Our Simple, Step-by-Step Strategy for Growing Out Short Fingernails


Do you want longer, stronger nails? Here at Nail Art Orange Grove, our nail salon in Fort Myers, we have some bad news and some good news for you. The not-so-good news: Nails grow on their own and we have to give our nails some time to do that. In fact, on average, nails grow at a fixed rate – about one millimeter per month.

Now for the good news: If you’re willing to take excellent care of your nails through polishing, proper nourishment, and protection, you can make your nails appear longer than they actually are. Nails are our passion at Nail Art Salon in Fort Myers. No matter how short or long your nails are, we love them and we’d love to give you some tips on how to grow (and groom!) nails properly.

Make Nails Appear Longer with an At-Home Vinegar Soak  

  • Wash your hands with gentle soap – using harsh soap can make nails brittle
  • Pat your hands using a towel, then fill a plastic bowl with enough white vinegar to cover your nails
  • Soak your nails one hand at a time in the vinegar for five minutes, holding the bowl steady with your other hand.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water

Give Biotin a Try

Biotin is great for treating brittle nails, making them stronger and less likely to break. While biotin is not going to make your nails magically begin to grow faster, it will make growing your nails out easier. Nails that crack less often stand a better chance of growing out naturally.

Moisturize Properly

 When your fingernails leave the cuticle they are already dead cells, which means that they won’t repair themselves. So you’ll have to take care of them if you want them to be healthy.

Every time you wash your hands, finish by applying hand cream to your hands and nails. –This will prevent them from becoming too brittle and cracking or splitting.

Setting the Stage for Fantastic Nails  

If you aren’t getting gel manicures or nail extensions on a regular basis, then apply nail hardener every day. This will prevent chips and breaks that force you to trim your nails back before they fully grow out. Our nail salon in Fort Myers also offers these same products for purchase to help clients treat and strengthen their nails at home.

Wear gloves while washing the dishes or when doing any activity where your nails will be exposed to water for an extended period.

Clip away rough edges. If you notice a tear in your nail or a frayed edge, clip it away with nail clippers and file it down before it becomes worse. That’s because jagged nail edges might catch on something and cause you to lose part of the nail, which can be painful.

Take Care of Your Cuticles

Cuticles are the most important parts of your nail because they protects against infection. Damage to the cuticles will make the nails grow out slower.

Soften the cuticles to make it easier to push one back without damaging it.

Measure your cuticles to maintain healthy blood flow in the area. It won’t make your nail grow out more quickly, but it will strengthen the nail, which will keep your nail healthy and strong.

How to Stop Biting Nails  

You can’t grow your nails out if they are constantly being bitten down to nothing! If nail biting is the reason your nails are short, we may have some suggestions on how to stop:

Just like many bad habits, nail biting can be addressed by implementing a good habit in its place.

-Carry a rubber band, penny, or something else to hold in your hand

-Distract yourself by using your hands during times of the day where you would likely bite your nails. For example if you bite during car rides, as a passenger, play with your keys instead.

Great hobbies to do in place of finger biting:

  • Home maintenance projects
  • Knitting or crocheting
  • Running
  • Nail care and decoration 

We’d like to take a moment to invite you to our nail salon in Fort Myers: Nail Art in the Orange Grove shopping plaza. The only thing that makes us happier than a new client is a happy, satisfied one. We’d love to consult with you about your nail shape, or great colors that are more suitable for shorter nails — or to have a consultation about artificial, luxury nails. Please visit our website www.nailsalonfortmyers.com for more information. We’ll be waiting with bated breath for your call!

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