REPOST//Tips for growing beautiful, healthy nails for your wedding

I have a confession to make.  I am a former nail biter!  I’m not going to lie it took a lot of patience and time to kick this lifetime habit.  And it all started with starting to plan my wedding and wanting to make sure my nails (which were in a sorry mess at the time) were not going to let me down.  Especially as my good friend and wedding photographer Mia mentioned that she would be taking a few ‘wedding ring’ shots, which immediately spurred me into action!  Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of relapses on the lead up to the wedding, as no wedding is completely stress free!  I learnt a lot of things along the way that helped me kick this naughty habit and now I’m going to share them with you x

Let’s get started!

1. Buy the wedding nail polish you want to wear and get excited about putting on that first coat of polish!  Often if you can visualise what your nails are going to be like by the end of your journey, then it makes it all the easier to make a good start.

2. Often our hair and nails need a little help in getting the right vitamins to them, so try adding a supplement to your daily routine.  I personally love Imedeen Derma One teamed with Imedeen Hair & Nails so my skin and nails get a kick start.  Also Perfectil is a wonder and slightly cheaper, but still as good.  Always check with your local GP before taking any supplements.

3. Get off to a good start by having a professional manicure to improve the cuticles and shape of the nails (be that with tiny nails for now!)  This will ensure good habits and make you want to keep up the good work.

4. Avoid the temptation to have false nails applied for your wedding.  I honestly don’t know why these have not been banned yet!  False nails are incredibly bad for your own nail bed – cutting off the air supply to your nails can make them brittle, yellow and left with unsightly ridges.  All those chemicals are not good for the nails, or your lungs!  There’s a reason why they all wear masks in nail salons…

5. Regularly paint your nails in expensive nail polish, or top coat it in special nail biter polish which tastes awful!  Why expensive nail polish?  Well, knowing how much it cost often made me not want to bite it off at all (I definitely wanted to get my monies worth!)

My top tips for growing beautiful nails for your wedding

For a nail biter it can be very difficult giving up this habit anytime of the year, but especially so when planning a wedding.  Any sort of decision can see someone gnawing down their nails to nothing, without even realising!  As a ‘recovered’ nail biter I know how the habit can get out of hand (no pun intended!) and have included some top tips for growing those nails into something you’ll be proud of on your wedding day.


* Firstly, get those nails treated to a professional mini manicure to improve the cuticles and shape the nails.  This will ensure you start off with a good base.

* Regularly paint your nails.  You may feel that there is nothing left to paint on but this will encourage you to stay off, as the thought of getting nail polish chips all over your mouth (especially at work) will keep temptation at bay.

* Use a special nail biter polish.  It’s clear in colour when you apply, but try tasting those nails and you’ll get a nasty shock!

* Try using a nail growth system, like those from Ciate – they have a slight pinky sheen and are packed with vital vitamins for your nails.

* Get someone to take a picture of your nails facing you with your engagement ring on – examine the photograph and see how your nails look.  If you think they look less than par, then this should give you another push to kick the habit!