How to Take Care of Long Nails: Keeping Natural Nails Long & Strong

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
5 Materials
20 Minutes

Here is a tutorial with a fantastic nail care routine for long natural nails. Follow this routine to make your nails stronger and longer. You will love how beautiful your naturally long nails look! Let's learn how to take care of long nails!

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Tools and materials:

  • Nail and cuticle oil
  • Nail file
  • Clear nail base coat
  • Colored nail polish
  • Clear nail top coat
Applying cuticle oil to nails

1. Prep nails and take care of cuticles

Remove any nail polish with an acetone-free polish remover. Rub in some nail and cuticle oil treatment.

Tip: using an oil treatment based on jojoba oil works really well, since jojoba oil mimics the natural oils that your skin and nails produce and penetrates your nail bed.

Read my tutorial on DIY Cuticle Oil for Nail Growth - My Secret Recipe to learn how to make your own cuticle oil treatment.

Pushing back cuticles on nails

Use your fingernail or a cuticle tool to push back your cuticles.

Filling the tips of nails

2. File nails

File the tips of your nails to your desired shape.

Applying a clear base coat to nails

3. Apply a clear base coat

Apply a clear base coat to your nails, including the edges of your nail tips.

Applying a coral-colored nail polish to nails

4. Apply nail polish

Apply your first coat of nail polish to your nails in your color of choice, making sure you wrap the tip of your nails with the polish. That really helps to reduce chips and breaks.

Applying a second coat of nail polish

Let your first coat dry completely, and then apply a second coat of nail polish.

Applying a clear top coat of nail polish

5. Apply a top coat

Let the second coat of nail polish dry completely and then apply a clear, fast-drying top coat.

Removing nail polish around the cuticle area

6. Clean up nails

Dip a small nail clean-up brush in acetone and remove any stray nail polish from around your cuticle area.

Applying nail oil to polished nails

7. Finish with nail oil

Apply one more coat of nail and cuticle oil to your polished nails.

How to take care of long nails

How to take care of long nails tutorial

Your nails are going to be so strong after following this routine, that when you tap one against the other you will hear them click! Make sure that you use your nail oil every time you reapply your polish to keep your naturally long nails strong and long.

Thanks for tuning in to this tutorial and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

DIY cuticle oil

Do your cuticles need some TLC? Check out this tutorial on How to Make Cuticle Oil: Easy Recipe + Useful Tips!

Suggested materials:
  • Nail and cuticle oil
  • Nail file
  • Clear nail base coat
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  • Rita Fraterrigo Rita Fraterrigo on Feb 17, 2024

    I'm going to try this. My nails get to a certain length and then they start peeling or breaking. Using your technique will hopefully strengthen my nails. Thanks.

  • Jan E Jan E on Mar 18, 2024

    Your nails are beautiful without the polish 🤗