It may shock you to know your nails are made up of more than you can see physically, i will be sharing some facts you should know about your nails.
The nail is made up of keratin which can also be found in hair and skin. The nails have the hardest form of keratin (hardened protective protein) and the skin has the softest. The visible part of the nails is called the nail plate made of translucent keratin protein and the pink skin underneath is the nail bed.
The nail bed sends signals to the brain when any accident occurs on the nail because the nail plate itself has no nerve ending or blood vessel.
According to Nailpro Magazine, the love for lengthy and pretty nails first started during China’s Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The aristocratic women did no house chores or manual activities and were identified by their nails which they grew up to 10 inches long. During that time gold and silver polishes were used by the wealthy and influential alone. The Chinese men also grew long nails to guard themselves from evil and also to show their masculinity.
“When the nail plate absorbs water, it expands and changes shape before the polish is applied,” explains CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold. “Once the water evaporates, the nail returns to its original shape/size, and this often results in chipping.” Shocking right!? So if you ever wonder why your polish never stays on this is probably one of the reasons why.
Fingernails grow an average of 3.5 millimeters per month, whereas toenails grow an average of 1.6 millimeters a month.
Nails and Temperature
Did you know that nails grow faster in the summer and in warm conditions? In Nigeria where we have summer almost all year round i would expect that we should all be walking around with very long nails but unfortunately i doubt thats the case! Anyway, bear in mind that there are other factors that can affect nail growth like age, genes, nutrition etc.
Male vs Female
Nails grow faster in males than females with exception to pregnant women. Funny how men don’t need length to their nails as much as women but there they are getting strong and long nail, rolling my eyes at this one!
Nails grow faster on dominant hand
The fingernails on the right hand of a right handed person grow faster than those on their left hand, and vice versa because the nails that are used more often grow faster, but I know some people will disagree with that.
Did you know that unlike every other part of your body your nails are the only part that do not sweat because they don’t contain any nerve ending or blood vessels?
Nail drying technique
I am sorry to burst your bubble on this one but no water doesn’t actually dry your nail polish! I can imagine the shock, did you know that polish dries when the solvents within the formula evaporates, so putting them in water will only slow or stop the drying process.
Cuticle and Nails
There are a lot of misconceptions about the cuticle which I will be writing on in my next blog post but did you know that your cuticle is like a “security guard” for your nail bed? The cuticle helps hold in moisture and keeps the nail strong also prevents germs and dirt from your nail bed that can cause serious diseases and infections.
Nails can be the eye of your health
Your nails can tell about your health from any discoloration or deformation. This could be signs of a problem that will need immediate medical check up, so take care of your nails, be careful handling your nails and be observant of any changes.
Your nails are what you eat
I don’t mean that literally but the vitamins and nutrients you need can only reach your nails through your blood streams so what you eat can greatly improve your nails, for strong and healthy looking nails a balanced diet is a must as it will have good impact on the growth and strength of your nails.
White spots on your nails are not caused by any form of deficiency
“Calcium deficiency causing white spots on nails is the most common myth, followed by zinc deficiency. The truth is that white spots are common and harmless and don’t indicate any specific vitamin deficiency at all,” Krant says. This could be caused by an accident or trauma to the nail plate.
I hope you learnt a thing or two because i did while putting this together. Comment below if you know any other nail facts that wasn’t mentioned here or if you can relate with any of these, would love to hear from you.