- Nails are sometimes a complement to appearance. It's no wonder that some people routinely undergo special treatments for their nails so that they look healthy and strong when they are long. However, this is certainly a bit difficult for some women who have short and thick nails.

Even though you have done some treatments, it will take a little longer for the nails to grow quickly. "Nails don't improve overnight," professional esthetician Lauren Michelle Pires tells The Gloss. "Patience and persistence equal perfection."

There are many ways to encourage nail growth. From looking at your diet and the supplements you use, to cutting back on harsh chemicals, and instead sticking to products that will help your nails stay healthy and strong.

Check the following tips.

1. Oils and Creams

If you want fast nail growth, it's time to increase the humidity. Cuticle oil is packed with antioxidants to keep cuticles healthy, and promote healthy and fast nail growth. "By using cuticle oil, you are feeding the area where the new nail grows, also called the nail matrix," Pires tells Into The Gloss.

The key is to be consistent, applying more than once a day, every day. You can also use cuticle oil over nail polish or gel, so there's really no reason not to use it. It's a good idea to use hand cream at least twice a day, to increase the hydration levels of your nails, as well as the skin on your hands.

2. Few Chemicals

The harsh chemicals, acrylics and gels used constantly, can stunt nail growth. Manicures with shellac, for example, can cause dry and brittle nails. "To keep nails healthy, hydrate them and minimize the use of harsh chemicals and tools," Marsha Gordon, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology and deputy chair of the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, tells Good Housekeeping.

3. Be careful when cutting nails

If you regularly cut your nails in an abusive way, such as biting or tearing them, then your nails never really grow back. The best way to help with this is of course to improve the health and strength of the nails, which will reduce the chances of nail fractures. But also, always keep a nail file handy to catch those first signs of damage. "Always choose a soft tool to prevent the nail from tearing or splitting," says Ami Streets, manicurist.

4. Take an inside-out approach

Your nails will benefit the most from a healthy diet on the inside. Increase your intake of vitamin B9, otherwise known as folic acid. Folic acid helps nails to repair and promote growth, and you can find it in foods such as nuts and seeds.

North Carolina dermatologist and nail specialist Chris G. Adigun, MD also told Glamor that it's a good idea to increase your intake of the following: protein (pork, lentils), biotin (eggs, salmon), zinc (green beans, cashews), and iron (beef, spinach, kale). You also need to stay hydrated, which helps with pretty much everything in and on your body!

5. Use Nail Polish For Growth

If you really want to enhance your nails, pick up a nail treatment polish that is specifically targeted at lengthening nails. Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle is packed with all kinds of good-for-nail ingredients, including peptides, biotin, collagen, and keratin. You can also use it as a base coat, so even if you paint your nails, you take care of them.

6. Drink Supplements

While it's best to adapt your diet and increase your intake of certain antioxidants, supplements can help support a healthy diet, and in turn, healthy nails that grow faster. You can buy folic acid or biotin supplements. If your nails are unhealthy, it could be a sign of a biotin deficiency, so invest in a supplement that contains healthy B vitamins.