Nowadays, many ladies are struggling to grow longer and stronger nails. If you have ditched the acrylics and taken a much-needed break from gel nail polish yet your nails are still brittle and flaky, we feel your pain.

Here are the five proven ways to grow longer and stronger nails;

Use a cuticle oil daily

Hydration is key when it comes to growing nails. Cuticle oil works by hydrating the cuticle and nail bed, which is why it is such an important step in nail care, whether you're growing your nails or simply want them to look their best.

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Invest in a soft nail file

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Up your vitamin B9 intake

If a bumpy, ridged nail bed is completely ruining your manicure, you might need to increase your vitamin B9 intake.

Vitamin B9, which is also known as folic acid, repairs and multiplies the cells that make up nails. This speeds up growth and promotes the overall nail health. Vitamin B9 has also proven to boost strength and prevent peeling.

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Try a more natural nail polish

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Eat a nail-friendly diet

To grow nails longer and stronger, a nutritious rainbow diet consisting of colourful fruit and vegetables, leafy greens, oily fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, eggs, lean meat, a little whole grains and sweet potato will do justice.

Add in foods that encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria, such as live yogurt, and kimchi. Finally, don't forget to keep hydrated and minimize alcohol consumption and refined sugars.

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