Wednesday, 27 March 2013

How To Make Your Nails Grow Healthy!

On the nails I'm wearing Jessica in 560 Just Married...






Quite a few people asked recently what I did to my nails to make them grow healthy... If you look at some of my older nailpolish blogposts you will see that only a couple of months ago my nails were pretty short... I wore short nails for years, and literally couldn't get them to grow at all, they were too brittle and would start breaking as soon as I'd try to get them a little longer... I used to wear long nails all the time, but then something happened and they became too weak for me to wear them in any other shape or form other than very short... I kind of got used to short nails and gave up on the idea that one day I might be able to wear long nails again... But with the rounded long nail trend all over the runways I started to really crave long nails... 


This is what I did and I am still doing, and it helped me over time: I begun noticing that suddenly my nails would not be as brittle any more and start growing slowly... At that point I started taking vitamins - Centrum [for women] is a multivitamin specifically designed for women supporting balanced women's nutritional needs... It has Calcium, Iron, Folic acid, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, Copper, Zinc, Biotin [great for hair], and Selenium [great for nails]... I have taken it for a month and now I moved onto Centrum Advanced... Apart from that I also started drinking a lot more milk, as well as adding lots of different seeds and nuts to my salads... One of my favourite snacks right now is a small bowl of almonds soaked in water overnight, they get plum and crunchy, I just peel off the skins and munch on them when watching a movie in the evening...

Another point that seems to be crucial for my nails is the shape... I love the square nail shape on short nails, and realised when trying to grow my nails, the first things that would snap off were the edges, I never was fond of round nail shape until this year's nail trends... By reshaping my nails and giving them a rounder edge a lot of the breakage was cut down... Eventually I'd shape them into a sharper round edge which I love, I find long nails with an absolute straight square shape rather old fashioned and tacky looking, it should have at lease a slight accent of a rounded edge... The rounded shape, looks fresh, modern and actually made a lot of my nailpolishes look a lot more beautiful than they looked on the short nails...

In terms of nail care all I use is Essie Protein Base Coat [for full review click here!] - and you can see there how short my nails used to be just two months ago... It's a lovely base and although I prefer matte bases I just love how my nails look and don't want to change anything in my nailcare routine just because I don't know what exactly helped to make my nails grow, though I have a feeling it's the combination of food, vitamins, and nailcare altogether... Also I find that looking after cuticles is a very important step to get your nails to look healthier... I use the Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover [for full review click here!]... 

So far my nails have been growing and growing and I only cracked two nails when I was putting the wheels on the new wheelie bins that were delivered few days ago, but other than that they have done extremely well... So I hope some of these tips I have shared will also help you! If I managed to grow my nails after they were brittle for  about 3-4 years before, so can you!

LOVE

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