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How To Grow Your Nails Long And Healthy

How To Grow Your Nails Long And Healthy
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Now that summer has come to a close and winter lures on the horizon, it’s time to update your nail care routine to make sure they grow as long and as luscious as they do in the sunny months. So, if you want to achieve your healthiest nails yet, here a few tricks on how to grow your nails you won’t want to miss… 

Look After Your Cuticles 

The state of your cuticles can say a lot about the health of your nails. If they are dry or flakey, they definitely need some extra TLC if you want to achieve a smooth manicure.  

The solution to grow your nails? Incorporate a little cuticle oil into your regime. The OPI Prospa Nail and Cuticle Oil To-Go will do the trick nicely. Fortified with the brand's innovative Avocado Lipid Complex, as well as sunflower, sesame and kukui oils, it works to restore strong, beautiful nails, whilst conditioning and softening cuticles. 

Moisturise Your Hands Twice A Day 

If you think the skin on your face needs a lot of moisture, imagine how much your hands need to survive everything we put them through. Trust me, keeping them hydrated is no joke. It will not only keep your skin supple and more youthful, but will help your nails stay healthy too.  

To grow your nails, try incorporating the Elemental Herbology Hand Nutrition Intensive Hand and Nail Repair Cream into your daily routine. Formulated with argan and rosehip oils, apricot butter, keratin and pea extract, as well as omegas 3, 6 and 9, it nourishes your hands and cuticles. 

Shape Your Nails Correctly 

Whilst it can be tempting to file down your nails as quickly as possible using a sawing motion, this can be really damaging to your nail bed. That fraying can then lead to peeling and breakage. Instead, take your time to file in one direction using a fluid motion from side to centre.


I’d suggest using the brushworks Crystal Glass File. It is the most gentle way to shape (and if you do notice any feathering, massage cuticle oil into the nail). 

Related: How To Manicure Your Nails Like A Pro

Don’t Skip The Base Layer 

Don’t get me wrong, I understand how tempting it can be to skip the base layer step of your manicure, but that layer is actually the most crucial part of your manicure if you want healthy nails. A little like skincare, a lot of base coats have problem-solving properties that can deal with your nail issues whilst you wear them.  

Something like Nails.INC Back to Life Recovery Treatment and Base Coat works wonders and can help grow your nails healthierUsing five rich, reviving oils, the potent formula delivers effective relief to damaged fingertips and brings nails back to life. 

Your Diet Matters Too 

I don’t need to tell you the importance of a healthy diet, but if you want healthy, strong nails then it’s worth making sure you’re ticking a few dietary boxes. Make sure your diet is rich in protein and includes foods such as beans, fish and nuts. If you’re looking for supplements to support your diet, make sure they contain biotin, vitamin E and are rich in omega. 

And that’s how you’ll grow your nails in no time!  

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