I just want to start off by saying that next to my skin my nails are my next biggest struggle. My nails are usually pretty short because they are weak and thin. They grow quickly but they peel and break pretty easily.
I have only had long nails twice in my life that I can remember. Both times were after I had had acrylic nails and I had just taken them off.
Maybe once Chris and I are married and the stress of wedding planning is no longer a thing in my life then they will be able to grow really long. (Basically meaning that I’ll stop picking at them out of anxiety.)
This post is more meant to be about how I keep my nails healthy and how I keep them from breaking.
The first thing that I make sure to do is have enough nutrients in my diet. The better I am taking care of myself the better condition my nails seem to be in. I drink a TON of water in a day and I’d like to think that I eat pretty healthy.
I use the Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab treatment. On top of smelling like flowers and candy, this product also helps my cuticles to not be as dry and help me to not get as many hang nails.
I also use nail strengtheners constantly and I always use them under and over my nail polish. When I don’t have my nails painted it helps them to not break and also gives them a nice shine. It also helps them to be able to not peel as badly.
Getting My Nails Done
I also have a pretty bad habit of picking at my nails. I don’t bite my nails but at the first sign of a snag I am picking at it all day. When I get them done by someone else I don’t do it as much and it allows them to grow better. I think it might be something about feeling guilty that someone else has put time and effort into them and I don’t want to ruin it. This does not mean that you have to go to a salon. Chris is generous enough to paint my nails for me for this very reason. He is really patient and actually a lot better at it than I thought he would be.