Your nails speak of your style, they are like jewels which you can design with nail art and flaunt them off by wearing beautiful nail paints. Nails are made up of a protein called keratin. You may have noticed that your toe nails grow faster than your hand nails. This happens due several factors like lack of nutrients in the body, hormonal changes, stress or due to use of certain medications.
Slow and poor nail growth can be accompanied by breakage, splitting, brittle nails and other nail problems. You can promote nail growth by maintaining a healthy diet and following a proper nail care to keep your nails strong.
There is nothing worse than breaking a nail. The only thing you can do is wait until it grows out again so that you can get the manicure re-done. Fortunately for you, you can quicken the growing process by using this nail soak.
For this DIY nail growth recipe you will need a few ingredients that you probably have at home. The items you will need include: an orange, olive oil, and a clove of garlic. You can also substitute the orange for orange juice, and the garlic clove for pre-minced garlic.
Garlic is known for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and it thus protects nails from infections. Although garlic does not promote nail growth, it helps to maintain nails healthy and strong. Cut a garlic clove in two halves and rub the cloves all over your finger nails. Let the garlic juice get absorbed before washing hands. Alternatively make paste of garlic and apply the paste on the nails and leave it for 5 minutes. Follow this remedy once a week to get smooth nails.
Olive oil is an amazing moisturizer, able to penetrate deeply into skin. Because of this, it also helps to soften the cuticles and adds strength to the nail to prevent breakage.
How to prepare this DIY soak:
Combine the orange juice and garlic in a shallow container. Place fingertips in the mixture and soak them for 10 minutes. Rinse your hands and discard the garlic and orange juice solution. Fill the bowl with one quarter cup of olive oil. Soak nails in the oil for 5 minutes.
The nail soak can be done two or more times a week and will also benefit cuticles and skin. It’s one of the most basic things that you can do at home to both achieve and maintain stronger, healthier, beautiful looking hands and nails.
Lemon and sea salt soak
If you have discoloration on your nails from too many acrylics, or stains caused by dark nail polish, a combination of sea salt and lemon juice can help. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl, and add about a teaspoon and a half of sea salt. Soak your nails for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse. Repeat three or four times a week until your nails look lighter – a couple weeks should do the trick.