Achieving Long and healthy natural nails is generally a struggle for most of us. Our nails either don’t grow or they begin to break off one by one after we’ve finally reached our desired length. So instead we opt for acrylic nails and nail extensions to give us the look we can’t achieve on our own. But then our nails get damaged and it becomes even harder for them to grow from all the glue, buffering, filing, etc. and we’re back to square one. For reasons that tend to be unknown sometimes, natural nails can be pretty weak and have a hard time growing and sustaining length on their own. But it’s not always complicated and the solution is usually right under our noses, but what we tend to lack is consistency and the right products to help us.
I’ve binge-watched a ton of youtube videos of women who’ve grown out their nails and gathered the tips mentioned the most; quality nail files, moisture, and protecting the nails. Growing out the nails can often come down to genetics but having a quality routine in place with quality products can take you a long way too.
1. Glass Nail File
This has been one of my favorite beauty discoveries in a while and it actually makes me excited to file my nails. How crazy is that? The first time I filed my nails with this, I was amazed. The movement was incredibly smooth on my nails and didn’t leave them feeling rough or anything, it felt entirely different from an emery board. If you’ve used one of these, you know what I mean. My crystal/glass nail file of choice is from OPI ($10) and I can already tell I made the right decision with this investment. I know $10 sounds crazy for a nail file but after I finish telling you all the wondrous benefits of glass nail files, you’ll buy this and never want to buy emery boards again.
Long story short, glass nail files are made from glass and have a very fine grit as opposed to emery boards that are made of sandpaper and can be very rough on the nails. If you notice the tip of your nails feeling rough after filling them with an emery board and later on splitting and breaking constantly, there’s a big chance the cause of that is your emery board. When filing with an emery board, especially back and forth, it creates small tears in the nail and weakens it. When using a glass file, the glass actually seals the tip of the nail each time you file it and leaves a smooth finish, preventing any cracking or tearing in the nail in the future.
In addition, glass nail files are sanitary and easy to clean, as well as long lasting in comparison to emery boards which you often need to repurchase as they don’t last long. Now what’s better, one $10 purchase now or several purchases of emery boards for the rest of your life? The glass material of these nail files allow them to last years, if not a lifetime, as long as you’re careful with it and clean them on a regular basis.