How to strengthen fingernails?

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:26:05 AM
I've always had very thin nails. They peel and I cannot ever seem to get them stronger. Any advice?


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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:28:20 AM
Eat healthy (read this article) and take vitamins.



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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:30:36 AM
I started taking biotin daily to help my hair, I haven't noticed much of a difference in my hair but my nails are solid as rocks.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:30:58 AM
You can help by regular massage around your cuticles because that encourages blood and therefore nutrients to the area. Also try something like Mavala's Scientifique strengthener

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:32:26 AM
Nail polish remover needs to be acetone free.

Get recommendations on a good nail strengther/base coat. I don't have brittle nails, so I have never used one.

Soak your nails for 15-20 minutes in Olive oil that is warmed.

Moisturize your nails over and over and over.

Cuticle cream/oil is a must.

keep your nails trimmed.

These are some ideas that should help get you started on the right path.



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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:34:30 AM
I have the same problem... I've had some luck with this TIPS from QVC (honestly, I sound like a pitch-person for the "Q" today... but this product regulary has strenthened my nails and it's almost too easy to use... just slap it on your cuticles and nails every day, once or twice...

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:39:21 AM
I'm watching this thread too! I heard an Essie base coat (may be called a nail strengthener??) that looks blue is good.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:41:08 AM
While there may be some truth to the eating healthy, I think it's mostly b.s. I eat really healthy and my nails peel and break easily. I think it probably has more to do with your cuticles; I chew mine and I think that's why my nails are so weak.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:53:46 AM
Here is a lot of really good info on nail care: loodie blog

For thin, peeling nails, I've found the best thing is to keep them polished, moisturize constantly, and use care when filing (see loodie's blog about sealing the nail plate when filing).
I started taking Biotin as well but I only started in November so I don't know that I'll see full results for a couple more months, if it's going to work.
I do use acetone remover but I like a more moisturizing one; there are many brands like that.
Lastly, when I am working a lot (hospital) I cannot avoid constant handwashing and alcohol sanitizers and therefore I cannot have long healthy nails in that environment. They are dry and they chip and peel and break constantly. Lately my nails have been great because I've barely been to work in a month (got other projects going on)--and that's still with changing polish almost daily.
So depending on what you do with your hands, you may have to simply keep your shorties painted and be happy with that. Makes it easier to type anyway.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:55:57 AM
Take a multi vitamin.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:19:14 PM
I think like hair it's mostly genetic.

I have thin, brittle nails that at a certain length start to bend and ripple. A nail professional once told me the shape of my nail bed made a difference. Mine are flat rather than curved. Curves add strength. Flat bends and breaks.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:35:26 PM

It's better to be messy and nice than to be clean and mean.
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