Get Long, Strong Nails: 18 Easy Ways

Nails are not just for practicality, they can also be a statement about who you are. They can show off your personality and what you like to do in your spare time. The marzipan nude indigo of these nails should be the perfect way to say “I’m an artist.”

  1. Keep your nails clean. This will help them grow longer and keep you from getting infections or fungus.
  2. Every night before bed, apply a thick coat of nail polish on your fingernails to add strength and prevent breakage. I use Essie’s “Bikini So Teeny” because it is a clear color and it doesn’t chip as fast.
  3. Apply cuticle oil to the nails two times per day, morning and night. I use coconut oil because of its antibacterial properties. This will prevent dryness from forming around my fingernails which can lead to breakage or infection if left untreated for too long.
  4. Avoid using nail polish remover and acetone by painting the nails with a light coat of clear paint before bed. The next morning, use an oil or creme cleanser to remove it from your hands and nails for everyday wear!
  5. If you have short nails but want them to grow long, apply a base coat of the nail polish you want and then use sculpting tools to create longer nails.
  6. For every manicure or pedicure that includes cuticle pushback, make sure to keep your hands out of water for at least 24 hours after application so they don’t get damaged.
  7. Take care of your cuticles. They are the most sensitive part of our nails and can be peeling or cracked. This will cause them to break more easily, so make sure you keep them moisturized!
  8. Get a manicure every two weeks to stay on top of any issues that may arise from your nails.
  9. Use acetone to remove nail polish or a base coat before applying the color you want on top of it and then let dry for about 30 minutes before using an oil or cream cleanser. This will guarantee that there are no smudges, runs, stains, etc., when you apply another coat.
  10. File your nails to the shape and size that you want them to be before applying a base coat of nail polish on top of it. This will make sure there are no lumps or bumps on your nails when they dry because filing first ensures an even application.
  11. Apply a base coat before applying nail polish to ensure that the nails are smooth and even. I like using Essie’s “Bikini So Teeny” because it is clear, so there aren’t any surprises when you apply your color of choice on top!
  12. Keep cuticle oil or an oil-based moisturizer in your purse or office desk drawer to make sure you can keep them hydrated when needed.
  13. If nail polish is chipping too quickly, it’s probably because the top coat wasn’t applied properly and needs reapplication before any more wear. I like using Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to make sure they dry quickly and don’t leave marks or stains.
  14. Cut your nails so that you can see a little bit of the nail bed, but not too close to it because this will cause them to break more easily! The shape should be almond shaped if you want nice looking square ones like mine are in the picture.
  15. Don’t cut your nails too short as this will cause them to break more easily when they grow out again and can make it hard for nail polish to adhere properly.
  16. For every manicure or pedicure, make sure to moisturize your skin and nails with a cuticle oil or cream.
  17. Try not to pick at the nail polish on top of your nails as this will only cause more damage! If you want to remove it without applying acetone try using an orange stick that is soaked in remover (sometimes called “cuticle sticks”).
  18. Get a manicure every two weeks to stay on top of any issues that may arise from your nails.

For every manicure or pedicure, make sure to moisturize your skin and nails with a cuticle oil or cream. If nail polish is chipping too quickly, it’s probably because the top coat wasn’t applied properly and needs reapplication before any more wear.

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