Long, strong and beautiful nails form an integral part of our style-statement and also give a boost to our self-confidence. Don’t worry if you don’t have long nails. You can always transform your short and weak nails into long and beautiful ones that are usually flaunted by your friends and favorite celebrities. A set of simple dos and don’ts will help you a lot. This includes wearing rubber gloves while doing household chores like dishwashing, cleaning or gardening. You must also dry them completely after swimming or showering because chances of fungal growth increase in damp nails. You should also air out your shoes and wear 100% cotton socks because they reduce dampness and thus avoid the risk of fungal growth. To grow long nails fast enough you should regularly file your nails, use nail hardener and drink plenty of water and avoid polish removers that have acetone. Moreover, people with healthy nails tend to eat vitamin B7 (biotin) rich foods like eggs, sweet potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflowers, broccoli and cabbage. Eating protein rich foods like meat, fish, pulses and soya can also help your nails grow long and strong.
Diet for healthy nails
Vitamin A, B-complex, C, D and E play a tremendous role in giving us healthy and strong nails. Minerals like zinc, calcium, iodine, iron and sulphur also yield strong and healthy nails. You can intake these vitamins and minerals from a wholesome diet comprising seafood, poultry, cheese, eggs, nuts, liver, shellfish, lettuce, lentils and spinach. Drinking loads of water would also help achieve the goal.
Routine care and home remedies also play a cardinal role in making one’s nails strong and healthy. People remove dirt and dead-skin from the nails using a nail brush. Wear gloves while doing household chores like washing and cleaning; a bit of moisturizing is considered good but one should keep the nails dry because excessive moisture and dampness cause the nails to turn brittle.
Use nail polish remover. It is recommended that you use one that is acetone free. File your nails every week. Use a cuticle cutter to get rid of the unwanted nail-cuticles. People also tend to push cuticles back (at 45 degrees) instead of cutting. Use a cuticle oil to give your cuticles a massage. If you don’t have a cuticle oil you may mix some oil in warm water. Soak your nails in warm water to push the cuticles back in their place. Now remove oil from your nail bed. Use a base nail hardener. Now apply a nail polish and then apply a cuticle cream. Use a hand cream in the last.
If you are in extreme hurry to get long nails for an up-coming wedding or party then you can apply fake ones. Acrylic nails are the best option for that. Learn how to do it through, "How to do Acrylic Nails."