Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Leaving the nub club: How to grow your nails

Some of you will recall that I recently spent a few weeks in the 'nub club' (nail blogger/nail polish freak slang for when you have short fingernails that do not extend past the skin part of your fingertip). I didn't enter the nub life by choice, the nub life sadly chose me. I was a complete idiot and was snapping some polish bottle shots with naked nails (no polish on) and went to catch my tripod as it was about to fall (I am NOT buying another DSL-R) and *SMACK* there died my beloved middle nail as I slammed it into the tripod.

BUT if sometimes you're an idiot like me and break them by doing something stupid, OR you just can't seem to grow your nails past the nub point to save your life, then I have an equation for you!!


Duh, right?

Time is a common concept to most people, as in yes, it's going to take TIME to grow your nails from nub to long enough to scratch someone's eyeball out. There is no miracle pill or treatment that will make your nail grow a centimetre in a week, sorry but nope, it just ain't gonna happen, no matter what crappy advertisements for gimmicky products tell you. Some swear by nail strengtheners and biotin/vitamins, but I veer away from those for two main reasons: counter-productivity and false hope. More on that at the end of this post.

So, this means that you need time to let your nails grow out naturally, but you also need to STOP BREAKING THEM! If you don't break your nails, they will grow over time. WOW, mind blowing stuff right here.

Here's proof in a timeline: 

Day 1: Nail breaks, it is dead. I am dead inside. I go to a salon for rescue but it DOESN'T WORK OUT AT ALL. I keep the stupid fake tip they put on me for 2 weeks until the painful part of the break has grown out. If you must witness my terror, click here.

Day 15: After I was done grieving the loss of my middle nail, I evened the nubbin' out and reluctantly filed down the the rest of my nails. 'Reluctantly' because as you can see I didn't immediately file them all down. *crying cause sad emotions are coming back to me*

At my shortest I failed to take pics of all my nubbins, but you can see my ultra-shorties in some past posts here, here and here.

Day 30: Rounded out all the nails to the same length. Finally I could scratch my head again. Did a scaled gradient on my shorties to prove to all the naysayers that it could be done.

Day 45: Hells yeah I'm back in business! Was able to make the edges back to the 'squoval' shape that work best for me.

Day 55: Basically back to where I started! Could be a little bit longer, but after all the positive feedback I got from you guys on my shorter nails, I decided to file them down a bit by CHOICE! This should be the only time we accept shorter nails, when we do it by choice ;)

Yes, I know what you're thinking: 2 whole months?!?!? I guess I'm one of the unlucky ones whose nails do not grow at lightning speed (some girls tell me they get this growth in half the time), but let's hate them for a second and remember that this is probably not the speed at which the average girl's nails grow. HAAYYY NORMAL PPL HOW U DOIN'?

Now let's answer the real question of the day: HOW DO I NOT BREAK MY NAILS THO???

Much of my insight on this is derived from My Bliss Kiss' website, which is full of tips, tricks and the science behind our nails. But this is my take on what I've lived and learned! Obviously I'm no doctor, nail scientist, or otherwise 'qualified professional', so everything that follows are just my opinions. Or my sarcasm. Up to you to figure out which one is which :D

1. Keep 'em oiled up!

  • Make sure your nails are getting the care they need while in this time of turmoil and frustration. Apply nail oil regularly (3x-8x a day!) to your cuticles and rub the excess into your cuticle/nail area even when polished - make sure you don't forget under your nails! See more on why I swear by nail oil as my number one source of nail care on my Nail Care page.
  • Why nail oil? A good quality nail oil like this one (aka cuticle oil) contains 'jojoba oil', which is most similar in composition to natural oils made by our bodies. In order to maintain strength while our nails are growing out, we need to make sure that they are both strong AND flexible. If they are not flexible, then they will snap and break easier. Nail oil restores moisture in the nail bed and allows for your nail to bend without cracking. That and its added benefits include super soft and supple cuticles of course!
  • My #1 favourite nail/cuticle oil is Bliss Kiss aka Simply Pure nail oil. It's like liquid gold, except everyone should get some!!

2. Water is the devil: Avoid it!

Photo credits to random emoji-makers and desktop wallpaper pages.... thank you Google?
  • They didn't teach you this in school?? Me neither. I thought we were supposed to wash our hands 927370474 times a day! Nope! Not if you want strong natural nails.
  • As my #1 trusted site for all things nail-care explains, water is your nails worst enemy! Our nails soak up more water the longer they are immersed/exposed in it which results in the pushing apart of our nail layers. This causes the nail layers to start separating and peeling, and then your nails get weaker, and then they BREAK!! Damn you H2O!!!
  • Yes, please still shower and wash your hands when they are dirty, but dry them off immediately, restore the good kind of hydrating moisture by applying nail oil, and avoid water when you can by using gloves to wash the dishes or whatever other water-related chores you dread doing.

3. Watch what the hell you're doing with your hands.

Photo credits to the result of random Googling of "woman working". I'm just happy it wasn't all housework (you've just been spared a rant).
  • NO CHORES EVER AGAIN! Okay I'm being dramatic. Keep doing whatever you gotta do obviously, but you need to be AWARE of what you're doing with your hands when you do stuff with them! What were you doing the last time you broke a nail? Slamming the car door? Putting away dishes? Opening a box of cereal? Scraping a label off that new bottle of polish you just bought? Opening a stubborn stuck drawer? Reaching for something high in your closet not caring what your hand smacked against? Caught ya.
  • If we are being stupid/careless/reckless when we do stuff in life with our hands, then we risk breaking a nail. But you can manage that risk by being cognizant of what you're actually doing with your hands, and minimize risky breakage behaviour by:
    • Using an actual tool to do stuff - go figure! (get a spoon to open that can, a knife to open that nail mail delivery box, a wrench to loosen that bolt, etc.)
    • Go slow! Slow the fack down when you're opening that stupid drawer that won't open or reaching for those shoes high up in your closet and be strategic instead of impulsive (figure out what's making it stick, stand on a chair/step-ladder to see what you're grabbing at, etc.). 
    • Torture only the hand you care about less. For most of us nail bloggers, only one hand is photographed most of the time. I use my right hand as my 'working hand' (aka 'Cinderella hand') and use it to do risky things if I have to. That way if I do break a nail, it's on the hand that doesn't affect 90% of my photoshoots. See, strategy ladies!! But if you're a normal person who wants both hands to have flawless long nails then just ignore me on this point.
    • When all else fails, get other people to do things for you (see #4!)


4. Get other people to do risky things for you.

Comic image credit to Cyanide and Happiness. Adapted for my new script, obv.
  • Sooooo if this sounds kinda selfish.... that's cause it is. But I'm sure there's some people in your life who truly appreciate the hard work and dedication you put into your amazing nail artistry, right?! If these people do exist then they won't mind opening that box of Cheerios for you. Just tell them you'll remember them when you're a famous nail blogger.

5. Never be naked: Wear nail polish all day err'day!

Image credits to I have no idea who invented the yelling guy, emojis, or this random calendar.
  • Remember when some extremely uniformed person or online source told you that you needed to go without polish for a few days to let your "nails breathe" otherwise they would... I dunno, something terrible but we dunno know what, would happen? They lied.
  • How does wearing nail polish help prevent breakage? Think about it as a splint for your nails. When people break their arms or legs they need metal rods, casts/other medical paraphernalia and so on to help stabilize their bones. By wearing nail polish, you just gave your nail a protective layer that holds the nail together, preventing a break if you were to accidentally bash your nail into something. 
  • The only time you should go without polish is during the few hours that you spend taking nail polish off, chillaxing with your wine/beer/Shirley Temple (take your pick), watching trashy reality television, and soaking up some good quality nail oil while contemplating your next mani. If you start doing chores or *god forbid* shower with your naked nails, you just increased the nail breakage risk meter up 10 times. 
  • If you're a normal person and don't like re-doing your nails more than once a week (we can't be friends tho), make sure you use the Fab Five polish wrap technique for long-lasting nail polish that ISN'T GEL! Don't use gel polish/shellac/whatever - it will eat at your natural nail and defeat the purpose of growing out your actual nails.

The hard truth: Misleading methods and false hope

I mentioned that using nail strengtheners and/or nail vitamins/biotin aren't a one-off solution for growing your nails because they are either misleading in their 'results', or provide a sense of false hope that doesn't really turn out all unicorns and rainbows.

On nail strengtheners: Not actually going to help you grow your nails
  • Most nail strengtheners (OPI Nail Envy, Duri Rejuvacote, Nailtiques, etc.) advertise that they also help promote 'nail growth'. As my #1 trusted source for all things nail science explains, there's nothing except your body that can make your nails grow. 
  • Nail strengtheners can actually be counter-productive to growing your nails because they make your nails harder. What's wrong with that? EVERYTHING. If your nails are too hard they are actually more likely to crack and snap the next time you smack (or even just tap) them into something. I do not recommend relying on nail strengtheners as a long-term "nail care" solution. They are best used very sparingly, and only in the beginning stages of your 'nail rejuvenation', i.e., if your nails are extremely brittle and in terrible shape, and should only ever be used in combination with nail oil to ensure that as much flexibility and moisture is being restored to the nail as possible.

On nail vitamins/supplements: There is no magic pill
Photo credit to apparently there's a bunch of pics of pills on Google
  • It doesn't even make sense that you could start taking some 'nail growth' vitamins or supplements and start seeing nail growth soon after. Why? Cause your body will take 6 months of absorbing the supplement to even show a change, if there is one.
  • It is true that your diet affects your nail condition and growth, and since I'm no doctor I'll have to tell you to go see him/her first before deciding if you actually NEED a supplement (if you believe it will cure your brittle nails).
  • For most people who don't have any underlying diseases or immunodeficiencies (again, I'm not a doctor), nail vitamins are largely just targeted marketing. I have not met anyone who has produced reliable, empirical evidence demonstrating how taking biotin supplements (or other vitamins marketed for healthy nails) alone contributes to significant nail growth/improvement in nail health. 
  • For the odd person who's going to get really mad at me for this, again I remind you that this is my opinion based on nothing except reading information off the internet and personal experience (isn't your opinion based on the same?), and probably a general skepticism towards any magic-anything. If you're an average healthy person and you claim that since taking whatever vitamin your nails have never been better, then I'd probably slip you a placebo vitamin and then laugh at you while you keep on bragging.
  • I only have this to add: Hype, hype, hype! There's so many things you can do and change in a matter of weeks that will drastically change the condition of your nails that doesn't involve any kind of ingestion of random magic pills. Biotin, schmiotin.

In summary: Just use your head plus a 'lil oil

Since our hands can't live in mobile bubbles, my advice is to be aware of what you're doing and where it falls on the broken nail risk meter:

Obviously you can't just quit living, but if you care that much about growing your nails and have had trouble doing so, then you need to stop breaking them, be patient, and let them grow. Apply nail oil regularly, avoid water, always wear nail polish, and be careful and watch what you're doing with your hands - or make someone else do whatever it is for you!

And so the answer to how to grow your nails has been solved!! TIME + NOT BREAKING YOUR NAILS, ladies (maybe men?). It's pretty simple after all. I am accepting thank you letters for getting you out of assembling furniture or making dinner when you cite this article to your significant other or your parents ;)

158 comments:

  1. If you are a swimmer like me how do you avoid water?

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    1. By not swimming :p haha obviously if you're a swimmer it's impossible to avoid water, but there are some steps you can take to help minimize water damage! Always wearing nail polish and using the "Fab Five wrap" I mentioned under tip #5 will definitely help prevent water from penetrating the nail. Always apply the nail oil once you're out of the pool after you've dried your hands off, and to help prevent water penetration at the cuticle/skin area it might help to rub on this kind of water-resistant lotion stick http://www.nailcarehq.com/shop/simply-sealed-lotion-stick/?ap_id=simplynailogical before jumping in the pool - obviously nothing except air-tight gloves will prevent water 100%, but I find this lotion stick leaves an oil-like residue and after I wash my hands I notice that the water actually beads off my hands the same way water beads off a car after it's been waxed! So I would imagine that would at least help your cuticle area if you rub it in good before jumping in the pool :) Hope this helps!

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    2. i love this article cuz it really helped! thank you so much
      btw how could you type that much tho... :D

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    3. my nails are so short and all ways peel they get long the peel and polish never stays on my nails what do I do???

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    4. Would the SIMPLY PEEL LIQUID LATEX work? She could coat the entire nail before she goes in the pool and peel if off when she get's out. It should be water tight shouldn't it?

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    5. If you're a nail biter, I'd put lemon juice on your nails so you'd react as soon as you tried to bite them.

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  2. Loving this article especially because I just suffered the worst nail break in the history of ever! If you want to see for yourself go to my ig page @1danilynngreen it's a recent photo

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    1. I saw it and it made my cry :'''''''(!! Ugh sometimes shit just happens no matter what we do right?! Now it's about nursing that painful break and bringing your nails back strong and healthy and flexible ;) which is totally doable for you given that they were nice and long before :D

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    2. Simplynailogical you are the one who made stop wanting to stop biting my nails!!!
      now my nails are a little bit longer but not as long as yours. i will get there!!! I am getting holo and multichrome from my dad :) :) :-). and i feel you when your nails dont grow like lightning speed LOL

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    3. Can someone give me tips on how to stop biting my nail because I need help

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    4. Just binge watch all of Cristines videos :) that's what stopped me lol I feel like I cannot be a full-on holosexual until I'm out of the nub club ��

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    5. To stop biting your nails, you have to see what the possibilities are with your nails. Watch a bunch of nail art videos to see how much easier painting your nails is with long nails. I experienced this, but then chomped on my nails and was back to square one. That is what is still encouraging me today to grow my nails out.

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  3. Oh my gosh!!! I love it!! The humour, the sarcasm, the tips. Bitches love nail tips:D And hey, I learned something today:) Thanks for that:)

    PS I didn't know about strengtheners.

    PS2 I broke my index finger a week ago http://instagram.com/p/y5GFE0JYf3/?modal=true. It was a sad, sad day I tell you:( But it is growing out nicely:) Which is goood:)

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    1. Bitches love all things nail and hate all things chore!! The risk of breaking a nail like you did in your pic is totally a valid excuse for getting someone else to do all your chores bahaha.

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    2. I'm going to print that and quote you as a valid scientifical source every time someone will try to make me do the dishes ;)

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  4. Im a swimmer and chlorine damages my nails by making them so brittle and frail so even if I tap my desk at school my nail breaks and Im back in the STUB club! Is their any way to prevent chlorine damage to your nails because when Im finally out of the club they break again and Im back in, then I wonder why I couldnt have my sisters nails she justs lets them grow and puts polish on them regularly and their as long as yours!!!!

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    1. Water will do that to them unfortunately :''''( but always wearing nail polish and using the "Fab Five wrap" I mentioned under tip #5 will definitely help prevent water from penetrating the nail. Always apply the nail oil once you're out of the pool after you've dried your hands off, and to help prevent water penetration at the cuticle/skin area it might help to rub on this kind of water-resistant lotion stick http://www.nailcarehq.com/shop/simply-sealed-lotion-stick/?ap_id=simplynailogical before jumping in the pool - obviously nothing except air-tight gloves will prevent water 100%, but I find this lotion stick leaves an oil-like residue and after I wash my hands I notice that the water actually beads off my hands the same way water beads off a car after it's been waxed! So I would imagine that would at least help your cuticle area if you rub it in good before jumping in the pool :)

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  5. Excellent information and tips. I use only strengtheners once in a while when they become brittle. I realized with this information that I need a good nail oil since Winter have been really bad on my nails. Could you recommend one? Thanks

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    1. You've already got half of it down then ;) My fav oil is this one and the starter pack comes with a handy pen great for your purse/the office/work/etc! http://www.nailcarehq.com/shop/pure-nail-oil-refill-kit/?ap_id=simplynailogical

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  6. I love this post! I've been trying in vain to rock square nails, but after my 400th corner chip I finally gave up and now have oval tips. :/ I'm a nurse and have to wash my hands like six thousand times a day (and can't wear my own lotion or cuticle oil at work.) First world problems. I'm @polishedpuma on Instagram. I Would love if you had time to take a glance at my page.

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    1. I was hoping for a question like yours! But I guess she didn't really respond.
      At least not on here.
      I'm going to try the cuticle oil, but I too, need to wash my hands many, many times a day! In fact just yesterday I tried a peel off base coat, holo polish, gel scattered holo glitter and gel top coat. Was awesome looking, but three nails didn't last three hours. Then 24 hours later, they are all off. I'm gong to try Unt peel off, next.

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  7. I always apply polish bt my thumb nail just broke :'( ... is it bcoz i applied too much of polish for doing nailart???

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    1. I don't think just wearing nail polish is what caused your nail to break, but doing things like using nail oil regularly (my fav: http://www.nailcarehq.com/shop/pure-nail-oil-refill-kit/?ap_id=simplynailogical ) will help keep your nails strong but still flexible enough so that the next time you bang your thumb into something it will bounce back and not break!

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    2. I use the nail oil like every day and one day I was trying to "fight" my brother my thumb slammed into a chair. I felt where it would have broken if I wasn't wearing nail polish. It bounced back instantly and saved my heart attack.

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    3. I use the nail oil like every day and one day I was trying to "fight" my brother my thumb slammed into a chair. I felt where it would have broken if I wasn't wearing nail polish. It bounced back instantly and saved my heart attack.

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  8. Yes! I haven't had unpolished nails in like two or three years now - literally broke one on the microwave door when feeding dogs between polish removal and application (I was like REALLY!?!). So I don't go naked nails ever now. I have also been trying to be more careful, as I have done the door handle/stuck drawer damage in recent times. Broke my own rule this week and broke several on a heavy box. Ah well! They grow back :)

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    1. Yes it's true they grow back lol, THANK GOD. Cause when I had to choose between breaking my camera and breaking my nail I quickly chose to save my camera... lol. Safe choice I think ;) But if I had to choose between opening a box quickly and breaking a nail and opening a box slowly with scissors/a knife then I'd think I'd choose the latter ;)

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  10. OMG can't stop laughing my stomach hurts, you are hilarious! You're so my favorite. BEST POST EVER. (also very informative thx!)

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    1. Thanks for your compliments dear!! I'm glad this was equally as entertaining as it was informative lol...

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  11. Omg! I've struggled with breaks and weak nails for years and tried all the gimmicks. I never realized water could be to blame. I wash dishes a lot ๐Ÿ˜’ and am guilty of taking showers without polish ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. I'm going to fix this right away! Thanks for all the info and tips!!

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    1. You're so welcome!! Seems like such simple things I hadn't thought of till recently either!! Now we know ;)

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  12. I loved this post! Your sarcasm totally matches mine! And it's nice to see truth and not more stupid myths people have been believing. Sadly nothing I did helped my nails grow. They do grow super fast but broke as soon as I got any type of free edge. I've had to resort to geldip which I get isn't healthy but it's my only way of not having super nubs. Not sure why I'm sharing this with you! Hahahah. But there it is.

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    1. I'm just glad someone speaks my language then ;) And yes I realize some people have very thin nails and some of it has to do with bad-luck biology which even my sarcasm can't change.. dammit. But hopefully if you are going to start using nail oil if you haven't already and keeping them polished you will seem some improvement in your natural nail :D

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  13. Well done! You nailed it on how to grow your nails past your finger tips. I'd been doing these things for years & often had longer than average nails, but would still break them every so often. I do a similar gel overlay to Fingers & have only had one crack in the last 9 months & was able to grow it out instead of cutting my nails. Finding new ways to do old things to protect our nails takes effort, but it's worth the brain strain if you want longer nails. :)

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    1. Totally worth it if we're that into having long nails ;) Thank you for the kind words and glad you enjoyed this :D

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  14. Love your blog! My nails don't grow fast and I am currently on the acrylic side of life :p but as soon as my natural shorties come back in going to be sticking to your tips! Need some long nails as an aspiring nail tech myself. You know how boring it is having nubbies to design on ;) thankyou Lovley!

    P.s. I love your Instagram account! Brilliant designs that I have recreated a few myself. Keep them up gorgeous I love them! <3

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    1. Thank you so much Bethany I'm glad you like my stuff :D And yes, some of us just want longer nails so we have more space to do designs, I mean like how the hell could I do a triple/quadruple scaled gradient on nubs... not possible!!

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  15. Who needs long nails?!??!

    Nubs! Nubs! Nubs! Nubs!

    :)

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    1. Lol just me apparently for my triple-scaled gradient tendencies lol MOAR SPACEEE MOARRR
      But your nubs are beautiful and you already know this ;)

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  16. Amazing post, I love it. I try my best to not to break a nail but my thumbs keep failing me. And it looks so annoying when all nails are long and thumbs are nubbins.. whatever I really wonder if this nail oil actually make your nail bed longer?? I'm not sure but it looks like in photos.. Thank you again for amazing nail art articles and tutorials, I'm so happy you reached your nail length back! <3

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    1. Thank you! The nail oil has a tightening effect on your cuticles, I've found it actually reduced small wrinkles on the skin around the nail and in turn you MIGHT say that gave the illusion of a longer nail bed. But I'm not sure that there's actually anything you can do that would meaningfully increase the size of your nail bed. It's just what we are born with! If your thumb keeps breaking try a rounder shape (annoying if you love square, I know), and also analyze the shape of your "C-curve", I've found that some nails on my other hand are more heavily curved it and as a result they break easier. Again, generally something we can't change if it's just the way/direction our nails grow out of our finger, but keeping it oiled up and adjusting the shape for less breakage risk (usually rounder), and/or filing the sides of the nail if they are growing into your skin, can help soften a harsh C-curve and prevent breaks :)

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    2. Well, thank you again! I had my nails square always, now I'll try squovals inspired by you. Ovals are just not my case.. btw I saw your beautiful nails on Starrily polish page, when are you going to post dat beauty swatches!!?! I did check and loved them all, and I wonder your thoughts :) take care! (For yourself and nailselves.. lol)

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  17. This is such a fascinating article ... you've cleared up a few things that have puzzled me in trying to work out how best to care for my nails. Since I got interested in nail art in the last year, I've noticed that my breakages generally happen when I've removed my polish and I was struggling to square that with all the 'give your nails a rest' advice. Now I know for sure they lied! Thanks for that. :) I could tell my nails were weaker when they were damp and I have learned to think before I do stuff, which definitely helps. I have also been using nail oil, but not enough according to your tip so I will step that up from now on. Thank you, this was so helpful. :)

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    1. You're so welcome Kathryn! So many old wives tales and marketing tales we've been led to believe but I guess that's the story of our lives for so many things aside from nail care lol. Glad to hear you're stepping up your oil game ;)

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  18. Gurrrllll! My neighbours be complaining you making me laugh histerically this time o' the night!
    You're seriously too good at this - top of the topest :)
    A million hugs for making the from-every-angle-most-perfect post about the subject <3
    (I'd clap, but neighbours be calling da police!)

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  19. Love your tips! Love your sense of humour and sarcasm, this is definitely the type of blog I would read a lot, and I don't read many!! I have very short nails and I always get those little "hang nails" between the nail and the skin on the side of my finger, they drive me crazy! What can I do to prevent this from happening?? I want to grow them nice and long but they peeling, chipping or breaking off, so I will definitely try all these tips to get nice long nails for sure!!

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  20. Best.Post.Ever!!!!! (Not enough exclamations!!!!!!!)
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘❤️

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  21. LOVE!! I do all the same stuff! BOOYAH great minds think alike ๐Ÿ˜

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  22. This is so good! So funny and soooooooooo relatable! I am always having to file down my nails down cos they keep breaking! But now I know what to do! If you want you can see my nail art account @thistlenails on Instagram and you can see how long my nails have gotten and then they have been cut down ๐Ÿ˜’ love your account x

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  23. How do you apply nail oil? I recently found some but I'm afraid I don't have time to use it mostly because of school๐Ÿ˜ญ

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    1. I keep one of the pens from this kit http://tinyurl.com/blisskiss in my purse, car, and at work, you could take one to school :) the pens are less messy to apply. Also keep a bottle/pen by your bedside and make a habit out of applying some before you go to bed and when you wake up. Sorry for the late reply lol just seeing this now

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  24. My nails grow pretty fast, like if I file them short they are pretty long again by the end of the week. The problem is they are really brittle! I can't keep them that length for more than like two days without them breaking again.�� the cuticle oil I'm using does nothing too. I ordered some bliss kiss oil a few days ago, I'm really hoping that will help them. ��

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    1. I hope the bliss kiss helped! I had the same issue using some random drug store brand cuticle oil. The BK is much thicker in consistency and I've found it does a wayyyyy better job at keeping my nails super hydrated which would help reduce the cracking brittle parts :) (sorry for the late reply just seeing this now :D)

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  25. Both my ring finger's tips have really deep tips, like the white top part is deep. And it makes the rest of my nails look ugly and idk how to fix it

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    1. I'm not sure exactly what you mean, do you mean your nails have a strong C-curve, like the white part curls in? Or do you mean that the white line begins far down your nail? If it's a strong curve then I find keeping oil always on them will help soften the curl (I have the same problem), and if it's that the white line is far down the nail that sounds like just a nail chemistry thing that you can't really change, it's just how they grow. But the good news is who cares what your naked nails look like, just wear nail polish lol :)

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  26. I have really weak, bendy, short nails that naturally don't come anywhere near my finger tip. No matter what I do, my nails can't grow past my finger. Any advice for these types of nails?

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    1. I would recommend consistently keeping nail oil on your nails, and in some cases if your nails are "too flexible" and thus bendy, try a nail strengthening base coat and see if that helps with the thickness of your nail. Just don't rely on it, if you seen an improvement after a couple weeks, stop the base coat and continue with the oil (but oil all along of course). Also always keep nail polish on to reduce the risk of breaking a nail in every day life :)

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  27. Love this article! You are my favorite nail blogger! <3 I can never get my nails to grow longer than your 30 day growth. I use cuticle oil maybe once a week. I will definitely start using it a lot more! I have multiple auto-immune diseases, which I take 11 prescribed pills for daily and I have always thought being chronically ill like this has played a part in my lack of nail growth. I am also only allowed to swim as a form of exercise! I will definitely be sure to use cuticle oil immediately following my showers/swim sessions! I rarely have naked nails to begin with, but is sometimes having only a base coat on alright to swim/bathe with? Thank you! You were an inspiration to me when I was stuck on bed-rest for over a year!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I think always wearing a base coat, polish, and top coat (and "wrapping" the tips) is your safest bet especially if you're often in the water (shower or swim), as just a base coat may not be enough solidity to seal the nail to help protect again a lot of water absorption. If you have long-ish nails like mine that grow past your fingertip, inevitably water will absorb under the free edge cause it's not like we paint under our entire nail Louis Vuiton style, so def using the cuticle on before and after your water sessions will help restore the right kind of moisture. And use it very often, I started up to 8x a day and now I use it 3-4x a day it's like an addition but hey if it works then it's not a bad addiction right lol

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  28. Is the sally Hansen vitamin e and cuticle oil a good cuticle oil to use?

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    1. I've found that most of the drug store brand oils don't have the same ingredients that the specialty nail oils that brands like Bliss Kiss use... personally I'd used some random vitamin E one from Walmart before and it didn't do much (I now use it just to slather on my hands before using acetone), and since switching to a 'high quality oil' I saw a total turn around and have never looked back and it's been a year now :)

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  29. I plead softball and I try hard af not to break my nails... The first year I played a ball hit my finger and my fingernail literally turned purple and fell off... And now the fackin thing doesn't grow!!!! I have tried almost everything!!! Any other suggestions??!

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  30. I'm sorry if you have already been asked this questions but while you were growing your nails did you cut them a little bit every 2 weeks or used a nail file or you just didn't cut them at all and 'just' waited for them to grow up again? And another question, when you have to cut them, how do you do it? Every time I do it I cut them too much or they look irregular.

    Last but not least I wanted to thank you for all the tips you give us. I really appreciate all the work and effort you put not only here but also on your instagram and youtube channel. Keep doing what you do cause you're damn good at it!

    Cheers :)

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    1. I didn't cut them while letting them grow, just filed them a tiny bit if they looked uneven is all! And I never 'cut', I always just lightly file so you can control how much comes off :) and thanks so much for your kind words!!

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  32. i'd like to add my two cents!

    i have really narrow nail beds and really fine hair. i can get my nails to grow out, but they're more flexible than others i've seen and they also tend to snap off much more frequently and at shorter lengths, regardless of how often i keep them painted and regardless of how much lotion and oil i apply every day.

    i think if you have thicker hair, you're gonna have more layers of keratin (or w/e) to work with by default, which will make your nails more durable. and while everyone should be more careful the longer their nails get, I think the width of your nails also dictates how much more/less integrity they'll have (ie a 2x4 is easier to snap in half than a 3x4). a girlfriend of mine has ultra-long nails and she does JACK SHIT to care for them (on top of neeeeeveeeeeer keeping them painted, NOT THAT IM JEALOUS OR ANYTHING) - but she also has very wide nail beds and fairly thick hair, and i notice virtually all nail bloggers have much wider nail beds than I do as well. maybe my narrow beds are an anomaly. but i think this might be something to consider if you're like me and have been wondering for the past 8 months why your nails randomly break regardless of how much you baby them!! im convinced genetics play a much bigger role in this than we give them credit for. love ya vids :*

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    1. My hair is super thick(prone to breakage despite proper care). My nail beds are narrow and short. My nails do not grow past this length: https://instagram.com/p/8jiIOxDs67/ so artificial nails are like my best friend but maintaining those gets expensive.

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  33. Cry... Avoiding working with my hands and avoiding water means AVOIDING MY CAREER. I bathe and groom dogs... including dremeling THEIR nails, which often leads to hitting my own, making big dents that grow out into weak spots. So never will i grow out of the stubby nub club, no matter how much jojoba oil or beautiful polish I put on my nails. :( If you ever break a nail down to a stub again, though, I would LOVE to see some short nail mani tutorials!

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  35. And what If you can't have a nail Polish on your nails at school? And I have that problem, when I don't have nail Polish on my nails I always bite them. So what can I do to not bite them without having nail Polish on? :(

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    1. Try a bad tasting clear polish which you can probably find at a drugstore or something

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  36. Any tips for nails that bend? My index fingernails like to bend it like Beckham. Like they bend over my finger as they start to grow out. How do I fixxxxx??? My mom has the same issue so I know it's hereditary :-/

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  37. Ok i used olive oil to make my nail grow in 3 days ( God loves me ) but the nail is very weak and thin. I cut it, But should I keep it and wait a few days to grow it again?

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  38. Ok, so you called your nails nubs at their shortest; which begs the question: What would you call mine?https://instagram.com/p/8jiIOxDs67/
    The link is to my most recent attempt at doing something with my poor excuses for nails. My nails don't grow. Period( unless i am wearing acrylics for a while, then my natural nail grows underneath. Which is odd af)
    Going by this list im doing everything right though. I.e : Good diet, proper nail care, avoiding potentiated for breaks as much as possible. Yet I still suffer hangnails and lack of growth. Maybe I'm just cursed because my eyelashes are just as bad(even with mascara on I look like I have little to no lashes). Which is why I started making sure I was eating things that boosted my keratin levels and promoted healthy cell growth. That was over a year ago though. Even medical professionals can't figure it out.

    ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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  39. Wow, that's what I was searching for, what a stuff!Women are always concerned about their nails. I give my nails a makeover with Sakare's nail treatments and am very satisfied with the results.

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  40. The picture you have of the "all the things" screaming person, is from Hyperbole and a Half. http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-is-why-ill-never-be-adult.html

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  41. Hey Christine. You have inspired me to make a nail channel. Im only 14 but im really good at nail art and i have been told repetedly that i should start one but im not completely sure how.... Can you give me some tips?

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    1. OMG u should really start a nail art channel if u want girl just follow your heart

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  42. I have recently, as in two months ago, had acrylic crap removed from my poor nails. Needless to say, I'm left with bunnies and dented nail beds, scraggly cuticles, and the skin around the tips of my (non-existent) free edges are hard and snag on everything. One of my nails is actually half torn off after rescuing my parrot from falling into the yawning mouth of my big dog. Ouch is putting lightly the expletives I used during that fiasco. So finally, my question is: since I have half of a fingernail left, how do I treat it, since I obviously can't do the wrap system you have linked? Seriously, this sh!t hurts, and the remaining nail is super-soft and tissue-paper thin. Any suggestions? Love your blog and videos, you're my favourite nail babe!

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    1. Not the fab Christine, but I've been where you are - except my whole nail CAME OFF! Took months, but it grew back, weird at that.

      In the interum, I did use a faux glue-on nail to hide it because it was so grotesque and customers at work kept noticing. This, of course, only made it weaker when it grew back. Not much to do until it grows back except to moisturise urgently, oil everyday, and maybe use a little bit of strengthener (once a week) until it grows back with all it's nail layers. Treat it kind. And you can totally polish wrap your nubbins, it's messy, but it's possible.

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  43. I'm in the military and colored nails are a no no as far as Marine Corps regulations go. Any clear nail polish recommendations? All the ones I've tried flake when I shower, or don't last more than a day. Thanks!! ������❤️����

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  44. OMG !You make me buy many nail art stuff!! I really love your videos because your just funny girl ! Thx for these nail tutorials :)) Hugs from France

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  45. I can't afford a $20 bottle of nail oil but I do have a lg can of coconut oil. Just put a bunch on and it seems to soak in pretty good. Also softens the cuticle and skin. I put some in a baggie with a Q-tip for portable package. Now I can use it daily wherever I go. I really hope it works as well as your nail oil; it can't hurt, right? ;)
    Will let you know how my nails are doing in about 60 days.Lol
    Ps- thanks for the info. Didn't know this stuff! :)

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  46. HI Cristine!ive recently heard about calcium based polish and base coats, have you heard of them and do they really help to strengthen the nail? love from singapore~~

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  47. Hey guys I bite my nails... I know I shouldn't do it but most of the time I do it subconsciously. Any tips to help stop this would really be helpful, thank you Xxxxx Byee

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    1. Same๐Ÿ˜” i Think you can get some really bad tasting polish, but idk where..๐Ÿ˜•

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    2. Anything really gross tasting will help. If you can't deal with spicy food, try a chili oil on your nail tips. Though this could also hurt.
      I've tried wearing nail polish non-stop as I can't deal with nail polish on my teeth. It has given me up to two weeks of no biting. I heard one trick of wearing Bandaids on your finger tips non-stop. I haven't tried this yet, but I plan to soon. Acetone also tastes extremely bad and won't wash off with just soap and water, so putting that on the tips of your fingers. Yes Acetone is bad for the nail, but the idea is to stop the habit before growing the nail.

      My husband was one to carry around nail clippers everywhere and would clip his nails instead of biting them.
      Try getting into a hobby that keeps your hands busy. Such as crochet. You can also bring crochet everywhere with you.

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  48. Hey people I have a question do you remove and really nail polish or just add another coat?

    And also if I just wore base coat and or clear nail polish every day would this count aa applying nail polish every day?

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  49. Recently been trying to grow out my nails more and I went up to my mom one day and she said if you want to grow out your nails try some break saving strengthening polishes :D I was like yea mom no Cristine the writer of the the SimplyNalogical nail bible says that that stiff is shit so read this and she was amazed by the article :)

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  50. Sadly I have to use nail hardener for a long term. You can't prevent water damage when you have hyperhydrosis, which is why my nails would be too soft swithout nail hardener. Never used nail oil before but I'll tr that in the future. Thank you for your time writing this and the tips you thought of. HAve a nice day! :)

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  51. I have a huge spot in my nail bed that broke :( how the hell do I make my nails grow?? My nails are always weak and I stay away from water and put cuticle oil all the time but no matter what my nails are always weak :( Oh and I watch ur videos everyday xD I LOVE your youtube videos, I wish I can grow my nails as strong as yours. You are HILARIOUS!

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  52. This helped me out a lot I have such sort nails and I do a lot of stuff you said not to do. This here is a life saver. THX XOXO

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  53. When I saw the shellac thing, I freaked bc I'm wearin a shellac top coat but my nails are the best I've ever done rn

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  54. OMG I love you so much! Like she understands! All these biatches be buying clothes when they get money but i just go over to Live Love Polish XD I sady broke my thumb nail but Im too scared to file the rest down with my glass file ;) So I just have some random nub :( This site is going to help me through this....and your Youtube channel- SimplyNailLogical

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  55. Omg thank you so much! I usually start biting my nails if i break one๐Ÿ˜” now i can start nursing them๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

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  56. what if you are a boxer like me, because it is so hard to keep nails when u are punching someone in the jaw

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  57. I'm a nail biter, like a REALLY bad nail biter.. Youd cry if you saw my nails tbh. What kind of tips could you give someone who wants to stop biting their nails.but just can't. I've been doing it since I was a toddler, so its just out of habit now... I really love nail polish bit I seriously cannot apply it to my nails because of how nubby they are!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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    1. from my personal opinion there are some brands that provide deterrents for this behavior. i used to be like you, but by sheer will power stopped. A brand I know of; Manicare (it's no major brand but I found it in my pharmacy in Australia) have made a product called bite no more, apply 2 coats of it everyday (it says more than that but once is even enough) and when you go to bite your nail you'll wish you hadn't! I stopped using this after I got the point it has a horrible taste which may help you stop. But if your like someone I know it may not at all, goodluck!

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    2. Thank you for the reply! I have tried some of those nail polishes that make your nailsvtadte nasty, but I ended up taking it off because I wanted to bite my nails. I should probably try again, I really want a decent nail length

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  58. I really want to grow out my nails nice and long so i can do nail art and practice having nice nails on my days off of work. the only problem is that I can't wear any nail polish since I work in food service, where theres a lot of hand washing, and things to do where nails can break. what do you suggest?

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  59. Awesome tips! I found the part under tip #5 "let your nails breathe" hmm never knew they had lungs or were alive.. but if for example you can't wear coloured nail polish everyday (Australian Schools!) would clear do the same trick?

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  60. I'm reading this over a year later and went "ooooh, hooolllooooo"

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  61. This is not my first time reading your article. Loved it then and still love it. You are truly hitting the nail on the head when it comes to all things nails. Mostly all the women in my family have long nails.....except me. I'm the runt of the litter. After being a very long time wearer of acrylic nails (tips, overlays etc), I became sick and could no longer get my nails professionally done. So, I soaked off the overlay and cut my natural nails down to nubs and took care of them. It took a while but I had no other choice. I've used nail hardeners/strengtheners....cut back on using them as it is true too much of a good thing can be bad. All the "what not to do" I've done them.....I've already sent 2 of my nails to its eternal resting place about an hour ago. Even though I am using cuticle oil I will try your nail oil and tips (i promise to behave myself!). Love your blog!

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  62. Very informative post!๐Ÿ˜‰ You are one of my favorite youtubers! Love you Cristine!❤ I realy love you videos but I can't have long nails because I play the piano.๐Ÿ˜ง You are awesome person!❤

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  63. Very helpful! But my nails are still recovering from my recent nail biting habit (haven't for a year tho) but my nails just won't "harden"... like they're super soft and bendable, how can I fix this?thx

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  64. So, until about a month ago, I ignored my nails. Like, for TWO years I did that, after ditching the acrylics. They consistently stayed at a nice quarter inch past my fingertips, right? Then I saw a video on mybdaugher's Facebook page showing an (allegedly) easy gradient. So I tried it and it failed.nthen I tried water marbling and was no more successful with that. Then I just said Screw it. I'll d what I like and liberated her teal with black flake polish and loved it!

    While my first mani in years was on my nails, I discovered your YouTube channel and subscribed. I was making stops on the way home to get top and base coats, new colors, and five days into the teal and black, I broke a nail. At the quick, no less. So I got short fakes to cover me while it grew out.

    Don't you know, since then, I've broken two more and damned if I know how I did it!

    That said? Cuticle oil and lots of it. Thanks for this post...

    Since finding your videos, I have tried cheap (don't do it!) Vinyls, gradients and picked up a Color Club halo because it was pretty. Now I want more, thanks.

    This weekend, after the third break-at-the-quick, I've shortened the other 7, figuring I'll just type a lot faster over the next four to six weeks until they grow out.

    Anyway, thank you! I've gotten more compliments on my nails over the last few weeks. I might even try stamping!

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  65. I have very important question. Is it possible to form nail bit differently? What I mean is, can the skin surface, that is attached to nail, modified? I have most of my nails almost straight (that line before skin-free surface of a nail), but there are two of them ugly mo-fockas that are rounded, which causes massive bending of one side of the nail when they are long. Is it possible somehow to train the nails/skin to grow in straight line?
    Do you know what I mean?

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  66. So my nails constantly split and show the different layers. My mother and my grandmother both have the same issue(but my mother is a compulsive hand washer and does dishes like a mad woman without gloves) So besides what my mother does I believe that my nails are brittle and flaky due to DNA. Do you think If I did constant self manis/always had my nails painted and the nail oil after any water activity would help me? Or am I just SOL and grabbed the bad end of the stick so to speak? :(

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  67. What would be your advice to someone who's considering growing out their natural nails after 5 years of wearing acrylics?

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  68. Most purported "strengtheners" contain formaldehyde, which irritates my skin and make nails so hard that they become brittle and breakage-prone. The Lady Soma Skin Nail cream worked better for my nails, but you have to use it for like a month till you notice a difference.

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  69. Since my schools prohibits their students to wear nail polishes, is it okay if I just use one clear coat?
    I followed your tips and my nails are looking more beautiful and healthy than when I was a nail biter ^-^'
    Thanks a lot Christine :3 Your channel is great and I subscribe to you ;)

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  70. My school prohibits the students to wear nail polishes. Would clear polish work or calcium polish work?

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  71. I really wish I was in an industry where I could keep my nails longer. I'm a pet groomer, so between being in water much of the time (even though the dogs live the scratches!), needing them short to pluck ear hair properly (safer than using hemostats), and just... occasionally running my clippers into my fingers... Not really possible. But I am looking to move away from that, so here's hoping!

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  72. Holo Cristine ! Thank you so much for this article, seriously ever since i first saw it ive been wearing nailpolish 24/7 or almost and i have been using this nail oil for a while but i was wondering if it was good or not ... its from body shop and its called the ALMOND cuticle & nail oil ....i havent been seing any difference but my friend said it works but oh well..
    Anyways i just bought my first holo nailpolishes yesterday !!!!! ive become a true #holosexual
    i also appreciate your effort for the giveaway and i am excited to hear about the winners oh yeah congrats on over 1 M followers on instagram

    Regards, Abby
    P.S : plz say hi to menchie

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  73. ugh! I love painting my nails, but I'm in my school's color guard, so my nails always end up breaking because of flying flags and rifles...AND we aren't allowed to wear polish on performance days, my nails are going to be officially dead!!

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  74. I LOVED THIS!!!! I have a very hard time getting my nails to grow. I'm pretty new to nail care though. I hate the shape of my natural nails because they flair out into a kind of fan shape and are very wavy. Do you have any shaping tips? My nails are very flexible but also very dry. I used to bite my nails very badly. My nails also split more often than breaking at the edge. Any Suggestions? My sister and I love your YouTube channel! I posted a picture of some Nail Art my sister did on Instagram recently. My Instagram is Surprise_Me_82

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  75. what if you don't have all the fancy nail polish stuff, peel-off base coat, quick dry top coat/ taco, etc. ?

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  76. I'm trying to grow out my nails. How do I get used to having polish on? Currently, my nails are nudists because I hate the feel of nail polish so much. :(

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  77. Hellooooo! I should really bookmark this page...

    So lately, I've been attempting to grow my nails out again. In the past, this hadn't been much of an issue, about a month or so a break would happen.

    Now, though, my nails keep peeling. I'm not sure if it's how often I remove the nail polish remover (I'm usually bored after a couple days, less if the nails chip bad) or what.

    I should PROBABLY invest in the peel off base coat...

    Also, tried galaxy nails, they look more like paint splatter nails but I love em.

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  78. I have very thin and flexible nails and none of the dozen "strengthening" polishes I've tried has ever helped. I keep my nails down to stubs because they're so thin that when I grow them out they're like scalpels, like a baby's nails. In the past several years I've also noticed that nail polish always stays tacky on my nails and will not dry. I puzzled a manicurist when she aimed a fan at my nails for close to an hour and the clear base coat still wasn't dry. Days after I paint my nails you can touch the polish and it's still tacky, and you can scrape it off like it's fresh. What would you suggest?

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  79. Hi!!
    I don't actually have the spare ash to go out and buy nail oil, can i use moisturiser with Jojoba oil in it, as an alternative?

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  81. Omg I love this. This helped me so much. And I'm so sorry about my english because I am German. :-)

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  82. How do I make myself stop bitting my nails without using anything "harmful" and Everytime I paint my nails wether or not if it's just plain or if it's a design I end up peeling it right off

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    1. try chewing gum? So far it has worked for me :)

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  83. I have a really bad habit of biting my finger nails and my finger nails are really short. They're like a third of an inch long. Do you have any tips on how to stop biting my nails? Because I bite my nails, it's harder to do nail art.

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    1. I did the same, this way my mums idea actually, but i have been wearing a *shudder* gel polish for the past few weeks and it has put me off biting my nails and giving them time to grow. Also chewing gum instead of your nails helps! :)

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  84. Hi. I asked my mom the other day about how to grow your nails long. Her advice, and i quote , Stop fricken biting them! Sometimes you gotta love parents, others you laugh at them. Have you got any advice? Im 12 and thinking of becoming a nail artist

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  85. Hi. I asked my mom the other day about how to grow your nails long. Her advice, and i quote , Stop fricken biting them! Sometimes you gotta love parents, others you laugh at them. Have you got any advice? Im 12 and thinking of becoming a nail artist

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  86. does my nail growth slow down at all when i wear nail polish?

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  87. I suffer from hyperhidrosis, which means that my hands sweat constantly and uncontrollably. I also have very fragile nails that I have been struggling to grow long for years. You say that water damages and weakens nails. Could it be that the sweat from my hands is damaging my nails and making them brittle? If so, what can I do to help this?

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  88. Ahhh, you're lucky. I would rather be in the nub club than in 'wow, you know biting your nails is bad for them, just stop.' club. I've heard so many times from girls with nice nails and its like 'smrh, do you want me to openly comment on your way too thin eyebrows that you pluck obsessively?

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  89. Idk what's bad about hard nails, mine are hard and barely ever break

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  90. But what if you bite your nails as a nervous habit is there any souloution for that ?

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  91. But what if you bite your nails as a nervous habit is there any souloution for that ?

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    1. Yes, get a nice professional salon manicure. The next time you're tempted to bite your nails, you'll think "geez, I don't want to ruin my pretty mani."

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    2. Yes, get a nice professional salon manicure. The next time you're tempted to bite your nails, you'll think "geez, I don't want to ruin my pretty mani."

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  92. Ok, I've been a lifeguard for ten years and I've finally realized why my nails peel so badly! MUST KEEP NAILS PAINTED FOREVAH!!

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  94. My nails are so thin that without three coats of gel (along with base and top so 5 layers actually) polish I can't grow them at all because they just peel. Regular polish isn't thick or hard enough. You mention gel "eats away" at your nail. What do you mean by that? Mine seem fine after removal and I only started my new gel routine about a month and a half ago. My nails are the longest they've ever been but "eating away" sounds bad. Help!

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    1. The gel itself doesn't harm the nail, it's the removal process that can harm it if done wrong. Since she's not a nail tech I'd ask a specialist about it, since "eats away" isn't very specific and sounds like a speculation, but the removal of gel is kind of rough and potentially harmful. That's what I'd do anyway.

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    2. The reason why gel and other gel like polishes are so harsh on your nails is because when you remove them you are actually removing layers of your nails as well. When you peel off gel polish from your nail you peel off a layer as well. Peeling off a layer of your nail weakens them causing breakage, weak nails, and the gel is in turn "eating away" your nails.

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  95. For the people who are saying 'how do you open mail without nails??' simple. Get a letter opener (a knife looking thing). Look it up.

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  96. I'd like to add something that I just realized a few months ago. I don't have trouble growing my nails but I do have a problem keeping them long. Well, totally unrelated, I started using Organix Biotin and Collagen shampoo and conditioner on the advice of my hairdresser. After not paying much attention to it, I realized that not only did my nails grow faster than I can remember them growing, but they were stronger and flexible. I've also been adding extra collagen powder to my diet for my skin and bones. But I can only think that these two things, unbeknownst to me, have had a remarkable effect on the health of my nails. I hadn't even thought about it until I saw my nails. I don't think the biotin is doing anything but I do think there is something about the collagen that must be helping. In fact, I think that Organix hair stuff is helping my nails more than my hair!!! So I just thought I'd throw that out there for what it's worth. Incidentally, I don't work for Organix and am certainly not trying to push their products. This is just one person's anecdotal experience/evidence/discovery. This post was fantastic by the way. Learned new things! And you made me laugh out loud at work ALOT! <3

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  97. I play sports a lot. Are there any tips to make sure my nails don't suffer?

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  98. Love your videos, abs your articles are so helpful! I'm the aquatics specialist at my store, and my hands are constantly in water. I just, foolishly, scrubbed my saltwater tanks with naked nails, and I'm back in the nub club. In placing my first ever order to Bliss Kiss and am stoked about saving my poor fingers and nails..!

    Thanks for your fabulous content!

    PS My fur kids say hi to yours!

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  99. My husband really damaged his nail months ago. It went black and blue and half of it fell off. We're just wondering if there is a safe way to cover the nail and the skin below it while it grows out?

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  100. My husband really damaged his nail months ago. It was black and blue and half of it fell off. We're just wondering if there is a safe way to cover the nail and the skin below while the nail grows out?

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  101. Hey christine :) I wanted to know, how do i grow my nails out since they're stubs? ( i have the horrible habit of biting my nails) Also, how do i stop biting my nails?

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