Dry, Thin Nails


Hello All- 

Seeking some beauty advice. I have paper thin, brittle, dry nails. Does anyone know of anything that can be done about this? 

My nails are constantly breaking and I have to file them very short all the time because they break so easily. Are there any good products out there that someone can recommend? 
Jul 18, 2011 @ 11:13 am

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cuticle treatments

Your nail health is impacted by many things including your diet and stress levels. Assuming you're already addressing these things with healthy habits, the next thing I would recommend is a good cuticle product. I have recommended Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream so many times because it works wonders. I'm not saying it'll completely change your nails, but it should make a noticeable difference.
Jul 18, 2011 @ 11:18 am

I have the same problem!

I agree with mamaluv, I suspect that my nails are because of my lifestyle and diet choices, but I've come to terms with my extremely uneven nails...

However, I like to camouflage them by piling on the nail polish, and top coating it with some China Glaze Top Coat, which somehow makes my nails feel stronger, and I've never had chipping.

I totally feel your pain! I can see right through my nails, which is pretty disgusting in my opinion.
Jul 18, 2011 @ 11:25 am


I read somewhere that unhealthy nails is due to lack of calcium in your body. Maybe have your dr check yours out and see if that helps?
Jul 20, 2011 @ 09:23 am

True say

My dad always told me to eat anchovies whenever I complain about my nails. I wonder what that's all about? He gave me some weird Asian fairytale story about it, but I blanked out.
Jul 20, 2011 @ 10:38 am

dads and tales! :)

I just love listening to my dad and all his stories... is it just me or does dads have a story to go with every situation? Listen to what yours said about anchovies and share with us, I'm sure it'll be fun and enlightening :)
Jul 20, 2011 @ 10:56 am

Take vitamins

I find that vitamins really help with your nails and hair. Also Calcium is good too.
Jul 20, 2011 @ 10:58 am
Makeup Guru Emily

Repairing nails

Apparently this Butter London "Horse Power Nail Fertilizer" helps to repair nails. My friend tried it out and after a couple weeks there was a pretty big difference - even I could see that her usually brittle nails were a lot nicer and healthier-looking. I don't know if I would get it though, it's way too expensive for me. I wonder if rubbing olive oil or something on your nails helps... :P
Aug 29, 2011 @ 01:48 pm

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