Nailing it - My secret weapon for nail strength

Nailing it - My secret weapon for nail strength

Believe me when I say that my nails used to shameful which is why I am so happy to be typing these words as my strong, healthy nails taps away on the keys. This is a journey of how I learned to prioritise my health and grew my hair and nails long and strong in the process.

How to grow strong nails 

Tap tap tap. As I type, my brand new manicured nails (by Shoreditch Nails) tap the keys on my computer. I am someone who historically always struggled to grow my nails so looking down at my smooth, healthy and shiny pink nails brings me a huge amount of pure joy! Every time they catch my eye they remind me how far I have come on my journey to love myself. 

Long nails were always a bit of a mystery to me, they felt out of reach, and with a previous job working a lot with fabric dye, needles and an array of different glues, my hands and nails were never in their best condition. My nails were pretty brittle and attempting to grow them never ended well, they would break and catch on my clothes, so I kept them always cut them short. 

Nailed it - What do healthy nails look like?

Fast forward seven years since my multi-coloured fingertips and after recovering my hair using our inside and outside method one of the surprise outcomes was that my nails were in incredible condition. They were healthy and stronger than ever before, I couldn’t believe it but they were actually able to grow. A few weeks ago I even got a compliment from one of the nail artists in my favourite nail bar that my nails were the healthiest natural nails she had seen for  weeks! I’ll take that compliment!

At a similar time to leaving the fashion industry I had started to develop our Tender Love and Hair Supplements. Since then I’ve kept consistent (well as consistent as possible) taking my supplements but seeing the results, I never would have imagined I was ever able to grow these kind of healthy nails. 

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What makes your nails grow best?

I am literally case and point that investing in yourself and keeping consistent with such a simple thing as taking supplements can really make a huge difference. But honestly, it’s not just the way that my nails look, but it’s the way I feel.

Why do nails grow so slow? Why aren’t my nails growing?

These are questions I used to ask myself all the time, I was so embarrassed whenever someone would put their hand out to shake mine and I would put my hand out to shake their hand as quickly as possible and then hide my hands behind my back. Nails like hair can often be the first indicator to something being off balance so asking your GP for a blood test can be a great indicator if you are lacking in a specific vitamin or mineral that supplementing could really help.

We’ve talked many times about how diet can be a huge factor to how healthy our hair and nails are, but other issues such as hormone changes or emotional trauma can also have a big effect. 

The Science of Hair and Nail Health

Before we dive into the details of our supplements, let's take a moment to understand the science behind hair and nail health. Both hair and nails are composed of a protein called keratin. While genes play a significant role in determining their strength and growth, external factors, including nutrition, can make a substantial difference.

Want to learn more about hair growth? Check out this blog - The Ultimate Guide To Healthy Hair Growth 

What makes nails grow super fast naturally?

Proper nutrition is essential for the production of keratin, which forms the structural foundation of both hair and nails. Making sure you are supporting the body with all the nutrients it needs can help nails grow super fast naturally. 

Key nutrients that contribute to their strength and growth include:

Protein: Protein-rich diets provide the amino acids necessary for keratin production. Sources like lean meats, eggs, and legumes are excellent choices.

Biotin: Also known as vitamin B7, biotin supports the formation of keratin. It's commonly found in foods like nuts, seeds, and leafy greens.

Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamins A, C, and E, along with minerals like zinc and iron, play crucial roles in maintaining the health of hair and nails. These can be sourced from a balanced diet supported with supplements.

What are the best vitamins for stronger hair and nails?

Tender Love and Hair Supplements: A Closer Look

Our Tender Love and Hair Supplements for healthy hair, skin and nails have been expertly formulated to support not only hair but also nail and skin health. Today nails are our focus so let's explore some of the key ingredients that make this product so effective:

Biotin: As mentioned earlier, biotin is essential for keratin production, making it a vital ingredient in our supplements. It promotes the strength and thickness of both hair and nails.

Bamboo Extract: Bamboo is naturally rich in silica, a compound that supports the formation of collagen and promotes hair and nail growth.

Vitamin B12: helps support iron absorption as well as the development of red blood cells. Bot vitamins are essential for healthy and strong nails. 

Vitamin C: is essential for collagen production and is the building block of fingernails.

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The Results: Stronger Nails

Since incorporating our Tender Love and Hair Supplements into my daily routine, I've witnessed a remarkable improvement in the strength and durability of my nails. They are no longer prone-to chipping and breakage, and I wholeheartedly owe this huge transformation to the consistent use of our supplements.

How to wash your hair with long nails?

The only problem with long healthy long nails is that cleansing my hair became a real difficulty. For anyone who has long nails and maybe is totally used to this then maybe I am stating the obvious, but washing my hair became a ridiculous task. 

My nails were snagging and getting stuck in my hair. I really didn’t want to break them and it just became quite difficult to cleanse my scalp properly. In this struggle I realised that so many other women must experience the same problem. 

How do I protect my nails when washing my hair?

It’s serious business - with the cost of getting shellac or gel nails being a minimum of £30-50 a go chipping a nail is a completely unwanted outcome. 

*Squishy Scalp Massager enters the chat*

I use my Squishy Scalp Massager to massage our En Root Scalp Oil onto my head every week, but not very often with shampoo, however I thought it was a good idea to give it a go and it is absolutely amazing - its like a finger extension, the bristles help deeply cleanse the scalp without your nails catching on your hair. If you’ve just invested in your nails - I would highly recommend trying using our Squishy Scalp Massager when you are next washing your hair. 

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Do Supplements really help nails grow?

The science of nutrition and its impact on hair and nail strength is undeniable. By providing our bodies with the right nutrients and supplements, we can enhance the health and appearance of our hair and nails. Our Tender Love and Hair Supplements are a testament to this, it’s the little things that with consistency that make the biggest difference. 

I’d love to hear how you get on and if you have experience results like mine - please share your story to

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