American women are estimated to spend $3 billion annually in order to grow nails faster. However, experts believe all this is not necessary. There are many home remedies to help you maintain your nail health. If you find your nails are getting brittle and are always catching on fibers etc, try these easy ways to grow nails faster.
1. Always plan your manicure after bathing
Dry nails are often more difficult to trim and leave jagged edges that could get caught on surfaces. Always trim your nails after bathing as they are softer and more manageable. Trimming nails regularly won’t make them grow but they will be definitely a lot cleaner and you can avoid catching dirt underneath.
2. Nails grow faster in warm climate and in pregnancy
This is a fact-nails tend to grow a lot faster in warm weather. Also men’s nails grow faster than that in women since hormones play an important role in nail growth. Pregnancy is also a time when you will notice faster nail growth.
3. Nails need Biotin
As women age, nail growth slows down. There is not much you can do to accelerate nail growth since nails are composed of dead cells. However, you can eat a calcium and biotin rich diet to accelerate nail growth. We will talk a little more about diet for nail growth and nail health.
4. Trim them square at corners
While trimming the nails, you can render them stronger by trimming them square around the corners. Keep an emery board or a nail file on hand at all times. At the first sign of damage or flaws, smooth out the unevenness. This will prevent further damage to the nails.
5. Soak them in warm salt water
Nails do not grow faster in salt water but this home remedy will prevent nail fungus which can cause nail loss or discoloration. Every night before bed, soak your toe nails and fingernails in warm salt water for 10 minutes. Dry, and then apply some olive or coconut oil. Massage the nails in circular motion and cover your hands up with socks. Wake up to softer hands and stronger nails.
6. Be stingy with nail polish remover
Nail polish removers contain acetone and other solvents that can dry out the nails. Use the remover sparingly –preferably no more than once a month. Look for removers without acetone. Always apply the nail paint remover solution on a cotton ball first instead of pouring it on the nails directly. Once the cotton wool is soaked through, press it on the nail and wipe gently.
7. Slather on moisturizer every now and then
If you are in the habit of washing your hands or applying a hand sanitizer frequently, then also get into the habit of moisturizing them frequently. Take a moment to rub the lotion into the skin and nails. This will help lock in the moisture and avoid a dry parched look.
8. Wear gloves and mitts when working with hands
This trick will not help you grow nails stronger and faster but it can prevent your nails from damage. So slip into mitts during the cold weather. Also wear rubber or plastic gloves when doing the dishes and other household chores that tend to traumatize the nails. Many women also use cotton and silk hand gloves when putting away the laundry or groceries etc.
9. Use nails infrequently
If you have a computer based job, try to use the pads of your fingers instead of the nails to type. This is essential to prevent breakage. Some women are known to train themselves to use pencils in place of finger nails when dialing the phone in order to save their nails.
10. Avoid solvents, glues and acrylic powders
Manicurists use these products to fill in the gaps on nails. These products end up drying the nail bed and also trap in moisture and bacteria leaving nails susceptible to infections.
11. Garlic cloves nail treatment
Apply crushed garlic juice to nails and leave on for 10 minutes. This neat home remedy is believed to help nails grow faster and stronger. You can then soak your hands in lemon juice and witch hazel to remove odor.
12. Prevent yellow nails with aloe and lemon
Mix some aloe juice and lemon juice. Soak your finger and toenails in the solution (or apply it on the nails using a clean cotton swab). This remedy can prevent nail discoloration.
13. Keep nails looking their best with barley and lemon
Mix some barley powder with lemon juice and apply it on the nails. Leave the mixture on the nails until it dries then wash off with warm water. Moisturize as usual.
14. DIY homemade cuticle cream
Mix together bentonite clay, olive oil and a few drops of Lavender or rosemary essential oils. Apply the paste on the cuticles. Rinse with warm water. Finish off your manicure or pedicure as usual. This cream will give your nails a healthier appearance.
15. Superfoods to grow nails faster and stronger
It is a myth that eating certain foods can help your nails grow faster and stronger. In the earlier century, many women ate packets of gelatin in the belief that it would aid in nail growth. The fact is: you need to eat a healthy diet for overall health and well being but there is no one superfood that can give you a faster nail growth overnight. In general, foods which are good for your skin and hair are also great for your nails too. Eat plenty of iron and zinc rich foods. Iron deficiency can cause spoon shaped or concave nails.
16. Check for underlying health issues
Thyroid can cause nails to separate from underlying skin while psoriasis can cause pits in the nails. Oxygen deficiency from heart disease could cause thick finger tips and clubbed nails. Chronic illness, like anemia and poor blood circulation can all hamper nail appearance and nail growth. Once these issues are cleared, your nails will get healthier too.
While there are no home remedies to grow nails in five minutes or overnight you can always use the above easy ways and nail maintenance tips for preventing further damage.