3 Tips to Grow Your Natural Nails

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I couldn’t wait to get my first set of acrylic nails. I was in high school and kept my nail appointments every two weeks faithfully. Even during my lacrosse and volleyball seasons in high school - my nails were lengthy (clearly against the wish of my coaches). I love having my nails done, but hate getting them done. As the years have passed, I’ve moved from acrylic to gel, then from gel to SNS dip powder.

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For the last two years, I’ve been wearing my nails with either gel polish or dip powder. I get a ton of questions about how I maintain the length of my nails, so I’m taking the time to share my top 5 ways to maintain natural nails and maximize length.

Maintain a diet high in vitamin B12/7 + D3.

What you eat not only reflects in your skin, but also your hair and nails. I genuinely believe that a plant-based diet has a lot to do with the growth and maintenance of my nails. Eating a lot of vitamin Bs, D3 A, and C. If you’re missing nutrients, it will impact the growth of your hair and nails. Try taking vitamins B or adding more dark leafy greens, nuts/seeds, and beans into your diet.

Keep your nails done.

I’ve noticed that when my nails are bare, I have a tendency to pick at them and exposes them to too many oils/hair products which can be damaging to your nail growth. I keep my nails done consistently, with dip powder they last 3-4 weeks.

Wear gloves often.

As often as I cook and work to maintain my natural hair my nails are often in contact with a lot of water and oils. To protect my nails, I usually wear gloves when I do tasks that require me to use my hands with water or oils for long periods of time, ie doing the dishes, twisting/washing my hair, cleaning, etc.

I hope this post was helpful to you. I’d love to hear how you maintain your nails, share some tips in the comments!

With love, Breanna