I’ve had poor weak nails for years. It started when I got eczema a few years ago and they’ve been paper thin and peeling since then. Because of it, I don’t wear a lot of nail polish, as is evident by the lack of nail posts on this blog. The last straw was when I soaked off my 3-week-old gel wedding nails at home. Besides not getting all of the gel off, it left my nails even weaker than they’ve ever been. A piece of advice: don’t do what I did, especially if you have weak nails, too.
I currently have my eczema flare-ups under control — knock on wood, I don’t even know what I’m doing differently — so I’ve been taking extra care of my nails to make them stronger and longer. I went to Sally Beauty to pick up a couple of things, and boy are they doing the job well!
I’ve heard about glass nail files so many times but I never listen. Regular nail files usually leave my nails splitting, so I finally got a glass nail file: ASP Crystal File ($3.99 at Sally Beauty). I file in one direction (learned that on the web, thanks Internet!). This doesn’t leave a sharp jagged edges that I get with my previous nail files. I’ve only used it 3 times so far and it doesn’t show any signs of wear yet, so I can’t really comment on how this holds up. For $3.99, I’m already pleased with it though! I just have to be careful not to drop it on the floor. /klutz hands
I didn’t read any reviews before I walked into the store, so I just asked the sales associate for her recommendation, and she showed me Barielle Pro Argan Oil Nail Fortifier ($9.99 at Sally Beauty). You guys, what a find! After only two applications, I’ve noticed a dramatic difference to my nails. I can open pop cans now! I put on two coats of this alone, and it leaves the nails a nice sheen. Not glossy like a top coat, but enough gloss for a clean nail look.
Ingredients: glycine soja oil, vitis vinifera seed oil, oryza sativa bran oil, tricaprylin, persea gratissima oil, prunus armeniaca kernel oil, juglans regia seed oil, butyrospermum parkii, argan oil, rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil, tocopheryl acetate, oleic acid, palmitic acid, retinyl palmitate, parfum
What do you do to keep your nails in good shape? Any must-have products or nail strengtheners?