Post # 1
Everyone talks about growing their hair out, but is anyone working on growing out their nails?! I’m a habitual nail biter/picker and I’m working on kicking the habit, but the stress doesn’t make it any easier!
I’d love any tips for growing them out healthier. In the past, getting manicures has helped, but then I find after a period of regular manicures, they start to peel and chip (I think it’s the nail polish remover the salons use). So, I’m trying to figure out some at-home maintenance.
My diet is pretty good – I’m on Weight Watchers, but eating lots of fruits, veggies and meats, as well as good fats from Salmon avocados, nuts, etc. It’s really just kicking my biting habit! 🙁
Post # 3
My nails only grow if I keep them polished all the time. It is quite a commitment to paint them every night or every other night. I suggest investing in 2 or 3 bottles of Essie and OPI polishes, they chip less. I can go 2-3 days without painting them. An alternative is gel manicures. Those really help my nails grow. But, once the polish is off, my nails are definitely weaker so you either need to keep up with it, or be hyper vigilant about using strengthening polish once the gel manicure is off. I’ve heard prenatal vitamins are good for nail growth. But if the issue is you biting them, I’m not sure if that will help. I knohe they sell polish that tastes bad to prevent you from biting, maybe that’s an option?
Post # 4
biotin. or the vitamins that say ‘hair, skin, and nails’
I just get a manicure and don’t put polish on them or just put on a clear coat. I like for my nails to be able to breathe and get fresh oxygen. Plus you’re right in saying that the acetone is not that good for your nails. Also maybe look into those buffer blocks that make your nails look all shiny and pretty.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Keep them painted so you don’t bite them, I’m too lazy to repaint all the time so I just paint them with clear Sally Hansen Miracle Growth polish 🙂
Post # 6
PS I have a bad biting habit… but I noticed it’s when my nails get to a certain length… try just clipping your nails a bit when you get the urge to bite them. It helped me a lot… For a few weeks I just kept cutting them short… then they got pretty strong.
Post # 7
I am not a nail biter but I keep my nails short. As soon as I can feel the nails on teh keyboard or they pass the finger, I cut them. I will be growing them for the wedding so I have longish pretty nails instead short ugly ones!
Post # 8
I’m a waiting bee with a proposal soon on it’s way (Thanksgiving?!) so I need my nails in decent shape! But I bite and pick my nails A LOT. I’ve been eating a lot more veggies and healthier in general which is helping my nails grow. They have a bit of growth to them now and I find that I really like to clean underneath them so whenever I want to bite them I grab a file or such and do that instead. I also might add a clear coat soon just to make sure!
Post # 9
@mchitt329: I’m another Sally Hansen Miracle Growth Bee! I bite my nails down to the quick, but 3-4 weeks of using this every night and I have fairly impressive nails (for me). That’s when I start the manicures.
Post # 10
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Beaukat: Love that stuff! 🙂
Post # 11
My nails tend to grow quickly by taking a women’s multi-vitamin. Some even come fortified with things like B Vitamins and collagen which aid in the growth of hair, skin and nails 🙂
Post # 12
I agree with the tip of keeping them painted. That stops me from picking at them when I am stressed. It also means that I massage in a cuticle oil once a week which seems to help my nails. I saw some improvement with the hair skin and nails vitamins. But I have also heard that pre natal and pre conception vitamins work well too.
Post # 13
Prenatal vitamins. They’re cheap and they totally work. I’ve been taking them for about 6 months and I haven’t broken a nail in about 4
Post # 14
I actually recommend that you get a shellac manicure. The strength of the nail polish will keep your nails pretty strong and will resist breakage. I find that the shellac makes my nails “grow” like crazy (not really, they just don’t break off, so they look longer as they grow out). By the time I’m ready to re-do my nails, they are ridiculously long.
I have also heard of people taking prenatal vitamins to help their hair and nails grow out faster…have never tried it myself, but apparently its a “thing”.
ETA: Forgot to mention that shellac is maintenance-free. No reapplying every night, etc. The nail polish will stay on until you get it removed. I love it…lol
Post # 15
@Happy2bMrs: I don’t agree about shellac. I think your nails feel stronger while it is on because of the shellac, but once you stop getting it your real nails (at least mine are) a wreck, and they shred, break, and chip so easily.
Post # 16
@Blue-ginger: You can use cuticle oil every day… more than once if you want to! I tell my clients to put theirs on before going to bed, and I’ve heard of others leaving a bottle in the car and putting it on at red lights.
I agree with the hair, skin and nail vitamins… silica specifically is good 🙂