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Thin & peeling nails. Help!


Hello my fellow Chickadees.  I suffer from thin nails that peel all the time.  I was hoping that you might be able to offer some suggestions on what I could do to strengthen them as I have a crazy, mad love for nail polish.  Can you please help my nubbins?
Jun 15, 2012 @ 12:43 am

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Weak Nails

I have the weakest nails ever. On earth. They're like paper. One thing I've been using is the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Nail Strengthener- here's what it looks like:

I like this because I use it as base coat and I have seen a bit of a difference but it took me a long time to see that difference.

I've heard good things about this cream as well but I haven't tried it yet:

Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:29 am


I have the same problem with my nails, I use OPI Nail Envy, and I have seen a little bit of a difference in my nails
A couple girls I know swear by vitamins (for hair and nails) - I think I will have to give this route a try myself to see if I notice a difference
Jun 15, 2012 @ 12:43 pm


Check out your health food store and get Silica its fantastic to strengthen nails and really good for your hair as well.
Jun 15, 2012 @ 01:55 pm


I have that same problem but only when my hands are submerged in water a lot. After I stopped doing dishes so much my nails got their strength back. I'm not sure what your daily activities include but they could be the answer to your problem.
Jun 15, 2012 @ 10:56 pm


I swear by these vitamins. I work as a cashier AND I have long nails (real) but because I have to lift and drag stuff around all day they tend to break often. Since i didn't want to have to cut them really short, I tried these vitamins. They are AMAZING. After a month of taking them, my nails have COMPLETELY stopped breaking. At all. I get compliments on my nails all the time and people always ask me how I manage to keep my nails so long doing what I do. Trust me, its a miracle.
Also, I'm pretty sure this site has a refund guarantee if you don't like the product you can send it back and receive a full refund, so its a pretty safe bet. but hinestly once you try it you won't want to return. But just so you know you do have to take these regularly, for a month for your nails to build up the strength before you notice a dramatic difference.
Jun 16, 2012 @ 01:30 am


I'm recommending Silica, too! My friend chose that route, and it seems to work fabulous.
Jun 17, 2012 @ 11:06 am

mamaluv told me about this

Burt’s Bee’s Lemon Butter Cuticle Crème

My nail were a mess just like yours are now, but after she told me to
try this they started to grown and get thinker. I've never had such nice
nail's, other then when I was pregnant for my boy's. Mine are a mess
right now because I haven't bin taking care of them, but if you use this
after you wash you hands and before bed you'll see a difference with in
a few weeks. It sure worked for me! Oh and one lasted me a year, so it
worth the price.
Jun 17, 2012 @ 11:16 am

Giving your Nails a Break :) No Pun Intended

Sometimes just giving your nails a break from everything can do wonders. No nail polish for at least a week can give the nail time to breathe. Which in turn will make them stronger.
Jun 17, 2012 @ 11:42 am


Also if you want to go the vitamin route--Biotin is good for healthy hair and nails.
Jun 26, 2012 @ 02:47 pm

Get Acrylics!

I've been trying to grow my nails out for years now, and I've been unsuccessful at doing so. I gave up and have gone to getting acrylic nails... I've tried everything to strengthen them, hard as nails polish, vitamins, cuticle oils, manicures, adding more calcium to my diet... you name it, I've tried it... nothing works! Or atleast not well enough to make much of a difference. The only thing I found that did ANY difference was to continuously massage your nails with cuticle oil every night so that it helps with the blood flow to the area... but really... it takes FOREVER to see ANY improvement, and it's soooo small of an improvement, it's not worth the time and effort.

So, now I have fun every time I go in to the salon to get my nails done, they're not expensive, about $30 a month to maintain, and my nails look amazing all month long! There's endless possibilities for designs, you can do plain polish, add some rhinestones, air brush designs, or get a funky french manicure with sparkly tips, you can combine all sorts of colours etc. And, you can get colour, glitter, shapes (small hearts or stars etc) put right into the acrylic so it stays looking nice with really no maintenance! I used to LOVE painting my nails but found that the polish wouldn't stay on my nails for more than a few hours before they'd start chipping - because of how flimsy they are (nail polish isn't meant to be used on something as flexible as our thin nails) and I have nail beds that are oilier than most causing the polish to lift as well.

Food for thought! :) Hope this helps!
Jun 26, 2012 @ 03:03 pm

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