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Best products to strengthen nails?

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bigbuttons Sun 27-Dec-15 12:12:33

Does any have any recommendations I need to use something, mine always split when they get to a certain length. My cuticles are in a bad shape too.
I am taking gelatin powder which is really helping them grow but they are still quite soft.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 27-Dec-15 14:31:20

Your nails sound like they're suffering from Winter.
The cuticles - use a balm or oil at night (Avoplex from OPI or the Leighton Denny one maybe) or in an emergency Vaseline.

Keep nail short to reduce risk of splitting (mine get those annoying splits at the side half way down the nail)

Mavala scientific is well reviewed (I tried it because I can't wear nail product at work) it's a clear, non varnish coat (you only apply to the free edge)
OPI Nail Envy does the best for mine but not when I'm at work. And t goes a bit yellowy on me (nice!)

Take a photo of them now, then every 7 days so you can see the improvement.

Perfectlypurple Sun 27-Dec-15 14:33:54

Was just coming on to say Mavala. It worked for me after years of nail biting and having weak nails.

MyNameWasElizaDay Sun 27-Dec-15 21:51:59

I've always had weak splitting nails and have tried lots of different products on them. The only thing that's worked for me was changing my diet.

I started eating more protein and essential fatty acids, I have nuts and seeds on my cereal every morning and after a few months I noticed my nails had really improved. I have to file them down now as they get so long. Might be worth a try OP

bigbuttons Mon 28-Dec-15 07:04:16

Thank you everyone.
I will definitely look into improving my diet. I do eat healthily and am taking powdered gelatine, but there's always room for improvement!

Thanks for the tips on cuticles, I must keep them moisturised, that will help my nails too i guess. I will get some lava today and order some Opi too.

Lelivre Mon 28-Dec-15 08:50:24

Another thing that may really help is a glass file. If you use this a little every couple of days it seems to help hugely with the splitting. Also keeping the nails polished and fixing chipped polish as it happens. My nails are very very poor (bendy, split and peel) but by doing these things I can get them to a decent length. In addition using lots of cream many times a day and rubbing this into the cuticle area.

amazonianwoman Mon 28-Dec-15 09:41:50

Nailtiques formula 2, applied every day. It works!

itsbetterthanabox Tue 29-Dec-15 08:36:36

The eating gelatine won't do anything.
A good cuticle oil rubbed into the nail and cuticle multiple times a day will help. CND solar oil is the best.
Wear gloves when washing up or cleaning. File with a fine grit file in one direction only.
An IBX treatment at a salon would fix them and allow them to grow healthy. It's amazing stuff-

BrendaandEddie Tue 29-Dec-15 08:54:58

Powder gel colour. I know! Everyone said they'll be damaged. I've never had nails like this

bigbuttons Tue 29-Dec-15 09:11:34

Why won't gelatin help? confused

What's powder gel colour? Can you do it yourself?

itsbetterthanabox Tue 29-Dec-15 10:54:04

Because there's nothing in gelatine that can help nails or that won't be digested and just used as energy in your gut.
There's no such thing as powder gel.
If you do use a hardener. Especially a formaldehyde based one like mavala then use extremely sparingly as overuse makes them brittle and does the opposite of what you want.

BrendaandEddie Tue 29-Dec-15 10:54:50

there IS such a thing as powder gel as i have it on my nails look!

* waves fingers *

Salon - lasts three weeks

TheCrazyDuchess Tue 29-Dec-15 10:58:11

Nailtiques as suggested earlier. Expensive but brilliant- order from Amazon xxx

itsbetterthanabox Tue 29-Dec-15 11:11:09

A lot of cheap salons try to make up products to bring people in.
There isn't such thing as powder gel.
It'll be acrylic nails with a gel polish topcoat. Which is how acrylic nails should be finished anyway.

bigbuttons Tue 29-Dec-15 11:39:59

OK, I'm confused, why are there so many sites/studies/ testimonials etc that say gelatine has helped?

I did try nailtiques years ago. seemed brilliant for a while and then left my nails in a terrible soft flakey state.
Perhaps this is true of all products though?
I have ordered some flexitol nail conditioner in the hope that they will strengthen through being kept moisturised and nourished.,

Autumn2014 Tue 29-Dec-15 12:13:57

Pregnancy... A bit extreme but my nails have never been stronger since becoming pregnant.
Could be the pregnancy hormones or the well pregnancy multi vitamins I'm taking.

itsbetterthanabox Tue 29-Dec-15 12:20:08

The thing that will do the most for them is using a good quality cuticle oil on the nail and cuticle multiple times a day. It really is the best thing. OPI, solar oil, China glaze- any pro brand cuticle oil.
The gelatine thing is an old wives tale.

weaselwords Tue 29-Dec-15 12:52:43

Sally Hansens diamond hard is stopping mine from splitting but doesn't address why they are so weak in the first place.

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