Having long and beautiful fingernails is not easy, because the average nail growth of each person is only about one millimeter per month. What you can do is protect your nails, give them the right vitamins, and make them look longer than they really are. Fortunately, the following steps are very easy. Continue reading to find out how to do it!
Method 1 of 4: Make Your Nails Look Longer
Step 1. Wash your hands with mild soap
The use of harsh types of soap, has the potential to make nails brittle.
Step 2. Dry your hands by pressing gently on the surface of the towel
Step 3. Take a plastic bowl and fill it with enough white vinegar to cover your nails
Step 4. Soak your nails in vinegar for 3-5 minutes
Soak hands one by one. While one hand is soaking, the other hand holds the bowl to keep it steady in position.
Step 5. Once removed from the vinegar solution, dry your hands using a toilet paper or dish towel
Step 6. Rinse hands with soap and water to remove the vinegar smell
Step 7. Gently push your cuticles back and file your nails
Don't cut your cuticles. Doctors do not recommend cutting the cuticle for various reasons. First, cutting the cuticle can lead to infection, which will inhibit nail growth. Also, cutting your cuticles tends to grow them back, while pushing your cuticles back will make them look permanently smaller
Step 8. Use disinfectant liquid/ hand antiseptic gel when finished
Leave it on for about 4 minutes, then rinse again, and you're done.
Method 2 of 4: Strategies for Not Biting Your Nails
Step 1. Apply two coats of special nail polish for thick/hard nails
Step 2. Leave it for two hours before you apply a second coat of nail polish
Step 3. Make sure the nail polish you use is not thick or thick, as it will make your nails look unattractive
Also, if the nail polish peels off suddenly it tends to damage your nails, which is not good for your nails.
If you have a habit of biting your fingernails, apply the following method! When you are about to bite your nails, imagine how disgusting they will look after you bite them
Step 4. When you have the urge to bite your nails, chew gum
You can't bite your nails if you have something in your mouth!
Step 5. Apply lemon juice on your nails
This is another way to prevent yourself from biting your nails. Take a small bowl and fill it with a little lemon juice. Dip the tips of your nails into the bowl. Let it dry naturally. When you bite your nails, you will taste the sour taste of the lemon.
Step 6. Wear gloves when you watch TV
So, if you accidentally bite your fingernail and find a mouth full of fur from the glove then you will definitely cancel your intention next time!
Step 7. If you're the type of person who gets nervous easily, find an activity that will keep your hands busy
For example, holding a stress ball, which is a toy ball ±7 cm in diameter or smaller than a tennis ball that can be squeezed/squeezed to relieve tension. In addition, you can also keep your hands busy with knitting or cleaning the house.
Step 8. Get your friends involved
Let other people know that you want to break the habit of biting your fingers. Ask them to help you if you bite your fingernails unknowingly. Let them slap your hand from the mouth to keep it in your lap.
Step 9. Chew on something else
This will help take your mind off biting your nails. Whether chewing gum or something else, chewing something is still the best way to prevent your fingers from getting in your mouth.
Method 3 of 4: Understanding the Things That Help Nail Growth
Step 1. Think about biotin supplements as a way to make your nails long and strong
Biotin or vitamin B7, is a supplement that is used in many cases, from diabetes to hair growth. Biotin is also effective in treating brittle nails, making them stronger and less prone to breaking or crumbling. Biotin is sold in the natural food group, although it is generally accepted as a supplement.
- Biotin doesn't always make nails grow faster or longer. Again, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that diet or lifestyle can accelerate nail growth and make them longer. However, biotin will ensure that your nails will not break as often and will look fuller. Nails that break less often have a better chance of naturally growing longer.
- Naturally, biotin absorption into the body is relatively poor. However, biotin can be found in some natural foods, such as:
- Wheat seed core
- Wheat cereal
- Wheat bread
- Eggs and dairy products
- Swiss chard (mediterranean herbaceous plant, looks like spinach)
Step 2. Moisturize your fingernails, especially during winter
By the time the fingernail leaves the cuticle, it has become dead cells, meaning it won't be able to heal on its own. So you have to take care of it.
- Each time you finish washing your hands, finish by applying some cream to your hands and nails. This will keep your nails from becoming too brittle, cracked, or untied.
- Wear gloves when you go out during the winter. Use rubber gloves, for example, if you are cleaning the interior or washing kitchen utensils.
Step 3. Do not clean nail polish too often with nail polish remover
Every time you remove nail polish, you can potentially weaken your nails. Take a break from using your nail polish-as well as liquid nail polish remover-every week or every third week. You will have relatively healthier nails.
Try to find nail polish that doesn't need to be updated every week. If you can't find one, try looking for a nail polish product that can be immediately coated with a new color when you take an interest in another, or are bored with the existing color
Method 4 of 4: Myths About Nail Growth
Step 1. Continuous activity will stimulate growth due to increased blood flow
The myth out there is that piano players have long, strong nails. Doctors say that it is possible that increased blood flow stimulates growth (this has not been proven), but the impact of impact on the tip of the nail will actually cause the nail to crack and split, so it must be cut.
Step 2. The addition of protein intake will stimulate nail growth
The myth circulating is that because nails are made of protein (keratin), giving them more protein will stimulate their growth. However, there is no evidence to support this statement.
- The fact is that protein deficiency This will cause the nails to become weak and unable to grow. However, the difference between the effects of a normal protein diet and a high protein diet could not be seen or felt on the nails.
Step 3. Rubbing garlic on your nails will make your nails grow faster
The myth goes that because garlic contains selenium, a deficiency of this mineral will weaken the nails, rubbing onions on the nails will have the opposite effect. Because you can probably say that this is the same thinking as the previous myth: if enough is bad, too much is good. The only problem is, things in the world don't always work that way. Unfortunately, the myth about rubbing nails with garlic is not proven at all.
- When you lengthen your nails, be diligent about filing and cleaning the undersides. There could be dirt stuck in it.
- Never use acetone-based nail polish remover as it causes the nails to become thin and brittle, making it difficult for them to grow.
- Try applying olive oil' olive oil' on your nails about twice a week. Wash your hands and dry them by pressing your hands gently on a towel.
- If you work with water a lot or if your nails are brittle, use a nail-strengthening agent to help strengthen them.
- To keep your hands looking soft and attractive, use a good moisturizer to prevent cracked nails or rough skin on your hands, or anywhere else.
- Taking a multivitamin will help increase the intake of vitamins and minerals that may be missing from your body, and will also eventually help nail growth.
- Mix the oil, salt, and water in a bowl, then soak your nails. After that wash your hands and dry them by pressing them gently on the surface of the towel. Do it for 10-20 minutes once a day for three weeks. As a result, your nails will grow long.
- Nail polish made of gel (gel polish) can keep the nails from breaking. Nail polish containing methacrylate polymer (methacrylate polymer) is relatively more durable than ordinary paint formulas, and is also more difficult to remove.
- You can make a mixture of olive oil, warm water, milk, and orange juice to wash your nails every day.
- Everyone's nail growth is different, it can take longer or faster, depending on each condition.
- Tips for avoiding the habit of biting your nails:
- Don't forget to remind yourself when you want to bite your nails. Remember that you are working hard to break the habit.
- Wherever you go you should, or at least, make an effort to carry a pack of chewing gum or whatever you like. Keep the gum or something else in a bag in an easy-to-reach place. So, when you want to bite your nails, you can quickly grab them. Then, you can immediately chew it to stop your intention to bite your nails.
- Bitter-tasting nail polish also has the same effect in preventing you from biting your nails. Apply the polish like you would regular nail polish, but when you start biting your nails, you'll get a very bad taste in your mouth, so you'll have to stop.
- To anticipate the habit of biting your nails, maybe you can use nail polish. But remember to always use a base coat and top coat.
- Whenever you feel like biting your fingernails, sit on your hands so you'll have a hard time lifting them.
- If you bite your nails, try placing a small piece of clay around your nails (choose a non-hardening clay). Plus, even if you still want to bite, the presence of plasticine will make your fingers feel dirty.
- When you're not biting your nails, don't pick your nails either. Picking your nails will have the same effect as if you bit them. In principle, nail biting can trigger the growth of fungus in your nails.
- If lemon juice doesn't work, you can use a rubber band. Whenever you feel like biting your nails, flick the rubber band around your wrist. This way you won't want to bite your nails because you'll start to associate it with discomfort.
- The lemon will give it a sour taste, so rubbing the lemon on the tips of your nails can stop you from being tempted to bite.
- Olive oil also has an amazing effect.
- In painting nails, start with nail polish that acts as a base coat (base coat), then two coats of colored nail polish, and finally use a clear nail polish formula as a top coat (top coat).
- If you are trying to stop biting your nails, apply a reinforcing agent to the surface. Then, do not bite a single nail on both hands. Moisturize your nails once a week.
- Do not cut nails or bite them. If you do, the nails will become shorter.
- Playing video games will keep your hands active and make nails grow longer due to blood circulation.