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Nails are much more complicated than you think!

Nails are much more complicated than you think. For starters, nails are made up of more than just the part we paint over with polish.

Here are some facts about nails that you will find interesting and may well learn the difference between old wives tales and the truth about what really goes on with our nails.

Nails grow at the rate of 0.01mm daily (or 1cm in every 100 days). So for a finger nail to re-grow completely, it takes between 4- 6 months. For toe nails, it takes 12- 18 months to re-grow. And your dominant hand tend to grow faster.

White spots on your nails don’t indicate a calcium deficiency and this is the most heard of myth. The truth is that white spots are common and harmless and don’t indicate any specific vitamin deficiency at all. Most likely they are signs of trauma to the nail plate. Trauma causes a minor cell separation allowing air in and causes a visible white mark.

You don’t actually need to let your nails breathe. Contrary to popular belief your nails don’t need light (they don’t have their own eyes) nor do they need air (they don’t have their own lungs!).They are made up of dead skin cells that have keratinised and the kindest thing you can do for them is to keep the protected with a layer of clear polish at the very minimum. A good tip if you are using nail strengtheners, apply 1 coat every day for 7 days and then remove and start again so that the key ingredients keep doing their job but you will also give your nails a chance to grow longer with the protective coat over them.

Nails are a window to your entire body. Due to the slow growth of nails your actual nail plate is around 6 months old and the health of the nail plate reflects what was happening in life all those months ago and depends on what your hormones were doing. E.G. Chronic stress and fatigue divert the body’s energy and nutrients away from growing healthy nails and hair.