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Treating Dry, Brittle Nails

My nails grow long then they always break very low near the cuticle. It is always a horizontal break and it's halfway across my nail bed. I cut it down as low as I can, but the break is still there. I was wondering if there was any nail repair that would help?

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June 24, 20100 found this helpful
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I take Biotin for my nails. Its a relatively harmless vitamin but check with your doctor before taking it to make sure medications you are taking won't react or be affected by it. It is also good for helping your hair grow.

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June 26, 20100 found this helpful
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When I have a tear like that and want to prevent my catching my nail on everything (it always seems to happen, right?) I take a paper coffee filter and either cut or tear a piece small enough to cover the tear surface area and just a bit more. Then take a spot of crazy/permanent clear glue and place a dot on the nail where the tear is. Then place the coffee filter over, allow to dry. Sand with a nail file to make it flush, then paint your nails with a clear polish and then a coat of color if you wish. The clear polish does help, so even on those times you don't have much, I do recommend that you keep clear polish on whenever possible. Just in case you are wondering you can also save the nail that broke off, use this same process, by adding the dot of glue, coffee filter, the nail, and another filter together, possibly topped with a bit more glue if this happens to occur *just* before a special event where you need all of your nails the same length. My mom did this for years, she was the original frugal mommy!

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I work in food service so I'm always wearing gloves and washing dishes. My nails have been taking a beating. They so brittle and soft and they break so easy. What can I do for them?


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August 6, 20190 found this helpful

Wear clear nail polish

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August 6, 20191 found this helpful

Please talk to your doctor before starting this to make sure it won't contraindicate anything you already take or affect any other health issues!! Safety first! Ask the doctor supplements with biotin would be helpful for you. I have a friend who swears by it. Her doctor gave her the recommendation and it works.

I can't take it because it can affect a medication I take, so when I get problems with my nails being brittle (the winter is worst for me), I up my intake of almonds and blueberries. Fish and eggs are supposed to be good also, but they are two foods I do not eat.

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April 25, 2011

My nails grow long then they always break very low near the cuticle. It is always a horizontal break and it's halfway across my nail bed. I cut it down as low as I can, but the break is still there. I was wondering if there was any nail repair that would help?

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June 24, 2010

If you have dry, brittle nails that won't grow or break easily, take a waxy lip gloss (I prefer the vitamin enriched "Soft Lips") and apply to dry nails.

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