Everyone wants their nails to grow fast and strong. They add beauty to your hands. Plus, healthy nail growth reflects the state of your overall health.
Nails are made of the same protein, called keratin, as that of hair. Fingernails grow faster than toenails, although growth is still very slow. On average, fingernails grow about one-tenth of an inch each month. But sometimes they grow even slower.
Several factors contribute to slow nail growth. These include the aging process, hormonal changes in the body, health problems, chemotherapy, medications and nutritional deficiencies. On the other hand, faster nail growth can be seen among children prior to puberty and pregnant women.
Slow or poor nail growth can also be accompanied by brittle nails, breakage, splitting and other nail problems.
Eating a healthy diet and following proper nail care are easy ways to keep your nails strong and growing at a healthy pace. You can also promote nail growth with some easy natural remedies using simple ingredients.
Here are some home remedies for nail growth:
The garlic is great for the nail growth. It protects the nails from infections as it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. It makes the nails thick and smooth. Cut and clove in half and rub it gently on the fingers. Let it stay for few minutes to absorb in the skin and nails. You can also make a paste of few garlic cloves. Apply it on the nails and leave it for five minutes. You will notice the results very soon.
- Vitamin E
This vitamin is very important for healthy nails and hair and it also stimulates their growth. Mix vitamin E and some essential oil and warm up the mixture. Dip the nails in it before going to sleep. Let it stay overnights and you will be amazed by the results in the morning.
Night time is ideal for nail care. Here’s a procedure that’s easy to follow before going to bed and you’ll only need vitamin E with some oils:
– Take 3-4 vitamin E capsules and prick them to squeeze out the oil. Take a small brush and dip in the vitamin E oil and apply the oil on your nails. Alternatively you can use this oil by mixing it with other essential oil.
– Apply the oil on the fingernails and rub in gently. This will increase the blood circulation in the nails. Wear manicure gloves and leave it overnight.