensuring that you have strong long nails is to eat a balanced diet. You may be wondering how eating has anything to do with having strong nails well let me tell you. The foods we eat can provide our bodies with the much needed vitamins and nutrients our body needs for healthy hair, skin and nails. So eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins is essential for healthy hair, skin and nails.
You should also make sure that your hands do not get over exposed to water. Water can cause your hands and nails to dry out so limit the amount of time you spend washing dishes or doing other water related activities while wearing nail polish. If you must wash dishes or do other water related activities while wearing nail polish try wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands from drying out which could lead to brittle dry nails and peeling nail polish.
A final tip would be if you wear nail
When you ask people why they get their nails done, the most common response is to look pretty. I’m not saying that’s a bad reason, but there is much more to getting your nails done than just trying to impress others.
Our nails are constantly under abuse from typing on computers, washing dishes, using our hands for everyday tasks. Our nails can show signs of vitamin deficiency and health issues such as anemia, diabetes and thyroid disease.
The safest way to get nice looking nails without harsh chemicals is to use gel polish. It can be used on natural nails or acrylics. UV gel polish stays on 2-3 weeks and there is no dry time!
Getting your nails done is also a great way to relax and treat yourself – it’s pampering at its finest!
A good manicure and pedicure is relaxing and therapeutic. If you know how to take care of your skin, feet and nails then you will be able to maintain them in a healthy manner. You will also be able to prevent some common foot problems like corns, calluses and ingrown toenails.
The first step in a manicure or pedicure involves soaking your hands and feet for about 5-10 minutes in lukewarm water. This softens the cuticles and allows the nail tech to easily push them back without damaging the skin.
After this they will clean your nails using an orange stick or a cuticle remover. To remove any dead skin they may use a pumice stone or a foot file. The next step involves moisturizing your hands and feet using lotion, cream or oil.
After this they will trim your fingernails or toenails and shape them using a nail clipper or nail scissors. Your nails should be shaped according to the natural shape of your fingers and toes. Your nail tech may even use nail art tools such as rhinestones and stickers to give you a fancier look.
The final step for the pedicure includes applying a coat of polish on your nails followed by