by April Reinhardt
(last updated September 28, 2015)
A set of long, natural nails looks classy and elegant. Add some deep red nail polish, and now they look sexy. Growing long nails – and keeping them long – might not be as difficult as you think. The key is to know what the "right" nail length is for your lifestyle, proper nutrition for optimum nail growth and health, and how to maintain them.
I type a lot. When I say that, I mean that I use a computer keyboard every day of my life for typing, blogging, commenting on message boards, typing letters for work, business plans for the boss, rough drafts of 96-page employee manuals, et cetera. My lifestyle is that I consistently use my hands; whether I use them on a keyboard, on a game controller, or in the kitchen making meals and washing dishes, I know that long nails would only hinder my lifestyle. The right length for my lifestyle is to keep them short – just about to the end of my fingertip.
Your lifestyle is most likely different than mine, and perhaps you can afford to have longer nails. Although your nails' ability to grow is largely hereditary, there are measures that you can take to allow your nails to grow longer:
Whatever the length of your nails, if they are groomed at least once a week, and if you take care of yourself from the inside, your nails can grow long and look spectacular.
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