Sep 16, 2012
What should I do to keep my natural nail from breaking now that its so thin and flimsy from the acrylics that I just took off? I have never had good luck with growing my nails out. even before the acrylics
Strengthening nail polish.
Try strengthening nail polishes with garlic oil! That's what helped my nails grow strong. Also, you should soak your acrylics off instead of ripping them
Keep them short and buffed until they aren't weak and flaky any more, and use a mix of strengthening polish/ no polish with nutrient oil like Alexis mentioned Garlic, or Avocado. (: good luck! My natural nails are weak too without tons of love.
i usually just get acrylics so y nails can grow & i leave them on for months
Shellac manicures I started getting them after I took my acrylic off
You could try Trind's Nail balsam (there's actually a review on it on my blog, if you're interested) and then some nail strengthener, like keratine treatment or so. Good luck!
I use a polish I believe it's called "instant acrylics" from Sally's it makes your nails harder so they won't break
Shellac manicures are a great option
Sep 18, 2012
Ok, your nails will need nourishment!
Buy some pure olive or almond oil (for skin softening).
Pour some into a small plastic bowl/container that you can fit your finger tips in.
Put some boiling water into a larger bowl and then float the oil bowl in it to warm the oil, letting it heat up for at least 2/3 minutes.
BE VERY CAREFUL OF THE BOILED WATER! Remove the bowl and put on the bowl on a towel. Now let your nails soak in the warmed oil for 10mins.
The heat aids the absorption of the natural lipids (fats) in the oil.
You can also massage the oil into your hands for an extra treat!
Finish by applying a strengthening lotion/polish but look out for the ingredient Formaldehyde (it's nasty stuff). keep your nails relatively short, only file in one direction!
I had the same issue 2 months ago when I took off my acrylics. Now my nails are stronger and long as well! I used Nuva nails nail strengthener with iron supplement and within a week my nails were so strong and long!
Sep 20, 2012
Sally Hansen has a great kit called nail repair I think. I did a review of it on this site. I used it when I took my acrylics off. It only costs about 10 bucks and you get 2 polishes that protect and strengthen your nail and a really great cuticle oil.
Sep 25, 2012
something with fluoride or DMU will help strengthen the bonds in the nails. Prostrong Accelerater (has fluoride) and CND Toughen Up (DMU) are what I use. The talk time (about 12-16) weeks to see results. Salon Science Instant Artificials and Salon Science Fiberglass Network give immediate results but I am not sure if they aid in building the structure of the nail itself. Loodie Loodie is an excellent blog for information on nail health and maintenance.
Try a silk wrap
Sep 26, 2012
If you can tolerate the smell of garlic, smash it and rub it on your nails and don't wash your hands for as long as you can, do this whenever you can. 😉😄
Oct 03, 2012
Im using Essie: "all in one base" at the moment to try to replenish my natural nails after acrylics. After two days I'm already seeing less ridges.
Oct 06, 2012
You can get Shellac put on over your acrylics & grow them out. If you remove the acrylics, Shellac may not adhere to the damaged nail underneath.
I just took my acrylics off and my nails are so thin and flaky. I used Nail Tek II Intensive Therapy for soft, peeling nails; it worked fast and effectively!!!
I used to do acrylic nails every 2 weeks for years until my nails were just too weak and thin. I used Nailtique to repair it, but it burned (because my nails were so thin). I just left them and over time my nails grew out.
Oct 07, 2012
I haven't had nails and months and my nails are still bad but I'm glad you wrote this because I'll try some of these ideas
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