How to Get Long Healthy Nails

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Long nails help to accentuate your hands and fingers, so long as they are cared for. Grow long nails for yourself with help from a professional nail artist in this free video.

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I'm Amy Hamilton-Weldon from Oakwood Nail Spa, Raleigh, North Carolina, and we're going to discuss how to get long, healthy nails. It's unrealistic to think that just anybody can grow their nails out long if they choose to. It's just not really a reality. But one thing that makes your nails not grow long, or be healthy, is dryness. So, to use a cuticle cream or some kind of moisturizer to keep them moist, it keeps them from breaking because usually your nails will break because they're dry. The strongest part of your nail is the sides that grows out right from the side, and if you are tapering your nails and making it skinny, you know, and tapered, you're filing away that strongest part, and it's going to break right there at your skin where it meets the skin, because that's where you're filing it away from. So, that's where I think square nails came in, because they are stronger, because you're not filing that important part away. Polish does help strengthen your nails and it gives it an extra coat of something, an extra layer of protection, and it will keep them from maybe getting as dried out, from things like water and things that you put your hands in. Clippers are kind of harsh. It's fine for your toenails. You don't want them to get long, just clip, you always want to keep them short but on finger nails, clipping them the way it works, your nails are made in layers and it destroys the layers basically. So, unless you are going from really long to really short I would just file them because filing is less abrasive. Okay, those were just some basic tips but you should always consult a nail professional.

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