No, you’re not imagining it – your toenails really do grow much more slowly than your fingernails.

Fingernails grow about 3mm per month and it can take about 6 months for the fingernail to grow its entire length, from the root to the free end. Toenails, however, grow only about 1.6mm per month.

Why fingernails are a speedier bunch, however, remains something of a mystery. There are two plausible theories, though…


So there you have it. Not an entirely satisfying explanation but still some interesting tidbits on nails.


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