After some 20 years of acrylic nails, I have decided to wear a more natural look and have removed my nails. Yikes. Scary. My weak and brittle nails are still the same. Any suggestions on keeping them strong and healthy? Surely something wonderful has come on the market in the last 20 years for people like me? Thanks a lot.
My nails were stronger when I wore nail polish all the time. I never went a day without it. (07/10/2005)
I am Canadian, don't know if you are or not, but I found this product from "ASK" cosmetics. They have a nail conditioner called "A.S.K". It is not a nail polish, but a nail conditioner. I bought it from the Home Shoppers Network. It has done wonders for my nails, which used to break and split and bleed sometimes.
Sorry I goofed, first time poster(newbie). The product is called "T.I.P.S" not "A.S.K". It is from Ask Cosmetics in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Your nails reflect your nutrition. I you feed them right you will also be protecting your joints. People take Glucosamine and Chondroitin for their joints and find that they have stronger nails. Less expensive is gelatin which does the same thing. (07/10/2005)
Sally Hansen Nail supplies are fabulous. I forget the name of it, but there is a nail strengthener polish in a gold bottle that works great. (07/10/2005)
When I had weak nails, I used Nailtiques Nail Protein which worked well. I currently take "Skin, Hair, and Nails" supplements by Nature's Bounty. I also take Glucosamine and Chondroitin which I didn't realize helped my nails, but a previous post suggested that. Makes sense.
I also make sure that if I don't have time to paint my nails with a couple coats of color, then I wear a Sally Hanson clear coat polish. (07/11/2005)
Vermont Country Store has Barielle products originally made to strengthen horses hooves, but when they realized their grooms had great nails, went into nail products. My manicurist told me about this stuff-works great. Just go to http://www.vermontcountrystore.com -great site for lots of things. (07/12/2005)
Had the same problem. Tried Barielle (pricey) and then I went to a feed and seed store (where they sell products for horses) and bought a 2 pound pump-type jar of "The Hoof Maker" by Straight Arrow. This is one of the products that Barielle copied. In no time my nails were back in shape and it improved the overall condition of my cuticles. Good luck. (07/12/2005)
I had the same problem I wore acrylic nails for a few years without a break and I took them off and found Diamond Hard Nails really works. My nails are healthy and stronger than ever. Hope it works for you. (08/21/2005)
I used to have really thin nails, after finding out about my thyroid problem, my endocrinologist prescribed Calcitrol for me. After doing a blood test, it showed my body wasn't absorbing the calcium that I was taking in. My nails are a lot better than they were, much harder, but still peel on occasion. If I wear nail polish really often, have never worn acrylics, my nails turn yellowish. I've been told not to wear nail polish continuously, but to give my nails a break, to give them time to breathe, as they'll be healthier. I'm finding that it's true. (09/13/2005)
You can try Jojoba oil ( Ibelieve that is how it is spelled) that is what we used when we would give clients gel or acrylic nails to help them from going soft underneath. (12/15/2005)
I wore acrylics and gel tips on and off for around a year, then I decided to take them off. Now, I am using Duri Rejuvocate, and I recommend it to anyone with the same problem. I don't know if Duri is just a New York company, because it is produced in the Big Apple, but I recommend it highly. Hope this helps. Take care of your nails. (04/17/2006)
I use to wear acrylic nails and had the same problem. Go to Walmart and buy a cream called Hard As Hoof it is a nail strengthener cream. It works fantastically. My nails look better now than when I had the acrylic ones on.
I have a friend who is an instructor at a cosmetology school. I asked her how to return to my natural nails after 8 years of acrylics. She said that OPI Nail Envy is the best product on the market for restoring/strengthening natural nails. And the best way to remove the acrylics is to allow them to grow out and keep them manicured and trimmed as they grow. Not easy, sometimes painful, but worth returning to au natural. (06/21/2007)
Here's a tip for making your nails healthy and strong again after acrylics, Prenatel Vitamins. I'm serious. Although I'm not pregnant but trying, I started taking these shortly after biting off my fake nails and now my nails have never been healthier. They are so strong and look beautiful. I don't even want to paint them because they look so good now. All the vitamins in the Prenatels have made my hair also very strong and beautiful. (03/07/2008)
I took advice from someone to try Call Nature Perfect Nails. It really works. I rub a few drops into the cuticles and my nails have grown a lot faster within a week of use. callnature.com (07/15/2008)
Fish Oil or Flax oil seems to help my nails and hair (and eyelashes, yea). 02/13/2009)
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