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The appearance of us humans is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and manicures contribute a significant percentage of that. However, manicures are not a new concept; researchers believe they have existed for over 4,000 years. Are you someone who often breaks a nail and worries about when it will actually grow back? Then you should read some quick facts about nails!

That’s why they grow faster during summer…

Your nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter. The reason is that the sun’s rays emit vitamin E, which nails need to grow. Your nails also tend to grow fastest during the period when you’re recovering from an illness.

Men’s nails grow faster…

Are you a man? If so, you should know that your nails grow faster than women’s nails. Except during a woman’s pregnancy, when they grow faster on her than on you.

Despite several theories, no one knows why…

Are you right-handed? Or perhaps left-handed? Either way, if you’re right-handed, your nails grow faster on your right hand than on your left hand.

A lot about growth…

Studies have shown that nails grow faster or slower depending on how long your fingers are. In other words, if you have long fingers, your nails also grow faster. Additionally, the nail of the middle finger grows faster than the nails on the other fingers.

Toe nails are extremely slow-growing…

For a nail to grow one centimeter, it takes about 100 days (roughly), and to completely renew them, you’ll need to wait about four to six months. Meanwhile, the toenail takes much longer, between 12 to 18 months.

That’s why it’s also tough to clip…

And speaking of toenails. Your toenail is almost twice as thick as your fingernails.

A myth that they don’t stop growing when you die…

In movies, you may have heard that hair and nails don’t stop growing. This statement is not entirely true. However, hair and nails do appear longer when you’ve been dead for a while because the skin retracts.

Teeth don’t disappear – but nails do…

You might have also heard that a tooth disappears if you place it in a glass of Coca-Cola overnight? This statement is also not true. However, if you place a piece of your clipped nail in a glass of Coca-Cola, it will dissolve after just four days. Try it yourself!

Brr, cozy…

The longest nails ever recorded belonged to an Indian man and were a whopping 121.92 cm  (47.63 inches) long. Quite impressive.

That’s why white spots occur…

Another myth about nails that you’ve probably heard is about the “white spots” that can appear periodically on the surface of nails. You’ve likely heard that it’s due to a calcium deficiency, but that’s not true. The white spots are completely harmless, and a researcher named Jessica Krant claims that the spots likely occur when the surface of your nails experiences a bump or wear. In other words, there’s nothing to worry about.

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