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How to Grow Long and Healthy Natural Nails

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I've written about hair, now let's talk about Nails.

My nails were one of the first things my husband noticed when we first met. I'll be honest, I didn't really care too much about them nor did I think he would notice on our first date. But he did-- and he made one comment to me I will never forget: "I like it when girls have long nails" and ever since then I've treasured my nails and realized that these little things we carry at the tip of our fingers hold a lot more value than we give them credit for.

tip 1: Don't use your nails as tools.

Rather than using your nails, use other parts of your hand, or a pen, to perform tasks like dialing the phone. Don't pick, poke or scrape with your nails and especially avoid opening soft drink cans with your nails.

tip 2: Wear gloves.
Detergents are particularly harsh on your nails and can cause splitting and peeling. Wear gloves when washing dishes or cleaning. You should also wear gloves when gardening to protect your nails from infection and prevent dryness, damage, and loss of natural oils.

tip 3: Don't bit your nails or pick at your cuticles.
Aside from the obvious reason that biting shortens your nails, these habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your nail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter the nail bed and cause an infection. Remember your nails grow slowly so an injured nail retains signs of damage for several months.

tip 4: Look after your cuticles.
The cuticle is a barrier that keeps bacteria from the nail matrix, where new cells are generated, so it should not be cut or trimmed. On the other hand, you do want to keep cuticles from becoming overgrown, which suffocates nail growth. If your cuticle has grown out on to the nail plate, after sufficiently softening your cuticles in warm water, very gently use a cuticle pusher to push your cuticles back. As well as pushing your cuticles back this will help to remove dead skin and debris that may have accumulated. Hold the cuticle pusher at an angle, and use tiny circular movements, so that you are as gentle and careful as possible and do not damage the cuticle. When you have finished, don't forget to moisturize your hands.

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