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Intriguing Facts about your Nails which you Never Knew

Your nails are as much part of your beauty as any other part of your body. While a nail breakage can make many skip their heartbeat, there are many others who don’t bother to check on their nails.

Fashion & Beauty By Vasudha Bhat / Apr 15, 2014

Care for your Nails

For some people, nails can be one of the most ignored parts of their body. Apart from some occasional manicures, your fragile nails rarely receive any sort of care and nourishment. But your nails can be much more delicate than you think them to be and there are numerous facts related to your nails which you could have never thought about. Following is a list of some facts about your nails which you must know.

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Nails of the Dominant Hand Grow Faster

The nails of your dominant hand grow faster than those of the other hand. Your fingernails can grow on an average of 3.5 millimeters in a month and your toenails can grow on an average of 1.6 millimeters per month.

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White Spots on your Nails are not Due to Calcium Deficiency

It is a widely believed myth that the white spots on your nails occur only due to calcium deficiency. The truth is that these white spots are completely harmless and do not indicate any deficiency.

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Men’s Nails Grow Faster than Women’s

According to dermatologists, a woman’s nail grows slower than a man’s nails. However, the only exception to this condition is pregnancy.

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You Nails Make you Different from Mammals

The primates can be differentiated from other mammals by their nails. While mammals have claws humans have nails to perform their daily cores.

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Onychophagia: The Habit of Biting Nails

Just like hair rolling and tooth grinding, nail biting is also a sign of nervousness. This habit is also known as onychophagia.

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Your Nails can Tell About Your Overall Health

Just by looking at your nails, a dermatologist can tell about your health. If your nails have turned blue, it indicates a lung disease and when they turn yellow or white it may point towards a fatal disease that you may be suffering from.

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Growth of Nails Depends on the Climate

Many dermatologists have reported that nails grow faster in summer than in winter. Also, the growth of your nails also depends upon many factors like age, genes, etc.

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Stress can Hinder Nail Growth

If thought stress could only affect your mental well-being, you must know this fact. Stress can slow down the growth of your nails. You must take proper sleep for the growth of your nails.

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Cuticles Mustn’t be Removed

Often during manicures, the cuticles of your nails are removed in order to make them look clean and beautiful. But the fact is that cuticles are there to protect your nails from losing moisture and keep away all the germs from your body. Treat your cuticles delicately and they must be kept the way they are.

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You Can’t do Much About the Shape and Texture of your Nails

The hardness or the shape of your nails is mostly related to your genes and you cannot do much to change it. However, if your nails face breakage often you must keep them moisturized and treat your nails gently while filling them.

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