How long does it take for fingernails to grow: Your Nails (for Kids) – Nemours KidsHealth

Your Nails (for Kids) – Nemours KidsHealth

What Do Fingernails and Toenails Do?

You may not think about your nails, unless you just painted them blue or your mom says it’s time to trim them. But your nails have a job to do. The hard surface of your nails helps to protect the tips of your fingers and toes. And your fingernails make it easier to scratch an itch or remove a dog hair from your sweater.

Nails themselves are made of keratin (say: KAIR-uh-tin). This is the same substance your body uses to create hair and the top layer of your skin. You had fingernails and toenails before you were even born. Where do they come from?

It may look like your fingernails and toenails start growing where your U-shaped cuticle (say: KYOO-tih-kul) begins. But there’s more going on under the surface. Nails start in the nail root, hidden under the cuticle.

When cells at the root of the nail grow, the new nail cells push out the old nail cells. These old cells flatten and harden, thanks to keratin, a protein made by these cells. The newly formed nail then slides along the nail bed, the flat surface under your nails. The nail bed sits on top of tiny blood vessels that feed it and give your nails their pink color.

Your fingernails grow slowly — in fact, they grow about one tenth of an inch (2.5 millimeters) each month. At that rate it can take about 3 to 6 months to completely replace a nail.

Where your nail meets your skin is your cuticle. Cuticles help to protect the new nail as it grows out from the nail root. The lunula (say: LOON-yuh-luh) — which comes from the Latin word for “moon” — is that pale half circle just above the cuticle. Your lunula is easiest to see on your thumbnails.

How Can I Care for My Nails?

You might need an adult to help you trim your fingernails and toenails, which can be a little challenging. A nail clipper or a pair of nail scissors may be used. To smooth jagged edges, you can use a nail file or emery board, which works like sandpaper.

Fingernails should be trimmed straight across and slightly rounded at the top. Having nicely trimmed nails can keep you from biting or picking at them, which can lead to infections. It’s also a good idea to moisturize nails and cuticles regularly. A little hand lotion or moisturizer will do the trick.

Because toenails are slowpokes (they don’t grow nearly as fast as fingernails), they don’t need to be trimmed as often. They should be trimmed straight across, which can be difficult, so you might want to ask a parent for help.

Manicures and Pedicures

Sometimes people get their fingernails and toenails cut and polished by a professional in a salon. Manicures (done on hands and fingernails) and pedicures (done on feet and toenails) are popular services for girls and women (and even some guys!). If you get one, you’ll want to be sure the salon follows strict guidelines for cleaning its tools and the stations where hands and feet are washed, trimmed, buffed, and polished.

To prevent infections and other problems, experts recommend taking your own nail clippers and other tools to the manicurist or pedicurist. That’s better because you won’t be exposed to bacteria and other bad stuff that can linger on the tools that were used on other people’s hands and feet.

It can be fun to do your own manicure or pedicure at home, but you may want to ask for an adult’s help. Use special care with sharp tools, nail polish, or nail polish remover. These items can be especially dangerous if a little brother or sister gets ahold of them! Also, the ingredients in some nail polishes and removers can be damaging and dry out your nails.

What Are Some Common Nail Problems?

Most of the time, your nails are pink and healthy, but sometimes nails have problems. Some of the most common for kids include:

  • ingrown nail — when the nail curves down and into the skin, causing pain and, sometimes, an infection
  • nail injury — when you drop something on your big toe or catch your finger in a drawer. A bruise may appear under the nail and sometimes the nail falls off. A new one grows in its place.
  • nail deformity — when the nail isn’t smooth, like a healthy nail. People who bite or pick at their nails a lot can have this problem, but it also can happen if someone has an illness that affects the nail.
  • hangnail — when a loose strip of dead skin hangs from the edge of a fingernail. Hangnails hurt if you pull them off.

Some of these problems, such as a minor nail injury or hangnail, can be handled at home by your mom or dad. But infections and more serious nail injuries need a doctor’s care. Signs of a nail infection include pain, redness, puffiness (swelling), and maybe some pus.

What Can Nails Say About My Health?

Don’t be surprised if your doctor takes a look at your nails at your next checkup, even if you’re having no problems with them. Fingernails provide good clues to a person’s overall health.

For instance, when the doctor presses your nails, he or she is checking your blood circulation. By looking at your nails, a doctor may find changes that may be associated with skin problems, lung disease, anemia, and other medical conditions. Your nails are in the know!

How Fast Do Nails Grow? Rate by Day, Month, Year, Tips, and More

How Fast Do Nails Grow? Rate by Day, Month, Year, Tips, and More

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Medically reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP — By Mariah Adcox — Updated on May 5, 2023

While fingernails grow, on average, about a tenth of a millimeter per day, there are a number of factors that can affect this rate of growth, including which hand it is, your age, hormone levels, and overall health.

Your fingernails grow at an average rate of 3.47 millimeters (mm) per month, or about a tenth of a millimeter per day. To put this in perspective, the average grain of short rice is about 5.5 mm long.

If you happen to lose a fingernail, it may take up to six months for that nail to completely grow back. The nails on your dominant hand grow faster than the rest, as do the nails on your longer fingers.

Your fingernails also grow faster during the day and during the summer.

Although it may sound like there’s no rhyme or reason to how your nails grow, there are a few basic factors that affect the speed of growth. Read on to learn more about these factors, as well as what you can do to make them grow faster.

There are a number of reasons why your nails may grow faster or slower than the average rate.


The nails on your dominant hand are said to grow faster simply because you use your dominant hand more. This increases your risk for trauma, like catching your nail on a snag or hitting your nail with a hammer.

If trauma does occur, your body naturally sends more blood and nutrients to the area to help repair it. This influx of nutrients may speed up nail growth.

The rate of growth also depends on which finger the nail is on. A 2007 study found that the fingernail on your little finger grow slower than other fingernails.


Being younger has also been associated with a faster nail growth rate. A study published in 1980 reviewed one man’s rate of nail growth over the course of 35 years.

At age 23, Dr. William Bean observed that his left thumbnail grew at a rate of 0.123 mm per day. By the time he reached age 67, this rate had dropped to 0.095 mm per day.

This change in speed may be because blood circulation slows with age.


Your hormones can also affect the this rate. Take pregnancy, for example.

During this time, women experience a sudden and dramatic increase in estrogen and progesterone. These hormonal changes have been shown to result in rapid nail growth during pregnancy, but decrease the rate of nail growth during lactation.

Outside of pregnancy, puberty is usually the most tumultuous time for your hormone levels. Nail growth is said to peak during puberty and decline as your hormone levels balance out with age.

Overall health

Chronic conditions can also have an impact on your nail growth, as well as the shape and overall appearance of your nails.

Nail symptoms are common with:

  • psoriasis
  • lupus
  • endocarditis
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • thyroid disease

Some conditions may also affect your ability to recover from common nail disorders, such as an ingrown toenail.

If you have diabetes or other circulatory issues, make sure you monitor your nails closely. Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience a nail injury or notice anything unusual.

Biting and clipping

Onychophagia, or the chronic habit of biting your nails, has actually been associated with a faster growth rate. This may be because biting causes trauma to the nail, stimulating circulation in the nail bed.

This also supports the theory that frequent nail clipping makes your nails grow a little faster. Regular clipping doesn’t carry the same risks as nail biting, so if you want longer nails, clipping is the better route.

Your toenails grow much slower than your fingernails. They grow at an average rate of 1.62 mm per month.

And if you lose a toenail, it can take up to a year and a half for it to completely grow back. That’s three times as long as it would take your fingernail to regrow.

This is because your toenails are generally subjected to less trauma than your fingernails. Although you may stub your toe here and there, this temporary burst of circulation won’t have a lasting impact.

Although there aren’t any scientifically proven methods to make nails grow faster, there are a number of ways to increase the overall health of your nails.

The following methods will help strengthen your nails and prevent them from breaking, allowing them to remain long as you grow them out:

  • Take biotin. Researchers in one 2007 study found that taking 2.5 milligrams of biotin every day reduced breakage and increased overall nail health.
  • Use nail hardeners (but sparingly). Nail hardeners may also strengthen the nail and reduce breakage. However, experts say to avoid prolonged use, as they can actually break down the nail over time. You should limit or avoid strengtheners that contain formaldehyde or formalin.
  • Avoid glue-on nails and toxic polishes. Frequently applying glue-on nails or toxic polishes can increase your risk of breakage. Opt for nontoxic or water-based polishes whenever possible.
  • Groom your nails. Keeping your nails clean is key to overall nail health. Use a clean pair of clippers to trim them regularly. Once a week should be enough. Keep your cuticles pushed back or trimmed, too. And don’t forget to moisturize!

From the time of year to how old you are, there are a number of factors that affect how fast your nails grow. Although most of these factors are outside of your control, you can help the process along by practicing good nail hygiene.

If you feel like your nails are growing unusually slow — or are experiencing discoloration or other symptoms — talk to your doctor. Your symptoms may be tied to nutritional deficiencies or another underlying condition. Your doctor can help determine why this is happening and advise you on any next steps.

Last medically reviewed on April 13, 2018

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How long does it take for a nail on a hand or foot to grow after an injury or illness, per week and month

November 11, 2022

Nails – dense plates of keratinized tissue on the back of the upper phalanges of the fingers and toes, protecting soft tissues, where a large number of small blood vessels and nerve endings are concentrated, from damage and penetration of pathogenic bacteria, and performing a decorative function. Often, nails are subject to injuries, infectious and non-infectious diseases, as a result of which cracks and hematomas appear on them, the periungual space becomes inflamed and swells, after which they gradually peel off, breaking away from the nail bed, their decorative function is lost for a long time, and a person has to endure pain and inconvenience. , since the motor functions of the arms and legs are significantly limited.

In case of any injury and diseases of the nails, it is necessary to consult a podologist, since self-treatment or ignoring the problem in the hope that everything will go away naturally can lead to unpleasant consequences in the form of complications, deformities, loss of the aesthetic appearance of the fingers and toes, periodic relapses diseases.

Growth rate of fingernails and toenails

Nail plates grow throughout life, constantly renewing and regenerating, except when the nail matrix is ​​damaged. On average, the growth rate of a healthy plate on the hands is 0.7-1 mm per week. Accordingly, it takes at least six months to completely update the nail. Nail plates on the fingers naturally receive enough light, moisture, oxygen and heat, which has a positive effect on their growth. An important factor is the care of nails and skin of the hands, which accelerates the process of keratin formation. At the same time, fingernails are more likely to be bruised, cut, pinched, and affected by fungal infections.

Toenails grow about 1.5-2 times slower, because they are in less comfortable conditions compared to hands. They do not receive enough air and light, constantly being in shoes, tights, socks, they are less likely to come into contact with water, which has a beneficial effect on growth processes, they are subjected to compression and pressure, especially when wearing tight uncomfortable shoes, which contributes to the development of chronic injuries that lead to complications. in the form of the development of onycholysis, onychodystrophy, onychomycosis and other diseases. Thus, toenails are completely renewed within at least 12 months. In advanced cases – up to 18 months.

What influences the growth of nail plates?

The growth of a new nail plate after traumatic avulsion or surgical removal from the nail bed depends on a combination of many factors, including:

  • heredity;
  • immunity;
  • individual characteristics of the organism;
  • speed of regeneration processes;
  • complexity, nature and degree of neglect of injury or disease;
  • complexity of the transferred surgical intervention;
  • sex – women’s nails grow faster than men’s;
  • age. In childhood, regeneration processes are several times faster than in adults, while in old age the nail plates grow very slowly, while undergoing various changes in structure, color and shape;
  • location of the nail plate – nails grow faster on the hands than on the legs;
  • diet;
  • chronic cardiovascular, oncological, systemic or autoimmune diseases, pathologies of the digestive system, neuropsychiatric disorders, diseases of the epidermis and bone tissues that have a negative impact on all natural processes of the body;
  • seasons. In spring and summer, when the daylight hours increase and the air temperature rises, nail growth accelerates. In autumn and winter, with a reduction in natural light and temperature, the growth of nails also slows down, in addition, their traumatism increases due to the need to wear gloves on the hands, thick socks and heavy warm shoes on the feet.

Indications for removal of the nail plate

Surgical removal of the nail is performed in the following situations:

  • contusion of the phalanx of the finger with the formation of a subungual hematoma on more than 70% of the surface;
  • dissection of the nail plate with damage to the nail bed;
  • fracture of the phalanx of the finger;
  • deformation of the nail as a result of improper extension or coating with low-quality gel polish;
  • infection of the root of the nail plate with damage to the matrix;
  • stratification of nails and the formation of deep longitudinal and transverse cracks in fungal diseases.

Stages of removal of the nail plate

The operation to remove the nail is performed in a hospital after treatment with antiseptic preparations under local anesthesia, which is injected into the soft tissues of the periungual space.

A tourniquet is applied to the finger joint to minimize blood loss.

Complete or partial removal of the nail with scalpel or scissors, preserving the matrix.

The surface of the wound is thoroughly cleaned of blood and pus, after which antiseptic and wound-healing ointments or gels are applied to it, over which a gauze bandage is fixed.

Medical treatment is prescribed, consisting of a complex of external agents and oral preparations.

Recovery period

During the recovery period, it is recommended to follow all doctor’s prescriptions:

  • dressings daily until complete recovery;
  • periodically ventilate the wound to accelerate the formation of a crust and protect against the penetration of pathogenic bacteria;
  • to ensure complete sterility of the wound;
  • avoid strenuous exercise on the operated arm or leg;
  • avoid contact with water and detergents until the wound has healed;
  • observe bed rest for at least a day if the operation was performed on the toe;
  • do not wear shoes;
  • postpone sports;
  • refuse to visit the pool, beach, baths, saunas.

Restoration of nails after fungal infections

The main condition for the successful restoration of a fingernail affected by mycosis is regular surface treatment with antifungal agents, the use of systemic drugs that help destroy fungal microflora, a diet that excludes products for the growth of fungal microorganisms, and the rejection of alcohol. A healthy plate grows from 6 to 12 months.

When a fungal infection of the toes is affected, it is important to cure the fungus of the foot, get rid of clothes and shoes in which the foci of infection could remain. Restoration of a healthy nail plate can last from one and a half to two years.

How to speed up the growth of nails?

To accelerate the process of growth of a new healthy nail plate, it is necessary: ​​

  • to eat properly and fully;
  • take vitamin-mineral complexes rich in vitamins A, groups B, D, PP, C, calcium, iodine, magnesium, zinc, iron;
  • systematically carry out complexes of healing procedures – warm baths with the addition of sea salt, fruit oils, extracts of medicinal plants;
  • to do massages that enhance blood microcirculation.

How long do nails grow in a week? [Month and year?] 2023

Our nails are constantly growing, but have you ever wondered how fast they grow and how long they can grow?

How long do nails grow in a week? If our nails are constantly growing, how much do they actually grow? Keep reading to find out the answer.

What are our nails made of?

Our nails are made up of keratin, a type of protein. The nail plates are hard and protect the tips of our fingers and toes from external damage, helping us to manipulate objects with precision.

Keratin is also found in other parts of the body, such as hair and skin, to help maintain health.

Our nails grow as new cells form and push old cells out as they become harder due to the addition of keratin proteins.

Nail growth slows down in colder climates or when we don’t take care of ourselves properly, such as not drinking enough water or not living a healthy lifestyle.

Our nails not only protect our fingers, but can also give clues about our health; for example, if your nails have a yellow tint, this could be a sign that your liver is not functioning properly.

What affects the rate of nail growth?

Our nails grow at different rates for each and every nail, depending on the health of your nails. Growth rate is influenced by many factors, including age, genetics, nutrition, and health status.

Age can affect the rate at which our nails grow, as our body slows down the regeneration process in old age.

Generally speaking, young people’s nails grow faster than older people’s.

Similarly, genetics is also responsible for the differences in the rate of nail growth between individuals, as well as the changes seen in each individual over time.

Nutrition plays a decisive role in the health of our nails and thus affects how quickly or slowly they grow.

Eating a balanced diet rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals such as iron helps provide the necessary nutrients to promote healthy nails, which may even grow faster due to the increased amount of nutrients they receive from their daily food. .

Conversely, poor nutrition can cause weak and brittle nails that break more often than usual, which may ultimately hinder the observed overall growth rate.

Finally, some diseases can slow down or completely stop nail growth, such as Raynaud’s syndrome or psoriasis, which affect circulation in the hands and feet, respectively.

Both of these factors are major contributors to the health of the nails, so any disturbance can adversely affect them.

Such health problems should be dealt with promptly with professional medical attention if they are suspected or detected in order to get them back on track as soon as possible.

What causes slow nail growth?

My nails grow slowly due to many factors. Many people have natural, genetic differences in how fast their nails grow.

Other factors such as age, diet, medications and even environment may also play a role.

Poor nutrition leads to a weakening of the nail structure, which makes it easier for them to break and therefore slows down growth.

Some medicines can also affect the growth of nails, causing them to become dry or brittle.

Exposure to harsh conditions, such as cold weather or frequent handwashing, can weaken the structure of the nail, resulting in slower growth.

Also, our nails naturally grow slower as we age, so this may be one of the reasons why your nails are growing slowly right now.

Why do my toenails grow faster than my fingernails?

There’s a simple reason why toenails grow faster than fingernails: gravity.

Because toenails are further away from the heart, which functions as the body’s “engine”, there is less blood and nutrients circulating to them.

In other words, the more pressure gravity puts on them, the faster the nails harden and become stiffer than those closer to the heart.

People unknowingly accelerate growth by often cutting their hair too short, which means that their toenails do not have the opportunity to enjoy natural growth induction time.

How long do nails grow in a day?

Nails grow surprisingly slowly. On average, fingernails grow about 0.1 millimeters per day, and toenails grow about 0.12 millimeters per day.

The exact growth rate depends on factors such as age, nutrition and health status.

Young children tend to have faster nail growth rates than older adults due to the higher levels of hormones and natural oils associated with youth.

People who eat a nutritious diet and exercise regularly can expect their nails to grow faster than those who eat unhealthy foods or lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Health conditions such as anemia and thyroid problems can also cause nail growth to be slow or irregular in shape or texture, so regular checkups are important if these symptoms occur.

In general, a healthy lifestyle that includes proper dietary choices along with regular physical activity is beneficial for maintaining overall well-being as well as improving nail health, as they make nails stronger and longer over time.

There are special treatments, such as manicures, that can help increase nail strength and accelerate their growth cycles, such as good nail hygiene.

With professional pruning methods or even medicines prescribed by doctors if there is an underlying condition that requires additional attention beyond the usual methods mentioned here.

All things considered, a person’s nails are completely replaced in about six months, depending on the individual’s personal circumstances listed above.

How long do nails grow in a week?

As a general rule, fingernails usually grow 0.5-1 millimeters per week, while toenails can grow a little longer, about 0.5 millimeters per week.

However, the rate of growth may vary according to individual age, health status and food intake, as previously mentioned.

How long do nails grow in a month?

On average, fingernails grow about 1-2 millimeters per month, while toenails grow at a slower rate, about 0. 5 millimeters per month.

The exact growth rate may vary depending on the age and health of the individual, as well as their diet.

Those who eat a nutrient-dense diet and engage in regular physical activity are more likely to experience accelerated nail growth than those who lead a less healthy lifestyle or have comorbid conditions that can interfere with nail growth, such as like anemia or thyroid problems.

Specialized treatments such as manicures can also help increase the rate of nail growth through professional trimming or prescription medications, depending on the individual’s circumstances.

How many nails are done per year?

Fingernails typically grow 12 to 14 millimeters per year, while toenails can double in size to 6 to 8 millimeters.

Again, the exact rate may vary depending on individual factors such as age, health and diet. Proper personal care and a healthy lifestyle will significantly strengthen and lengthen your nails over time.

How long do nails take to grow in a lifetime?

The length to which a person’s nails can grow in a lifetime depends on several factors, including genetics and nutrition.

In general, healthy nails grow about 0.1 millimeters per day, or one centimeter each month.

If not trimmed regularly, human nails can reach lengths of up to 3 inches in a lifetime, while toenail growth rates are usually slower due to less blood flow and exposure to elements such as dirt and debris.

It is important that the nails are trimmed as they become more difficult to trim when they grow too long.

Longer nails may contain bacteria, resulting in an increased risk of nail infections.

To ensure healthy nail growth, it is important for people to eat a balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Regular manicures and pedicures also help keep nails strong and aesthetically pleasing, and help prevent infection by regularly brushing and removing excess cuticles during manicure sessions.

How to make nails grow faster?

You don’t need any magic or special ingredients to make your nails grow faster, just a few simple tips.

First, it is important to keep your nails clean, free of germs and dirt. This can be achieved by washing your hands regularly and using some nail polish remover now and then.

Second, moisturize your nails. Pharmacies sell many oils and creams that moisturize the area around the nails, as well as saturate them with essential vitamins and minerals.

Just remember to apply before bed and wash off the excess every morning when you wake up. Third, reduce the time spent typing on the keyboard or holding on to hard surfaces for long periods of time, as this can weaken the tips of your nails and cause them to break.

Also, be sure to trim them regularly; once a week is enough. Don’t cut too close to the skin, as this can damage the nail bed – instead, just file down any sharp edges to make them look neat.

Finally, consider taking biotin supplements if you notice that they are taking longer to grow than usual due to a nutrient deficiency in your diet.

These supplements may provide additional nutrients, such as vitamin B7, which may help increase growth over time. Also, be sure to let your nails rest after wearing false or acrylic nails.

What makes our nails grow?

Age : Nail growth slows down with age, but nail health and condition can be improved with proper care. Nail care should become a priority as you age to keep your nails healthy and free from damage.

Diet : A balanced diet provides our nails with the vitamins and minerals they need for healthy growth.

A range of foods are recommended for optimal nail health, including lean proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds. Eating enough protein stimulates the production of collagen, which makes nails strong and flexible.

Essential fatty acids such as omega-3s can help combat dryness that can lead to split or brittle nails.

Health : Injuries to the hands or fingers are often a factor when it comes to retarded or impaired nail growth, as injured tissues are more difficult to regenerate properly.

Another common factor is circulatory restriction caused by diseases such as diabetes or thyroid dysfunction.

Both can interfere with the body’s ability to produce healthy cells that allow normal nail growth. Incorporating exercise into your lifestyle can naturally improve blood circulation as well as improve your overall health at the same time.

Nail treatment : Nail care is the key to enhancing their natural strength and resistance to breakage.

Regular trimming promotes faster regrowth because split ends don’t take up too much space on the nail bed, allowing new nails to sprout instead.

Regular hydration not only nourishes, but also contributes to a positive long-term effect, preventing future breakage and strengthening existing ones, adding flexibility so that they do not get lost in daily activities.

What are the different stages of nail growth?

The nail growth process consists of several stages that together make up the nail growth cycle.

The first stage is the anagen phase, during which new cells in the fingertip matrix are created and pushed outward. This stage of active growth usually lasts 3 to 6 months, depending on individual factors such as diet and age.

After the completion of the anagen phase, the catagen phase begins, in which there is a gradual slowdown in the formation of cells and their separation from the original tissue occurs.

Finally, during the telogen phase, new cells are no longer generated for about 2 months as existing cells move outward towards the edge of the person’s fingertips.

This final part of nail growth usually completes its cycle within 4-6 months from start to finish, but may take longer depending on individual factors such as hormones or medications taken by individuals.

How do we know if our nails are strong?

Strong nails are a sign of good general health, as they grow from the same cells that make up your hair and skin.

To determine if your nails are strong, check for signs such as a smooth surface with no ridges or discoloration, minimal breakage when working with them, a flexible nail bed that does not crack or chip, and a whitish moon shape at the base. nail.

If your nails are brittle and constantly split or break, this is a sign that they are not very strong.

In addition to paying attention to these physical signs, you can also strengthen your nails by moisturizing them regularly and wearing gloves while doing housework or gardening.

Eating foods rich in vitamin A, such as beef liver, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, and carrots, will also help improve the overall strength of your nails.

Is healthy nail growth a sign of good health?

Nail growth is a sign of good health, as it shows that the body is getting enough nutrients and that the person has healthy eating habits.

Nail growth can also indicate a problem, such as a vitamin deficiency or illness, as the nails may begin to thin and become weak without adequate nutrition.

Keeping your nails healthy should include taking care of them, keeping them clean, moisturizing regularly, and avoiding harsh products that can damage them.

Will biting your nails slow down the growth of your nails?

It is widely believed that if you bite your nails, the natural growth of your nails slows down.

However, scientific evidence suggests that nail biting has no effect on nail growth rate.

Nails grow at a set rate depending on genetics and other factors such as diet and aging.

Therefore, chewing or chewing nails is unlikely to affect the rate of their growth.

Although nail biting can be an unpleasant habit to get rid of, it is unlikely to significantly affect the length of your nails.

Can nail plates grow back?

No, nail plates cannot grow back in the same way as plants or animals.

Nail plates are made up of keratin cells that are dead and do not regenerate as living organisms do.

Instead, when the plate is damaged, it simply repairs itself by sticking together at the edges, much like skin heals over a cut.

However, this recovery process takes time, and since natural nails usually grow rather slowly, any damage that does occur is unlikely to be completely repaired unless a few months of care and attention are given.

Therefore, although the nail plates can partially recover after damage has occurred, a complete recovery of the previous state is not possible.

How to make nails grow faster?

Promoting healthy nail growth doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some simple tips to help your nails grow faster:

  • Moisturize your nails and cuticles regularly. Use a light oil or cream, gently applying to the cuticle area every day. This helps keep skin and nails moisturized.
  • When cutting nails, use sharp scissors or good nail clippers designed specifically for nails. Blunt instruments can cause jagged edges that weaken the nail bed over time and lead to splitting and breakage of the nail plate.
  • Avoid overexposure to chemicals such as household cleaners or solvents, which can damage the protective layer of your nails over time and make them brittle. Wear protective gloves when handling harsh chemicals if necessary.
  • File your nails with an emery board or file while they are still slightly damp; avoid filing too often or too aggressively, as this can weaken the structure of the nail plate. Move only in one direction instead of back and forth; this will help prevent splitting or breaking of the tip of the nail.
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in nutrients such as iron, calcium, biotin, vitamin C, zinc and protein – these vitamins and minerals are especially important for maintaining healthy cell walls in our nails. If necessary, you can also take supplements designed specifically for hair and nail health.
  • Give your nails regular breaks from using artificial products like gel polish; prolonged exposure can cause dehydration, weakening their structure, leading to brittle and brittle tips.


Our nails are made up of keratin, a type of protein. They grow as new cells are formed and push old cells out whenever the proteins in them become harder.

Nails grow slowly but steadily, it usually takes about six months for the nails to completely replace themselves.

Fingernails grow about 0.1 millimeters per day, while toenails grow on average 0.12 millimeters per day. Factors such as age, nutrition, health status, and even environment can affect growth rate in different ways in different people.

To promote healthy nail growth, it is important to keep your nails clean and moisturize them with lotions or oils specifically designed for this purpose.

Do not use harsh chemicals or apply them too close to the skin. Make sure you get enough sleep and exercise regularly.