Buh-bye, brittle nails.
Maybe it’s Hailey Bieber’s constant stream of manicure inspo, or the wealth of nail art trends we’re itching to try, but it seems so many of us are attempting to grow our nails longer and stronger right now.
While short and sharp always looks chic, there’s so much more room for experimentation when your nails are long and healthy. Dive into the ‘glazed doughnut’ trend, try a rainbow-coloured French mani, or simply keep it chic with a slick of clear polish – yes, it’s back with a bang.
But success requires persistence, especially if you’re slowly weaning yourself off the acrylics or monthly gel mani. On a mission to achieve the long, resilient talons of our dreams, we’ve tried out all the hacks – and enlisted some of the best experts – to reveal exactly how to make our nails grow longer and stronger for good. Read on for everything you need to know..
How To Grow Longer And Stronger Nails
1. Use A Cuticle Oil Daily
According to Ama Quashie, session manicurist and founder of Ama salon, the secret to growing your best nails is: hydration, hydration, hydration. 'To have strong nails, they need to be healthy – and to be healthy, they need to be hydrated,' she says. 'Cuticle oil works by hydrating the cuticle and nail bed, which is why it's such an important step in nail care, whether you're growing your nails or simply want them to look their best.'
Her favourites? Skip the pricey branded bottles and opt instead for organic Dadi oil or a simple jojoba: they'll do the job just as well (if not better) and don't cost the earth.