6 Ways To Make Your Nails Grow Longer And Stronger

Nails, Beauty, Manicure, Pedicure
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Weak, flaky, parched. If this describes the state of your nails - or you're paying the price for your love of acrylics and gels - read on

Healthy cuticles = healthy nails. Ragged cuticles are one thing, but dry nails will only lead to splitting and chipping - particularly annoying when you've spent time or money on a mani. A daily slathering of cuticle oil to repair, nourish and moisturise is essential. Dr. Bharti Rajput, nail expert and founder of Sole Body Soul, suggests combating nail dryness by looking out for a cuticle oil with an almond oil base.

1. Use a cuticle oil daily
Healthy cuticles = healthy nails. Ragged cuticles are one thing, but dry nails will only lead to splitting and chipping - particularly annoying when you've spent time or money on a mani. A daily slathering of cuticle oil to repair, nourish and moisturise is essential. Dr. Bharti Rajput, nail expert and founder of Sole Body Soul, suggests combating nail dryness by looking out for a cuticle oil with an almond oil base.

Try: Sephora Nourishing Cuticle Care, Dhs42

2. Consider taking a Biotin supplement
Studies show that nails prone to peeling and breakage could be a sign of Biotin deficiency, so it could be worth supplementing your diet with an additional dose of the essential B vitamin.

Try: The Organic Pharmacy Daily Nutrients Supplement, Dhs380

3. Invest in a 'soft' nail file
You might have heard that glass nail files are better for filing, but while they're longer-wearing and easy to clean, it pays to invest in a 'soft' file, according to session manicurist, Ami Streets. "To get the best finish from your filing, always opt for a soft file to prevent tearing or splitting your nails," she says. Make sure you're using the right filing technique. Back and forth see-saw motions will only cause the nail to splinter, so always file in one direction, using long, swift but gentle strokes.

Try: Happy Jackson Matchbox Nail Files, Dhs16

4. Up your vitamin B9 intake
Bumpy, ridged nail-bed ruining your mani? You might need to increase your vitamin B9 intake. Otherwise known as folic acid, the vitamin repairs and multiplies the cells that build nails, which can speed up growth and promote overall nail health. If you think you're deficient, foods like beans and whole grains are rich in folic acid, but you can buy folic acid supplements over the counter, too.

Try: Holland & Barrett Folic Acid Tablets, Dhs65

5. Swap out your acetone nail polish remover
Nail polish remover containing high concentrations of acetone (the potent solvent that is responsible for dissolving nail polish quickly) is very harsh on fragile nails and can dry them out almost instantly - cue those unsightly white, mottled marks. Your best bet? To go acetone-free. There are heaps of gentle yet effective formulas out there with the muscle to whip off remnants of polish in moments.

Try: Sephora Gentle Nail Polish Remover, Dhs 34

6. Pick a nail strengthener with keratin
Nail strengtheners can be hit and miss, often making nails so hard that they end up breaking off - but that's where keratin comes in. Found naturally in nails, it's responsible for making them flexible - but don't let that word put you off. It doesn't mean they'll be thin, fragile or bendy, just fortified and much less likely to chip.

Try: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Dhs12 


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