Flaking, splitting fingernails - look a state. Products?

(34 Posts)
minxthemanx Tue 25-Mar-14 19:23:54

My nails have started flaking off, a small chunk of the top layer sort of chips off, and then the nail edge is weak and it eventually breaks, or I nibble it in irritation. Have no idea why they're flaking. Anyone know of a product to put on that will strengthen them? They look awful at the moment!

handcream Tue 25-Mar-14 19:25:47

OPR Nail Envy, stops you picking at them. Put on two coats, miss a day and then another coat and continue like this for 1 week. Then take all off and start again.

Effect is like clear varnish and it doesnt peel off

handcream Tue 25-Mar-14 19:26:18

Try Amazon for Nail Envy - better than Boots

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 25-Mar-14 19:26:19

Rub Vaseline onto them everyday. In 4 days you will see a huge improvement.

There was a thread reverently, amazing that it works so well.

minxthemanx Tue 25-Mar-14 19:27:33

Wow thanks for the quick responses! Fab, will dig out the Vaseline tonight and get on to Amazon.

Dollydowser Tue 25-Mar-14 19:30:37

Try zinc, 30mg a day for a couple of months.

BelleateSebastian Tue 25-Mar-14 19:36:41

qvc sells nail envy and the avoplex oil in twin packs - both amazing

WhoNickedMyName Tue 25-Mar-14 19:54:58

Nail envy made my nails ten times worse.

Try Vaseline or L'Occitane nail and cuticle cream. Worked wonders for me.

geordiepidge Tue 25-Mar-14 20:02:15

Nail Envy made mine worse too. Nailtiques Formule 2 is the business for flaky nails.

sugar4eva Tue 25-Mar-14 20:17:55

Malva scientific via amazon .
I have the softest nails ever that just sort of peel .
This bonds the layers of the nails together . I have white tips now and they are not peeling.you apply to tip only. .
Look up on u tube? I saw a woman using it and she also added a nail strengthenedr to nor ish to help growth.
Only thing that has ever worked for me !

sugar4eva Tue 25-Mar-14 20:18:06

Malva scientific via amazon .
I have the softest nails ever that just sort of peel .
This bonds the layers of the nails together . I have white tips now and they are not peeling.you apply to tip only. .
Look up on u tube? I saw a woman using it and she also added a nail strengthenedr to nor ish to help growth.
Only thing that has ever worked for me !

Mrsap Tue 25-Mar-14 20:21:09

wash your hands well after you use remover. Rub castor or Vaseline in every few days. Cheap and v effective

ihatethecold Tue 25-Mar-14 20:22:14

I had nail envy and avoplex,
Can't say they did any thing to my nails.
Olive oil is probably just as good

annabelcaramel Tue 25-Mar-14 20:23:38

Also, check out you are getting enough iron. Anaemia affects your nails

PoisonedApple Tue 25-Mar-14 20:24:45

Nail magic from john Lewis - it looks really cheap but really works!

chutneypig Tue 25-Mar-14 20:28:19

There was a very recent thread on using Vaseline. The difference it's made with my nails in a few days has been amazing. I never normally have problems with my nails but recently had the problems you described.its definitely helping.

Justgotosleepnow Tue 25-Mar-14 20:33:04

Look at your diet, is your hair prone to breaking/ split ends?
You might need more protein in your diet. Plus omega oils plus iron.

Squeegle Tue 25-Mar-14 20:42:45

Mavala scientifique
It is nothing short of a miracle
My nails are soft and peel after years of nail biting. You use a very small amount - it's not like a nail hardener, it changes the texture of your nails and makes them hard and not likely to break. It's expensive but lasts for ages- I've had one bottle for about 3 years.

splodgeness Wed 26-Mar-14 14:25:48

Mine have been like this for the last two years, dreadful. I tried the OPI stuff and Mavala with little effect. Rubbing oil or vaseline or any kind of moisturiser did help quite a lot.

But now I have found out I have a chronic Iron deficiency and that causes weak and flaky nails. Perhaps it is worth trying a supplement to fix the cause of the problem?

Whatfun Wed 26-Mar-14 17:37:51

My nails were just like Yours. A friend with beautiful nails and hands gave me a little bottle of Solar oil and a Leighton Denny crystal nail file.

I have used the solar oil every night since. My nails are healthy and strong. They are the best they have ever been.
Solar oil is cheap and lasts for ages. You can get it on Amazon and eBay.

Whatsnextmum Wed 26-Mar-14 17:40:29

Olive oil

Sally jenson in boots do good products for damaged nails

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Wed 26-Mar-14 17:45:52

vaseline is working wonders for me too.

teenybash7 Wed 26-Mar-14 18:19:17

Nailtiques Formula 2 plus - if I was cast on to a desert island with only one beauty product this would be it! I buy it from beauty bay on line (about £10). Rescued my dreadful nails when I was despairing and had resorted to super glueing them! <embarrassed to admit it>

I also heard that biotin is good so I take a multi-vitamin supplement which contains it from Tesco or Morrison's.

ClownsLeftJokersRight Wed 26-Mar-14 18:29:53

I've been using This for about a week with, so far, very good results. Got mine at the supermarket.

My nails were weak and broken and very short; now looking much much better.

RosettaScone Wed 26-Mar-14 21:47:30

I have been dying for someone to ask this question because my nails have been transformed almost immediately by Rimmel Nail Nurse Rescue (about £4.50).

One coat on day one, then another on day two. Remove on day 7 and repeat. My nails are so solid now!

teenybash7 Thu 27-Mar-14 07:30:14

Interesting Rosetta! Rimmel Nail Nurse Rescue - same regime as Nailtiques, (except 7 days instead of 5) but half the price!

Should I risk trying it for a few weeks at the end of my current bottle of Nailtiques? Big decision!

thepurplepenguin Thu 27-Mar-14 09:15:43

I had bitten my nails right down to the skin and every time they started to grow they were peeling off. I have been using Vaseline once or twice a day after seeing it recommended on here and the results have been fab!!

thepurplepenguin Thu 27-Mar-14 09:16:37

Oh, and that's after using it for about 10 days.

derektheladyhamster Thu 27-Mar-14 09:20:44

I have been taking seven seas health oils in an attempt to help my skin, skin hasn't improved much, but I'm having to file my nails! I haven't had to do that regularly for years.

hiphapnap Mon 05-May-14 12:33:23

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hiphapnap Mon 05-May-14 13:01:01

I agree with Whatfun

Here is what I use to keep my nails in good condition, but it is so hard with 3 kids and the endless washing!


IndigoBarbie Mon 05-May-14 14:56:55

you could really help your nails by taking a good multi-vitamin - for example solgar they do great vitamins for women, that actually make a difference to your nails and hair and skin

ladymalfoy Mon 05-May-14 15:03:28

IBX treatment at a salon. Bloody awesome! I had two and my nails look rock!

I reckon I am destined to have meh nails mainly due to work (vinyl gloves and washing hands 40+ times a day ) in addition to everything I do at home.

If I'm on holiday I can intensively use OPI Nail Envy - but I only like the Original, not the Matte, it peels. But I cannot wear anything at work on my nails .
I bought a Leighton Denny 3-in-1 buffer and found my bottles of Avolplex Oil (OPI),

Early days but my nails look nicer, shiney, smooth. But they cannot be allowed to grow unless I'm at home.

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