Once upon a time (what feels like forever ago, really), I had great nails. When I was living in Taiwan, due to the extreme heat and the fact that I was screaming for over half the day (kindergarteners are hard to talk over, okay?) I chugged water like there was no tomorrow. You know how you’re supposed to drink two liters of water per day? I probably drank twice as much and didn’t even acknowledge how much water I was consuming. This made my nails grow like perfectly hydrated weeds.
When I moved home, things had changed. I was no longer inhaling mass amounts of water on a daily basis. To furthermore send my perfectly healthy nails to their impending doom, I also became addicted to getting my nails done with gel polish. As I was always in school, working, or at events with my significant other, I was prone to chipping my polish and I didn’t have much time to maintain my nails. So gel nails seemed like a good option, right?
After having gel nails as a staple in my life for the past year and a half, my nails started breaking and cracking at the touch of every laptop, coffee cup and car door. It wasn’t a cute look.
So, I removed the gel polish, trimmed my super-thin nails down to a point where they wouldn’t be a bother and set out to grow my nails naturally! Here are a couple of tips if you’re thinking about growing your nails out too:
- Stay as far away from gel nail polish as possible.
Sure, it may make your nails look pretty right now, but it’s only a temporary solution that causes even more nail-breakage (and heartbreak, if you ask me). Every time you go to the nail salon to get your nails filled-in, they thin down your real nails. You may not think much of it at the time, but it’s making your real nails even more fragile!
- Buy a strengthening top and base coat of polish.
Just cause you’re growing out your nails doesn’t mean you can’t paint them anymore! Just make sure you invest in a top and base coat that’ll protect and strengthen your nails.
- Drink lots of water.
Hello people – learn from my mistakes: If all of that water I was drinking was making my nails beautiful and unbreakable, then why did I ever stop? Drink as much of this life-source as you possibly can.
- Add Vitamin H and foods rich in folic acid to your diet.
Vitamin H is commonly found in bananas, avocados, whole grains and much more! This infusion of biotin will help grow those nails out in no time. Fortified soy products, cheese and red meat have lots of folic acid; which will help avoid any damage to nerve cells and keeps red blood cells healthy. Super important.
- Take care of those cuticles.
Whenever you have time the during the week, soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes and then push the dead skin back on your cuticles. This will make nail beds appear longer and keep your nails healthy. Bonus points if you coat your cuticles in coconut oil. This will help keep the skin around your nails moisturized and keep your nails in perfect condition.
With this new regiment, I hope I’ll get my nails back to good health in no time. What do you do to take care of your nails? Leave me some tips down below!