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Longer Nails: A Review of Some Helpful Products

Abby Slutsky never had nails that were a decent length until recently. These products tmproved the appearance and strength of her nails.

Not Long, but Longer Than They've Been in the Past

Believe it or not, these are long for me. I've clipped them several times.Yes, one finger is a little chipped, but it has been six days.

Believe it or not, these are long for me. I've clipped them several times.Yes, one finger is a little chipped, but it has been six days.

Treating Everything Surrounding my Nails

Six months ago, if you asked me if I would ever have decent looking nails, I would have shaken my head “no”. I thought I had tried every hardener invented, and I am constantly washing my hands and using them because of my baking business. I even took biotin for several months as other friends swore by it for healthy nails, but nothing seemed to help.

While I would hardly call my nails long now, they are a respectable length that look nice, and they are not splitting. The longer length seems to reduce nail polish chipping. When they were short, they were chipping within a day or two. However, for six long months, I did not wear any polish at all.

I cannot tell you that any one of these products did the trick by themselves, but together they made a huge difference in the appearance of nails. I am not in the beauty industry, but I decided to target the strength of my nails, my cuticles, and my fingers all at once. It was the first time I tried to improve the health of my nails by treating my nails and everything around them.

Making the Time to Pay Attention to my Nails

Paying more attention to my nails took some time in the beginning.With the exception of an occasional manicure and keeping my nails clean, I honestly never paid much attention to them. That is probably why they were splitting, thin and short.

The commitment to have better nails was taking me approximately 17 minutes a day for the first six months. Best of all, during 12 of those minutes, I was engaged in other activities. Once you get used to it, the commitment is easy.

Liner and Mitt

Hand cream covered hand slides into the liner and then the mitt.

Hand cream covered hand slides into the liner and then the mitt.

Finger and Hand Treatment: Heated Beauty Mitts

Although I went to a manicurist, it was an occasional treat. I usually opted for a manicure that included heated mitts. My hands felt very well moisturized afterwards and soft. Eventually, I decided to buy the Conair Tru Glow Spa Beauty Mitts figuring that I would no longer splurge for the heated mitt therapy when I went. (The purchase saved me about $5.00 a manicure, so they have more than paid for themselves.)

Although my heating mitts have three settings, I usually only use them on high. I put a generous amount of moisturizing cream on my hands. I have used a variety of different moisturizing creams, and price did not seem to affect the effectiveness when I used the mitts. The lotion I currently use is for dry skin, but use whatever is best for your skin type.

After I put on the cream, I put my hands in a disposable hand liner. (Although the hand liners I buy are recommended for one time use, if they are not too full of lotion, I sometimes use them multiple times. ) Then, I put my hand in a warm mitt for 10-12 minutes. I usually do this while I watch television, or, if I want to use the computer or chat on the phone, I moisturize one hand at a time, so I have a hand free to click keys.

During the first six months, I was moisturizing with the mitts daily. Now, I usually do it four times a week. I could probably get away with moisturizing less frequently, but I find it relaxing.

Affordable Heated Beauty Mitts

Disposable Beauty Mitt Liners

Cuticle Treatment: Cuticle Oil

I have been using Super Nail Professional Cuticle Oil for my cuticles. I apply a little bit around my cuticles every morning or night, depending on when I think about it. I keep the bottle on my nightstand, so I rarely forget. It is a little greasy, but the oily feeling does not last more than a couple minutes. One little tip is to apply it a few minutes before you shower if it concerns you. Sometimes I apply it with a cotton swap, and sometimes I just pour a little on a couple fingers and spread it on the others.

When buying this oil, pay special attention to the size of the bottle. The 16 ounce bottle below is only a little bit more expensive than the 8 ounce bottle, and it will last much longer. I am not a fragrance person, and this has no scent.

Super Nail Professional Cuticle Oil

Nail Treatment: Quimica Alemana Ltda Nail Hardener

I have probably tried every nail hardener out there that did not help my nails, so reviewing Quimica Alemana Ltda Nail Hardener positively is high praise. I applied it alternate days on my unpolished nails. After a week, I removed the nail hardener and started again. My nails started getting harder after about four weeks, but it took about three or so months to see a big difference in their length. I used it for six months without polishing my nails.

Lately, I have been polishing my nails and using it as a base coat, but I haven't been applying it on top of my nail polish. On alternate weeks, I go without polish and apply the hardener on alternate days.

The hardener does have a slight odor, but it is not any stronger than any other nail polish. A thin coat does not take very long to dry. It is sufficiently dry within 20 minutes, but the scent lingers a bit longer.

At Home Time Could be Nail Care Time

If you are home a lot because you are working virtually, now could be the ideal time to pamper your nails. You can probably spare 15-17 minutes a day, and the results will be worth your effort. Benefits I have noticed from longer nails and well moisturized hands:

  • My hands look better and feel softer.
  • My nails look more professional, but they are not excessively long.
  • My nail polish stays on longer without chipping.

Past Efforts Growing Nails

Tried to Grow Nails by Treating Only Nails, Fingers or Cuticles

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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Ivana Divac from Serbia on July 22, 2020:

I've never had issues with growing my nails, but one of my best friends could never grow them. I'm absolutely going to share this article with her. It's very informative and nicely written, and it could maybe help her out. Thanks for sharing!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 22, 2020:

I haven't had too much trouble growing my nails. However my skin is dry so the hands and cuticles need mositurizing. I appreciate all the tips in this article.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 20, 2020:

You are lucky. I wish my nails were naturally strong and long. The picture doesn't show super long nails, but they are much longer and stronger than they used to be.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 20, 2020:

I have never had a problem growing my nails. They are long and hard. I don't know why. My sisters both have thin short nails and always envied me. But it isn't like I did anything to deserve these long nails. Right now my thumbnail is a full 5/8ths of an inch. I have to cut it before it gets to one inch or it will break on its own and that will be painful. When it breaks it is usually behind the quick line and tears and bleeds. As I get older though, I'm finding my hands are dryer than before and need to be moisturized often. I can't just ignore them like I used to.



Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 20, 2020:

Thank you for reading and commenting, Manuela.

Manuela from Portugal on July 20, 2020:

Nice tips to help us grow our nails. Thank you for sharing with us!

Danny from India on July 20, 2020:

I always make it a point to reply to all my follower's articles when I am online. And it's also because of the notifications I get in my mailbox.

Thanks Abby.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 20, 2020:

Wow. You read this really fast. You are working very hard here. I hope you start to see the benefits soon.

Danny from India on July 20, 2020:

Nice article Abby. I have short nails and I use filers. But the information you presented is exhaustive. Good one!

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