Nails Won't Stop Splitting!!

on Jan 10, 2013 @ 10:39 am

My nails are so thin and brittle! HELP! I love love love doing my nails at home, but lately I've been holding off. My nails are SO short because they keep splitting, either entirely, or layers of the nail peel off. Currently, I am using Sally Hansen's Hard as Wraps from the Hard As Nails line. I suppose I havent ued it long enough to see any results in my nails long term, however my nails do feel a little stronger when it is applied. Does anyone else have this problem? What do you use?

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look at root cause? on Jan 10, 2013 @ 11:17 am

I've been told that brittle nails can be an indication of a nutritional need or other root cause. Using nail strengtheners is one thing, but you won't get rid of the symptom until you solve the cause. Calcium, Vitamin C and protein are just some of the important ingredients for optimum nail health. If you are dieting or have an unbalanced diet, have stress, or have been ill, this can also affect absorption of the nutrients in your foods, so you should look at your health as a whole.

Livestrong has a really neat article on foods you should eat to strengthen your nails. Of course, these are all healthy foods that will benefit you in many other ways too.

Vitamin D is important for helping your body absorb Vitamin C. Vitamin D is naturally available in certain foods, but our main source is our own skin. When exposed to sunlight, our skin cells produce Vitamin D. During the winter we spend less time outside, and in recent decades the push for wearing sun protection (like long drapey clothing or high SPF products) limits our natural source of Vitamin D. Many foods are Vitamin D fortified (dairy, breakfast cereal, etc), but you might also consider a supplement if you are deficient.

One final idea that I always recommend is a good cuticle cream. Cuticles protect the nail, and dry/cracking or overtrimmed cuticles can be too weak to effectively do their job. I use Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, but really any TLC you can give to your cuticles will help. I notice that not keeping up with my nail care usually results in weaker nails.

Ali de Bold
Diet on Jan 10, 2013 @ 11:41 am

I was going to say the same thing as Mamaluv. Are you not eating as well these days? Low on some vitamins? Also is the climate you live in really dry? Do you have a humidifier at home?

diet on Jan 10, 2013 @ 01:09 pm

I've recently had the flu, so Ive been stocking up on Vitamin C as well as calcium and other vitamins, but I usually try to include them in to my daily diet anyways. I do consume some "junk" food every now and then, but I also eat my fruits and veggies, as well as proteins, and et in a good amount of exercise each week. Im in Northern California, not what we consider "dry", and we have have had a decent rainy season so far. I do not have a humidifier in my home either. I'll look in to the article posted above about what kinds of foods can strengthen nails. Thanks for the chat!

Treat it topically or internally on Jan 14, 2013 @ 08:05 pm

There are two things you can do for your nails that are brittle and thin. The first thing is to actually treat it at the cause and the best way to that is topically and internally. As far internally goes, you want to get yourself a really good Iron, Magnesium and Calcium vitamin because that will actually help you to strengthen your nails. Topically, you can use things like creams and also hard as nails or what you've described above to assist you in terms of helping your nails to grow out in the process. The best thing that I found is to use gel polish or shellac and that tends to give you a really good cover for your nails, allowing them to grow. The secret that I have is that I'll do two top coats on top and my nails have never been stronger. Although the added bonus here is to make sure before doing your nails that you buff out any splits or peels that you may already have in new nails to make sure that they are going to last you as long as possible. Hope that helps!

Clear Nail Polish. on Jan 14, 2013 @ 08:13 pm

I have very brittle nails that break, and peel. A friend of mine told me to simply put on clear nail polish, and keep it applied at all times.. Sounded a bit easy, but it worked miracles!

Internal on Jan 14, 2013 @ 08:28 pm

Try Silica you can get that in most health food stores...I buy bulk Horsetail Herb from the health food store which is very cheap and full of Silica.Silica is so good for nails,hair and skin..You can also run Silica gel right into the nails

Vaseline on Dec 31, 2013 @ 06:15 pm

Try Vaseline intensive care healthy hand and nail lotion. Makes the nails much stronger. My nails used to break all the time so my friend recommended this to me. It's helped a lot with the breakage and splitting. It comes in a pink bottle.

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