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So you want to learn how to make nails grow faster.

The bad news: You can’t actually make your nails grow faster than nature intended. Dermatologists say they grow at a fixed rate for each individual, at an average of 1/8 inch per month.

The good news: Your nails probably aren’t growing as fast as they could be, due to nail health or breakage factors. You can remedy this right now!

Quick tips for how to make nails grow faster (and stronger):

  • Keep your nails moisturized.  Dry, brittle nails break easily.
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Apply lotion or moisturizer to your nails regularly.
    • Don’t allow your nails to stay damp, however.  This invites fungal infection.

drink water

  • Protect your nails from harsh weather and chemicals.  Wear gloves or mittens in cold weather. Wear rubber gloves when using detergents, dishwasher soap, and other household cleansers. You can also switch to milder and non-toxic variants if you want to be nicer to your skin and nails.

wear mittens

  • Are you dieting?  You might want to rethink restrictive diets. Studies show that poor nutrition slows down nail growth.
    • Include biotin-rich food in your meals—eggs, cauliflowers, cucumbers, walnuts, milk, soybeans, carrots, tomatoes, salmon, almonds, strawberries, lentils, whole grains, and oats. Biotin strengthens your nails and makes them less prone to damage.  It’s also available as a dietary supplement, but be sure to consult your doctor before taking taking supplements.
    • Nails also require protein to grow.  Consume fish, lean poultry, pork, beef, eggs, nuts, green vegetables, legumes, and milk for your protein allotment.  Protein dietary supplements are also available.


  • Are your nails yellowing or crumbling?  Fungal infections account for 50% of nail disorders, and slow nail growth.  If your nails are yellowing or crumbling, see a doctor immediately.
  • Do you wash your hands a lot?  Exposure to water actually dries out the nails and weakens them over time.  Apply a rich moisturizer after washing your hands.  Polish or cuticle oil serves as a protective shield against your nails becoming too dry.

hand washing

  • Exercise regularly.  Good blood circulation benefits your entire body including your nails.
  • Avoid biting your nails or peeling hangnails.

nail biting

  • Keep your nail file fresh—and private.  The emery board is a germ trap, so replace it regularly, and don’t share it with anyone.
  • Avoid using fake tips or glue-on nails.  The glue damages your nails.
  • Avoid using acetone to remove nail polish as it weakens your nails.  Instead, apply two coats of clear nail polish beneath the colored polish.  This allows the polish to peel off and flake on its own without needing polish remover.
  • Avoid using nail polish that contains sulfonamide, formaldehyde, or toluene.  These are harsh chemicals that are not good for your nail health.

nail polish

Also Read: Nail Technician School: What You Will Learn

Apart from our tips on how to make nails grow faster, here are some things you can do at home to help your nails along.


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Simple and effective home treatments for your nail growth:

Nutritive Oils

Coconut Oil


Via peta.org

Coconut oil contains nutrients for keeping your nails and cuticles strong.

– Massage your nails with warm coconut oil for 5 minutes before going to bed (daily).

– Soak your nails in a mixture of 1/4 cup of organic coconut oil, 1/4 cup of honey and 4 drops of rosemary essential oil (twice a week).


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