Remedy for Weak Finger Nails?

I just took the false nails off my finger nails and my nails are tender and weak. What can I do to strengthen them?

By Audrey W.


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February 4, 20122 found this helpful
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I take a biotin supplement, the stuff is fantastic for hair and nails! I used to get mine in WalMart, and I also found HoofMaker there.

It's officially a hoof treatment for horses but is perfectly safe for human use on finger nails. You'll find it in the pet section.

Use a Q-Tip to apply it to your nails just before bed and let it soak in overnight-very quick results to repair a damaged nail bed. Huge economical jar, too, and it smells great!


I got that tip, btw, from a nail tech years ago when acrylic nails were the big rage. I was so excited when I was having the things applied-until she warned me that I should save myself some money and get HoofMaker instead the salon's hideously expensive ointment to repair the inevitable nail bed damage when the nails came off. Nail bed damage?! Unfortunately all ten nails had already been applied.

Hoo boy, I did get the HoofMaker, wore the nails until they could safely be removed (about a week I think), and then I never had those UN-fabulous fakes applied again!

My fingertips hurt for several days after those things came off. The HoofMaker did help, easing the bed and healing my nails quickly. Plus I noticed the HoofMaker did really nice things for my nails and the nail bed after the healing was complete. Been using that or a similar product ever since, and I have lovely strong nails. Here in the UK I get Hoof-Treat from the tack shop, looks, smells, and works the same as the HoofMaker.

May 25, 20170 found this helpful

I've taken Biotin for yrs and not helped me at all, my hair is thinning and my nails are terrible.. I don't know what else to try.
all my sisters have nice long nails.

January 21, 20200 found this helpful

I bought Hard as Hoof off Amazon and it is the only thing that has worked. Its not even $8.00. I apply it at n my nails a couple times a day. I highly recommend this.

February 4, 20120 found this helpful
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I've never really been into painting my nails or growing them long. Probably because I was always building something instead. However, two of my older sisters did and both were beauticians.


They would buy Knox Gelatin made just for fingernails. They would mix it with water and drink it. They did have lovely nails. You can buy that in a grocery store in with the regular Jello.

February 26, 20160 found this helpful

I actually have heard this before, many years ago. I forgot about it and thanks for the reminder.

February 1, 20120 found this helpful

They have strengthening clear coat nail polish at any drug store that works well.


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February 1, 20120 found this helpful

Biotin is a vitamin that strengthens nails and helps hair as well. Walmart has a product called "Hair and Nails" which is a combination of things including Biotin.


It isn't a very expensive product in either version and it does work.

February 23, 20150 found this helpful

Hi Frugal Sunnie
Could you please tell me the make of the hoofmaker and the actual type as I have been trying to get it online and too many products are coming up! I don't know which one to get! For instance Mane and tail, Hoof Alive etc; thank you.


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