Long Nail Beds

Long Nail Beds And Its Importance To Nail Growth

Long Nail Beds: Do you even know what long or short beds mean? Oh sorry let me rephrase, where is the nail bed located in your nails if I may ask?

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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 nail plate?

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Don’t lie, I was like you some years ago, even the so-called nail technicians 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)

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But you know what? Let’s change this today, I mean it. Don’t be that fellow that goes around without getting to know the major parts of the nails.

Whether you like it or not, having a better knowledge or understanding of how this thing works is a plus mark especially if you want to grow long healthy natural nails in 2019. So lets quickly take a look at the nail anatomy

The Nail Anatomy

Basically, the nail was build in such a way that bears six major parts whose functions can not be overemphasized.

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These parts are the genesis to every nail growth. Damage to any of the parts can lead to very serious diseases.


Now let’s quickly look at these parts to get a clearer understanding of our subject matter.


Parts Of The Nails

Parts of the nails include Nail root, nail beds, matrix, nail plates, eponychium, Perionychium, and hyponychium. having listed them out lets now look at them one after the other.

Nail roots

The nail roots is that white crescent edges on our nails known as the lunula. It can also be referred to as half-moon having soft nails that can easily get damaged.

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Nail beds

The nail beds is that portion of the nails richly covered with blood vessels and also the site where all nail activities take place.

Nail plates

Unlike the nail beds, the nail plate does not contain blood vessels rather, they are made up of keratin and they comfortably sit on the nail bed. Their major role is to protect the nail beds.

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The eponychium is the extension of tiny skin called cuticle at the base of nail plates. Its function is to protect the matrix.


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 overlapping skin that seals the nail to the nail plates and helps to protect the matrix from infection.

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Having known this, lets now dive into the reason why you are here. Are you still with me? OK good.

Long Or Short Nail Beds?

Before I’ll answer this, let me quickly say this. Whether you belong to those that have short¬†beds or long beds, one thing is certain, 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.

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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 long 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.

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Proportioned nail

A nail is proportioned if the length of your beds exceeds the width of your beds in such a way that the length doubles the length of your width, 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.

In simple language, when the width of your beds is more than half of the length of your beds, such person has wide nail beds.

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If the length of your beds is less than twice of that of your width, such person probably has short beds, when the length exceeds the width by 60%, such 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 means that the length of the beds exceeds that of the width by 60% while in short nail beds, the length is less than twice of 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, take a look at the below illustration…

The photo above is exactly how my fingernails look like, looks pretty good right?

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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.

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Long nail beds

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.

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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 look out for some possible ways on how to lengthen shorten beds to some reasonable amount.

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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 endeavour? Then this steps of actions to take is for you.

Keep reading…

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 backwards 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

Step 1

Creates a nail bath by dropping 2-3 drops of tea tree oil in a bowl half-filled with warm water.

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Step 2

Then soak all of your nails in the nail bath containing 2-3 drops of tea tree oil for about 10-minutes.

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Step 3

After soaking, rinse your hands with clean flowing water then towel dry.

Step 4

Kindly massage a reasonable amount of coconut oil around the skin of your cuticle then allow the oil to sit on your hand for 5 minutes.

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Step 5

Gently, using cuticle pusher such as orange stick, push the cuticle backwards. Be sure not to apply too much force to this to prevent damaging the cuticle. Once a week isn’t a bad ideal.

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How about some tips about growing 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 this 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.

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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

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. Nails shouldn’t be grown more than the length of your nail beds.

What this implies is, if, for example, I am to re-position the length of my beds to start exactly from the point where the free edge is, you’ll be able to see the maximum length my bed can support.

In the same vein, if I try to grow nails pass the maximum length which my bed can carry, 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. The reason for this is not far fetched.

Despite the shortcomings, short beds can be increased to some reasonable length by pushing the cuticle backwards. When trying to push backward, care must be taken not to hurt your cuticle.

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. See you at the top.