HELP! Brittle nails!
Hello! So my nails have become VERY brittle lately and I seem to get a new break or tear once or twice a week (and they tear in AWFUL places like the middle of my nail). I have an auto-immune disorder (thyroid disease) which can sometimes cause this, as well as a deficiency in B12. I'm currently taking medication and vitamins to help combat this, but I was wondering if there was any product I could apply to my nails (other than lotion or cuticle gel) to help strengthen them and protect them from breakage. Also, can you recommend any product to help repair the break until it grows out long enough for me to file it down? I've tried one brand of nail glue, and it didn't last long at all. I also went to the salon and had my nail patched, but that didn't last long either and it's expensive. Any suggestions would be helpful!
My nails used to be HORRIBLY brittle and flakey, and it was heartbreaking. I've got advice for you!
- Keep your cuticles hydrated! Invest in a good cuticle cream/oil. Even old, expired eye cream works wonders!
- Do not use clippers to cut your nail. Only use a file, and only file in one direction to prevent snagging points.
- Stop using your nails as tools! Maybe that works for someone with super strong nails (ie, my boyfriend), but that doesn't work for me! Be vigilant.
- Invest in a nail strengthener BASE COAT. A hard topcoat is fine, but it won't actually help your nail grow stronger. And when you apply, make sure to wrap around the free edge.
- A brittle but polished nail is stronger than a bare, brittle nail. Repair chipped polish quickly.
- Stop using 100% acetone to remove nail polish, unless you have to (glitters, etc).
- To repair a crack, apply nail glue and add fine layer acrylic powder on top, then finish with another layer of nail glue. Once you buff this smooth, the break is repaired and it will last through a polish change. This isn't like a bulky acrylic nail, it's super thin but strong. I use this trick all the time on the side of my thumb, which always seems to tear..
- Take multivitamins. Vitamin deficiencies often manifest in hair/nail conditions before they become evident elsewhere.
- Be patient. It will take time for the weak areas to grow out, but you will see strength in a short while.