Contents On This Page
- 1 Parts Of The Nails
- 2 Long Or Short Nail Beds?
- 3 What Are Long Or Short Nail Beds?
- 4 How To Lengthen Short Nail Beds
Long Nail Beds: Do you even know what long or short beds mean? Oh, sorry, let me rephrase, Can you tell me where the nail bed is located in your nails if I may ask?
Well, I guess you’re too lazy to reach out with an answer to the question asked, or should I say you’re among those that can’t differentiate the nail bed from the nail plate?
Don’t lie; I was like you some years back, even the so-called nail technicians you see in nail salons can’t tell either just so you know you’re not alone in this. (Yeah, I guess we are proudly Liverpool at this point, lol)
But you know what? Let’s change this today. I mean every bit of what i just said. Don’t be like that fellow that goes around without getting to know the major parts of the nails.
Whether you like it or not, having a vast knowledge or understanding of how this thing works is a plus mark, especially if you want to grow long, healthy natural nails in 2020. So without taking much of your time, lets quickly take a look at the nail anatomy.
The Nail Anatomy
Basically, the nail was build in such a way that it bears six major parts whose functions can not be overemphasized.
These parts or components are the geneses to every nail growth. Damage to any of the parts can lead to severe diseases. With that said, let’s quickly look at these parts that make up the human nails to get a clearer understanding of our subject matter.
Parts Of The Nails
The nail roots are that white crescent edges on our nails known as the lunula. It can also be referred to as the half-moon. The nail roots have soft, tender nails that can quickly get damaged.
The nail beds are that portion of the nails that are richly covered with blood vessels and also the site where all nail activities take place. It is that part where the nail plate lays on.
Unlike the nail beds, the nail plate does not contain blood vessels; instead, they are made up of hardened keratin material which comfortably sits on the nail bed. Their primary role is to protect the nail beds against external injuries.
The eponychium is the extension of tiny skin called cuticle at the base of nail plates. Its function is to protect the matrix.
Perionychium is gotten from “Peri,” meaning surrounding and “Onyx,” Which means Nails. In other words, it is the overall name given to nail walls and areas around the cuticle.
They are the free edge found between the nails and the skin of our finger.
The cuticle is the overlying skin that seals the nail to the nail plates and helps to protect the matrix from infection.
Having known these parts, lets now dive into the reason why you are here. Are you still with me? OK good.
Long Or Short Nail Beds?
Before I answer this, let me quickly say this. Whether you belong to the category of those that have short beds or long beds, one thing is sure, which is, nail beds are like fertilizer that aids in nail growth.
Although there’s no defined sizes or shapes as to how our bed should look like, to grow longer nails, the length of your beds should be proportional to the length of your nails (without the free edge) if you must grow long nails that the nail bed can withstand.
What this means is that when the length of your beds is the same with the length of your fingernails (free edge not included), they are at their best and can carry a nail that is as long as the length of your bed.
Having said this, its time to dig further.
Long Nail Beds Meaning
A nail bed is said to be extended when the size and length of the beds are proportional to the size and length of the nails (free edge not inclusive) such nail can then be referred to as proportioned nail. What then is proportioned nail?
Proportioned nail meaning
A nail is said to be proportioned if the length(not width) of your beds exceeds the width of your beds in such a way that the length doubles the length of your width when stretched. That’s a proportioned nail.
On the other hand, when the length of your beds is less than the width of your nail beds, that’s an in-proportioned nail. (Got it, or i should go over it again? OK, good)
In simple language, when the width of your beds is more than half of the length of your beds, such a person has wide nail beds.
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If the length of your beds is less than twice that of your width, such a person probably has short beds. Also, when the length exceeds the width by 60%, such a person has Long Nail Beds.
Now that we’ve cleared our conscience let’s get back to the question earlier asked.
What Are Long Or Short Nail Beds?
Remember we earlier started that when the length of your beds exceeds that of the width, that’s a proportioned nail
We also went further to state that when the length is less than that of the width, that’s an in-proportioned nail.
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Simply put, Long fingernail beds simply mean that the length of the beds exceeds that of the width by 60% while in short nail beds, the length is less than twice that of the width.
Did you get that, or I should repeat? Please go through it the second time, don’t rush it or better still, have a look at the below illustration…
The photo below is precisely how my fingernails look like; looks pretty good, right?
The one below is how to know the length and width of beds. The thick black lines are the length, while the blue lines are the width. ( Length = Black, Width = Blue)
This is me trying to measure the length of my beds using a plastic ruler. If you look closely, you’ll agree with me that I’m having longer fingernail beds because it reads 1.6 inches.
Below is another photo of me re-positioning the ruler from the point where my free edge starts. (The free edge is the point were my nails first began to look white)
Having known what long or short bed entails, let’s now look out for some possible ways on how to lengthen shorten beds to some reasonable amount. Shall we? OK, good.
Since you can’t change the width of your nail beds, there’s obviously something you can do with the length.
Are you still there? Alright, let’s ride on.
How To Lengthen Short Nail Beds
Are you suffering from short beds as a result of bad habits such as nail-biting, or you were born with it? Or you just want to see changes in your nail endeavor? Then these steps of action to take is for you.
Do you know that walking about with short beds can be both frustrating and annoying? I bet you don’t.
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Well, I’m glad to inform you that you can actually lengthen your beds when you push the skin of your cuticle backward a little bit.
Though this might not happen overnight, it does take time, but with consistency, you’ll achieve an excellent result in no time.
Steps On How Short Beds Can Be Lengthen
Creates a nail bath by dropping 2-3 drops of tea tree or any essential oil within your reach in a bowl, half-filled with warm water.
Then soak all of your nails in the nail bath containing 2-3 drops of tea tree oil for about 5-10 minutes.
After soaking, rinse your hands with clean flowing water then towel dry.
Kindly message a reasonable amount of coconut oil around the skin of your cuticle then allow the oil to sit on your hand for another 5 minutes.
Gently, using a cuticle pusher or orange stick, push your cuticle backward. Be sure not to apply too much force to this to prevent damaging your cuticle. When you do this at least once a week, your beds will surely lengthen. Now that you know just the right way to go about extending your short nail beds, how about if i leave you with some tips, wouldn’t that be nice? OK, let’s go.
Expert tips about growing fingernail beds?
I know a lot has been said already, but I still feel the need to drop this here. You might obviously go through the steps above and still can’t achieve any desired results, but with these few tips, growing your beds will be a goal.
Use either coconut oil, olive oil, or cuticle oil that contains vitamin E on your nails twice a day.
PS: At this stage, avoid pushing your cuticle back; this is more like a healing time, so cuticle shouldn’t be pushed.
More also, avoid using sharp materials to clean underneath your nails, when the need arises, always make use of a nail brush. As the nail grows out gradually, it will indirectly push your nail beds out.
Conclusion/Take Home Note On How To Get Long Nail Beds
Whether you’re born with long or short beds, one thing you must know is that it’s impossible to control the width of your beds (YES, you heard me correctly). Also, Nails shouldn’t be grown more than the length of the beds can carry.
What this implies is, if, for example, I am to re-position the length of my beds to start precisely from the point where the free edge is, you’ll be able to see the maximum extent my bed can support.
In the same vein, if I try to grow nails passed the maximum length, which my bed can accommodate, I bet you already know what will be the outcome? Well, in case you don’t know, my nails will become weaker and eventually break sooner than I expected.
This alone goes a long way to prove that we all have different nail bed structures, those with long beds can grow nails as long as their beds, while those with short beds can’t but in most cases, the reverse might be the case and the reason for this is not far fetched.
So, despite the shortcomings, short beds can be increased to some reasonable length, and this can be achieved by pushing your cuticle backward. Also, note that when trying to push them back, care must be taken not to hurt your cuticle in the process.
Now that you know the category in which you belong, it’s only wise to follow all that we’ve stated here to have a long-lasting nail growth journey. Also, if you’ve learned something new today from this article, kindly help us get to a broader audience by clicking on the SHARE buttons located underneath. See you at the top. Cheers.