I started my healthy nail journey in April 2020. You may remember in 2014 I grew my nails long. I love how my nails looked then, but they weren't very healthy. My nails felt brittle and they would break. It was so frustrating that I just cut them short. Since 2014 I have grown my nail meduim length, but once again my nails weren't very healthy. Last year I found out I had severe nutrient deficiencies (iron Deficiency Anemia and B12 Deficiency) that began causing issues with my nails and brittle hair among other issues.
This is my nail growth from April 2020 until September 2020 and I just trimmed and shaped my nails. I've never had problems growing nails, but keeping them healthy is another story.
I've been taking iron pills since last Summer. I take them as much as my body will tolerate these pills. Iron doesn't agree with everyone and unfortunately I'm one of those people that iron pills can make me sick. I usually take an iron pill before bed with a small snack. Sometimes it helps and other times the iron pills make me sick.
I can tell the iron pills help because my nails and hair look better and healthier. In addition to taking iron pills. I also take B12 Vitamins that were prescribed by my doctor. You can find both iron pills and B12 vitamins in your local pharmacy etc. Check with your doctor before taking any new medications.
My Nail Care Products
These are my holy grail products I use
Please don't chip off the nail polish on your nails. When you do that your striping your nails and possibly making them weaker. I use nail polish remover to clean my nails or remove nail polish. Then I wash my hands
I give my nails a trim and shape them. Please don't cut your nail down to match the size of your other nails (I mean unless you just want to cut them) when I break a nail, depending on the breakage I'll give my other nails a trim and reshaping to tidy them up. It can be challenging to grow your nails all the same size.
- Push back your cuticles
You can find cuticle pushers at Walmart, Target etc.
- For a naked manicure, first I use a nail growth and strengthener
- I let that dry completely and then I add a clear base
- Don't forget to oil your nails and cuticles daily
- After my nails are fully dry, I add a hand serum to keep my hands moisturized. Your should care for your hands just as you care about your nails.
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In a recent CVS Box for their Epic Beauty Event (until September 26th), I received these Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nail Gummies. I've been taking them for about a week. I haven't noticed any breakage of my nails. So far so good. I haven't had any issues with these vitamins, but check with your doctor before taking these vitamins.
I hope that my healthy nail care routine helps! How do you keep your nails healthy?