The Best Way To Get Perfect Fingernails Is Not By Biting Them

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I remember when I was a kid, my mom would have to remind me that the best way to get perfect fingernails is by eating healthy and not biting them.

I didn’t understand what she meant back then, but now I do. As soon as I stopped biting my nails they started growing quickly and beautifully. It’s true! If you want your nails to grow long and strong, all you need are these five simple steps:

1) stop biting your nails;

2) keep them clean;

3) massage cuticles with oil or cream daily;

4) apply nail polish every other day for shine;

5) use a clear topcoat once weekly.

That’s it! You’ll be on your way to having naturally beautiful nails in no time.

Then I started following these five simple steps with a few modifications to make it work with my busy schedule and lifestyle.. Here’s how I do it:

I decided to buy the new Revlon colorstay nail enamel that promises 24-hour wear after reading so many great reviews about it online. Here’s what I think of it:

1) great shine, but only on day one… That’s okay with me though, because sometimes you just need something quick and shiny, right? And since this doesn’t chip or anything on day three, I don’t mind reapplying it then;

2) applies very nicely;

3) is not very expensive (about $5-7).

Although my nails are now quite long, they still feel thin and weak. I’m not sure if this is because of the length or because they are still “weak” after all these years of abuse, so whenever it starts feeling like I might break one I apply some cuticle oil to my nails and massage it in for about 5 minutes each day. This makes the nails very shiny and healthy looking plus helps keep them from breaking easily.

The next step is applying L’Oreal Nail polish every other day.. Here’s how that looks:

It takes me 5 seconds to put on this nail polish since it’s just clear, but the color stays nice and fresh for about 3 days. When it starts looking dull (which usually happens around day 2), I simply remove the old topcoat with some nail polish remover and apply a new coat. Then I just repeat this process every other day until the nails feel dry and brittle so they need another cuticle oil massage.

I think it’s also important not to forget about the skin around your nails…

If you constantly mess with your fingers or hands, chances are that you will experience some irritation and possibly even rips on your skin. That’s why it’s important to always keep the area around your nails moisturized after washing with a good hand cream or lotion. You can see from my picture below what happens when I don’t moisturize, plus the red dots on my index finger indicate an allergic reaction to something (likely either soap or nail polish).

In this case, I’m not sure if it’s because of the length or because my nails are still “weak” after all these years of abuse, but whenever it starts feeling like they might break one I apply some cuticle oil to my nails and massage it in for about 5 minutes each day. This makes the nails very shiny and healthy looking plus helps keep them from breaking easily.

Here is how my nails look with two coats of L’Oreal Nail polish on top:

I mentioned before that this nail polish has a nice shine on day1 but tends to dull (along with the clear topcoat) by day 2… which is okay with me since it doesn’t chip until about day 3 so I can just remove the old top coat with some nail polish remover and apply a new coat.

Here’s how they look after about 3 weeks of treatment:

Notice that my nails are quite strong now, but I still feel like something is missing…

I decided to once again consult with the good folks at Google on how they maintain their collagenous fingernails – or claws as I prefer to call them. They came up with this very interesting post on making your protein-packed nail hardener. I followed most of these instructions except for one part which suggested using “denatured alcohol” (whatever that means) to dissolve the gelatin before adding it to my nails. So I used regular water instead but added some green food coloring because that’s what someone else suggested in the comments beneath the original post. Then I simply brushed it on with an old toothbrush and let it dry for about one day before rinsing it off. Afterward, I applied some cuticle oil to my nails, massaged them for about 5 minutes, then put on a new coat of L’Oreal nail polish that I had leftover from my previous treatment. Here’s how they look now that I have applied two coats of gelatin on top:

As you can see, the color of the gelatin makes my nails look very yellow… but after 24 hours or so they finally got white again – thanks to some regular hand cream 🙂 The Overall Result

I’m not sure if this will work for everyone who wants to make their nails stronger, but it is certainly worth a try if you feel like your nails are not as strong as they should be and don’t want to resort to acrylic nails (which I find rather unattractive).

If you decide to give this treatment a go, please let me know how it worked out for you in the comments below. Or maybe even post some before/after pictures yourself 😉

Thank you very much for reading and until next time, take care:-)

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