How Fast Do Nails Grow: Causes And Care

Are you one of those women who always try to grow out their nails, but never know until what point? You constantly think to yourself: ”Hmm, maybe this is enough, or I could maybe go a bit longer?” If you are blessed with naturally long nails, this question is about the get a whole explanation. On the other hand, if you suffer from short and brittle nails, you will find out how it could be if you had long nails, and what to do to achieve them.


Factors Affecting Growth of Nails

Well, this question depends on many factors. If you have a bad medical history, or if it is just an ”inherited”thing, you can not expect to have longer nails. Also, your nails will lack in the length department if you are spending your days in unpleasable surroundings, if your diet lacks protein, or if you have bad habits of smoking or biting your nails. Pretty much all of those factors can effect on the growth of your nails. But to put it all in one sentence, our nails grow approximately 0.1 millimeters each day. Although that number can vary depending on your age and health status.


Interesting Facts About The Nail Growth

You have probably noticed that your nails grow a lot faster during the summer period than in the winter? That is a fact that many of us have known our entire lives. But, what you didn’t know are some beliefs and misbeliefs when it comes to the nail growth. The following eight facts may surprise you completely.


#1: Which One Is The Longest?

Longest Nails

Believe it or not, the middle fingernail is the fastest growing one on your hand than all the other nails. No explanation behind that theory, it is just the way it is.


#2: Kids Have It All

Kids Nails

When you are a child, your nails tend to grow way faster. In fact, the numbers are shocking. Kids nails grow 50% faster than the adult’s nails. So it kind of makes sense that we start developing that nasty nail biting habit when we are so young. How would you feel if you had to cut your nails every three days while being a little impatient five years old? Yeah, you probably wouldn’t have the time nor will for that.


#3: Keratin

keratin for Healthy Nails

You probably know by now that nails are made out of keratin, which can be found in many different foods, such as meat, eggs, beans, nuts, quinoa, chicken, fish and etc. Lack of this protein may damage your body since it will start feeling deficient. Lack of the proteins can also affect the growth of your nails. However, if you take plenty of protein with a right amount of water your nails will tend to grow longer, thicker and faster.


#4: This Helps

Ideas for Long Nail Manicure

For those of you who would like to know how to make your nails grow long read this article. It only takes you nine simple steps for the ultimate and gorgeous long nail manicure.


#5: Pregnancy

Nail Grows Fast During Pregnancy

There is one interesting example when we talk about nail growth, which is only noticeable with pregnant women. Pregnant women have an increasing level of growth hormones which are circulating in their body. So, the faster rate of the metabolism, and the general confusion of the body during pregnancy, the faster the nail growth. Check out the nails on the next pregnant women you see and see for yourself. Or you may already know someone who is pregnant, so just go ahead and ask them if that’s the case with their nails.


#6: Garlic Speeds Up The Nail Growth?

Some women with long nails tell that this worked for them. But scientifically speaking, this doesn’t make any sense. Some women say that they rub halved raw garlic on their nails regularly, or they mince that garlic, then paint their nails weekly with it. This misconception may happen because the bulb is high in selenium, and some studies have linked low selenium levels to weaker nails. But no research has found a connection between garlic usage or application that may make your nails super long, strong or faster growing.

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#7: ”The Dutchess” from Las Vegas, Nevada

This woman hit the Guinness book with her long nails. The nails on her left hand measure a shocking 10 feet 2 inches, and the nails on her right-hand measure 9 feet 7 inches. That’s a total of 19 feet 9 inches of fingernails. Believe it or not, she didn’t come near a nail clipper ever since 1990. Holding a world record may sound cool, but does anyone really need this amount of nails on their hands? Imagine trying to repaint them. Oh hell no!


#8: Lee Redmond

Before the Dutchess, the longest fingernails belonged to Lee Redmond (USA). She grew them since 1979 and kept them until 2009. They were carefully manicured and have achieved a total length of 8.65 m (28 ft 4.5 in) as measured on the set of Lo show in Madrid, Spain, on 23 February 2008. Lee lost her nails in 2009 in a car accident, and that’s when she lost her Guinness world record.


Have the last two pictures given you an inspiration to compete for the Guinness world record? We hope not because it is a bit extreme (in our opinion.) But, at least you have your things sorted out, questions answered, and no dilemmas. So, the next time you ask yourself are your nails too long, know that the answer (for surely) will be no. Until you don’t get them to 1 foot at least, you will be fine.

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