There are many different ways to stay on top of your nail health to prevent brittle, cracked nails, including using Nuvail™ (poly-ureaurethane, 16%) – but do you ever stop and wonder what nails are made of? Or what cuticles are? Or how about even how they grow?  Does one fingernail grow faster than another? There are countless facts about what we call ‘fingernails’ and some just might surprise you. Here are 7 of the most interesting facts for your reading pleasure.

Interesting Facts About Your Fingernails

  1. Fingernails on your dominant hand tend to grow faster than on your other hand. In general, fingernails grow at a rate of 3.5 millimeters per month.1


  1. Summer months provide the best conditions for your fingernails to grow, making fingernails grow at a faster rate during this time of the year.1


  1. Do you ever think about fingernails in terms of men versus women? Well, men take the lead on fingernail growth rate. Men tend to have faster growing fingernails than women, except when women are pregnant, at which their fingernail growth rate tops the charts.1


  1. Many of us are nail biters, but did you know there is an actual name for that? Typically, nail biting is a nervous habit, which is also known as Onychophagia.1


  1. Keep calm and help your nails grow out. It’s true, stress and lack of sleep due to stress can have an effect on your overall nail health and start to weaken them as nutrients are spared elsewhere in the body1.


  1. Cuticles, believe it or not, have a crucial role in maintaining nail health. You might want to pick at them or trim them back, but maintaining strong cuticles will ensure your fingernails stay moisturized and keep the bacteria out.1


  1. Your nails and hair have more in common than you might think. If you take better care of your hair, you might also notice an improvement in your nails, this is because both are made out of a family of fibrous structural proteins, known as keratin1.


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