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.
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